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Head of Advocacy

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: COMN184-2201

Reporting to the External Affairs Manager based in Prague, the Head of Advocacy is responsible for designing and executing all advocacy campaigns and activities aimed at supporting RFE/RL journalists in trouble and media freedom more broadly. This involves developing and maintaining relationships with national authorities and EU institutions, media, NGOs and media advocacy organizations, and serving as their primary point of contact on advocacy matters, as well as proactively identifying and bidding for relevant funding opportunities.



  • Designs, coordinates and executes advocacy campaigns, including on social media, aimed at drawing attention to and securing support for RFER/RL’s journalists in trouble and promoting media freedom
  • Develops and implements strategies aimed at securing the release of imprisoned RFE/RL journalists, identifying and working with relevant allies   
  • Proactively identifies and secures media opportunities and drafts press releases
  • Acts as liaison with USAGM and the Department of State regarding statements and other advocacy outreach;
  • Works closely with news directors to plan for, and assist with, threats to RFE/RL journalists
  • Cooperates with the President’s Office and security, financial and legal teams to respond to threats to journalists in line with RFE/RL’s Emergency Support policy
  • Identifies and bids for funding to support advocacy efforts and individual journalists under threat
  • Updates and manages “Journalists in Trouble” section of the website, including commissioning pieces and preparing the monthly “Journalists in Trouble” newsletter
  • Drafts letters to government offices and other stakeholders to resolve issues the company faces overseas
  • Monitors social media accounts of relevant organizations
  • Works with the external affairs team on high-level events, recruiting speakers and designing programs
  • Performs other related duties as assigned



Master’s degree or equivalent in journalism, international relations or related field or the equivalent in experience (mandatory)

Work experience:

  • Previous experience in a senior advocacy role, which involved designing and implementing strategies and campaigns (minimum 5 years)
  • Experience working in a multicultural or multinational environment; or experience living and working outside own country, experience in RFE/RL’s coverage area is a plus


  • Ability to think strategically and apply sound judgement
  • Strong project management and time management skills
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing sophisticated advocacy campaigns
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team within a busy and demanding work environment
  • Familiarity with US government institutions and the non-profit sector, in particular the human rights, democracy and grant-making landscape; established contacts in these areas would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of EU policy-making and institutions is a plus


Proficiency in written and oral English (first language ability), mandatory.

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Appointment against this post is on a D.C. basis only. Candidates for these positions must reside within commuting distance of Washington D.C., or be willing to relocate. In some cases, if selected for a D.C.-based position from another part of the United States, RFE/RL would cover the costs of interview travel and relocation upon appointment. RFE/RL offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.

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