Director, Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding

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.

Based in New York, CIC has close contacts with UN and World Bank headquarters and with member states at the UN and the World Bank, and has increasingly developed significant programming at country level. CIC is an applied policy think tank: we are a Center at New York University and maintain deep research networks,  but our work is targeted at policy advice and impact rather than teaching and peer-reviewed research.

CIC seeks a dynamic, innovative Director for its Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding program to drive and shape the Center’s work around prevention, peacebuilding and humanitarian crises. The Director should have a strong interest and ability in leading high-quality research, evidence-based policy reform processes, and interacting with decision-makers. They should bring proven experience and knowledge of the multilateral system (with a focus on the UN and the international financial institutions), solid practical and research expertise on conflict and crisis prevention (including field experience), and a commitment to elevating the voices of small- and mid-level countries, the Global South, and marginalized communities in international debates. This position links together two areas of CIC’s work–prevention and peacebuilding, and humanitarian crises, where the program lead reports to the Director.

CIC, as part of NYU, is 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.


  • Leading and managing research activities for CIC’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding work and its humanitarian crises program: providing overall thought leadership, strategic direction, and oversight, including defining the programs’ core objectives, strategy, and policy and research agendas.
  • Effectively managing a team of policy researchers, including research partnerships with a wide range of international think tanks.
  • Representing the initiative and its research and policy recommendations at a high level. This includes presenting research findings to senior leadership at the UN and other multilaterals, at key international conferences relevant to the program’s work; frequently producing written outputs that highlight the program’s work, including blog posts and op-eds; and providing media interviews upon request.
  • Leading on the application of research findings through support and advisory services on policy take-up, in particular with national government partners, multilateral counterparts, and donors in relation to their bilateral programs.
  • Securing the continued financial sustainability of the research program; enhancing CIC’s profile among bilateral donors and multilaterals; and developing new project and funding opportunities.
  • As a member of CIC’s senior management team, and in collaboration with other Directors, contributing to CIC’s annual work plan and maximizing connections with CIC’s other research programs (e.g., Pathfinders for SDG16+; Congo Research Group; UN-IFI); also, ensuring the implementation of NYU-CIC business processes.
  • Playing a leadership role working toward and influencing team collaboration, team building and team effectiveness, modeling these skills for the team.
  • Other tasks as requested by CIC’s Director


Required Education

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

Required Experience

  • 15+ years’ experience working in positions relevant to crisis prevention and peacebuilding, including developing quality applied research.
  • Deep interaction with the UN system (with knowledge of the workings of the peace and security, development and humanitarian pillars, and of both organizational and member state debates on approaches to prevention and peacebuilding).  
  • Knowledge of the international financial institutions around the issues of fragility, conflict and violence, and crisis prevention.
  • Thorough understanding of the literature on the root causes of fragility, violence and conflict, and humanitarian crises.
  • Practical experience providing research findings and policy advice to governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society in different regions, including the Global South.  
  • A track record in generating innovative and practical research and policy ideas and gaining support for their implementation.  
  • Experience managing large research and policy initiatives, including ability to assess quality of evidence and to translate research findings into practical recommendations for policy makers.
  • Experience in fundraising and budgetary management for a think tank, policy center, or similar institution.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Broad technical expertise in prevention and peace-building, and deeper expertise in either a region or thematic area falling within this. 
  • Ability to translate research and technical content to policy audiences. 
  • Ability to maintain an overview of a broad policy agenda.  
  • Strong strategic analysis and ideas generation abilities.  
  • Leadership skills to direct and develop a program and management skills to execute activities involving many team members and partners (including goal setting, resource allocation, and staff development).
  • Diplomatic and networking skills to manage a positive relationship with member states, international organizations, civil society, and donors and to fundraise effectively for the program.
  • Proven ability to work in multicultural organizations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency or working proficiency in more than one language, with a preference for at least two UN languages.

Preferred Experience

  • Track record of publishing influential policy research in one or more areas covered by the program. Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis is an advantage.

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.