Associate Director, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) over two decades has built a reputation for its work on the links between politics, security, and sustainable development. We are a champion for the role that global institutions can play in fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

In 2016, CIC launched the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, working with a group of member states and other partners. The Pathfinders is a multi-stakeholder partnership working to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda targets for peace, justice, and inclusion (SDG16+), including through evidence-based approaches. More than 40 governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society organizations are now members. The Pathfinders have launched a Roadmap on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, supported national implementation of SDG16+, and are playing a leading role in preparing for the High-level Political Forum and SDG Summit in 2019. We support three major global research and policy initiatives called the Grand Challenges, including the ministerial Task Force on Justice, as well as a Grand Challenge on inequality and exclusion and one on SDG16.1 (reducing all forms of violence).

CIC is seeking an Associate Director (NYU designation: Senior Research Scientist) to lead this program during its next phase, which will drive research and action to support measurable change against the SDG16+ targets ahead of the second SDG Summit in 2023. Reporting to the Director, the principal job responsibilities are:

  • Providing overall thought leadership, strategic direction, and management oversight for the Pathfinders and its policy and research agenda
  • Representing the initiative and its research and policy recommendations at a high level, including ministerial level
  • Developing concrete strategies to engage member states and other partners on SDG16+ implementation of evidence-based approaches
  • Further developing the partnership’s reputation for evidenced-based research on solutions on this dimension of the 2030 Agenda, including by delivering on the Grand Challenges
  • Effectively managing a growing team of researchers and consultants, including research partnerships with a wide range of international institutions
  • Securing the continued financial sustainability of the program
  • Creating and driving a clear communications strategy for Pathfinders’ program and research
  • As a member of CIC’s senior management team, and in collaboration with other Research Scientists/Associate Directors, contributing to CIC’s annual work plan, its implementation, and progress reporting; and maximizing connections with CIC’s other programs (UN reform, prevention and peacebuilding, and humanitarian crises); also, ensuring alignment of Pathfinders and CIC business processes.

The position requires a track record as a thought leader in an area covered by SDG16+, credibility with senior policymakers and other stakeholders, demonstrated skill in leading partnerships in the Global South, and the ability to manage a dynamic and fast-moving program and policy and research agenda.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as experience with effective communications strategies including for research products. The position requires deep experience with program and research management. Fluency or working proficiency in more than one of the UN’s official languages is highly desirable.


Required Education:
Master's Degree or PhD in a relevant field, combined with relevant practical experience.

Required Experience:
15+ years’ experience working to promote peace, justice, or inclusion. Experience working with governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society at a senior level in different regions, including the Global South. Experience managing large research initiatives, including ability to assess quality of evidence.

Preferred Experience:
Playing a leadership role within a multi-stakeholder partnership or process, including in the Global South. Track record of publishing influential policy research. Fundraising and development for a think tank or non-profit organization. Management of a team, including goal setting, resource allocation, and staff development.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Deep expertise in one or more areas covered by SDG16+. Ability to maintain an overview of a broad policy agenda. Strategic skills to direct and develop a program. Networking skills to manage a positive relationship with member states, international organizations, civil society, and donors. Experience in fundraising and grant management, and in managing complex budgets. Proven ability to manage and develop a team. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Fluency or working proficiency in more than one language, with a preference for at least two UN languages.

How to apply: All applications must go through the NYU Interfolio portfolio via this link in order to be considered.