Advocacy Associate Washington, DC

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Helen Keller
Advocacy Associate
Washington, DC

Guided by the remarkable legacy of its co-founder, Helen Keller, Helen Keller Intl partners with
communities that are striving to overcome longstanding cycles of poverty. By delivering the essential
building blocks of good health, sound nutrition and clear vision, we help millions of people create lasting
change in their own lives. Working in more than 20 countries – across Africa, Asia, Europe and the
United States – and together with a global community of supporters, we are ensuring every person has
the opportunity – as Helen did – to reach their true potential.
Helen Keller has launched its first advocacy department to build and implement a grass-tops advocacy
strategy to leverage our on-the-ground experience in more than 20 countries to affect policy outcomes
for vulnerable children and families around the world. We are seeking an Advocacy Associate to support
these advocacy efforts which take advantage of our unique positioning as a key implementer of nutrition
programs and leverages our field experience to make a compelling case for ending malnutrition and
building a healthier world.
The ideal candidate is looking to take the next step in their advocacy career and play a critical role in
developing a new advocacy team and strategy in collaboration with the Director, Advocacy. We are
looking for a self-starter and collaborative thinker who can help us build our newly launched advocacy
Scope of the Position
Reporting to the Director, Advocacy, the Associate will support the development and implementation of
Helen Keller’s advocacy strategy. The individual will provide strong project management and
administrative support to establish tools and systems that enable effective and efficient advocacy and
will draft content for targeted and general advocacy communications, identify and engage with key
influencers and coalition partners, and map key trends, legislation and policy priorities.
Key Responsibilities
• Contribute to developing and implementing Helen Keller’s overall advocacy strategy, and help
manage planning, coordination, and implementation of advocacy tactics.
• Conduct strategic research, relationship mapping, and tracking of policymaking processes to
support Helen Keller’s advocacy objectives.
• Track and analyze trends and relevant legislation, media, debates, votes, and public events.
• Assist with identifying strategic moments and new champions to influence target stakeholders
and amplify our advocacy goals.
• Under the supervision of Director of Advocacy, track policies, processes, and discussions on
nutrition to help identify advocacy opportunities to elevate Helen Keller Intl programs and
research and to influence policy and decision making among governments and/or global
• Attend and represent Helen Keller Intl at coalition and advocacy meetings, contribute to
coordinated coalition advocacy priorities, and help maintain external advocacy relationships.
• Draft advocacy content, including fact sheets/one pagers, memos, policy or issue briefs, internal
messaging, and other advocacy-related communications.

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