Women in Nepal

Policy Advisor, Migrant Rights and Justice

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Strategic Planning and Program Implementation

  • Work with Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program and other staff, to develop and implement the program work plan and to coordinate program goals & objectives to achieve measurable outcomes through targeted and sustained advocacy;
  • Identify emerging issues related to protection of vulnerable migrants and help guide Women's Commission response;
  • Manage and direct targeted pro-bono projects;
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to develop and implement long term coalition goals;
  • Participate in the overall organizational strategic planning

Financial and Administrative Management

  • In collaboration with Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program and Development Department, assist in the development and preparation of proposals, budgets and grant reports. 
  • Coordinate with the Director and Head of Finance on donor relations and financial reporting requirements.

Research and Writing

  • Conduct desk and field research and assessments, this includes 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: 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 border enforcement practices and related policies and programs and follow-up accordingly after discussing actions with staff.

Advocacy and Public Education

  • In collaboration with staff, develop, implement, and support advocacy strategies designed to improve conditions, protection of rights, and treatment of migrants seeking protection especially as they go through enforcement actions;
  • In consultation with Director of the Program and staff, initiate, maintain and manage relationships with non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, government agencies, child welfare agencies and courts, Congressional members, their staff, and others;
  • Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (Women's Refugee Commission staff and board) and externally (policy makers, UN agencies, NGOs);
  • Represent the Women's Refugee Commission to a variety of audiences, including with policymakers, government and U.N. officials, at public events, meetings, conferences, with media, and other venues as appropriate.
  • Produce educational materials, fact sheets, op-eds, and blogs, and conduct trainings and webinars, in coalition with partners where appropriate.


  • 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 policy or advocacy issues, experience on the Hill or experience working on international human rights law, asylum access, and/or border policies;
  • Proven track record in conducting research, analyzing political or social service issues, and writing reports and policy papers;
  • Excellent writing skills and oral communication skills required. 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.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reports to: Director of Migrant Rights and Justice

Location: Washington, DC              

Position: Regular, Full-Time