Policy Advisor, Sexual Health and Rights

Washingon, D.C. – 2-year fixed term position

Overview of AJWS

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in the developing world. By supporting hundreds of social change organizations in 19 countries, we respond to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and bringing a more just and equitable world closer for all.

Position Summary

AJWS’s Washington, DC office is responsible for carrying out the organization’s advocacy priorities on human rights in the developing world. Working with Congress, the Administration, and peer advocacy NGOs, the DC office works to create an enabling U.S. foreign policy environment globally and in the communities of our 450 grantees in 19 countries around the world.

The DC-based Policy Advisor is charged with carrying our AJWS’s government affairs strategy to pursue U.S. foreign policy, spending, and diplomacy to advance the human rights of women and girls, LGBTI people, and sex workers. In supporting these communities, the Policy Advisor works with Congress, the Administration and NGO coalitions on an array of sexual health and rights (SHR) issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention, diplomacy to support LGBTI rights, and reproductive justice.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Implement the components of AJWS’s sexual health and rights strategy, focusing on the U.S. government’s response to LGBTI rights, reproductive justice, sex worker and adolescent girls’ rights, and human rights-based approaches to HIV/AIDS via funding, policies and legislation;
  • Strengthen AJWS’s relationship on Capitol Hill and the Administration with relevant stakeholders;
  • Participate in sector and population specific coalitions that implicate the human rights of AJWS’s partners, including those covering HIV prevention, reproductive justice, human rights defense, LGBTI rights, sex worker rights, and interfaith advocacy;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Advocacy team, which includes staff in NY and DC working on U.S. foreign policy and international advocacy;
  • Participate in programmatic discussions with the advocacy and grantmaking teams to ensure synergy, collaboration and coordination that drives AJWS’s DC-based advocacy to highlight grantee needs/priorities;
  • Regular communications, monitoring and evaluation of advocacy work across the organization, including weekly meetings and regular monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy program; and
  • Support cross-organizational initiatives including petition and op-ed writing, grant review, and planning AJWS’s annual Rabbinic Lobby Day.


  • Bachelor of Arts, plus 5-7 years of work experience;
  • Past engagement with one or more of AJWS’s priority issues (HIV, LGBTI rights, reproductive justice, sex worker rights, and gender justice) in a federal advocacy or policymaking perspective;
  • Fluency in Congressional procedure, including the relationship between Authorizing and Appropriations committees. Basic familiarity with the regulatory process (including notice and comments) preferred;
  • Deep commitment to supporting the human rights of people who are most marginalized, including LGBTI people (with a focus on lesbian, bi, queer women, transgender and intersex persons), women and girls (particularly adolescent girls and their sexual rights), people living with/at disproportionate risk of HIV, and sex workers;
  • Commitment to an intersectional and root-cause approach to human rights advocacy that incorporates race, class and ethnicity, among other factors into AJWS’s SHR advocacy portfolio;
  • Strong persuasive written and oral advocacy skills;
  • Basic familiarity with human rights philanthropy;
  • Past experience working productively in coalition spaces;
  • Past experience working, living, or travelling in the Global South strongly preferred;
  • The ability to travel internationally as needed, at least once annually.

Compensation and Benefits Information:

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and the market;
  • Paid Time Off: 15-21 Federal and religious holidays off each year in addition to generous vacation and sick days;
  • Full health benefits coverage with minimal contribution by employees;
  • 403(b): 4% company match (safe harbor);
  • Flexible Spending Account and Commuter Benefits;
  • Workplace flexibility and generous leave policy.

Additional Considerations:

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Authorization to work in the US is required.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, apply below.

Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.