We are Habitat
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is known for its continuous efforts to pave the way for leading a brighter future for families in need. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 1,000,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. The Office of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) leads Habitat's efforts to advocate for systems, policies and attitudes that advance adequate, affordable housing around the world. Based in Washington, DC, the GRA team builds the organization's advocacy capacity by providing the global Habitat network with strategic direction and support to effect change and allow Habitat to serve more families. Additionally, the GRA team maintains relationships with Members of Congress, government agencies, non-profits, international organizations, and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. and around the world to inform, advocate, educate, and provide linkages to the field.
What will you build?
As a Global Advocacy Campaign Volunteer, you will support Habitat for Humanity International's global policy work including its first-ever global advocacy campaign called Solid Ground. The position will work directly with Habitat's Global Advocacy Campaign Director and other staff in Habitat's Government Relations and Advocacy Office along with members of our Global Advocacy Team and our national organizations in the approx. 30 countries and approx. 15 global partners implementing the campaign. You will learn from their participation on a wide array of projects related to Habitat's international policy work and the global campaign including campaign strategy and tools and resources for Habitat's country offices.
This volunteer opportunity is based at our Government Relations and Advocacy office (Washington, D.C.)
- Develop summaries and case studies from challenge grants and other advocacy work going on throughout the network to share within HFHI, the network and externally
- Document processes and systems and lessons learned in light of closeout of the Solid Ground campaign
- Manage U.S. and global GRA communications channels (solidgroundcampaign.org blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Support regular internal communication with HQ and regional communications, resource development, etc. staff
- Analyze quarterly metrics reports and develop outcome analysis
- Compile, synthesize and share (within HFHI, the network and externally) global housing statistics and research
- Support new intranet content and updates
- Help to engage in and monitor partnership activities
- Support and facilitate as needed Advocacy Campaigns Team meetings and projects
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Demonstrated understanding of and interest in international development and related policies
- Experience conducting research
- Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Campaign, international and/or housing experience strongly preferred
What's in it for you?
As a volunteer in the government relations and advocacy area, you will gain a deeper understanding of how a global non- profit is moving beyond one house at a time and increasing its impact through changing policies that affect adequate shelter. Successful candidates will be joining at the beginning of the global campaign, helping to build resources and define strategy for the next three years. In addition to the campaign, you will be exposed to other aspects of Habitat's government relations and advocacy work and will acquire a firm grasp of housing sector and various advocacy tactics. We invite you to join in this journey with us to advocate the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.