Associate Director (Senior Research Scientist)

CIC’s program on the effectiveness of political and security instruments is an established thought leader on global peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Through its flagship Global Peace Operations Review web site, CIC is recognized as an authoritative source for research and analysis on peacekeeping operations, special political missions, preventive diplomacy, and sustaining peace as well as women, peace and security. In line with the agenda of the recently appointed UN Secretary-General, CIC is now building its portfolio as a close policy partner to national governments and international institutions in the field of conflict prevention. In a complex and changing world, CIC seeks to continue providing top tier research and policy advice to its partners in all these areas.

CIC is seeking experienced applicants to become the next Associate Director (Senior Research Scientist) to direct its effectiveness of political and security instruments workstream. The successful candidate will oversee its multiple projects, and shape its priorities and future engagements, with a focus on conflict prevention. They will also be responsible for research coordination, liaison with donors and technical partners and communications on all aspects of CIC’s work.

Role and Responsibilities

The Associate Director (Senior Research Scientist) will be a key member of CIC’s senior management team and be involved in the overall strategic direction of the Center’s work.

In particular, responsibilities of the Associate Director (Senior Research Scientist) role will include:

  • Providing overall leadership and oversight for CIC’s Effectiveness of Political and Security Instruments team. This will include initiating and managing research grants and program staff, including quantitative and qualitative research on the effectiveness of peacekeeping and political instruments.
  • Overseeing the production and directing future enhancements of CIC’s Global Peace Operations Review website, including maintaining and improving upon the high standard of data and analysis.
  • Providing structured outreach and policy support to governments and a range of stakeholders (international and regional organizations), including key actors within the UN system in New York.
  • Managing CIC’s work on peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding policy, providing substantive inputs to work on reform of the UN system; enhancing CIC profile among bilateral donors and multilaterals; and developing new project and funding opportunities.
  • Acting as the public face of the Effectiveness of Political and Security Instruments program. This will include: Representing CIC and presenting research findings at key international conferences relevant to the program’s work; Frequently producing written outputs that highlight the program’s work, including blog posts and op-eds, and; Providing media interviews upon request.
  • In collaboration with other Associate Directors, contributing to the annual workplan, its implementation, and progress reporting, including ensuring the systematic development and implementation of cross-cutting themes across the politics and security, multilateral governance, humanitarian and development, human rights and violent extremism, sustainable development and peaceful societies as well as the country engagement pillars of CIC’s work.
  • Liaising with donors and technical partners on all aspects of CIC’s work program.

Key Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in international relations, security studies, political science or a related discipline.
  • Ten to fifteen years of work experience focused on peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Must include some experience directing research and/or policy development; operational management and field experience will also be highly valued.
  • Knowledge of mixed methods research methodologies and familiarity with recent development in the conflict and crisis management research and policy fields. - Experience with the UN system and good practical working knowledge of multilateral organizations preferred.
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills, evidenced through a record of published academic and policy oriented articles. Experience in a managing a website and/or using social media for policy advocacy would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience of representation at a senior level, fund raising, donor liaison, and grants management are all required.
  • Proven business development skills in terms of generating support for new project proposals.
  • Ability to efficiently manage both a team of junior researchers and a range of time sensitive duties.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, resume, and full publication list in one (1) PDF document using this online form by 14 April 2017.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. Benefits offered in accordance with NYU policy for professional research staff. Appointments are renewable subject to availability of funding.

It is hoped the successful candidate would be available to start on or about 1 August 2017.

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