The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. WRC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Scope of Work
The Policy Advisor of the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) Program will work to promote the rights of migrants and access to protection for women and children seeking safety in the United States and internationally. This includes taking a leading role in research, strategic planning, project development and implementation, and advocacy. Current expected areas of focus include reception of and the care model for unaccompanied children, including at the US-Mexico border, in government shelters, and following release to sponsors; enhancement of due process for unaccompanied children; and family separation and reunification.
Essential Job Functions
Advocacy and Public Education
- In collaboration with MRJ staff and External Relations staff, develop, implement, and support advocacy strategies designed to improve conditions, protection of rights, and treatment of migrants — particularly unaccompanied children and families — seeking protection, especially as they go through the asylum and immigration process.
- In consultation with MRJ staff, initiate, maintain, and manage relationships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), US government agencies, UN agencies and other international human rights bodies, child welfare agencies and courts, Congressional members, their staff, and others.
- Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (WRC staff and board) and externally (e.g., administration policymakers, US Congress, UN agencies, NGOs).
- Represent WRC to a variety of audiences, including policymakers and government and UN officials, at public events, meetings, briefings, conferences, and other venues as appropriate, and with media.
Research and Writing
- Conduct desk and field research and assessments, including planning and coordinating field research, extensive travel to the field (domestic and international), developing methodologies, analyzing data, and identifying findings and recommendations.
- Under direct supervision of the Director of the MRJ Program and in coordination with the Communications team, manage writing, editing, production, and distribution of MRJ documents, including reports, legislative language, advocacy letters, policy papers, blogs, journal articles, letters to the editor, website postings, urgent actions, and other materials.
- Monitor events and trends in arrivals and treatment of unaccompanied children, reunification efforts for families separated under the Trump administration, asylum practices, and related policies and programs and follow-up.
Strategic Planning and Program Implementation
- Work with Director of the MRJ Program and other senior staff to develop and implement the program work plan and to coordinate program goals and objectives to achieve measurable outcomes through targeted and sustained advocacy.
- Identify emerging issues related to protection of vulnerable migrants, especially migrant children, and help guide WRC’s response.
- Manage and direct targeted pro bono projects.
- Work collaboratively with partner organizations to develop and implement long-term coalition goals.
- Participate in overall organizational strategic planning.
Financial and Administrative Management
- In collaboration with Director of the MRJ Program and the Development Department, assist in the development and preparation of proposals, budgets, and grant reports.
- Coordinate with the Director of Finance on donor relations and financial reporting requirements.
- Bachelor’s degree and law degree or master’s degree in international studies, political science, immigration, human rights, social work, or related field, or at least 3–5 years’ comparable related experience.
- Minimum 3–5 years’ progressive work experience in immigration, refugee, child welfare, social service, and/or human rights work, including experience managing projects.
- Previous experience working on policy advocacy, including experience on or with the Hill preferred.
- Experience working on child welfare, unaccompanied children, immigration detention, or family separation issues strongly preferred.
- Proven track record conducting research, analyzing legislation, policies, and the political landscape, and writing reports and policy papers.
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills required. Experience interviewing migrants highly preferred.
- Grant writing and presentation expertise preferred.
- Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, including government officials and elected officials of all parties.
- Strong people management skills.
- Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment.
- Spanish language proficiency required; ability to reliably and comfortably interview and converse.
Reports to: Director of Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, full-time (currently remote)
Location: Washington, DC
Starting Date: ASAP
Position Closing Date: Until filled
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via this link.
The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.