Policy Analyst

25 Apr, 2021


Policy Analyst

The Center for Victims of Torture
Washington, DC

The Center for Victims of Torture is seeking a Policy Analyst who will primarily support CVT’s advocacy to dismantle the United States’ longstanding war-based approach to national and human security—in particular, through closing the Guantanamo prison; securing transparency, accountability, and reform for the United States’ use of torture; and addressing other issues related to “endless war.” The Policy Analyst will also support CVT’s advocacy efforts to build fair and just protection systems for refugees and asylum seekers pursuing safe haven in the United States. As a member of the Policy Advocacy Team, the Policy Analyst will consult and coordinate with partner organizations; meet with executive branch officials and Congress; draft advocacy and education materials; and provide administrative support both to the CVT policy team and to various coalition efforts.

Reports to:     Washington Director

Location:        Washington DC (currently working remotely due to COVID)

Start date:      Immediately


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Georgia and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.


  • Stakeholder and Coalition Engagement: Work collaboratively with coalition partners and other stakeholders to advance advocacy objectives. Participate in relevant meetings – including with congressional staff and executive branch officials, as appropriate – and assist in completing coalition projects and tasks. Provide administrative support for CVT’s advocacy team, including to coalition work in which CVT is involved.
  • Track Policy and Legislative Developments: Track relevant legislation and monitor relevant legislative hearings and briefings. Monitor media, social media, and government websites, and otherwise track policy proposals and related developments in an effort to inform advocacy strategy.
  • Writing and Analysis: Research and draft memoranda, analyses, and similar internal background materials as needed. Help develop public-facing materials to advance advocacy objectives, including facts sheets, letters, blog posts, e-mails to Members of Congress, and related materials. Engage on social media as appropriate, in collaboration with the communications team.
  • Department Support: Provide administrative support for CVT’s advocacy team, including document management.
  • Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in political science, human rights, or a related field.
  • Experience with issue and/or legislative advocacy at the federal, state or local level.


  • J.D., other relevant graduate degree, or equivalent experience.
  • 3 years of experience with issue and/or legislative advocacy at the federal, state or local level.
  • Issue advocacy specific to national security and/ or human rights.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Knowledge of human rights and humanitarian law, U.S. national security law and policy, and/or refugee law and policy.
  • Knowledge of U.S. political processes and current political dynamics.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in coalition with other organizations, within CVT, and with other diverse constituencies.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to analyze, distill, and present complex issues in a manner that is accessible to a variety of audiences, the general public in particular.
  • Ability to take both direction and initiative, to complete assigned tasks, and to meet tight deadlines—at times with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, including with respect to document management, following the progress of projects, and creating (or using existing) systems for tracking meetings, legislation, and related items.
  • Interest and ability to engage in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Ability to attend frequent meetings in-person around the DC-metro area.
  • Ability to travel nationally, up to 5% of time.


Salary Range: $65,000 – $73,000 plus a generous benefits package.

To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by May 16, 2021 to http://cvt.simplicant.com/

CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position


Job posted: 2021-04-25