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Associate Policy Analyst/Research Assistant – Migration Policy Institute, Human Services Initiative

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What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts who focus on immigration issues affecting children and families, humanitarian populations, and intersections between immigration and health and human services policies and programs? We are a group of researchers and policy analysts who value supporting and learning from each other and generating research directly relevant to key policy issues relating to migration and human services in the United States. We are looking for an integral team member to help us in MPI’s mission of promoting better understanding of migration, thus supporting evidence-informed and effective policymaking that works for all elements of society.

As an Associate Policy Analyst or Research Assistant, you will be expected to quickly achieve proficiency across the range of MPI’s Human Services Initiative (HSI) work and provide critical project management, administrative support, and logistical planning to advance MPI’s mission. As a member of the team, you will also be expected to bolster HSI’s brainpower through your strong research, analytical, and writing skills. This means you will need to rapidly come to understand the law, policy, and programmatic issues across the range of areas in which we work. Private and public events are also a big component of what the Initiative does to foster critical discussions. You will have the opportunity to manage the appropriate event functions, from drafting invitations to following up with potential speakers. If you are organized, proactive, curious, an avid reader, have strong research and writing skills in English, with a working knowledge of Spanish also preferred, and want to be part of an organization where you can grow, MPI is the place for you.

About MPI and the Human Services Initiative

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI is committed to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. As such, we are committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive environment with equity and access for all.

MPI’s Human Services Initiative addresses a broad range of immigration issues affecting children and families, humanitarian populations, and intersections between immigration and health and human services programs. We seek to emphasize attention to equity across our work and examine how different social groups are affected by immigration and integration policies and programs. We do extensive work on refugee resettlement in the United States, with particular attention to children and youth, including those who are unaccompanied; linkages to services and benefits for asylum seekers and asylees; the needs of unaccompanied children in and after leaving federal custody; understanding the extent and implications of restrictions on immigrants’ eligibility for public benefits; the crucial role of digital equity efforts; and intersections between immigration and the child welfare system. Our work is strongly policy focused and draws on both research and relationships with federal, state, and local officials, program providers, and other stakeholders.  

Duties and Responsibilities

At MPI, both Associate Policy Analysts and Research Assistants are expected to have strong research, writing, communication, and analytical skills. Typically, an Associate Policy Analyst will have additional relevant work experience, may have an advanced degree, and will be expected to bring stronger relevant experience in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing projects and reports.  

Skills common to both positions include:

 Research

  • Conduct literature reviews; assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including key interviews, site visits, and other fieldwork; and contribute to analytical research products, ensuring timeliness and accuracy.
  • Contribute to and/or co-author explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials, under the supervision of senior staff.
  • Regularly compile needed information from a variety of resources (e.g., meetings, news sources, academic journals, and webinars) to share with the team and other stakeholders.

Project Coordination

  • Support HSI’s work with project and team management, procurement, and other administrative tasks where necessary.
  • Plan site visits, focus groups, key interviews, and other research activities through in-person visits, as conditions allow, and virtual platforms.
  • Assist in the organization of public and private roundtables and events (e.g., developing event agendas, drafting invitations, and coordinating with speakers) under the supervision of senior staff and coordinating with MPI’s Senior Events Manager.

Other

  • Support HSI by conceptualizing and contributing to funding proposals and reports to key donors and partners in support of MPI’s projects.
  • Participate actively as a member of MPI’s staff in institutional planning and internal meetings and discussions.
  • Actively monitor current migration and human services debates and developments in the United States.

Required Skills                                                                                                                

  • At least one year of prior professional experience in direct service or public policy involving at least one of HSI’s areas of work: domestic refugee resettlement, unaccompanied children and their service needs, or public benefits and other health and human services issues affecting immigrants.
  • Excellent English writing skills and speaking fluency. High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to understand and succinctly synthesize complex policy decisions.
  • Knowledge of U.S. governmental and nongovernmental institutions, legislation, key migration and health and human service policy issues, and socioeconomic context for the work of HSI.
  • Academic and/or professional background in immigrant integration, poverty reduction, child welfare, public health, or related field.

Preferred Skills

  • For consideration as an Associate Policy Analyst, a master’s degree.
  • Prior experience conducting policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research in academia, a think tank, international organization, international development program, and/or in the governmental sector.
  • Spanish proficiency with demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak in professional settings.
  • Excellent ability to convey complex issues to a nonspecialist audience, verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of SPSS, STATA, and/or Tableau.

What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts who focus on immigration issues affecting children and families, humanitarian populations, and intersections between immigration and health and human…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    December 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

The selected candidate will begin as soon as possible and will be offered a permanent position. This position comes with a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package. 

The selected candidate will begin as soon as possible and will be offered a permanent position. This position comes with a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “APA/RA Human Services” in the subject line and include a sentence telling us how you heard about this position. When attaching your resume, the saved title should be “[Name] Human Services Application."

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “APA/RA Human Services” in the…

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