Policy Analyst, Mexico
Policy Analyst, Mexico
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Government Relations & Public Policy
Location: Washington DC
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The Government Relations & Public Policy team works to ensure that governments prioritize efforts to eradicate all forms of human trafficking and protect victims of this crime at home and abroad. We build government support for promising practices in our filed, including anti-trafficking hotlines, the development of data standards and data-sharing, and protection policies for victims and vulnerable populations. Our public policy focus drives legal changes that enable governments to better protect victim populations, reduce worker vulnerability, improve support to survivors and increase human trafficking investigations.
Polaris is seeking a Policy Analyst who can further our organizational goals by strategically working to advance federal policy efforts to combat labor trafficking in Mexico. This role will work in close collaboration with the Director of Government Relations & Public Policy and the Policy Counsel to drive Polaris’ government relations priorities related to Mexico. The Analyst will engage in desk and field research to identify the most pressing policy challenges related to labor trafficking in Mexico. This will require coordinating among research and policy partners in the U.S. and Mexico to identify policy reforms needed to effectively increase protections for vulnerable workers. The Analyst will be responsible for publishing policy briefs and making formal presentations to promote recommended legislative and policy reforms in Mexico and the U.S.
An ideal candidate will be a seasoned bi-lingual policy analyst with a passion and appreciation for Polaris’ goal of eradicating human trafficking worldwide. An excellent communicator and relationship builder, s/he must have experience conducting desk and field-based research and work effectively with researchers, government representatives and grassroots advocates, documenting nuanced information and presenting it in an accessible way to a wide variety of audiences.
- Assess and analyze existing human trafficking related laws and policies in Mexico including the gap between labor protections afforded to workers in Mexico and the implementation of those rights;
- Draft policy briefs recommending legislative and policy reforms to effectively combat labor trafficking in Mexico;
- Participate in stakeholder convenings to develop partnerships with key organizations within the movement and gather information about policy challenges;
- Consult with coalition partners in the U.S. to identify relevant advocacy issues and build an action plan to address them;
- Track and attend relevant policy meetings and conferences in the U.S. and Mexico; and share the knowledge across relevant programs;
- Prepare written materials for diverse audiences: legislative staff, subject matter experts (SMEs), grassroots supporters, and the general public;
- Liaise with staff from Polaris’ Global and Strategic Initiatives Teams on critical issues pertaining to Mexico’s human trafficking policies, as needed;
- Organize Polaris’ repository of policy materials on Mexico; and
- Assist with other related meetings, presentations, or assignments as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, international affairs or related field;
- Full professional fluency in Spanish and English;
- Minimum three years’ experience in legislative analysis/policy efforts at the international, national or state level on human rights issues;
- Professional experience conducting desk and field-based research; ideally for policy purposes
- Practical and/or academic knowledge of human trafficking:
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to engage in positive collaboration with individuals and groups with opposing points of view and diverse political perspectives;
- General understanding of Mexico’s federal government systems;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to work well under pressure and maintain composure during stressful situations;
- General flexibility and ease of movement between multiple projects; and
- Travel to Mexico up to 15% of time.
- Advanced degree in international policy or related field, or a JD;
- Experience working directly with survivors of human trafficking;
- Experience working in Mexico; and
- Experience working with Salesforce and Google Drive programs.
- Survivors of human trafficking encouraged to apply;
- Subject to a criminal background check;
- Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and
- Request for three professional and/or personal references.
The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.