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Public Policy & Advocacy Advisor
Food For The Hungry Inc in Washington, DC
Date Posted 03/01/2022
Nonprofit-Advocacy /Lobbying
Nonprofit-Public Policy
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Public Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Full Job Description

FH Heartbeat

At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Job Summary

Responsible to manage and implement FH’s global nutrition advocacy and visibility strategies. Primary responsibilities include: building bipartisan support for US-funded global nutrition initiatives with strategic US policymakers using FH’s evidence-based resources, increase FH’s influence and visibility on policies related to global nutrition in both health and food systems among key USG agencies, alliances, working groups, and coalitions, creating nutrition education materials to disseminate to key policy and partner audiences, and overseeing and managing the global nutrition grant initiative. The Advisor will work closely with Congress and the administration to promote excellent global nutrition health and food systems policies, while articulating our heartbeat among diverse audiences. The position will also work with FH’s communications, food security, health and nutrition, and relief teams, as well as FH’s CEO, to prioritize FH’s intra-organizational approach to nutrition advocacy and create opportunities to showcase FH’s technical expertise.

Principal Responsibilities

Increase FH’s influence and visibility on global nutrition policies among key USG agencies, alliances, working groups and coalitions

  • Lead and ensure successful implementation of FH’s global nutrition grant initiative. This will be done by advancing the global nutrition policy and advocacy platform among Congress and the administration.
  • Advance FH’s wider public policy positions on global nutrition to key institutional stakeholders.
  • Represent FH in high-level external advocacy alliances and forums.
  • Identify and develop strategic opportunities for FH to offer public policy guidance and expertise on global nutrition (briefings, hearings, symposiums).
  • Share FH’s global nutrition programs and evidence-based findings with public policy and NGO stakeholders.

Lead FH’s nutrition advocacy communications and outreach

  • Work with Communications and Marketing teams to develop and implement global nutrition advocacy communications pieces.
  • Support FH’s PR strategy by collaborating with the Communications team on press statements and press releases regarding relevant policy issues.
  • Work with Strategic Partners team to identify, train, deploy, and cultivate advocates.
  • Identify opportunities to showcase FH’s global nutrition work among major public and private donors and demonstrate technical and thought leadership.

Oversee and manage grant budget, grant outputs, reporting, and communications related to grant

  • Lead overall strategy of advancing the policy and advocacy objectives as it relates to grant-funded projects.
  • Represent FH as part of grant-related meetings and check-in calls.
  • Track and manage grant outputs, and include them in quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports for the grant initiative partner.
  • Track and manage grant budget with assistance from the Grants team.
  • Monitor and evaluate internal processes and standard indicators and provide regular analysis for grant-funded projects.

Work in collaboration with relevant program management staff to provide country-level advocacy support

  • Coordinate with senior leadership, GSC technical advisors, and country offices around nutrition policy messaging, operational challenges, and pre-positioning for public funding opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Level Specifications

  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat.
  • Ability to understand Congressional hearings, briefings, legislation, policies, field program reports.
  • Understanding of administration agencies involved in US foreign assistance such as USAID, State Department, and USDA.
  • Working knowledge of INGOs and global development institutions, initiatives, and related campaigns.
  • Experience drafting communications pieces, including advocacy communications, op-eds, press releases, and policy statements.
  • Ability to sit/stand at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.


  • Typically, 8+ years of commensurate experience in a global organization.
  • Prior experience in a complex, matrixed organization, with the ability to scale processes in a global, professional, service organization.
  • Non-profit ministry experience is a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree required, MA or MS preferred, ideally in the areas of political science, global relief and development, communications.
  • Typically, 7+ years of experience with some combination of international relief and development, Capitol Hill, PR/Communications experience.
  • Must have experience in global nutrition policy and programs.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience on Capitol Hill, with intimate knowledge of US relief and development programs, international assistance policy, the legislative process, and international agriculture and nutrition assistance programs.
  • Minimum 3 years of policy and communications experience in writing advocacy communications pieces and external or press publications, managing advocacy software and advocate databases.

Safeguarding Policy

FH strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. FH holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. FH expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that FH work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the FH Heartbeat and safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.

The responsibilities listed above are not all-inclusive and may be changed at any time.

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