Policy Analyst

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal and policy advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization providing free and comprehensive legal services to people in need of a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City, Washington, D.C.), Jordan (Amman), Lebanon (Beirut), and Germany (Berlin). Our legal teams work closely with a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 80 full-time staff members. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

About the Department

IRAP’s Policy Department consists of seven policy staff working out of the New York, NY and Washington, D.C. offices. The Policy Department utilizes lessons learned in direct legal aid casework and works with creative, non-partisan coalitions to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader groups and communities on refugees and displaced populations. IRAP is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


IRAP seeks to hire a Policy Analyst in its Washington, D.C. office to advance IRAP’s systemic advocacy efforts. The Policy Analyst will assist IRAP in maintaining a regular presence on Capitol Hill, with administrative agency partners, with coalitions and organizational partners, and in relevant media. 


The Policy Analyst will:

  • Work within IRAP’s Policy Department, as well as in tandem with IRAP’s other departments, including Communications, Legal Services, Litigation, Development, and Pro Bono, to advance IRAP’s mission. 
  • Work with and provide support to other NGO advocates and coalition colleagues working on forced migration and refugee resettlement issues. 
  • Closely monitor developments in US refugee law and policy, including tracking federal agency policy changes and proposals as well as federal legislation, hearings, and briefings, while also highlighting implications, risks, and advantages; making recommendations; and seeking opportunities for technical support, strategic counsel, and ongoing engagement.
  • Research and draft internally- and externally-facing materials, such as backgrounders, letters, reports, and memos. 
  • Provide responsive and non-partisan and technical expertise to legislators and legislative staff, federal agencies, NGO colleagues, and journalists. 
  • Build and manage campaigns focused on moving federal agencies and legislators towards systemic change through: (i)  specific and actionable asks; (ii) balancing ideal policy outcomes with pragmatism; and (iii) being cognizant and frank about political/systemic/bureaucratic constraints.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


The successful candidate will have at least three years of experience in policy work on U.S. immigration issues; policy work on forced migration issues is preferred, but not required. Relevant policy experience includes work in federal government agencies, in advocacy organizations, and on immigration portfolios as legislative staff. This job does not require a JD.

The successful candidate will also:

  • Demonstrate an ability to become a go-to policy expert on forced migration and refugee resettlement issues in the United States. 
  • Be able to frame humanitarian issues as priorities for national security, foreign policy, faith, or defense issues, or for promoting cost savings or efficiency, in addition to humanitarian priorities.
  • Provide expertise firmly and persuasively, but diplomatically; be able to disagree, while maintaining working relationships. 
  • Be highly organized and flexible; multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; have excellent time management skills; effectively communicate takeaways; and deliver due-outs timely. 
  • Possess strong interpersonal and oral and written communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and work independently to seek out and implement IRAP’s priorities;
  • Regular access to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area with occasional travel to New York, NY. 


This is a union position subject to a collective bargaining agreement. The salary range is $75,854-$99,194, with actual salary commensurate with relevant policy experience. 

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start in July.