Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network was launched in April 2010 as the first and only independent, transnational Palestinian think tank. We bring together over 200 analysts from across the globe to produce critical policy analysis and craft visions for a liberated, self-determined future.
Al-Shabaka is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered in the State of California as the Middle East Policy Network. We are an entirely remote-based think tank with a core staff of eight team members based in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.
About the Position
Al-Shabaka is seeking a full-time Palestine Policy Fellow. The Palestine Fellow is an integral part of Al-Shabaka’s staff, and plays a leading role in producing critical policy analysis, representing the organization in public forums, and strengthening relationships with Palestinian civil society. To ensure the greatest impact, we aim for a minimum 2-year commitment from the Fellow, with the possibility to continue to grow with the organization thereafter.
The Palestine Policy Fellow will be responsible for the following functions:
- Producing original evidence-based analysis on topics related to Palestine in the form of written policy briefs, commentaries, and one-pagers.
- Curating briefing papers, one-pagers, and other policy materials from Al-Shabaka’s archives for relevant events with policymakers and civil society as needed.
- Briefing policymakers and civil society organizations on current affairs and policy developments vis-a-vis Palestine and the Palestinian community.
- Strengthening relationships with key civil society partners and forging new partnerships on behalf of Al-Shabaka.
- Leading in Palestine-based media engagement, including writing op-eds, taking part in interviews, and building relationships with journalists.
- Supporting Al-Shabaka’s institutional development, taking an active role in regular team discussions and strategic planning processes.
- A commitment to Al-Shabaka’s ethos of centering Palestinian voices, perspectives, and expertise in the struggle for liberation, and alignment with our institutional values, vision, and theory of change.
- A solid grasp of the Palestine question, current and historical, with a demonstrated ability to anchor policy analysis within a framework of Palestinian liberation.
- Demonstrated experience in publishing policy analysis on Palestine-related issues, whether in academic journals, media outlets, or on other think tank platforms.
- Comfort engaging in public-facing responsibilities, including televised interviews, online webinars, conferences, etc.
- Interest in being a part of a close-knit, remote-based team, balancing independent work with collaborative involvement.
- Attention to detail while managing multiple projects.
- A postgraduate degree in a relevant field of study, or comparable research and writing experience in an alternative setting.
- 2-5 years of professional experience in related work, including research, policy, analysis, advocacy, etc.
- An excellent command of spoken English and Arabic; strong writing skills in at least one of these languages is required.
- Right to live and work in Palestine is required. We are not able to sponsor individuals.
- Previous experience working in a related organization - a policy/research institute, Palestine-centered advocacy organization, or other relevant social justice work.
- An established network of relationships with civil society organizations in Palestine.
- Strong writing skills in both English and Arabic.
This is a full-time and remote-based position. The Fellow must be located and have the right to work in Palestine, with preference for Jerusalem or Ramallah. Travel within Palestine, as possible, will be expected; occasional international travel (up to 1-2x’s annual) may also be required.
The gross starting salary for this position is $50,000.
In addition to a base salary, Al-Shabaka offers its staff flexible scheduling, unlimited paid leave, and a subsidy program to support health and technology expenses. Efforts to expand institutional support for staff are ongoing, based on available resources.
To apply, please email a cover letter, your CV, and 1-2 writing samples (no more than 10 pages combined) to [email protected], with “Palestine Policy Fellow” in the subject line. Cover letters and CVs should be provided in English, while writing samples may be included in English or Arabic. All documents should be provided in .doc or .docx attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Deadline to apply is April 27, 2023. Interviews will be conducted early-mid May 2023 with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.
Al-Shabaka is an equal-opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation.