Vacancy: US Policy Fellow
Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network is the first independent and transnational Palestinian think tank. We are a non-partisan, US-registered non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.
Al-Shabaka was founded in 2009. We are a remote-based think tank with a network of over 200 policy analysts and a core staff of seven team members based in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.
About the Position
Al-Shabaka is seeking a full-time US Policy Fellow. The US 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 US-based partners. 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 US 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 US media engagement, including writing op-eds, taking part in interviews, and building relationships with journalists.
- Support 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.
- 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.
- An excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Authorization to work within the United States.
- Previous experience working in a related organization - a Middle-East focused policy/research institute, Palestine-centered advocacy organization, or other relevant social justice work.
- An established network of relationships with organizations working on Palestine across the US.
- Lived experience in Palestine or the Arab region.
- Good working knowledge of Arabic.
This is a non-exempt, salaried, full-time, and remote-based position. The Fellow may be located anywhere within the US, though due to time differences amongst staff, preference will be given to those based in the Eastern Time zone. Occasional travel (1-2x’s annual) to Washington, DC, or other locations for work-related events, may also be required.
The starting gross salary for this position is $50,000, non-negotiable.
In addition to a base salary, Al-Shabaka offers its staff flexible scheduling, unlimited paid leave, and a subsidy program for healthcare 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, 1-2 writing samples (no more than 10 pages combined), and a list of 3 reference contacts to [email protected], with “US Policy Fellow” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is May 15. Interviews will be conducted in early June with an anticipated start date in July-August.
Al-Shabaka is an equal-opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Applicants of Palestinian origin are strongly encouraged to apply.