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Senior Policy Advisor - Asia Region

Open Society Foundations
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Aug 18, 2022

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Full Time

Senior Policy Advisor - Asia Region

Competitive salary + excellent benefits

Washington, D.C.

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your advocacy skills?  We’re seeking a Senior Policy Advisor to lead OSF advocacy and policy development in Washington on U.S. policies related to Asia. The Senior Policy Advisor will be OSUS’ expert on these issues and will advocate for open society principles in these areas.

As part of the Open Society Foundations’ network, Open Society-US (OSUS) is committed to building a vibrant, inclusive, and just society in the United States and in its foreign and national security policies. OSUS and its lobbying affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, conduct and support advocacy on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues, including strong human rights policies, cooperative global engagement, better access to public health services, and greater corporate and governmental transparency and accountability.

As a Senior Policy Advisor at Open Society, you will:

  • Lead OSF advocacy in Washington on issues related to Asia, develop strategies and materials to move US policy on related issues; including but not limited to position papers, letters, background memoranda, legislation, amendments, congressional letters, talking points, hearing questions, congressional record statements, and op-eds;
  • Partner with colleagues across the network to identify and create opportunities for advocacy & grant-making;
  • Convene meetings with partners, grantees & allies to identify strategic gaps and/or develop policy recommendations;
  • Maintain a network of relationships with high-level officials in the US government and other key players within the policy community;
  • Monitor US foreign policy relating to Asia, as well as the US role at relevant multilateral fora and other key OSUS foreign policy objectives as needed;
  • Solicit, vet, and recommend consultancies and grants and evaluate grantee organizations;
  • Interpret the US political environment and serve as a resource for other OSF programs and contribute to multi-program efforts in relevant areas; \Consider relevant foreign and domestic policy interplay and opportunities; and
  • Work with communications staff on media strategies and outreach on related issues.

What we are looking for:

  • Extensive knowledge of one or more Asian countries, including related U.S. policy and assistance to advance good governance, migration, global health, human rights, and economic development;
  • Knowledge of China helpful;
  • Substantial practical experience, including 7-10 years’ work relevant to policy advocacy, ideally with employment history in an Executive Branch agency or the U.S. Congress;
  • Excellent knowledge of the U.S. political process and foreign policy formulation infrastructure, specifically the roles of Congress, the State Department, Pentagon, USAID, and other relevant agencies;
  • Excellent written, research, and oral communications skills;
  • Substantial background in developing and implementing advocacy strategies;
  • Fluency in a second language and experience working in a cross-cultural setting a plus;
  • Advanced degree preferred; and
  • Willingness to travel, as needed.

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more.
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter, CV and a writing sample; we look forward to learning more about you.

Open Society requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless an employee requires a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or for a sincerely held religious belief. If you may require an accommodation, please apply for any roles that interest you and if hired, you will receive information on how to request a reasonable accommodation related to Open Society’s vaccination requirement.

Closing date: 18 August 2022.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

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