The NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is looking for a New York University graduate student to support its Pathfinders, Inequality and Exclusion program for the Spring 2023 semester, with possible extension through Summer 2023 with a time commitment of 20 hours per week.

This position is in support of a new project. The individual will be responsible for researching and writing policy case studies on policies related to inequality and exclusion from around the world, focusing on Pathfinder countries, and will also assist with the planning and coordinating the project, including the summer launch.

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation has, over two decades, built a reputation for its work on the links between politics, security, justice, and sustainable development. Our core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community.

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies brings together 39 UN member states, and over 100 partners including international organizations, civil society, global partnerships, and the private sector who are committed to accelerating the delivery and implementation of the SDG targets for peace, justice, and inclusion (SDG16+). The Pathfinders launched the Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at the UN General Assembly in September 2017 and updated it in July 2019. The roadmap provides a shared vision for how SDG16+ can be delivered. It also identifies a limited number of high-profile ‘grand challenges’ that require sustained leadership and support if SDG16+ is to be achieved. In these areas Pathfinders aims to set policy and learning agendas, raise ambition and increase political will. The Pathfinders Grand Challenges include the Grand Challenge on Justice for All, the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, and the Grand Challenge to Halve All Forms of Global Violence by 2030.

The Pathfinders is hosted by the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

Primary Duties:

The qualified candidate will have an exciting opportunity to be part of a new project at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Pathfinders, together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, is creating an online living encyclopedia of policies highlighting examples of policy solutions that have worked from around the world to combat inequality and exclusion. The portal will provide a “go-to” place for policymakers, students, researchers, and political actors with an easy-to-use source of examples of policies that reduce inequality.

Responsibilities will include contributing to the creation of this new policy resource by:

  • Update the team on a weekly basis on news and analysis relevant to the program, with a particular focus on international processes and Pathfinder countries;
  • Conduct research on policies undertaken across the world to tackle inequality and exclusion, with a particular focus on Pathfinder countries;
  • Analyze and write up policy case studies that have had an impact on inequality, detailing a summary of the policy and its objectives, how the policy has been implemented and monitored (if at all), the budget (if any) attached to the implementation of the policy, the results of the policy on inequality;
  • Coordinate with the team to ensure that the policies identified meet the required criteria of the portal;
  • Support the team with the planning and coordination of the website production;
  • Support the planning of the summer launch of the website.

General Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of policy development and analysis
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent research skills and ability to frame writing and research for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Excel required
  • Experience with WordPress, Slack, Google Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Proactive team player with a strong desire to learn and the ability to be flexible
  • Ability to manage tasks in a fast-paced, team-oriented (virtual and in-person) environment
  • Deadline and task-oriented
  • Proficiency in additional languages to English is desired, although not necessary.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current New York University graduate student in international relations, economics, social studies, development studies, global affairs, public policy, non-profit management or other related fields preferred
  • Able to commit to working 20 hours per week as needed and mutual agreement.

By applying to this position, you are certifying that you will be residing within the U.S. if you are hired.

Evaluation: There end-of-year semester and regular check-ins with the position supervisor(s).

Pay rate: Undergraduate $15/hr, Graduate Local 2110 $27.50/hr

NYC Pay Transparency Act

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for student employment positions are $15-$17 per hour for undergraduate students and $27.50-$28 per hour for graduate students. The hourly rate for graduate employees is based on the collective bargaining agreement with Local 2110. 

To apply to this position, please apply via this link with a resume, cover letter, short writing sample of a policy that has reduced inequality and/or exclusion (no more than 500 words).