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Refugee Advocacy Advisor

Human Rights First
Washington, DC 20005



JOB TITLE:                    Refugee Advocacy Advisor     

DEPARTMENT:              Advocacy       

LOCATION:                    Washington, DC

REPORTS TO:                Director, Refugee Advocacy              

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Exempt, Union




The Refugee Advocacy Advisor advocates to advance Human Rights Firsts objectives to protect the rights of refugees including through maintaining strong asylum and resettlement systems.  Working with the Refugee Advocacy Director s/he will implement plans to restore asylum protections and collaborate with allies and partners to protect the asylum system and draft materials to support Human Rights Firsts advocacy. The Refugee Advocacy Advisor will facilitate and support the involvement of asylees, pro bono attorneys, as well as other stakeholders and allies, in Human Rights Firsts advocacy. The Refugee Advocacy Advisor will also work closely from across the organization including Human Rights Firsts refugee protection, refugee representation, advocacy and communications teams. 



  • Execute plans to persuade policy and law makers to adopt Human Rights Firsts proposals to protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.  In particular, the Advocacy Advisor will:

    • Work with Human Rights First experts in refugee policy to set and frame organizational objectives

    • Craft strategies to achieve these objectives via direct and public advocacy

    • Spearhead efforts to organize advocacy meetings, asylum coalition meetings, Hill briefings, and other advocacy efforts, at the direction of the Refugee Advocacy Director

    • Prepare and promote Human Rights Firsts materials in support of advocacy efforts, as well as blogs, action alerts, and other materials; conduct research as needed, in collaboration with the Refugee Protection  team members  

    • Spearhead efforts to identify and support the involvement of asylees and refugees in Human Rights Firsts advocacy

  • Track relevant legislation, hearings, floor debates, votes, identify threats and opportunities, and participate in the development of organizational positions, such as drafting vote recommendations, legislation analysis, and other advocacy documents;  

  • Represent Human Rights First at meetings and events on the Hill and with coalition partners;

  • Lead and/or coordinate meetings between advocacy targets and Human Rights First experts, leadership, and allies;

  • Oversee data collection for evaluation and measuring progress, including tracking activities and accomplishments for grant reports and board and donor updates, and track detailed lobbying activity for the refugee advocacy team;

  • Facilitate intern recruitment and supervise interns, as needed;

  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.



  • At least four to five years of public affairs, human rights or immigration-related experience and advanced degree required;

  • Familiarity with the federal legislative  and political process, and administrative agencies;

  • Knowledge of issues facing refugees and asylum seekers and experience advocating on those issues required; 

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, multitask and prioritize responsibilities at a fast pace, and work independently while functioning as a member of a collegial and team-based environment;

  • Advanced interpersonal, written, and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences with strong attention to detail;

  • Strong organizational and planning skills, including ability to work with diverse groups at all levels internally and externally.  Demonstrated ability to work with people possessing different viewpoints;

  • Spanish language proficiency desired.

Interested candidates should apply at https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers.


Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.  We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives make us stronger and more effective.



Posted: 2023-03-17 Expires: 2023-04-16

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