Government Relations Associate

The Government Relations Associate is a full-time position. Under the supervision of the Director of Government Relations, the Government Relations Associate is responsible for supporting Refugees International’s (RI’s) advocacy agenda with the U.S. government, most importantly with the U.S. Congress, including relevant appropriation and authorization committees and the leadership. A core means of accomplishing this will be to enhance the strategic advocacy work of the program staff. RI examines thematic issues of return and recovery, domestic and international asylum practices, women and girls, human rights, humanitarian and development reform, climate displacement, refugee resettlement, and peacekeeping, among other areas.  



  • Monitor, analyze, and interpret relevant legislative and policy developments, particularly those reflected in the introduction, mark-up, or passage of legislation.

  • Maintain U.S. government contact lists for advocacy outreach purposes.

  • Draft background and briefing materials for advocacy meeting preparation and U.S. government communication.

  • Maximize existing and new legislative tracking tools to the benefit of RI’s policy objectives.

  • Attend and provide summaries of relevant events, hearings, and panels featuring U.S. government representatives that pertain to RI’s thematic and regional portfolios.

  • Provide advocates who are preparing for missions with information regarding legislative provisions on countries or issues of concern as well as relevant U.S. government contacts.

  • Track fluid international emergencies overseas and provide updates to the program team.

  • Monitor and regularly update the program staff regarding relevant U.S. government public announcements, press releases, and statements.



  • With the support of the program team and the Director of Government Relations, draft monthly updates on U.S. government policy movement regarding RI recommendations.

  • Represent RI at coordination meetings organized by NGOs, RI partners, the U.S. government, think tanks, and other institutions.

  • Participate in select U.S. government advocacy meetings of regional and thematic importance to RI’s mission and goals.

  • In consultation with the Director of Government Relations, assist advocates in the execution of their individual report advocacy strategies and meet with individual advocates to monitor progress on U.S. advocacy objectives.

  • Draft formal communications to congressional staff on RI’s policy positions on issues such as U.S. funding of humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

  • Support the expansion of contacts with U.S. agencies as well as congressional offices and committee staff, particularly those members that serve on regional and thematic committees of relevance to RI’s core concerns related to displacement, migration, and humanitarian emergencies.



  • Working with an RI colleague, provide administrative, research, and logistical support to at least one RI field mission per year outside of the United States. Conduct assessments of humanitarian crises and the level and causes of displacement, with a particular focus on crises known to be of concern to the U.S. government.



  • In consultation with the Director of Government Relations, support RI’s fundraising and communications efforts through internal memoranda and strategic updates.

  • Draft op-eds, issue briefs, and blogs, and provide support for additional products to advance RI’s mission.

  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in public policy, international relations, political science or a related field preferred;

  • A minimum of three years of professionally relevant advocacy and policy-related work, in the executive or legislative branch of the U.S. government, or in the advocacy community, related to humanitarian assistance, international development, or human rights;

  • Experience traveling outside of North America and Europe preferred.



  • Excellent communication and writing skills;

  • English language fluency required and working knowledge of another language of value to RI’s overseas work, such as French, Spanish, Arabic, preferred;

  • Willingness to travel to emerging crises in support of RI mission objectives;

  • Firsthand knowledge of how the U.S. Congress functions, especially in its consideration of the appropriations process and humanitarian affairs. Preference given to candidates that have worked in Congress or who have served in U.S. government.



To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to by July 1 , 2019. In the subject line write "Government Relations Associate" followed by your family name. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Refugees International requires that all applicants submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Refugees International is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Expected salary range is $45,000 to $58,000.