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Staff Director – House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, & International Organizations (minority)

Progressive Democrat seeks Staff Director for the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the following within Sub-Saharan Africa: (1) Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations; (2) Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims; (3) Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act; (4) Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries; (5) Oversight of regional lending institutions; (6) Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions; (7) Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region; (8) Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts; (9) Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region; (10) Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee; and (11) Such other matters as the Chairman of the full Committee may determine.    

In addition to its regional jurisdiction, the subcommittee may conduct oversight of: international health issues, including transboundary infectious diseases, maternal health and child survival, and programs related to the global ability to address health issues; population issues; the United Nations and its affiliated agencies (excluding peacekeeping and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions); the American Red Cross; and the Peace Corps.  In addition, the subcommittee may conduct oversight of, or consider legislation pertaining to: implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; other matters relating to internationally-recognized human rights, including legislation aimed at the promotion of human rights and democracy generally; and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and related issues.   

Job Responsibilities    

The Staff Director will spearhead and drive a comprehensive policy agenda on African foreign policy as well as staff subcommittee hearings and mark-ups. Responsibilities include preparing for hearings, writing statements and memos, analyzing and formulating legislation, developing vote recommendations, drafting amendments, and coordinating events and meeting with stakeholders, as well as tracking and monitoring current events related to the subcommittee and foreign affairs at-large.    

Qualifications    

This is a senior staff position. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of prior professional experience in African foreign policy. Professional experience related to global health, human rights and international organizations is also helpful.   

Candidates should have a proven track-record of advancing a policy agenda and working under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should also have excellent writing skills. The successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter and a team player. Prior management experience is a plus. Prior experience on Capitol Hill is also advantageous. Candidate must be willing and able to work long hours, including some nights, and weekends.    
 
Please email resume and cover letter to: Rep.Karen.Bass@mail.house.gov.

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