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Senior Advocate for Europe

The Senior Advocate for Europe is a full time, grant-funded position with a duration of 18 months. Under the supervision of the Director for Policy and Advocacy, the Senior Advocate for Europe is responsible for developing and advancing RI’s advocacy and policy positions addressing the ongoing European migration crisis and broader displacement issues throughout Europe. To advance RI’s organizational goals, the Senior Advocate will proactively engage the United States government, the United Nations, international organizations, and key European institutions and governments. She/he will help formulate RI’s priority issues related to Europe and expand and strengthen RI’s networks with leading NGOs and relevant European officials. She/he will be the primary RI contact for advocacy related to Europe and will be based in RI’s office in Washington, D.C.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop RI’s work and advocacy priorities focused on Europe, and engage humanitarian-focused agencies, the U.S. government, the U.S. Congress, relevant entities of the European Union, and key European governments and their Missions in Washington, D.C. Build and strengthen RI’s European networks, including with relevant government officials, NGOs, media and think-tanks in the United States and in Europe.

  • Advocate with the U.S. government, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and relevant entities in Europe to press for improved policies towards refugees and displaced individuals particularly in light of the current migration crisis, and to ensure appropriate funding and protection mechanisms for those programs and individuals.

  • Seek out opportunities in Europe for RI staff to pursue RI advocacy recommendations and advise RI program staff on focus countries and themes to maximize their advocacy work in Europe.

  • Conduct three-four field missions each year to assess the international response to humanitarian crises, refugee and internal displacement settings through interviews with those affected, with other individuals knowledgeable about the situation, including NGO and UN personnel, government officials and academics.

  • Summarize the analysis of the mission findings, and develop recommendations for how to best address these issues through written reports, blogs, and through social media.

  • Collaborate with fellow advocates and other RI staff to advance organizational thinking on key issues and to support the achievement of the organization’s mission.

  • Contribute to RI’s communications and visibility efforts by undertaking media relations activities (including but not limited to on-air interviews with media) and by preparing regular blogs, op-eds and articles for publication by RI.

  • Contribute to fund raising efforts by meeting donors, contributing to donor proposals and reports, helping to organize Board and donor tours, and giving public presentations on displacement issues.

  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Special Education/Experience Requirements:

A Master’s degree in international relations, political science or humanitarian /human rights issues. Five to seven years of post-master’s degree advocacy work on human rights / humanitarian advocacy-related issues in Europe. First-hand experience of humanitarian crises in the field, particularly in Europe.

Special Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Familiarity with the key agencies of the international humanitarian system and the strengths and weaknesses of this system. Demonstrated knowledge of human rights / humanitarian issues within the European context and thorough understanding of the EU / CoE / OSCE political systems, as well as that of key European countries. Extensive network of governmental and non-governmental contacts in Europe. Excellent communication skills, especially writing and public speaking and very strong inter-personal skills. Ability to speak at least two official languages of the European Union and knowledge of Arabic strongly preferred. Willingness to work in difficult and potentially dangerous locations. A commitment to team work, as well as flexibility and a sense of humor.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to before CoB 21 July 2016. In the subject line write Senior Advocate followed by your family name. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.”


General information on internships

Interns are essential to the work of Refugees International. RI strives to provide interns with an environment that encourages their professional development, offers networking opportunities, and increases their understanding of humanitarian issues worldwide.

Refugees International accepts a limited number of applicants for unpaid internships throughout the year. Interns should be willing to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks to the internship and be able to work at the Refugees International office in Washington, DC.

All intern applicants must either be enrolled as students or have graduated in the last three months.

Internships are based loosely on the following schedule:
Winter/spring, January – April (application deadline: November 15)
Summer, May – August (application deadline: March 15)
Fall/winter, September – December (application deadline: July 15)

If you would like to apply, please refer to the instructions below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by the deadlines listed above.

Please note: the following positions are only general descriptions of the types of internships that may be available. Each type of internship may or may not be open during different semesters.

General Intern
The General intern assists the Office Manager and RI staff with both administrative tasks and special projects. General interns have the opportunity to gain exposure to all aspects of the organization. Responsibilities may include answering and transferring phone calls; greeting guests to our office; assisting with special projects; attending local conferences and seminars on behalf of the advocacy staff; and compiling News Clips to update our staff on our focus countries.

Program Intern
The Program intern works closely with our advocates, who complete approximately twelve field missions a year, and support staff. Responsibilities may include attending local government and NGO conferences; conducting research on focus countries; assisting in the creation and editing of research reports; and providing additional front office support. The Program intern may also work with the Communications Department to promote Refugees International through website development, media relations, and promotion of publications.

Development (Fundraising) Intern
The Development intern works with the Development Department to support fundraising activities in various capacities, ranging from prospect funding research to assisting the development team with a variety of administrative tasks and other fundraising projects as they arise. Responsibilities may include supporting foundation fundraising and grant writing; coordinating mailings; supporting event planning and execution; updating donor databases; and conducting research on potential funding sources and new fundraising techniques.

Application Instructions
To apply for an internship with Refugees International, please forward your resume, a cover letter, a brief writing sample (2 – 5 pages), and a list of three references to Your cover letter should clearly indicate the semester you are available and your interest in a general, program, development and/or congressional internship. Please submit all materials at one time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please fill out and forward this questionnaire as part of your application.

Only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted by Refugees International.

General information on Fellowships

Criteria for candidates for the RI Resident and Non-Resident Fellows Program: 

  • Must have completed at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study,
  • Must have previous work experience relevant to RI’s work or can demonstrate an ability to do research,
  • Must submit a one page proposal which includes research relevant to RI’s work prior to being offered a position and subject to review through the supervisor by the Management Team,

The proposal must include a final product—e.g., a longer report—for possible publication by RI,

The proposal must include a work schedule which is at a minimum three months in duration and ten hours per week (Resident Fellows only),

  • RI will provide fellows with a work station and materials to perform their tasks. RI will not provide any additional compensation.
  • RI encourages fellows to seek outside funding and will assist the fellows with the application where possible.

Other Requirements:

  • Fellows must renew with RI on an annual basis which includes submitting a new one page proposal;
  • RI reserves the right to publish the final product of the fellowship. If RI does not choose to publish the report then the fellow can use the document as they wish;
  • Fellows will be assigned to one staff person at RI and all work assigned to the Fellow must go through the supervisor;
  • Fellows are required to update their assigned staff person as to work they are doing and communications made regarding RI at a minimum on a monthly basis;
  • Fellows are strongly encouraged to draft blogs on relevant issues at least once a month—to be reviewed by RI staff;
  • Non-resident fellows are expected to have significant knowledge of the organization and have spent at least three months in RI’s Washington office prior to serving as a non-resident fellow;
  • Non-resident fellows may have an RI account: meaning they would have an email address and they would have access to RI folders.

For more information on RI fellowships, please email