Zolberg IRC Fellowships: Policy Research and Communication Fellow

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Project Aim: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.  At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC’s Program Quality Units includes seven technical units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, and Research Evaluation and Learning. The technical unit guide program quality, provide support to field staff, and influence policy and practice across their respective sectors.

IRC’s Health Unit is at work to launch a signature initiative that will revolutionize the treatment of acute malnutrition across the humanitarian sector.  With a public-facing launch planned in November 2018, we are working now to produce the communications materials to support this effort. The Policy Research and Communication fellow will focus on conducting secondary research to support the creation of op-eds, articles, and other written products.  They will also have the opportunity to draft talking points and conduct the research underpinning speeches planned on the Health Initiative.

Project Description:  The Policy Research and Communication fellow will contribute to the overall progress of the Health Initiative’s public campaign.  The fellow will support with policy and background research, and will have a significant role in drafting a range of communication products.  These will include published pieces like op-eds and articles, as well as drafting talking points for speeches and presentations.

  • Literature reviews and other policy research to support the goals of the Health Initiative
  • Drafting op-eds and articles on the Health Initiative
  • Drafting talking points for speeches and presentations on the Health Initiative

Potential travel involved: TBD; travel to global events like the World Health Summit in Berlin is possible

Student skill sets sought:  Excellent and demonstrable research skills; excellent writing skills; experience in global health desirable; experience in policy, advocacy, or communications desirable.

IRC staff mentor: Jodi Nelson, Senior Vice President, Policy and Practice

Deadline: September 17, 2018

To apply: The deadline to apply is September 17th at 2:00pm. Please submit a cover letter, CV and three work samples (writing and/or design portfolio) to Cayce Pack <packc@newschool.edu>. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and interested applicants are encouraged to submit materials ASAP.

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