Senior International Development and Humanitarian Policy Advisor

Bread for the World Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 04

Position description

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To provide policy leadership on issues of global hunger and food security, especially in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and the role of effective U.S. global development and humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and multilateral aid in supporting country-led development and addressing the causes of and providing solutions to hunger and poverty around the world.

1. Leads the Institute’s effort in developing a policy and advocacy agenda with respect to fragile and conflict-affected countries and helps to shape the strategy to advance the agenda and get it implemented.
2. Develops and recommends conceptual and institutional framework for making U.S. and multilateral development assistance more effective and efficient, especially in fragile and conflict-affected countries. 
3. Carries out research, analysis, writing and editing of position papers, briefing papers other educational materials on global hunger and fragility, including humanitarian response, resilience, agriculture and social protection, climate change, aid effectiveness and strengthening the bipartisan case for bilateral and multilateral development and humanitarian assistance.
4. Represents Bread for the World Institute and conducts non-legislative advocacy on issues of global development and U.S. foreign assistance, engaging USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the State Department, USIP, other relevant bilateral and multilateral programs.
5. Cultivates new and deepens existing partnerships with strategic representatives of developing country governments, parliamentarians, and diplomats, civil society, U.S. implementing partners, U.S. government officials, think tanks, corporations and business associations.
6. Participates and exercises leadership in coalitions addressing the implementation of the SDGs, food security and hunger in fragile and conflict-affected countries, development effectiveness and U.S. foreign assistance reform, including InterAction and other organizations and groups.
7. Develops and maintains a database of contacts for the Institute’s aid effectiveness, agriculture and food security research, education and non-legislative advocacy.
8. Collaborates closely with the Government Relations Department on international hunger and poverty policy analysis.
9. Collaborates with the Communications department to draft op-eds, letters to the editor, articles and other media pieces on hunger in fragile and conflict-affected countries, agriculture, climate change, development and humanitarian assistance and aid quality.
10. Presents, interprets, and advocates the Institute’s analysis and policy positions to Bread members, staff, board and other citizen groups, media, opinion-shapers, and policy makers.  
11. Develops and maintain the Raiser’s Edge database of contacts for the Institute on global hunger and poverty policy and advocacy.
12. Provides strategic thinking and ways to break new ground to expand the Institute’s research and non-legislative policy agenda on local capacity strengthening and social protection.
13. Coordinates and provides back-up technical support for the production of the Hunger Report, including planning for overseas travel and reviewing the research agenda and interview topics to ensure cultural appropriateness. 
14. Ensures targeted and timely dissemination of key Institute outputs by working with Communications to organize social media events—Twitter Chats, among others.
15. Leads the Institute’s participation in strategic global advocacy efforts related to changing global norms, and agreements, U.S foreign assistance, and regional initiatives such as the African Union, to elevate the issue of food security and country ownership.
16. Represents the Institute in internal staff task forces as assigned by the Director.

1. Contributes analysis and outcome-based data to narrative reports required by funders; participates in planning and proposal development for project-related grants; represents the Institute in meetings convened by program officers that are relevant to issues areas covered by this position.
2. Serves as department representative on staff task forces, as assigned.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Mentors junior staff; may supervise fellows and interns.


• Graduate degree in related field with minimum of eight years of relevant policy analysis experience.
• Broad knowledge of global development and foreign assistance policy issues.
• Strong research, written and oral communication skills, including ability to identify and engage target audiences and communicates complex ideas or issues tailored to the audience, using appropriate formats and media.
• Ability to work collegially with diverse religious, racial/ethnic, cultural and income groups. 
• Experience living and working in developing countries highly preferred.
• Highly motivated self-starter with ability to prioritize among complex tasks and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated strong skills in public speaking.
• Ability to work independently as up to 40% of performance and outcomes are typically subject to broad organizational review and up to 60% are subject to senior management review.
• Ability to lead teams, develop collaborative relationships internally and externally which require a high degree of diplomacy and judgment in order to address and resolve substantive conflicts or escalate concerns to senior management.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Familiarity with Christian faith perspective and advocacy to end hunger desirable.

• Some travel both domestically and internationally typically required.
• Must be responsive to emails and phone calls off-site during evenings, weekends, and holidays to support time-sensitive matters. 

The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

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