Policy & Research Intern Opening (Spring 2021)

Position Description
Freedom Now is seeking a policy & research intern for the spring of 2021. This opportunity offers first-hand experience for a graduate student interested in pursuing a career in international human rights.

The intern will be responsible for assisting in developing Freedom Now’s advocacy efforts. In 2021, we will be working to address the following thematic human rights issues: wrongful detention, prison conditions, rehabilitation of former prisoners, transnational repression, and supporting civil society and international action. Depending on Freedom Now’s programmatic schedule in the spring, the intern should expect to perform some or all of the following activities:

  • Conducting research related to advocacy projects (specifically, prison conditions; repressive legislation; and former prisoner rehabilitation);
  • Participating in drafting blog posts; op-eds; memos, advocacy letters, and research reports;
  • Identifying advocacy targets;
  • Participating in the development of advocacy strategy;
  • Researching individual prisoner of conscience cases;
  • Researching legal questions concerning international or foreign law; and
  • Assisting with general administrative activities.

    Desired Qualifications
  • A commitment to human rights
  • Current enrollment in graduate school
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent research abilities
  • A familiarity with international human rights
  • Foreign language skills

Although the internship is unpaid, Freedom Now will support students seeking school credit. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to alhedmat {at} freedom-now {dot} org.

Eurasia Program Director

Freedom Now is seeking a full-time Eurasia Program Director to help advance the organization’s campaign to bring genuine reform in Eurasian countries. The director will be responsible for development and implementation of an international advocacy strategy to achieve two objectives. The first objective is to elevate human rights as an essential component of international engagement. The second objective is to counter the deceptive narrative these countries dispense abroad to secure lucrative financial support and security partnerships, especially with the United States and European Union. The director will work closely with the Executive Director and partner organizations in setting the objectives and day-to-day action items, and ensuring that the programmatic goals are met.

Successful candidates will be collaborative, knowledgeable about the Eurasia region, and passionate about advancing human rights and the rule of law through international advocacy efforts. The ideal candidate will be a unique and creative thinker who thrives in an environment where a premium is placed on flexibility, adaptability, and being a self-starter. This position will be staffed in Washington, DC, with some travel as required. The salary ($75,000) and benefits, such as generous paid leave and flexible working arrangements, for this position will be commensurate with experience. This position will be established for two years, with extensions contingent on performance and availability of funding.

Interested candidates should submit a CV along with cover letter, three references, and appropriate writing sample to khorberg {at} freedom-now {dot} org. Applications submitted without these materials will not be considered. Only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been selected. Due to the high volume of qualified applicants, please understand we will only be able to follow-up with individuals who have been selected for an interview.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Freedom Now’s Executive Director to develop and implement an ambitious, innovative advocacy plan for the Eurasian region and for individual project countries;
  • Cultivate and build relationships with partner organizations and activists working on the region and build a working coalition of NGOs and experts;
  • Liaise regularly with staff and partner organizations to ensure up to date information about fundamental human rights issues and political insight;
  • Establish relationships with key policy makers, officials, and other influential stakeholders in Washington, DC (and elsewhere);
  • Identify and facilitate impactful advocacy initiatives;
  • Prepare timely, high quality, and impactful advocacy and communications materials, including opinion articles, blog posts, press releases, briefing papers, government and organizational sign-on letters, and in-depth thematic reports;
  • Represent Freedom Now at public events, meetings, and to the media;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Europe and Eurasia; and
  • Comply with any and all internal and donor-related reporting requirements and other administrative duties as required.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Post graduate or advanced degree in human rights, law, or a related discipline;
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in a legislative/parliamentary body or NGO sector engaged in government relations and/or advocacy;
  • Established relationships with key US policy maker staff and US government officials (other non-US government relationships helpful);
  • Excellent instincts and political judgment;
  • Extensive experience with developing and implementing advocacy strategies and mobilizing actions;
  • Experience in developing and implementing a communications strategy, utilizing traditional and social media;
  • Experience with synthesizing complex information into concise proposals and results-driven asks;
  • First-rate project management skills;
  • Exceptionally strong communication, research, writing, and editing skills and the ability to turn around high quality work quickly;
  • Familiarity with international human rights law and institutions;
  • Familiarity with the political and human rights landscapes in Eurasia;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, communicating effectively with colleagues and a diverse group of partners;
  • High levels of ambition, energy, drive, dynamism, determination, and focus;
  • Fluent in English; fluency in Russian or regional language highly desirable; and
  • Eligibility to work in the United States required.

Though a small office, Freedom Now is committed to creating a diverse and supportive work environment for our employees, volunteers, and partners. Freedom Now does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, socio-economic status, political affiliation, or any protected characteristic.