Legal & Policy Analyst at International Labor Rights Forum

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers globally.  We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers' ability to advocate for their rights.

The Legal and Policy Analyst will help drive ILRF policy advocacy in support of strategic campaigns against forced labor, child labor, and other labor rights abuses.  This position will require knowledge of international labor rights instruments and their associated enforcement mechanisms (e.g. GSP petitions, OECD-NCP complaints, etc.), which can support and help shape labor rights advocacy campaigns.  An ideal candidate is one who has worked with a labor union and/or is interested in working with a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual.  The applicant must possess strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively in diverse coalitions.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Work with ILRF’s Legal and Policy Director to develop strong relations with policy-makers, union leaders, and NGO partners in the U.S. and abroad 
  • Draft and submit policy briefs, testimony, recommendations and comments to USG agencies in order to advance ILRF campaign advocacy priorities
  • Research, draft and support ILRF legal and policy submissions, including GSP petitions, FTA complaints, OECD-NCP and World Bank complaints
  • Conduct research on relevant topics and publish analytic reports with policy and campaign recommendations
  • Develop/maintain expertise in leading social certification initiatives and government enforcement mechanisms for promoting respect for labor rights in global supply chains
  • Work closely with campaign staff to develop campaign strategies and outreach to supporters   
  • Participate in and lead diverse coalition efforts to end forced and child labor
  • Grant proposal writing and reporting


  • 3+ years work experience on labor or human rights issues, preferably with an international focus
  • JD degree
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in one of the following languages preferred: Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Bangla, Khmer, Burmese, French, Thai
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and lead work streams
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions 

Job title: Legal & Policy Analyst

Location: Washington DC

Salary: Dependent on experience

Contract: Full-time, exempt, bargaining unit

Closing date: 28 February 2015