Policy Associate, Global Advocacy

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls for the last four decades. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based practical solutions to change policies and programs.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW conducts research to inform policies and programs seeking to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. Corporations, foundations, governments and civil society organizations partner with ICRW to discover through rigorous research how to dismantle barriers and help women and girls achieve their full potential. ICRW’s focal areas include gender-based violence, healthy transitions to adulthood, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

At ICRW, we believe that research can and should be a process of social development, and we employ participatory methods when appropriate. Further, ICRW pursues intersectional research to the greatest extent possible. All research we undertake serves to advance ICRW’s mission of improving the status of women and girls, promoting gender equality, and eradicating poverty. 

Primary Role:  

The Policy Associate will provide overall contract and budget management of projects in the Policy and Advocacy portfolio and contribute to the implementation of global advocacy projects, with a core focus on our work convening a group of thought leaders on feminist foreign policy. The position also involves some technical support for research and advocacy activities on projects dealing with global women’s rights and gender equality issues. The successful candidate will have a background in gender, foreign policy and/or international development, with considerable administrative, event-planning and project management experience. This is a fixed-term contract position contingent upon funding. 

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Under the direction of the portfolio director, responsible for monitoring project budgets- overseeing allocations and spending, tracking financial transactions, and ensuring compliance with contract requirements; developing work plans; and maintenance of files and information. 
  • Serve as core coordinator for the planning and execution of a high-level convening on feminist foreign policy, including donor communication, agenda and material development, communication with participants and travel planning.
  • Manages project contracts and overall operational requirements of the Policy & Advocacy portfolio, including preparing quarterly reports, reviewing financial reports, ensuring integrity of the internal tracking systems, and ensuring timely submission of deliverables. 
  • Contribute to business development efforts, including the writing of proposals, monitoring progress towards submission deadlines, and drafting budgets.  
  • Contribute ongoing work of ICRW’s policy advocacy including through knowledge management and staying abreast of advocacy initiatives, ensures records and archives are up-to-date, managing budgets and grants and responsible for planning and proposal development and reporting for ICRW’s advocacy grants.
  • Work with the Director, Policy and Advocacy and other relevant staff in implementing portions of ICRW’s advocacy strategy, including:
    • Monitor relevant policy developments with regard to gender and women’s rights among select international policy (UN, G7, G20, U.S. foreign policy) forums.
    • Prepare fact sheets, policy briefs, blogs, newsletter articles, reports and letters on policy issues.
    • Support the planning and hosting of relevant events in line with ICRW advocacy priorities, with a special focus on our feminist foreign policy project.
    • As needed, attend meetings of relevant coalitions, and represent ICRW’s policy and advocacy issues and strategy, and report back.
    • Maintain lists of relevant policy officials and advocacy partners to disseminate ICRW updates and materials.
  • Undertakes other tasks as assigned by the portfolio director, based on team and institutional priorities. 
  • May be expected to travel occasionally on an as-needed basis.



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


Minimum three years of experience with a bachelor’s degree or one years of experience with a master’s degree. Two years of experience in budget and project management, as well as with event-planning highly preferred. A background in foreign policy and assistance, particularly related to gender, a plus.


Proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Internet applications including online database applications (e.g., EconLit & JStor). Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills required. Must be detail oriented, flexible, 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 project involves planning and organizing a convening, event planning and travel management 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 good reading comprehension in a foreign language also a plus. 

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