Washington Policy Analyst/Advocate

27 Sep, 2021


Washington Policy Analyst/Advocate

Charity & Security Network
Washington, DC

The Charity & Security Network (CSN) works to promote and protect the ability of nonprofits to carry out effective programs that support peace and human rights, aid civilians in areas of disaster and armed conflict, and build democratic governance. CSN was created in response to the closing of civil society space and obstacles created by the expansion of counterterrorism laws and policies.

Reporting to the Director, the Policy Analyst / Advocate (final title negotiable) will support the policy goals of the Charity & Security Network (CSN) through advocacy, research, collaborative efforts with partner organizations, and outreach duties.

Specific responsibilities include:


Support efforts of CSN working groups by supporting logistics, organizing meetings, writing meeting summaries, facilitating group discussion and helping implement thematic working group strategies.

Schedule and participate in meetings with Congressional staff and executive branch officials to present and advocate for CSN’s policy initiatives.

In coordination with the Director, represent CSN in various coalitions and networks.

Represent CSN in meetings with coalitions and with U.S. government officials.

Coordinate joint advocacy actions, such as sign-on letters.

Keep records of congressional and administrative advocacy efforts and outreach.


Primary responsibility for monitoring and tracking relevant developments in the law, regulations and policy both domestically and abroad.

Map relevant decision makers and stakeholders to identify opportunities for advocacy and provide regular updates to the Director and relevant working groups.

Conduct research and provide policy analysis on CSN issues.


Produce fact sheets, reports, policy briefs, and as assigned op-eds, news articles and blog posts.

Work with the Director to plan, coordinate and manage public events, teleconferences and webinars. Present materials and findings during events as assigned.

Help craft comprehensive and strategic messages for policy goals.

Serve as a media spokesperson for the organization as needed.


Assist the Director with outreach activities.

Assist the Director with research on potential funding sources, drafting funding proposals and reports to funders.


Three to five years relevant experience in a government, nongovernmental or academic organization.

Experience or expertise with international NGO organizations or programs and humanitarian, peacebuilding and/or human rights topics.

Familiarity with issues affecting humanitarian and peacebuilding organizations such as sanctions, counterterrorism policies, financial access issues, and similar legal and policy impediments to civil society programs.

Understanding of and experience with advocacy campaigns (grassroots, legislative and executive branch advocacy, media campaigns).

Legal training or background is a plus.

Solid writing and communication skills.

Quick learner and able to remain flexible. Able to work with a remote team of colleagues.


This role is envisioned as a full-time, overtime-exempt mid-level staff role, with the expected salary commensurate with prevailing non-profit salaries in Washington, DC, plus benefits that include health insurance, generous paid vacation and sick leave, and several other optional benefits. CSN is currently a fully remote team. However, because this role requires strong presence in and meetings with government officials and Washington, DC -area colleagues, the Policy Analyst will be based in the metro DC-area.

NOTE: This role is designed as a full-time position (with benefits). However, CSN is interested in finding the best fit and skill set for this role. There is flexibility and the role could be designed as less than full time, as a consultancy or some other arrangement that fits our needs and that of the candidate. Thus, compensation under other arrangements is flexible.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Paul Carroll, Director, Charity & Security Network at pcarroll@charityandsecurity.org. Please write “Candidate application” in the subject line. We will consider applications on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by October 11, 2021.

CSN is a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy. NEO is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

Job posted: 2021-09-27