Program Associate (Researcher), Promoting and Defending Multilateralism

For more than two decades, the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has been a leader in applied policy that links politics, security, justice, development, and humanitarian issues. Our aspiration is to find ways to advance multilateral action to prevent crises and to promote peace, justice, and inclusion. We believe that a strengthened multilateral order is one where there is closer cooperation at country level between entities like the UN and the IFIs, and where there are integrated approaches to prevention that break down silos between fields and entities.  In practice, this approach relies on practical ideas generation, the ability to translate research into feasible recommendations for a senior policy audience, and close diplomatic work with key partners in public and private convening.

CIC, as part of NYU, is an applied policy research center that specializes in analysis and idea generation that is practical, principled, and policy-relevant, at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek researchers and policy experts of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis.

The Promoting and Defending Multilateralism program was born out of the awareness that collective action is crucial to address twenty-first century challenges, from conflict and economic instability to global health and climate threats. It aims to provide deeper understanding, independent perspectives, and expert analysis to assist stakeholders and decision-makers seeking to strengthen the United Nations and other key multilateral institutions.


  • Contribute, independently and in collaboration with senior staff, to all phases of the research process (design, execution, analysis, and writing), on work related to Defending multilateralism and UN-IFI collaboration, as outlined in CIC’s Business Plan.
  • Assist the Program Director and Associate Director and the rest of the MR team with researching, scheduling, organizing, and executing substantive, research-based, policy-related meetings, events, and conference calls, taking substantive notes and drafting substantive summaries, invitations, and agendas,
  • Support program director and associate director in managing grants and donor relations including substantive discussions, planning, budgeting, and substantive grant reporting.
  • Write practical, policy-oriented pieces such as blogs, internal memos, and briefing papers that are concise and polished in quick turnaround times.
  • Help organize events, retreats, and meetings to support the program and broader campaign and research priorities; take notes and draft summaries, invitations, and agendas where necessary
  • Assist in managing logistics of the research program, by making travel arrangements, contracting and liaising with translators, printers, photographers and other external service providers
  • The program associate reports to the Associate Director.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $60,547.50 to $72,450. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer.


Required Education

Bachelor Degree in international affairs, political science, conflict resolution, gender studies, or related fields.

Required Experience

Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant work experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of or experience of relevant national and international policy and implementation, or national and international partners working on violence prevention and reduction, and their tools and instruments.
  • Good organizational, logistics, and project management skills, including administrative management
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated interest and capability in managing research related tasks and/or events execution.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments;
  • Fluency in English is required, along with excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to write in a variety of styles and for a range of audiences (academic reports, policy briefs, high-level correspondence, public newsletters, etc.)
  • A professional attitude, a team-player, working respectfully and productively with colleagues, with a positive approach and a growth mindset and in accordance with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles.
  • Interest in taking on a wide range of research and office tasks essential to executing the program.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Capable with many different types of software and other professional tools, including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to undertake travel, including under sometimes challenging circumstances.
  • Takes accountability for all aspects of assigned work and proactively seeks out guidance where needed.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in a relevant field

Prefered Experience

  • Knowledge of the United Nations system, international financial institutions, diplomacy and interest in International Development, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector preferred.
  • Experience managing relations with high level government counterparts and multilateral interlocutors as well as civil society.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Interest, and preferably experience, with CIC’s research portfolio.
  • Ability to manage and analyze small and medium-sized datasets.
  • Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.

Additional Information and Benefits

You will be an employee of New York University, with access to an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off and retirement contributions.

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