The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control over their lives. We support and serve our clients from addressing their urgent needs at the onset of a crisis to helping them integrate into new communities across dozens of cities in the United States and Europe. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC has been resettling refugees for over 80 years, helping nearly 13,000 refugees resettle in the U.S. in fiscal year 2023 alone. When our clients arrive as newcomers to the U.S., they often have little or no financial resources with which to rebuild their lives. We support new arrivals with immediate aid—including food, medical attention, and housing—and help them integrate into their newfound communities to enrich the fabric of America.

Housing Policy Analyst

Hybrid or Remote: Hybrid or remote*
Supervisor: Senior Program Officer, Affordable Housing Solutions

The Resettlement Housing Team in the IRC HQ develops and implements short, medium and longer-term solutions to promote housing stabilization for recently arrived refugees in the US. The Housing Team also provides housing subject matter expertise and delivers local and national-level housing training and technical assistance to the IRC’s offices and affiliates in more than 30 U.S. cities. Under the supervision of Senior Program Officer, Affordable Housing Solutions, the Housing Policy Analyst will be responsible for federal, state, and local housing policy research, analysis, coordination, and technical assistance support.


  • Research, analyze, and track federal, state and local governmental policies and legislations related to housing, real property, planning and zoning in locations where IRC operates. This includes focusing on impacts related to housing access, affordability, and supply for populations served by the IRC, including refugees, asylees, parolees, victims of trafficking, and other populations.
  • Research and analyze innovative housing solutions and their applicability for refugees and other displaced populations.
  • Draft summaries, concept notes, and reports for research and analysis related to housing policies, legislation, and innovative housing solutions.
  • Collect and analyze data on housing services, innovative housing solutions, and housing markets as assigned.
  • Support the HQ Housing Team Program Officers in collaboration with the IRC HQ Policy and Advocacy Team and IRC field offices on housing policy and advocacy-related projects and tasks as assigned.
  • Support the HQ Housing team Program Officers in the development of talking points, quick turn-around research, concept notes and briefing papers, and the provision of technical assistance related to housing policy and advocacy.
  • Participate in training, technical assistance, conferences, and coordination meetings with other HQ teams and resettlement agencies as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience, paid or unpaid, in research, policy analysis, advocacy, or data science related to housing, homelessness, or resettlement programs is a plus. A master's degree in related fields will be considered equivalent to 2 years of work experience.
  • Degree or courses in economics, urban planning, public policy, political science, or social work a plus.
  • Knowledge of how to track policy, legislative, program, and solution activities using a variety of online resources.
  • Experience in working with low-income, immigrant, and/or refugee populations preferred.
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners.
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure.
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

*Remote Work Details: This is primarily remote position. There may be some travel required of the Innovator once per quarter for meetings, trainings and conferences (costs covered by IRC). The Housing Team is headquartered in New York City with team members in various U.S. locations, but the Innovator has the option to work from any other IRC office that they desire, or entirely remotely.

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