Policy and Advocacy Officer, Asia

Work Location: Washington, DC or Remote
Requisition Number: 1200
# of Openings: 1


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: 

  • Authoring first drafts of recommendations, policy briefs, and briefing materials based on Freedom House research related to Asia and other sources.  

  • Leading development—in close coordination with colleagues—of advocacy strategies for key countries in Asia, and executing these strategies, including determining which USG and other government officials to meet with, which written products to produce, etc. 

  • Supporting existing advocacy work on China and Hong Kong, including convening a series of policy workshops with experts on key policy areas.  

  • Monitoring developments in and USG activity related to Asia, particularly in key advocacy countries, to keep colleagues informed and recommend advocacy interventions. 

  • Leading the preparation of Freedom House staff for meetings, hearings, briefings, press interviews, or speaking engagements related to Asia, or presenting on Freedom House’s behalf at such engagements. 

  • Responding to incoming requests from policymakers for information related to Asia, leading the creation of talking points, briefing memos, letters, press releases, and other written products as relevant, and tracking these requests for monitoring and evaluation purposes. 

  • Working with program colleagues to prepare human rights defenders and activists for meetings with policymakers. 

  • Working with research colleagues to arrange briefings of research related to Asia. 

  • Assisting with creation of semi-monthly advocacy newsletter. 

  • Other tasks or advocacy work, as assigned. 



  • Previous employment in the US Senate, US House, US Department of State, USAID, White House or similar, with at least three years of hands on policy experience and the ability to demonstrate success at moving legislation or policy positions. 

  • Previous advocacy experience preferred. 

  • Proven ability in researching, analyzing, and reporting on policy issues, including demonstrated experience drafting legislation, policy memos, and other written products relevant to policy and advocacy work. 

  • Fluency in English; language abilities for countries in Asia a plus. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, Asian studies, or a related field. 

Skills and Attributes: 

  • A personal belief in and commitment to the inherent value of freedom, democracy, and human rights.  

  • Strong writing and analytical abilities, including being able to synthesize large amounts of information, pulling out key points and drafting clear and concise language under tight deadlines.  

  • Excellent verbal communication and public speaking skills. 

  • Meticulous attention to detail. 

  • Ability to prioritize between and manage competing urgent priorities and make progress on several projects simultaneously. 

  • Ability to assess and recommend policy positions based on Freedom House’s lens toward bipartisan, pragmatic solutions. 

  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with multiple people across the organization, navigating a variety of working styles and diverse views, to drive the creation of policy recommendations. 

  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality and professional comportment around senior government officials, dignitaries, and CEOs. 

Additional Information 

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.  

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and starts at $50,000.  

  • The role may require light domestic and international travel to participate in conferences, briefings, and workshops. 

  • Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.  

  • Staff are currently working remotely due to Covid-19, and Freedom House is continuing to evaluate when, and under what circumstances, staff will return to the office. This position will start remote and will require mandatory relocation to Washington DC once circumstances allow. 

  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.  

  • This position is contingent on funding approval. 




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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