Turkey Specialist
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Washington DC Office - Washington, DC

The Turkey Coordinator/Specialist would play a key role in advocating for a U.S. government policy towards Turkey that prioritizes human rights. Specifically, the Turkey Coordinator/Specialist would support Amnesty International USA advocacy efforts on the full suite of relevant human rights issues including, the government of Turkey’s crackdown on dissent, the Turkish military’s war in Northern Syria, and Turkish officials’ policies towards refugees. This position includes an opportunity to take a lead on advocacy efforts targeting Congress, the White House, and a large network of Amnesty International USA grassroots activists. This is a fixed-term, two-year position based in Washington, D.C. Working under the direction of the Europe & Central Asia Advocacy Director. The Coordinator/Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Developing, refining, and implementing messaging strategies for human rights advocacy with U.S. Congress and the executive branch of Government (including the White House, National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, etc)
  • Organizing, training, and inspiring grassroots advocates to press for change. Developing relationships with Amnesty International USA member leaders to build a vocal domestic constituency for U.S. policies that prioritize human rights in Turkey and across Eurasia.
  • Building and sustaining coalitions with decision makers across business, civil society, professional organizations, and other key spaces in Turkey and the U.S.
  • Provide appropriate assistance to Amnesty International USA’s advocacy efforts across Eurasia and around the world. 


Develop, refine and implement messaging strategies on human rights in Turkey:

  • Review prior Turkey-focused human rights advocacy efforts. Assess strategies, and tactics that yielded results and develop a “messaging toolkit” on the basis of lessons learned. Leverage information to develop novel written products, including policy briefs, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Closely track congressional voting patterns on Turkey, human rights, and Eurasia and map key congressional allies. Develop and shape effective messaging to communicate the severity of human rights violations in Turkey to policy makers. Advocate for policies that protect human rights with decision makers in the executive branch and on Capitol Hill.
  • Disseminate lessons learned through message development to like-minded organizations. Train colleagues on honing human rights language to reflect relevant political trends and events.
  • Amplify Amnesty International research by planning and organizing events such as roundtables, policy briefings, conferences, and/or other engagements for the Washington, D.C.-based policy-making ecosystem.

Drive grassroots pressure for change

  • Develop effective working relationships with Amnesty International USA member leaders, local groups, country specialists, and other affiliated activists to drive constituent pressure. Train Amnesty International USA member leaders on lobbying techniques and provide them with the advocacy infrastructure and skills necessary to maximize their impact.
  • Assist Amnesty International USA membership in developing advocacy outputs including talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, and information pamphlets necessary to present a compelling case for prioritizing human rights in Turkey. 

Develop Coalitions and Partnerships to Spotlight Turkish Perspectives

  • Build effective working relationships with civil society activists in Turkey and uncover ways to amplify their message with U.S. government officials. Identify untapped partners in Turkey and across Eurasia and provide them with logistical support needed to share their stories with policy makers.
  • Create and sustain coalitions with U.S.-based civil society groups to present U.S. government officials with a unified and mutually-reinforcing message on human rights in Turkey.

Provide additional support for Amnesty International USA advocacy efforts as needed

  • Support advocacy directors and managers across the Amnesty International USA government relations team in their efforts to push U.S. policy makers to end human rights violations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and experience with Turkey’s human rights record, history, politics, society, culture, and/or foreign policy is required.
  • B.A. in relevant/related field is required; M.A. is preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and an ability to quickly develop and edit compelling written products with limited managerial oversight are required.
  • Experience overseeing the design and implementation of an advocacy campaign, communications strategy, or lobbying effort is preferred.
  • Experience working with a member/volunteer-based or member/volunteer-led organization is preferred
  • Familiarity with human rights challenges across Europe & Central Asia is preferred
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