Beginning this fall semester, we are seeking a quarter-time, year-long policy and research fellow to support the ongoing development of the advocacy infrastructure of the Haitian Women’s Collective. As a member of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG), the Haitian Women’s Collective will sponsor a policy fellow as part of their membership participation.
This fellowship provides opportunities to learn and practice the skills of policy research and analysis, advocacy, and engagement with a particular focus on U.S. policy toward Haiti.
While the fellow will have significant autonomy in their work, they will work closely with HAWG leadership who will provide an enriching experience and access to outside experts and resources. A fellow can expect mentoring and training in skills desirable in any policy-based office. The fellowship will include a stipend.
- Support engagement with government officials, in partnership with HWC/HAWG member organizations and others
- Assist in the regular maintenance of the HAWG membership and explore potential growth of the HAWG
- Contribute to strategic planning for the HWC/HAWG as a coalition
- Help facilitate regular coalition meetings
- Help research and track specific policy issues related to Haiti including governance, anti-corruption, security, the environment, migration, food insecurity, aid accountability, disaster response, healthcare including COVID-19 response, and more
- Contribute content to the HAWG website and social media presence
- Maintain a system for tracking U.S. government contacts on Haiti
- Attend committee hearings, think tank events, and other events related to Haiti advocacy as needed
- Assist with scheduling advocacy meetings and online events about Haiti
- Other tasks as needed
By the end of the program, the fellow will have achieved the following outcomes:
- Learn how staff of the HAWG advocates for Haiti in U.S. policy and legislative processes
- Gain greater proficiency in policy research and writing
- Develop greater understanding of advocacy strategies and tactics
Ideal applicants will be graduate students who can represent positively and effectively not only the HWC and the HAWG, but Haiti and Haitian people overall. Additionally, they should possess strong research and communication skills, both oral and written. Strong preference for applicants who have particular expertise and interest in Haiti, Caribbean affairs, and U.S. government operations. Due to the nature of advocacy to the U.S. government, English proficiency is required.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and 1 relevant writing sample to Alan Yarborough at [email protected]. Please note this is a remote position and will receive a stipend. In lieu of a stipend, college course credit may be discussed where applicable. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 12th.