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Senior Program Officer (Researcher), Humanitarian Policy

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.

Position Summary 

CIC is seeking a Researcher (Senior Program Officer) focusing on the humanitarian-development-peace triple nexus within the Prevention, Peacebuilding, and Protracted Crises program. The Senior Program Officer is expected to work independently and to make substantive contributions to knowledge and research development on humanitarian policy, the triple nexus, and aid localization. The Senior Program Officer is also expected to provide thought leadership and to partner with a broad range of stakeholders across government, intergovernmental organizations, academia, and civil society to translate research findings into practical policy recommendations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide data-driven and evidence-based analysis and thought leadership on humanitarian policy, the triple nexus, and aid localization, under the strategic direction of the program director.
  • Write practical, policy-oriented publications (blogs, policy briefs, reports, etc.) on areas of programmatic focus.
  • Identify potential partnerships and develop relationships with key stakeholders, such as member states, United Nations entities and organizations, and civil society organizations, including through bilateral engagement and the organization of workshops, meetings, and other events.
  • Support program director in the management of research grants and donor relations, including through the development of proposals and preparation of required reports.
  • Contribute to CIC-wide monthly research highlights and other CIC workstreams as required.


Required Education

MA or MPhil, MPA, or MPP degree with minimum 10 years of relevant experience. Experience in lieu of education may be considered.

Required Experience

  •  At least 5 years of experience working in humanitarian policy or in a humanitarian organization represented in the Inter-Agency Steering Committee.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research, including literature reviews and conducting interviews with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Experience with policy development and advocacy.
  • Experience in planning, scheduling, and organizing meetings, workshops, and events.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the work of the peace and security, development, and humanitarian activities of the United Nations system.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team while also being able to perform with a high degree of initiative and reliability under minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, along with discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Good understanding of protocol working with UN senior officials, ambassadors, and senior government officials.
  • Proficiency in office technology, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Dropbox.

Preferred Experience  

  • Experience working in humanitarian assistance at the country level.
  • Experience working in a policy role within the United Nations or a national government.
  • Experience managing relations with high level government counterparts and multilateral interlocutors as well as civil society.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Experience with quantitative research methods.
  • Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.
  • A professional attitude, a team-player, working respectfully and productively with colleagues, with a positive approach and a growth mindset.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $91,475 to $118,400. 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.

Additional Information

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