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United States of America: Policy Counsel

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Refugee Assistance Project
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 17 Jul 2017

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters at 28 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.


IRAP is seeking a Policy Counsel to be based at the organization's headquarters in New York City as part of IRAP's growing team. Now is a critical moment for individuals interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration law to advocate for human rights. The Policy Counsel will:

  • Collaborate with IRAP’s Legal team to research and develop proposed policy initiatives and strategy in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Advocate with congressional offices and federal agencies on policy for refugees and displaced persons.
  • Advocate with the United Nations on improved policies for refugees and displaced persons.
  • Expand, organize, and collaborate with IRAP’s volunteers and supporters to build a grassroots advocacy network in support of refugees.
  • Liaise and manage relationships with partner organizations.

  • Support IRAP’s media advocacy in conjunction with IRAP’s Communications Manager.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, J.D., and authorization to practice law in the United States required
  • 1+ year(s) experience in policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy, preferred
  • 1+ year(s) experience in national security or military and/or refugee law, human rights, and immigration law preferred
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Willingness to travel regularly, particularly to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Must be a self-starter, motivated, and a good team player with a strong sense of humor
  • Must be highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Microsoft Suite

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 3 pages) using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.