Senior Associate-Atrocity Prevention
Human Rights First - Washington, DC

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About Human Rights First

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they dont, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice.

Our Work on Atrocity Prevention

Over the next several years, Human Rights First will undertake research, analysis, and advocacy on third-party enablers of mass atrocities that can help the U.S. government systematically improve its ability to prevent mass atrocities by disrupting perpetrators access to material resources such as money, arms and ammunition required in to start or sustain their crimes.

Through a new approach focusing on transnational organized crime, Human Rights First seeks to illuminate past and current operations of arms trafficking and other criminal networks that provide material resources to atrocity perpetrators and threaten U.S. markets and national security through their operations.

This Position

Human Rights First seeks an experienced policy analyst and advocate to apply the framework of the presidents strategy on transnational criminal organizations to atrocity prevention, with a goal of securing U.S government action that chokes off the operations of atrocity-enabling networks from the U.S marketplace, thereby diminishing their ability to operate.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong analytical understanding of the economic dimensions of conflict, including familiarity with the operations of illicit networks along conflict supply chains. S/he will also be a savvy advocate who understands the political dynamic of our work, and is capable of persuading administration officials and legislators to prioritize these objectives.

The Senior Associate will play a key role in achieving these objectives by conducting research and analysis of U.S. policy and potential enablers of mass atrocities, developing policy recommendations, and conducting advocacy to achieve policy change. The Senior Associate will identify and cultivate relationships with the key decision makers on our objectives, as well as international organizations, and other nongovernmental organizations. S/he will develop and execute related projects and materials, and assist in fundraising to support our objectives.

Undertake desk research and policy analysis to formulate and refine advocacy objectives.

Research and draft reports, policy briefs and other internal and external materials. Engage in both written and oral advocacy with decision makers, including but not limited to regulations, policies, and legislation.

In consultation with the Senior Advocacy Strategist and team:
Identify, develop, and maintain solid working relationships with key policy and decision makers in both the executive and legislative branches.

Devise and execute strategies to achieve objectives, including by influencing the political dynamics and public debate in order to overcome obstacles.

Analyze political and other factors to determine feasible blueprints and/or roadmaps for changing laws, policies, and practices to achieve advocacy objectives.

Cultivate and manage partnerships with issue experts, thought leaders, NGOs, private sector and other stakeholders to further the organizations objectives and shared goals.

Monitor legal, political, and academic developments across areas relevant to team objectives and identify emerging opportunities for engagement by the team.

Develop and disseminate advocacy and public education materials, and engage in targeted media outreach on strategic objectives, in collaboration with the communications team.

Convene meetings of and engage with coalition and working groups.

Support regular activities of the team and organization, including convening public events and conferences.

Assist with the development of new strategic objectives and annual work plans.

Support fundraising efforts through grant proposal and report writing and editing and, in coordination with Development department, through outreach to key donors and foundations.

Work closely with other staff, as appropriate, to develop and participate in, projects that advance the goals and objectives of the organization as a whole.

Hire and manage the interns.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Advanced degree in international development, political science, business, economics, law or other discipline related to international human rights.

ANNUAL SALARY : Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

START DATE: Immediately

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 14, 2013 . Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

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