Policy & Advocacy Officer

at Free the Slaves
Published November 14, 2023
Location New York, United States of America
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


The Policy and Advocacy Officer leads FTS's work on policy and advocacy at the regional and global levels, including the Freedom from Slavery Forum, the Alliance 8.7, and other targeted advocacies in regions where FTS is implementing its work and manages the work with key institution and stakeholders including the United Nations, Financial Institutions, Regional Institutions such as the European Union, African Union, ASEAN, the Arab League, and other strategic bodies. The Policy and Advocacy Officer leads the design and implementation of the FTS advocacy strategy, works closely with key allies, the communications staff, and the program, and the regional teams, and represents FTS at meetings and other advocacy initiatives. The Policy and Advocacy Officer reports to the Executive Director and supervises other staff as needed. The Policy and Advocacy Officer coordinates closely with the FTS Programs team, the Head of Communications, and FTS staff for the fundraising, designing, planning, and budgeting. The Policy and Advocacy Officer closely monitors global affairs and identifies opportunities for FTS to lead advocacy with allies and stakeholders.

This position can be based anywhere, depending on the candidate’s preference.

Principal Responsibilities

Represent Free the Slaves at relevant policy and advocacy meetings, and conferences and serve in leadership positions at those meetings and conferences. This includes identifying interested audiences, presenting information and the agenda of Free the Slaves, and the work of the organization.
Design and implement FTS policy and advocacy strategy through the use of research and credible data to determine advocacy priorities for Free the Slaves and demonstrate leadership in shaping and leading the organization’s advocacy agenda, and ensure buy-in from allies, partners, and stakeholders.
Engage in direct advocacy with key stakeholders, including the Pathfinder countries, the United Nations, and other national and regional institutions, and establish and maintain key relationships with allies and stakeholders.
Raise awareness as part of the strategy to raise the profile and visibility of a modern slavery issue by working with partners, allies, and key stakeholders to achieve specific goals and objectives.
Initiate creative and innovative advocacy tactics that will enhance Free the Slave's impact and assert the organizational leadership in the anti-slavery movement.
Lead and oversee FTS policy and advocacy agenda, focusing on accountability and transparency, and ensure its implementation in the regions and at the global level as needed.
Manage FTS work at the Alliance 8.7 and ensure to push for the FTS agenda, influencing the debate and resolution at the Global Coordinating Group and the Alliance 8.7 in general.
Manages FTS advocacy at the UN Security Council by influencing specific agendas related to peace and security, and the advocacy with UN entities as needed.
Act as the organizational point of contact or lead for the organization in education campaigns with a focus on policy and advocacyas determined by the Executive Director.
In consultation with the Head of Communications, draft and disseminate digital advocacy messaging through social media and online outlets.
Give input on the budget and assist in strategic plans for the policy and advocacy areas.
Provide strategic advice and support to other programs of the organization that involve government, Forum, and the Alliance 8.7 relations and policy matters.


5+ years of experience working and leading policy and advocacy
Progressively increasing responsibility as policy and/or advocacy officer
Demonstrated experience and skills in policy and/or advocacy at national, regional, and global levels.
Engage and provide leadership in global coalitions and networks, and initiatives aimed at creating a sense of need for impact around modern slavery conditions, advocating for systemic and social change.
Superb written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated experience and skills in advocacy events and conference organization, including logistics preparedness, event planning, etc.
Some experience in fundraising, including concept notes drafting, donor relationships, etc.
Demonstrated experience in financial management and reporting.
Strong organizational skills and management experience.

Applicants should submit a tailored cover letter that outlines your interest and experience,

a resume, and a list of three references from former supervisors.

PLEASE SUBMIT THESE AS ONE (1) WORD OR PDF DOCUMENT. Please include your last name in the title of the document.

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