Policy Analyst South Asia region
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a bipartisan independent federal commission that monitors and seeks to advance the internationally recognized freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief and related human rights.
Created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, USCIRF is an independent bipartisan U.S. legislative agency which monitors the universal right to the freedom of religion or belief, using international standards to do so, and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF's activities include: engaging with Administration officials, members of Congress, think tanks, and policy experts; disseminating information to the public and policymakers through op-eds, press releases, and policy briefs; participating in Congressional hearings; convening public hearings and expert briefings; engaging in overseas diplomatic visits and inquiries; and participating in multilateral for a. More information about USCIRF is available at www.uscirf.gov
USCIRF is seeking a Policy Analyst to focus on South Asian countries and other areas as assigned. Specific to the regional portfolio, the Policy Analyst will: monitor and analyze religious freedom conditions and related human rights; monitor and assess U.S. foreign policy; develop policy recommendations for the U.S. government to advance freedom of religion or belief; monitor, develop, and report on various events or opportunities that, if properly leveraged, could be effective inflection points for achieving implementation of USCIRF-recommended policy; draft annual report materials, briefing materials, policy focus reports, correspondence, and testimony; and build and maintain extensive contacts with relevant policy counterparts in the U.S. government and with members of NGOs, academia, and other organizations focused on freedom of religion or belief, and related human rights. This position may also include responsibilities on cross-cutting thematic issues relevant to USCIRF.
- 25% or Greater
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
- Must be a U.S. citizen;
- Possess, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field to the position requirements;
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of regional politics, jurisprudence, culture, economic development, security trends, U.S. interests, and human rights in general;
- Strong research skills;
- Ability to proactively develop, synthesize, and articulate effective and actionable policy recommendations;
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting, defining and meeting deadlines;
- Ability to synthesize information from various sources;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and collegial demeanor; and
- Proven experience using Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Fluency or demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language, preferably a South Asian language;
- Advanced degree;
- At least two (2) years' substantive experience as demonstrated bya sustained record of accomplished, analytical writing and other professional achievements.
Reporting to the Director of Research and Policy, the Policy Analyst's primary responsibilities involve the following:
- Collect, analyze, and document information related to freedom of religion or belief in South Asia and other assigned areas,including:
- following events affecting freedom of religion or belief across the region and in countries of concern;
- gathering information and maintaining relations with U.S. and foreign government agencies, NGOs, religious groups, and academics; and
- monitoring international media and State Department reports/statements.
- Develop strategies and recommendations to encourage improvement in the status of freedom of religion or belief in South Asia, including making recommendations forU.S. government policy and working for their implementation and incorporation into State Department and Administration policies and representations, as well as legislation.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Draft and/or assist with relevant Annual Report chapters, work to ensure the accuracy and completeness of analysis and language in the Annual Report for assigned countries,and participate as appropriate in Annual Report launch events as requested.
- Produce and/or assist with Congressional testimony, briefing memos, and meeting talking points for Commissioners and senior staff.
- Contribute to drafting of press releases or opinion pieces for public media, as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Brief Commissioners and/or staff on U.S. government efforts to promote freedom of religion or belief, as well as foreign government activities limiting this freedom, either orally or through prepared memoranda.
- Engage with the White House, State Department and other Executive Branch agencies on religious freedom issues, including requesting meetings and information, and promoting recommendations, as well as engaging with foreign governments.
- Represent USCIRF at working level meetings at the State Department and other agencies, and with congressional staff, as well as with official and unofficial foreign visitors and the media as necessary.
- Advocate for USCIRF positions on religious freedom with foreign officials, domestic and foreign audiences, NGOs, human rights groups, and religious organizations.
- Work toward the inclusion of USCIRF recommendations in U.S. government and State Department policies and representations.
- Organize, prepare materials for, and participate in Commission delegations and staff trips to countries to gather information on religious freedom conditions.
- Attend and report on public hearings and other events around D.C. on relevant issues.
- Assist with preparations for meetings, roundtables, Commission travel, and other events, including organizing and preparing materials for public USCIRF events.
- Establish and maintain network of relevant contacts for countries of responsibility.
- Other duties as assigned.