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Policy & Advocacy Assistant
Title:Policy & Advocacy Assistant
Job Location:Washington, DC

About ICRW:
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 an assistant to provide administrative support to the team and Director, enabling greater impact for our advocacy with governments and international organizations.

Primary Role:

Reporting to the Director of Policy and Advocacy, the Policy Assistant will provide administrative support for the Policy and Advocacy portfolio. This includes keeping the Advocacy team calendar; facilitating the scheduling of meetings and travel; taking minutes and circulating action items for coalition and internal meetings; supporting travel and expense processing; supporting event planning; and copy-editing documents, including advocacy team blogs and op-eds, policy briefs, coalition letters and grant reports and proposals. The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills and a background in gender and/or foreign policy, with strong administrative and event-planning experience. This is a fixed-term contract position contingent upon funding.


Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies, economics, international affairs/development studies, or other social science.


Desire 1-2 years of experience with a bachelor’s degree or 0-1 years of experience with a master’s degree.


  • Strong proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Strong written communications skills, including excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills are required.
  • A strong executive presence and oral presentation style is necessary, and the ideal applicant must be detail oriented, flexible, and able to take initiative.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively required.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in a rapid-pace work environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and in close coordination with and across teams.
  • Given that the core functions of this role involve supporting coalition efforts, the demonstrated ability to thrive among collective efforts is a strong plus.
  • Must demonstrate maturity, resourcefulness, and attention to detail, with the ability to work independently, organize, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Fluency or intermediate reading comprehension in a foreign language also a plus.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Support the administration and day-to-day operations of the ICRW
    advocacy team including scheduling, circulating meeting agendas and notes, travel support and expense processing.
  • Proofread and, as needed, assist with drafting ICRW
    and relevant coalition materials.
  • Provide administrative support to the advocacy coalitions that ICRW chairs or co-chairs, including Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality (CWEEE)
    Girls Not Brides USA and others as needed. 
  • Contribute to the ongoing work of ICRW’s
    policy advocacy including through knowledge management and staying abreast of advocacy initiatives, including keeping portfolio records and archives up-to-date, supporting the development of slide decks and other collateral materials.
  • As needed, monitor relevant policy developments pertaining to department priorities (feminist foreign policy; women’s economic empowerment; sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender-based violence; etc).
  • Support the planning and hosting of relevant events in line with ICRW
    advocacy priorities, including catering, publications, scheduling and RSVP tracking.
  • Maintain lists of relevant policy officials and advocacy partners to disseminate ICRW
    updates and materials.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the portfolio director, based on team and institutional priorities.

Interested candidates are expected to submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample.

Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.About 

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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