Officer, Global Policy and Outreach

Search For Common Ground



Team Summary
The Global Policy and Outreach team focuses on building the policy case for the peacebuilding field. It does this by working collaboratively with Search’s teams and partners around the world and leveraging their analysis, data, and expertise to inform the policies of emerging and established actors relevant to Search’s work. It provides operational and locally-rooted policy analysis and recommendations that encourage policymakers to support and use peacebuilding more by advocating for more supportive institutional norms and structures, more and healthier funding to implementers, and more policies that encourage peacebuilding. The Global Policy and Outreach team supports a wide range of Search staff and partners, including field-based colleagues, technical experts, organizational leadership, and more. Its functions include developing and executing global policy and outreach campaigns and strategies, external representation, producing written content, maintaining relationships with allies and policymakers, and monitoring policy and outreach results.


    • Proposes annual policy strategies for specific engagements.
    • Executes representation efforts in line with policy strategies, including drafting policy content and representing Search at working-level external meetings.
    • Coordinates team knowledge and information management and sharing.
    • Collaborates closely with relevant field-based colleagues and technical experts.


    • Builds and maintains working-level relationships with policymakers and peers.
    • Develops specific annual policy strategies with supervision, analyzes successes and failures of past strategies, and supports fundraising to resource specific policy strategies.
    • Regularly collaborates with field-based colleagues and technical experts within the organization to support their writing and translate their analyses into written products, as well as to support horizontal learning.
    • Drafts complete written policy products and conducts substantive edits on documents, focusing on how they fit with strategies and Search’s approach.
    • Represents Search at working-level briefings and tracks briefings and outcomes.
    • Occasionally produces joint op-eds and social media content and is considered a representative of the organization on social media.
    • Captures output and outcome level results of policy and outreach efforts, analyzes trends, suggests adaptations.
    • Assists in developing tools and resources and in providing advocacy and outreach capacity building training internally.
    • Supports management of Search’s policy and outreach funding, including budget tracking and projections and donor reports.
    • Leads recruitment and management of relevant interns and fellows.
    • May have a matrixed role with other Search teams on specific campaigns.
    • Responds to questions and outreach-relevant requests in a timely and customer-service oriented fashion.
    • Supports the development and execution of organizational initiatives and strategies, including participating in voluntary committees and discussions.
    • Other duties that are broadly in line with the above key contributions as assigned.

Competency Behavior Indicators (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

    • Initiates brainstorming or problem-solving meetings. With time in job, develops skills for analyzing and communicating program successes and failures; reports lessons learned to the team and other members.
    • Represents Search at local and international events and meetings for professional organizations, vendors, partners, and funders. Develops skills to independently initiate and maintain relations with vendors, partners, and funders. Articulates Search program/project goals and objectives within Search and to external audiences.
    • Demonstrates appreciation for diversity of thought. Builds cross-functional relationships with other functional departments.
    • Demonstrates ability to be adaptable and willing to confront and change own ideas and preconceptions with the resiliency and flexibility to make changes based on hearing a diversity of thoughts.
    • Drafts team documents, briefing materials, and presentations. Articulates program/project objectives and how they fit into a team’s goals and/or Search’s mission and adapts to the communications setting.
    • Applies standards, identifies areas for standardization, and coordinates across functions from a multicultural perspective that reflects consideration of other cultures, other viewpoints, and other ways of doing things.
    • Takes into account the environmental landscape, assesses one’s own and others’ viewpoints in their environment, and proposes solutions from an ethical perspective.
    • Recognizes the options available for solving problems, conducts analyses, and calculates metrics and other technical tools to support informed decision making.
    • Conducts Quality Control of team documents, briefing materials, presentations, and systems data. Carefully reviews and checks the accuracy of information in work reports, management information systems, or with other individuals and groups. Checks the accuracy of one’s own and others’ work. Proactively informs management of potential risks and concerns; suggests resolutions.
    • Independently prioritizes time to reach deadlines and reaches end results of assignments with ability to accomplish multiple steps with limited to no supervision.

Type and Nature of Contacts

    • Routinely coordinates with colleagues and consultants on-site and in the field and resolves problem situations with tact.
    • Represents, as assigned, selected programs or projects and other organizations, including donors, vendors, and international and local partners.
    • Interacts with country office and regional staff.

Education and Experience

    • Typically BS/BA with minimum 6 years’ experience.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    • Usual office environment conditions; ability to travel internationally at least 20%.

Supervisory and Budget Responsibility

    • May supervise one or more staff members.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.

How To Apply

Apply Via Our Website

Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 10/18/2021

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