Policy Advisor (Global Development)

Arlington, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Position Overview

Rare inspires change, so people and nature thrive.  Our culture is results-oriented and entrepreneurial, committed to working towards ambitious goals and creating measurable results. 

Rare is growing and expanding our impact through a range of exciting programs, including Fish Forever – our global initiative to restore near-shore fisheries in the developing tropics.  Demand for fish has pushed the oceans to their limits. Coastal communities sit at the intersection of society and ecology, directly dependent on healthy ecosystems to provide fish for food and income. We believe that empowering communities to protect and manage coastal waters, and directly benefit from responsible behaviors will abate and reverse a pending crisis.

In partnership with sub-national governments, national program offices and ministries, we strive to enable a wide range of policies and regulations that remove barriers and incentivize implementation of community-led solutions. To generate support for these policies, we connect the social, ecological and financial benefits that communities realize from protecting their natural resources to government commitments to alleviate poverty and food insecurity, protect ecosystems, and encourage sustainable development. Fulfilling national and international agreements, like the Sustainable Development Goals or the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, requires local-level action, and connecting local action to high-level commitments—helps to catalyze government leadership and the financing to solve these challenges.  

Global Development is currently searching for a Policy Advisor that will work closely with country and program staff to develop, catalyze, and track policy commitments and internal strategies. 

Position Overview

The Policy Advisor is a collaborative and dynamic role reporting to the Director, Policy and Strategic Partnerships and working closely with other members of the international Global Development team. The Advisor should be well-versed in international development and conservation policy and have an understanding for policy creation at various levels of government. S/he will work with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external, to support government engagement and government fundraising activities.

Essential Functions

Support Implementation of Global Development Strategy

  • Support Director and engage with country teams in creating, maintaining and tracking strategies for policy and governance that enables sustainable small-scale fisheries.
  • Lead working groups within Rare’s Policy and Governance Team to create organization wide policy positions, capture lessons learned and best practices across countries, and provide input into government engagement tools and trainings.
  • Be informed on and direct Rare’s engagement in select international processes and conventions depending on interests and previous experience (could include Sustainable Development Goals, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, UNFCCC, FAO SSF Guidelines).
  • Provide direct support to in-country policy staff to engage government officials and other in-country partners during international events and processes.
  • Establish and oversee an effective and well-documented records management system for official correspondence with government officials and other materials.
  • Develop and maintain databases or systems as requested to track and organize information, e.g., programs, projects, initiatives and activities;


  • Support Rare’s engagement in relevant international conventions and conferences, including supporting management of the Global Development calendar of events.
  • Will be responsible for individual event/conference strategies which includes goal setting, communications management, logistics, and tracking and executing next steps.
  • Liaise with internal teams including development, communications, and programs, as well as external partners, to manage events and get input as needed.
  • Represent and backstop others representing Rare in coalitions, meetings, and events in DC and globally.

Public Funding and Program Management

  • Assisting in the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders as necessary including writing drafts, copy-edits, etc.
  • Managing donor communications as needed.
  • Additional project management and other support for the Global Development Team as required.

Experience and Education: 

  • Undergraduate degree (required) in the fields of environmental science/management, public policy, international affairs or a related field; Master’s degree strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in public policy or legislative/government affairs;
  • Knowledge of current environmental, sustainability and development issues;
  • Experience providing support to a manager or program with demonstrated success coordinating priority projects and both internal and external communications;
  • Proven ability to project manage and collaborate with different teams to problem solve and find creative solutions is essential;
  • Exceptional organizational skills to prioritize projects and initiate follow through with attention to detail;
  • Exceptional writing skills (sample will be required during the interview process);Prior experience
  • in government and/or an international, cross-cultural work environment is preferred with willingness to work flexible hours on an as-needed basis to serve the needs of a global organization with diverse time zones;
  • Proficiency in other languages is a plus, especially Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Bahasa Indonesia.