The HALO Trust (USA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation specialising in the removal of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), with projects in 26 countries and territories employing almost 9,000 people.
HALO’s Washington, DC office works with government partners, international agencies, foundations, and private donors to increase awareness of the impact of landmines and ERW on post-conflict communities and to raise funds to support HALO’s teams working overseas.
The DC office is seeking an enthusiastic fellow for the academic year interested in US politics and international affairs to support HALO’s Congressional engagement. This role will directly support advocacy to Congressional offices, expansion of partnerships, and the development of HALO’s grassroots advocacy program.
The position offers valuable insight into working in advocacy, Congressional relations, the non-profit sector, and humanitarian work. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to conduct direct and meaningful work that will significantly impact the department’s ability to achieve goals and will make a difference in the lives of families across the globe. There will be no busy work; every task is important. Given the length of this internship, tasks may evolve as the intern becomes more experienced with HALO.
The role reports into the Head of Congressional Affairs.
Key responsibilities include:
- Managing appropriations requests to Congress
- Drafting impactful e-newsletters, concise memos, and aesthetically pleasing briefing materials (in Canva) on issues relevant to mine action for Congress, partners, and for internal use
- Tracking hearings, legislation, and Congressional updates in Quorum
- Planning and executing HALO events, and representing HALO at events (virtual, until safe to convene in-person events)
- Supporting public communication about HALO’s advocacy work by drafting advocacy updates for HALO’s website, compiling/editing photos, and drafting social media posts
- Supporting grassroots advocate recruitment, engagement, and retention through outreach, online updates, building online advocacy campaigns, and advocate stewardship
- Inputting and managing data in Quorum, and other organizational databases
- Performing analysis on advocacy efforts to improve outcomes
- Other duties as assigned
We are seeking an incoming or current graduate student in the D.C. area with an academic focus in political science, public affairs, international affairs, or similar.
The role is for a fixed term, commencing in September 2021 and ending in May 2022.
This is a part time role and the hours of work are 29 per week, the work pattern is to be agreed with your line manager.
To apply, please submit using the following link:
Please submit a cover letter, and then upload a single document that consists of your resume and a writing sample in the application section marked, “resume.” The writing sample should be no more than 2 pages and should be relevant to this position (memo-style documents encouraged). Applicants who do not provide these will not progress to the next stage of the recruitment process.
Your cover letter MUST detail why your academic/professional experiences will allow you to successfully complete some of the specific tasks in the key responsibilities list above.
Application will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the US.
This role will operate remotely until safe to return to work in HALO’s Washington, D.C. office. The successful applicant should be based in the D.C. area and able to occasionally visit the office under safe conditions.
For more information about The HALO Trust, please visit our website at www.halotrust.org
The HALO Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
The HALO Trust is committed to a culture that is both diverse and inclusive and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people form a diverse candidate pool.
Applications for the role need to be submitted no later than 22nd September 2021. We reserve the right to close the advert early or to extend the closing date which will be dependent on the quality of the applications received.
Ideal candidates will possess:
- Strong attention to detail
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Strong analytical and organizational skills
- An outgoing personality when it comes to performing cold outreach to organizations/individuals and speaking to groups on behalf of HALO’s mission
- Strong leadership and ability to take initiative in managing HALO’s appropriations submissions
- An exceptional work ethic
- Proficiency in social media, Microsoft Office suite, Canva, Quorum
- A keen understanding of writing styles appropriate for communicating to Congressional offices, grassroots advocates, stakeholders, busy HALO staff, and the general public.
- Prior experience conducting Congressional advocacy or working in a Congressional office.
- Applicants should be highly organised, flexible, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and enjoy performing highly varied tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Salary paid – $15.20 per hour