Program Associate, Congo Research Group


The Congo Research Group (CRG) is an independent, non-profit research project based at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University. The Group is dedicated to understanding the violence that affects millions of Congolese, and to analyzing the country’s politics and political economy. It carries out rigorous research with a dedicated team of Congolese researchers. CRG produces investigative reports, policy briefs, podcasts, and blog posts on the political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and engages with local and international stakeholders in the Congo and abroad.

CRG is recruiting a program associate to be based in New York City. The successful candidate will contribute to original research and managing projects as a core member of a small and dynamic team dedicated to understanding and ending violent conflict in Central Africa. They will help ensure the seamless execution of CRG’s research program, managing ongoing projects’ day-to-day activities, conceptualizing research projects, and engaging with CRG research consultants in DRC and elsewhere.


  • Working with CRG leadership, contribute to all phases of the research process (design, execution, analysis, and writing) in various programs, including on national politics in the DRC, violent conflict in the east, and political and economic governance at the national level
  • Contribute research and writing to CRG’s reports, blogs, newsletter items, social media and website
  • Provide research for and help prepare policy and background materials for senior staff as well as presentations, talking points and other written materials for meetings and events, as needed.
  • Contribute to the development of research reports including but not limited to running scans of existing literature, distilling summaries of books and papers, suggesting new evidence sources, and examining linkages across research fields
  • Work with the program leads and senior staff in supporting the development of new research projects across the CRG programs
  • Attend relevant research meetings and help the program leads in providing support and supervision to the field researchers
  • Organize meetings and events; produce documents, notes and summaries (rapporteur); correspond and liaise with partners; and maintain and update internal processes and systems
  • Assist in the financial management of the research program, by monitoring expenditures and payments; working on grant proposals and donor reports; and working with CRG colleagues to prepare financial review and grant reporting
  • Assist in managing logistics of the research program, by making travel arrangements, contracting and liaising with researchers, translators, printers, photographers and other external service providers


  • A master’s degree or the equivalent in social science, international relations, human rights, or a similar field
  • At least 3-5 years of work experience in a relevant field
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Experience in project or financial management
  • Fluency in written and spoken French (strongly preferred)
  • Knowledge of the politics of the DR Congo (preferred)
  • Experience in website management (preferred)
  • Knowledge of policy-making in peacekeeping or a relevant field (preferred)
  • Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged. In addition to a CV, please submit a cover letter that clearly identifies your qualifications as they relate to the bolded points above.

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

Application Deadline: May 12, 2021 at 11:59 Eastern Time

Please note only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Inquiries or requests for additional information prior to submitting an application should be directed to or