Sr. Policy Specialist

Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 8 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 3 May 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Pact’s policy work focuses on influencing decision-makers at the global and national levels in the U.S. and other target markets. We ensure decision-makers have the right support and information to take actions to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world. Pact is looking for a Sr. Policy Specialist to support the growing policy and advocacy focus at the organization. The Sr. Policy Specialist will support efforts across a broad range of communications administrative activities, including direct support to the External Relations Manager who provides leadership, direction and oversight to Pact’s advocacy and public policy efforts.

Key Responsibilities
  • Support implementation of Pact’s policy strategy, including developing components of sub-strategies such as influencer and opportunity lists.
  • Work with members of the Communications team and other relevant staff to develop outreach strategies for engagement with Congress based on priorities defined by Pact.
  • Understand Pact priorities and how they are impacted by USG policy, budget and programmatic changes.
  • Research legislative action that affects the organization and the international development community at large, including U.S. foreign assistance and the FY19 budget.
  • Track news related to foreign assistance funding and international development policy in the U.S. and other key markets.
  • Disseminate written and oral communication of Pact’s policy positions in a timely manner, including initiating policy-relevant social media across Pact’s social media channels.
  • Provide support for outreach meetings and briefings, including scheduling, researching participants and issues, and developing and assembling materials.
  • Attend and summarize for the organization relevant Hill events, including briefings and hearings, and events hosted by the development community.
  • Establish and maintain professional and collegial relationships with congressional staff, and engage with appropriate congressional staff on relevant policy issues.
  • Support additional functions as needed.

Basic Requirements
  • 4-5 years of professional experience in public policy, advocacy, or international development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, international affairs, political science, or another relevant program.
  • Ability and interest in working with and in a culturally diverse team.
  • Collaborative working style with a focus on team efficiency and success.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and diplomacy.
  • Excellent social media and presentation skills.
  • Creative and solution-focused.
  • Excellent organizational skills with high level attention to detail.
  • Ability to create and maintain tracking and data management systems and version control.
  • Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite required, including high-level proficiency in creating and editing documents in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Foreign language proficiency is a plus.

How to Apply
To be considered, applicants must submit the following:
  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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