Researcher (Program Officer)

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) over two decades has built up a strong reputation for practical, relevant work on the links between politics, security and development and on reform approaches to the global institutions.

In 2017-201, CIC’s thematic work will focus on the following issues: (i) support the UN Secretary-General’s efforts for UN reform in the peace and security, development and management tracks; (ii) identify and support practical country level opportunities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace and the completion and dissemination of the joint UN-World Bank prevention study; (iii) support the implementation of the new way of working between humanitarian and development actors at country level and input to preparation of the 2018 Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration; and (iv) launch the roadmap and formal multi-stakeholder partnership platform for peaceful, just and inclusive societies and support the first year of implementation.

CIC is seeking a Researcher (Program Officer) to work across these multiple workstreams, particularly on issues of prevention and sustaining peace.

This role will entail:

  • Research on the linkages between prevention, UN reform, development, human rights, peacebuilding, and peace operations with an emphasis on how prevention can be integrated across the UN system.
  • Facilitating meetings, developing analytical pieces, conducting policy advocacy, and publishing essays that support these activities.
  • Work closely with CIC’s senior staff to manage research grants, donor relations, project staff, and consultants.

CIC works on issues across a range of topic areas and flexibility, adaptability and strong analytic skills will all be required. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A broad understanding of the relationships between prevention and peacebuilding. An interest and background in the United Nations system as well as broader geopolitical and governance issues is an advantage.
  • A background in research, analysis, and policy writing with a track record of producing documents such as concept papers and in-depth policy analysis pieces.
  • The ability to think strategically about the politics and policies of new and traditional actors in international development and security.
  • Experience coordinating and managing complex research projects, including experience producing policy research grant proposals is strongly preferred.
  • Candidates with policy advocacy experience, demonstrated communication and outreach skills, experience with managing websites, mailing lists, and social media will have a distinct advantage.
  • A Masters degree in a related field with ideally some previous work experience, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant and paid professional experience being ideal. A candidate who satisfies these minimum requirements will be appointed as a Researcher (Program Officer).
  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills. Experience working in international organizations and fluency in more than one UN language strongly preferred.
  • New foreign graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are eligible to apply.

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits offered in accordance with NYU policy for professional research staff. Appointments are renewable subject to availability of funding.

Applicants should submit via file upload one (1) PDF file that combines the applicant's cover letter, full CV or resume, and list of publications.

Please note only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Inquiries or requests for additional information prior to submitting an application should be directed to Applications close on Friday 30 June, 2017.

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