The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been the premier applied research institute focused on global gender equality for the last four decades. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based practical solutions to global gender equality challenges. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and East Africa, ICRW conducts research to inform policies and programs seeking to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls.
Our Policy & Advocacy team advances evidence-based policy recommendations at the UN/global and national levels in those countries in which we are registered, as well as engages in global and national coalition-building and feminist organizing. We seek a senior policy advisor to support our advocacy for bold, transformative commitments to achieve gender equality at next year’s upcoming Generation Equality Forum.
About the Role: Senior Policy Advisor, Generation Equality
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) seeks a fulltime Senior Policy Advisor for a project supporting the upcoming Generation Equality Forum, an event that will gather global leaders in government, civil society and the private sector to make the next generation of commitments to achieve women’s human rights and gender equality. The Advisor will conduct policy analysis, engage in coalition organizing and advocacy and provide strategic, evidence-based recommendations to champion governments seeking to move the needle on a number of women’s human rights and gender equality issues.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy, the Senior Policy Advisor will be responsible for day-to-day management of ICRW’s engagement in the Generation Equality Forum, including landscape analysis of the policy environment for various action coalitions; representing ICRW in a number of global coalitions pushing for feminist leadership out of the Forum; liaising with relevant members of the ICRW research team for various inputs to inform the development of evidence-based, ambitious yet achievable policy actions champion governments might take on key issues; project management of a key partnership with the online network and learning platform Apolitical; and liaising with the relevant members of the advocacy team to ensure the highest level of impact ahead of the Forum. Together with Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy, the Advisor will shape and implement the strategy for ICRW’s engagement in the Generation Equality Forum.
This is a full-time, grant dependent, 12-month (July 2020-July 2021) contract with possibility for renewal. The Senior Global Policy Advisor will contribute to the implementation of evidence-based global advocacy projects in ICRW’s Policy and Advocacy portfolio, with a focus on the upcoming Beijing+25 process and associated Generation Equality Forum events. The position requires coordination with multiple and diverse stakeholders from across the world. The successful candidate will have a background in gender and international affairs, knowledge of UN processes and associated global women’s human rights standards, as well as experience conducting or leading coalition advocacy. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Work with the Director, Policy and Advocacy and other relevant staff in implementing ICRW’s Generation Equality Forum advocacy strategy including:
- Coordinate ICRW’s engagement in the Beijing +25 process, including engagement in key UN processes at Headquarters (e.g. Commission on the Status of Women, Financing for Development Forum, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, UN General Assembly). This will include event planning and execution, writing reports, and designing and analyzing global and country data.
- Monitor relevant policy developments on B+25, the Generation Equality Forum and feminist foreign policies globally as well as in national contexts for champion governments looking to make new commitments.
- Participate in relevant global advocacy groups and coalitions (e.g. Women’s Major Group, Women’s Rights Caucus, Civil Society Financing for Development Group) online and in-person.
- Work to scope and develop recommendations for Action Coalition commitments as well as ICRW engagement and outreach in the Generation Equality Forum events alongside director and relevant partners (UN Women, Mexico, France, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, apolitical, etc).
- Prepare fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, and sign-on letters on global policy issues as related to the Generation Equality Forum
- Work with ICRW’s research team to develop, review and disseminate tailored research interventions to identify key policy problems or tested solutions to issues associated with up to six Action Coalition themes
- Work with ICRW’s communications team to prepare blogs, articles, and social media tools in line with Forum opportunities or needs
- Support the planning and hosting of relevant events and strategy meetings at key international/regional convenings related to feminist foreign policies and leading up to Beijing +25 events and commitments.
- As needed, contribute to business development efforts, including proposal writing and monitoring progress towards submission deadlines
- Undertake other tasks as assigned by the portfolio director, based on team and institutional priorities
- Assuming that international travel resumes following the pandemic, some travel to participate in Forum events is required.
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, development studies, economics, or other social science. Master’s degree preferred.
At least five years of directly-relevant work experience with master’s degree or at least seven years of directly-relevant work experience with bachelor’s degree. Demonstrated knowledge of policy-making processes globally and within the United Nations, and one to three years of work experience on initiatives to influence those processes. A background in sustainable development, particularly related to gender equality, a plus. Experience with project and budget management strongly preferred.
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 fulfilment - 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.
- Proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills required. Must possess strong skills in report writing and editing, visual presentation of research findings, and strategic planning.
- Ability to understand and synthesize research for a policy relevant audience
- Must be detail oriented, flexible, and able to take initiative.
- Ability to work both independently and in close coordination with and across teams. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively required.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks.
- Fluency or good reading comprehension in a foreign language a plus.