Advocacy Assistant (2019-2020 Assistantship Program)

02/13/2019 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the call for applicants to its 2019-2020 Assistantship Program. The program is open to recent graduates and young professionals seeking to gain hands-on work experience related to Middle East policy, advocacy, and research. This program provides opportunities to work on TIMEP’s ongoing initiatives, while giving participants the opportunity to develop their expertise in a specific area of interest. Participants benefit from one-on-one mentorship and a comprehensive professional development curriculum designed to position them for success in their chosen career.

Positions are for the duration of one year and are non-renewable. There will be a heavy emphasis on identifying a potential career path for each participant and identifying ideal roles for continued achievement after the conclusion of the program. Staff mentors will work with each participant to help them reach this next step.

The Assistantship will take place at TIMEP’s Washington DC office, with a start date in June 2019. TIMEP is unable to assist with obtaining visas.


Position Description & Qualifications

The Advocacy Assistant position will support and assist TIMEP’s advocacy initiatives, as it pertains to monitoring legislative developments, mapping of policy networks, and integrating foreign policy developments within the work of the research team.  The Advocacy Assistant will conduct daily activities to remain abreast of key policy developments and changes within target advocacy audiences to provide updates and recommendations on TIMEP’s advocacy activities. In addition to attending hearings on Capitol Hill and advocacy meetings, the Advocacy Assistant will also work with the advocacy director to draft policy documents and plan visit itineraries. The Advocacy Assistant will additionally conduct research on policy issues and work with the research team to compile in/external institutional research documents.

TIMEP adheres to a collaborative approach in which all of its departments work closely together to carry out the mission of the institute. As such, the Advocacy Assistant will be expected to regularly cooperate with the research, development, legal, and editorial departments.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regularly updates advocacy tracker to reflect TIMEP advocacy network, short-term advocacy goals, and day-to-day advocacy activities.
  • Attends Congressional hearings and work with advocacy director to identify those Senate and House offices which TIMEP should engage with.
  • Monitors and regularly reports on Congressional legislation.
  • Covers and researches developments in US foreign aid programs to countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Collaborates with research team in production of institutional research documents.
  • Identifies key members of target audiences as part of internal mapping efforts.
  • Produces or assists in preparation of policy and advocacy documents such as in/external memos, briefs, and one-pagers.
  • Assists with development of talking points and fact sheets for senior staff
  • Assists with the coordination of advocacy travel and meeting itineraries.
  • Assists with event and meeting development and execution as needed.
  • Assists with development initiatives by providing relevant advocacy information (e.g. grant or project proposals and reporting).
  • Cooperate with other departmental directors/managers as needed to implement tasks in their respective departments.
  • Completes necessary administrative tasks (e.g. activity reports, meeting memoranda, timesheets).



  • Bachelor’s degree or 1 to 2 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree desirable.
  • Proficient knowledge of Congressional budget and appropriations process
  • Familiarity with foreign policy making landscape (Congressional Committees, US government, etc)
  • Knowledge of crafting policy analysis, long-form reporting, and short-form brief development.
  • Ability to produce a high quality of written product.
  • Ability to conduct research with sufficient direction from senior staff.
  • Experience working in a team environment and balancing priorities and deadlines.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher) and experience with Google applications, Adobe and Internet is required. Experience with managing databases is preferred.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in TIMEP and in external environment, manage competing demands, and change approach or method to best fit situations.
  • Ability to manage and adapt to frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.



Assistants will be paid an annual salary and will qualify for benefits such as transportation, healthcare, and dental/vision.


Professional Development

The assistantship program includes a year long professional development curriculum that includes the following components:

  • Staff mentorship
  • Departmental workshops and trainings
  • Career focus workshops/meetings
  • Workshops/meetings with subject matter experts
  • Resume development
  • Job and/or graduate school application assistance
  • Networking opportunities


Application Instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line, “2019 Advocacy Assistant.” In the cover letter, please include where you learned of the position, salary expectations, and your preferred start date.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Only competitive candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the selection process. No phone calls please.


ADA Specifications

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The individual is occasionally required to stand or walk; use hands to handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The individual must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.