Advocacy Manager, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Full-time


About the Position


BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks a highly motivated and entrepreneurial candidate to help grow our advocacy, partnerships and public outreach and advance our mission. We are looking for an agile thinker who is a fast learner, intellectually curious and creative with strong work experience in program-based advocacy and a commitment to social justice. 

The Manager of Advocacy will report directly to the Managing Director of UPGI and join a leadership team for the growing UPGI. The Advocacy Manager will be responsible for supporting the Managing Director in executing the global advocacy strategy which includes influencing multilateral institutions and donors as well as advocacy targeted as specific low income countries. S/he will be responsible for cultivating and managing key relationships and promoting UPGI through  partnerships, events, coalition building and representation.


Position Responsibilities

Promotion and advocacy of BRAC UPGI work: 

  • Support the implementation and ongoing development of an advocacy strategy for UPGI
  • Work across the UPGI team and with BRAC entities to execute an advocacy strategy for BRAC UPGI in keeping with BRAC global advocacy strategy and organizational goals and metrics.
  • Support UPGI Managing Director and other team members for external events and in meetings with high-level targeted stakeholders
  • Maintain partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders (including with government and civil society organizations, philanthropic organizations,  innovators, and research institutions among others)
  • Develop outreach strategies and manage staff to develop ongoing stakeholder engagement through various channels 


Support and cultivation of institutional partners: 

  • Assist with cultivation of donors and fundraising proposals for grant opportunities that contain a significant advocacy or communications or marketing component.
  • Work closely with BRAC program teams to ensure strong relationships with institutional partners and delivery of advocacy reporting requirements.



The candidate for Advocacy Manager should have a deep and long-standing commitment towards international development, economic empowerment, and  advocacy. 

Additionally they will have the following attributes:

Education: Bachelor's degree in international relations, government, journalism, law, social sciences or a related field.  An advanced (graduate) degree in one of the previous fields preferred.

Experience: A minimum of seven years of relevant international experience and extensive experience in international development and/or advocacy/media or partnerships; experience with advocacy in low income countries desirable.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent and proven knowledge of international development through the lens of the political, media, and NGO landscape  
  • Ability to follow numerous technical issues around international development  in a rigorous and nuanced manner and ability to use new evidence (i.e. on livelihoods for the poorest) to achieve advocacy goals.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing and public speaking skills. Excellent speaking and writing skills in other languages are desirable.
  • Ability to identify advocacy opportunities and help develop and implement advocacy strategies
  • Experience working with other actors on joint advocacy strategies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and solid understanding of how to implement successful advocacy for policy change are required.
  • Ability to think and act strategically about how to use the print and electronic media to further advocacy goals
  • An understanding of, and willingness to use research and social media data to effectively develop strategies that build  support for our policy advocacy are desirable.
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, ability to shift priorities according to international news and political developments and ability to work well under pressure
  • Experience working in development programing or prior experience working with BRAC or similar multi-faceted organization a plus. 
  • Basic understanding/experience using technology to advance advocacy campaigns (social media, blogs, website).
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a geographically dispersed team.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative while at the same time willing to learn and collaborate with others, strong team player


How to Apply


Based in Washington DC, this is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly effective, collaborative and innovative non-profit. BRAC USA offers a competitive package including base salary, medical/dental/vision insurance, FSA, life insurance, 401k, annual professional development stipend and generous paid time off. Note that some benefits are subject to a waiting period and more information can be provided to shortlisted applicants, upon request.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

To apply, please upload your resume, detailed cover letter and references.

No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.

Applications received before January 15, 2020 are preferred and the position is open until filled.




BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. These include initiatives in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, and more. Headquartered in Bangladesh and working across 11 countries in South Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 100 million people worldwide.

Based in New York, BRAC USA is the North American affiliate of BRAC. BRAC USA provides comprehensive support to BRAC around the world by raising awareness about its work and mobilizing resources to support programs. BRAC USA works closely with international counterparts to design and implement cost-effective and evidence-based poverty innovations. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

Through its Graduation programs, BRAC targets the poorest people in a community, known as the ultra-poor, and uses a holistic, time-bound approach to help them improve their health, learn financial skills, and start a profitable business. More than 95 percent of participants in Bangladesh continue on a positive economic trajectory five years after the program ends. To date, BRAC has ‘graduated’ more than 1.7 million households out of ultra-poverty. BRAC’s approach has gained widespread recognition and adaptations have taken root worldwide.

In 2013, BRAC launched the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative. The Initiative aims to position Graduation as a key driver to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms, everywhere. It does this by:

  • Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, development finance agencies, national governments, Non-governmental organizations, and microfinance institutions.
  • Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach in countries around the world, supported through technical assistance, technical assistance and training for external stakeholders interested in, or currently implementing Graduation programs.