Program Associate, US Foreign Policy
International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
Accounts to: Senior Program Officer, US Foreign Policy and Director of Advocacy and Policy
Based in: Washington, DC
Period: Two years
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) envisions a world in which women and girls:
- have access to the information and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
- can make informed choices about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing and marriage, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence;
- are equally and effectively engaged in decisions that affect their sexual and reproductive rights and health; and
- lead movements working to advance sexual and reproductive rights and health.
IWHC promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC advances this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working within their communities and at the national and regional levels; by advocating for international policies, programs, and funding; and by seeking to influence US policy on these matters.
IWHC builds bridges between local realities and global policy-making by connecting women and youth leaders in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.
In the US and abroad, the Trump Administration and Congress are poised to significantly undermine women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights. In 2017, the Trump Administration reinstated and expanded the “Global Gag Rule”; cut off funding for UNFPA; and proposed drastic cuts to reproductive health and family planning funding, among other actions, which would restrict women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, and threaten their health and lives. This new, two-year program associate position will work in Washington, DC to support IWHC’s US Foreign Policy team to mount strategic and coordinated resistance to laws and policies that would threaten sexual and reproductive rights globally. The Program Associate will contribute to the development and execution of IWHC’s advocacy strategies, with a focus on developing highly strategic and impactful advocacy messages, campaigns, materials, and events.
Duties & Responsibilities
Advocacy and Policy Program Support
- Assist in the development and implementation of high impact advocacy campaigns to prevent and respond to attacks on sexual and reproductive rights;
- Work with DC-based program staff to mobilize and engage in alliances and coalitions to advance sexual and reproductive rights, human rights and justice;
- Keep IWHC staff informed about developments in US funding, legislation, policies, and programs related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and women’s rights, and make recommendations for IWHC’s public policy efforts;
- Raise awareness of Congressional offices and key government decision makers about IWHC issues and priorities;
- Assist in the organization of public events, seminars and briefings in DC and at the United Nations;
- Conduct research for and assist in the drafting of cutting-edge analysis on US foreign policy on sexual and reproductive rights;
- Collect stories about how US foreign policy impacts the health and rights of women and girls globally, and create platforms to give voice to IWHC partners;
- Work with program and communications staff to develop clear and compelling messages for the media, decision-makers, and IWHC supporters;
- Contribute to the development of strategies and work plans for both the Advocacy and Policy Program and IWHC;
- Provide general administrative support, including, but not limited to, photocopying, filing, handling routine written and telephone communications, and keeping databases updated;
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
Please note: This position will not conduct any direct lobbying, as defined by federal tax laws.
- Passion for and demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive rights and justice.
- BA and two to four years administrative experience required; Master’s degree preferred.
- A nuanced understanding of how to drive change within Congress and with US government offices.
- Exceptional ability to think strategically and tactically, to communicate clearly, and to persuade.
- Willingness and ability to travel domestically (to NYC regularly) and internationally on occasion.
COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no employee contribution for employee-only medical, dental, and vision coverage, among others.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2018. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
DESIRED START DATE: As soon as possible.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter (including ref. #USFP2018) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: [email protected].
We cannot respond to all inquiries—only candidates for consideration will be contacted. Regrettably we will not accept phone calls.
IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status, or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline, and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.