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.
Established as part of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, USCIRF's primary responsibilities are to make foreign policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress related to the status and impact of freedom of religion or belief around the world. USCIRF's activities include disseminating information to the public and policymakers through op-editorials, press statements, and policy briefs; participating in Congressional hearings; convening public hearings and expert briefings; engaging in overseas diplomatic visits and inquiries; engaging with Administration officials, members of Congress, think tanks, and policy experts; participating in multilateral fora; and generating expert studies on critical issues. More information about USCIRF is available at www.uscirf.gov.
USCIRF is seeking a Researcher to provide research and analytical support for the Policy and Research Team, with a particular focus on the East Asia-Pacific region, as well as conduct administrative tasks as assigned. The Researcher will: monitor and analyze religious freedom conditions and related human rights overseas; monitor and assess U.S. foreign policy; assist with the development of policy recommendations for the U.S. government to advance freedom of religion or belief abroad; monitor, develop, and report on opportunities for advancing the implementation of USCIRF-recommended policies; assist with the research, editing, and drafting of annual report materials, briefing memos, special reports, and correspondence; and build and maintain extensive contacts with relevant counterparts in the U.S. government, NGOs, academia, and other organizations focused on freedom of religion or belief and related human rights.
- U.S. Citizenship;
- 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.
Reporting to the Director of International Law and Policy, the Researcher's primary responsibilities involve the following:
1. Research and Policy Analysis/Formulation
- Collect, analyze, and document information related to freedom of religion or belief in assigned areas, including:
- following events affecting freedom of religion or belief abroad;
- following relevant U.S. policy;
- 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.
- Assist with the writing, editing, and proofreading of relevant Annual Report chapters, work to ensure the accuracy and completeness of analysis and language in the Annual Report, and participate as appropriate in Annual Report launch events as requested; and
- Assist with briefing memos and meeting talking points for Commissioners and senior staff.
- Brief Commissioners 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;
- Organize and prepare materials for 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, and other events, including organizing and preparing materials for public USCIRF events; and
- Establish and maintain network of relevant contacts in assigned areas.
Occasional travel - Some international travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. Citizens
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