Employment Opportunity

Climate Displacement Project Strategist

Co-hosted by the International Refugee Assistance Project & the Natural Resources Defense Council

About IRAP and NRDC

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and 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 that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes. IRAP has over 70 full-time staff who operate offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international 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. 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.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting independent research to evaluate existing interventions pertaining to climate-related displacement; 
  • Designing an action agenda that distills the project strategist’s research into a prioritized menu of the most effective legislative, administrative and judicial strategies identified by the project strategist to clarify, protect, and advance climate migrants’ rights in the United States and other receiving nations;
  • Collaborating with colleagues within NRDC and IRAP to build institutional expertise and identify opportunities for programmatic engagement on climate change-induced displacement; 
  • Building relationships with and seeking input from representatives of communities impacted by climate-related displacement, civil society groups, academics and policy researchers, and others working on climate change displacement and adjacent issues; and
  • Drafting occasional blog posts to be cross-posted on IRAP and NRDC platforms that share findings, insights, and connections from the project strategist’s research with our constituencies and partners.

This position will involve some travel, both within the United States and internationally, to the extent advisable and permitted under COVID-19 restrictions.


This position is designed for individuals with legal and/or policy experience in the fields of migration, the environment, and/or environmental justice. In assessing candidates, we look for:

  • Strong writing, research, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Previous experience developing and managing projects in a non-profit or government setting;
  • Cultural humility; 
  • Experience working internationally;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, and social and environmental justice;
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed;
  • Law degree preferred, but not required.

Term: Two years, to start as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

IRAP and NRDC believe 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 and individuals whose identities have been historically underrepresented.

Salary: $75,000-120,000 commensurate with relevant experience.

This position is covered by IRAP’s collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP will be responsible for providing compensation and benefits. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, flexible work schedule, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.