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Policy Consultant
Title:Policy Consultant
Job Location:Remote

Functional Title: Policy Consultant
Location of Work:  US Based
Time Period : October 2021-February 2022

Project Description

The International Center for Research on Women and the Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States have been working on a collective effort to develop a vision for the highest standard of U.S. foreign policy that promotes overarching goals of gender equality, human rights, bodily autonomy, peace and environmental integrity, while prioritizing the articulation of concrete policy recommendations. This effort began in August 2019, a group of U.S. foreign policy experts and advocates for global gender equality came together over the course of three days to sketch out an initial draft of a U.S. feminist foreign policy. This discussion benefited from a research review of other countries’ feminist foreign policies, as well as insights gathered through a series of global consultations with more than 200 feminist activists from over 40 countries as to what a global template or gold standard for feminist foreign policy should entail. The resulting publication, launched in May 2020, includes a proposed definition, key principles and policy recommendations that provide a visionary approach for a fundamentally different way of conducting foreign policy in a manner that places people and planet above profit and individual interest. The coalition has been advocating for the U.S. administration to adopt a feminist foreign policy and key components of what that should entail, including by highlighting immediate steps the administration should take in the first 100 days as well as some longer-term goals laid out in the paper.

Task Description

The International Center for Research on Women seeks to hire a consultant to develop and draft the Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy’s annual report card on the Biden-Harris Administration’s progress on adapting and implementing the recommendations outlined in our Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in the US paper, and outstanding asks from our Transition Memo and 100-day agenda as noted in our 100-day scorecard.

The annual scorecard will follow the framework laid out in the 100 day scorecard and apply that categorization (Policy articulation, Leadership and structures, Funding, Accountability) to the cross cutting items and those items specific to certain foreign policy levers (Foreign Assistance, Humanitarian Response, Defense, Diplomacy, Immigration, and Trade) that were identified in the Coalition’s original paper. The evaluation of the Biden-Harris administration’s progress on implementing key components of a feminist foreign policy should include both commitments to the items and the actual implementation of those items, including potential case studies or examples of that implementation.

The scorecard card will include input from Coalition members and other relevant stakeholders in addition to publicly available information including but not limited to press coverage, executive orders, presidential memoranda, the president’s budget request, policy documents, and relevant official statements by key administration officials.

The scorecard will be intended for multiple audiences and as such is it key that a succinct summary section is included alongside the more detailed assessment

This contract is a deliverable-based contract. Payment will be supplied based on delivery of the following products:

  • Paper outline including what is being scored, criteria for scoring and scale, which will be based off the frameworks and criteria in the 100 day scorecard and Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the U.S. paper. This will be shared with ICRW staff and volunteers from the Coalition’s Executive/Transition working group and steering committee for feedback within a 5-day period.
  • On the basis of this feedback, a working draft with preliminary scores assigned.
  • Conversations with relevant stakeholders to feedback on the working draft.
  • Second complete draft incorporating feedback on the working draft from conversations with the relevant stakeholders and massaging messaging in line with Coalition strategy and approach.
  • Final Draft that includes the incorporation of any redline edits from ICRW for ICRW to submit to the design firm.
  • Any updates to the scorecard that are needed due to administration announcements after a final draft is sent to design and before the launch at the one year anniversary

    Required Skills: 
  • Proven track record of conducting US foreign policy advocacy with the U.S. government, and a deep understanding of U.S. foreign policy systems.
  • Strong qualitative data analysis skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Organized, experienced in analyzing and summarizing large amounts of information.
Interested applicants should submit their CV or the organization’s relevant experience, a cover letter, writing sample, and total              budget.

ICRW is committed to promoting a culture of equity through our recruitment processes, staff training, policies & procedures, Board membership, and research programming. We believe that all people deserve an equal opportunity for employment, advancement, and fulfillment - regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We are committed to expanding our definition for what diversity means, moving beyond the binaries, and setting new standards for ourselves and across sectors.

ICRW is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law, where applicable. ICRW is an E-Verify Employer.


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