Policy and Advocacy Officer, Asia
|Work Location:||Washington, DC or Remote|
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About Freedom House
Established nearly 80 years ago, Freedom House works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, antidemocratic forces are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. We identify and analyze threats to freedom, mobilize decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and support activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging our global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.
About the Policy and Advocacy Team
The policy and advocacy team advocates for leadership by democratic governments to vigorously oppose dictators and oppression and strengthen democracy domestically and around the world. We amplify the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies and counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes.
The US government is our primary advocacy target, and the team meets regularly with executive branch officials, Members of the US Congress, and staff. We also engage in advocacy with foreign government officials based in Washington, D.C. and support the advocacy activities of our program staff at multilateral institutions, regional bodies, and in countries where we have programming. We also conduct advocacy toward the private sector on an issue-specific basis.
The policy and advocacy team is responsible for overseeing the creation of all of Freedom House’s advocacy plans and policy recommendations, in coordination with our subject matter experts. The team also oversees Freedom House’s work with other US-based human rights organizations. The team conducts advocacy trainings and helps prepare Freedom House staff and the human rights defenders we work with to meet with, brief, and testify before policymakers.
Priority advocacy issues for Freedom House for the coming year include reinvigorating support for democracy at home and abroad; working to bring accountability for authoritarians, particularly by addressing the growing challenge of transnational repression and by strengthening targeted sanctions programs such as the Global Magnitsky Act; protecting rights in a digital age; addressing the Chinese Communist Party’s threat to democracy globally; strengthening protection and resilience for civil society groups and human rights defenders; and working to release political prisoners.
Position Description and Key Responsibilities
The Policy and Advocacy Officer, Asia reports to the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy and will work in close coordination with our in-house Asia experts.
Key responsibilities include:
Skills and Attributes:
Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including a 403(b) retirement account, commuter benefits, flexible summer hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors, In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Freedom House, please call: 202-227-4308
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