Policy Associate (Global Development)


Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸

Position Overview:

Rare is a fast-growing international conservation organization whose mission is to inspire change so people and nature thrive. With more than 170 staff operating in 10 countries, Rare advances this mission through innovative grassroots marketing strategies that boost the adoption of proven environmental solutions. In recent years, Rare has honed in on a particular set of sustainable behaviors which improve the value of commodities such as fish, water and agricultural products. Our goal is to ensure that the benefits of increases in the volume or quality of these products accrue to those stakeholders who incur the costs of improvement. Rare aims to leverage this strategy to think differently about achieving impact at scale – harnessing the private and public sectors in new, creative ways, and tapping into the expanding desire of capital markets to finance sustainability.


The Policy Associate is a collaborative and dynamic role reporting to the Senior Manager, Policy Engagement.  S/he will be responsible for supporting the implementation of Rare’s Global Development Strategy working closely with the Senior Manager, Policy Engagement as well as the Vice President, Global Development and other members of the international Global Development team. The Associate should be well-versed in global policy initiatives related to Rare’s mission 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.


The Policy Associate will exercise independent judgment regarding the following 3 areas of significance:


Support Implementation of Global Development Strategy (40%)

  • Support background and briefing documents for Executive and Development Team engagement in opportunities to build government demand and potential fundraising at the global level;
  • Support Rare’s Policy Network and Global Development Network and work with the Senior Manager, Policy Engagement, to ensure that Rare staff in country and in Arlington are well informed of each other’s priorities, ensure consistency across the Network for policy initiatives, and facilitate the sharing of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Oversee the scheduling of regular and ad hoc meetings, appointments, and conference calls for relevant internal and external policy related working groups. This includes coordination of related arrangements and logistics (such as coordination of outside participants, meeting rooms, presentation equipment, and agenda preparation, and distribution of reports and materials);
  • Project-manage elements of country strategies related to building government demand as well as managing a process to update government demand sections of country strategies.
  • 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 staff; 

Events (25%)

  • Support Rare’s engagement in relevant international conventions and conferences, including project-managing the Global Development calendar of events and individual event strategies. Includes managing communications, in coordination with other development segments and Marketing and Communications team as appropriate, and follow-up actions after meetings and conferences.
  • Liaise with internal teams including development, communications, and programs to manage projects and gather expertise as needed.
  • Represent and backstop others representing Rare at relevant meetings and events.

Public Funding and Program Management (35%)

  • Assists in the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders as necessary including writing drafts, copy-edits, etc.
  • Manages donor communications and events 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, international affairs or a related field; master’s degree in environmental policy preferred;
  • A minimum of 2-3 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 internal and external communications;
  • Proven ability in project management 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 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 Portuguese, French, or Bahasa Indonesia.