Job was posted on:
June 19, 2022

Associate, Africa Policy

Washington DC, USA


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Team Summary
Search’s Global Policy and Outreach team, based in Washington DC, focuses on building the policy case for the peacebuilding field. It does this by working collaboratively with Search's teams and partners around the world and leveraging their analysis, data, and expertise to inform the policies of emerging and established actors relevant to Search’s work. It provides operational and locally-rooted policy analysis and recommendations that encourage policymakers to support and use peacebuilding more by advocating for more supportive institutional norms and structures, more and healthier funding to implementers, and more policies that encourage peacebuilding. The Global Policy and Outreach team supports a wide range of Search staff and partners, including field-based colleagues, technical experts, organizational leadership, and more.
This position will support Search’s policy efforts related to various geographies, including the Sahel and Nigeria. Its functions include developing and executing global policy and outreach campaigns and strategies, external representation, producing written content, maintaining relationships with allies and policymakers, and monitoring policy and outreach results. The position reports to the Director, Global Affairs and Partnerships, and may require regular in-person meetings in Washington DC with policy makers and external audiences.


  • Supports policy, outreach, and representation efforts, including conducting desk and primary research, drafting components of policy content, providing direct support to field-based colleagues, attending and representing Search at external events and meetings, supporting peer engagement, and contributing to the development of outreach strategies.
  • Supports knowledge and information management for the team, including collecting and analyzing data, and developing and updating tracking systems.
  • Supports overall team performance, including organizing team meetings and learning reflection sessions, and regularly shares information across the team.


  • Represents Search at events and briefings and synthesizes information for sharing.
  • Supports the design and execution of Search-hosted events and international outreach trips.
  • Supports briefings, written products, and strategy development through activities such as desk and primary research, copy editing, drafting policy content, providing direct support to field-based colleagues, coordinating sign ons, scheduling working group meetings, and sharing materials.
  • Contributes to social media and media components of strategies and tracks policies, statements, media, and social media relevant to the team’s priorities.
  • Gathers monitoring and evaluation data on advocacy and outreach efforts and analyzes results.
  • Ensures information and knowledge are accurately captured in trackers and systems.
  • Provides record keeping support for budget tracking.
  • Supports the development and execution of organizational initiatives and strategies, including participating in voluntary committees and discussions.
  • Other duties that are broadly in line with the above key contributions as assigned.

Competency Behavior Indicators (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Fluent spoken/written French language skills.
  • Participates in external meetings.
  • Builds relationships and engages effectively with collaborators.
  • Engages and communicates effectively across functions and across teams.
  • Uses resiliency and exhibits flexibility and adaptability to changing tasks and team priorities.
  • With oversight by the supervisor, writes technical sections for team documents, briefing materials, and presentations.
  • Works across functions from a multicultural perspective that reflects consideration of other cultures, other viewpoints, and other ways of doing things.
  • Sensitively recognizes ethical situations.
  • Focuses on the key objectives of a task or project.
  • Creates accurate, organized, and timely work.
  • Is resourceful with time management and technology to prioritize tasks with limited supervision.
Type and Nature of Contacts
Interacts with others and handles problem situations with tact. Periodic external engagement as requested.
Education and Experience
Typically BS/BA with minimum 3 years’ experience.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Usual office environment conditions; ability to travel internationally at least 20%.
Supervisory and Budget Responsibility
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
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