Program Officer/Researcher, Data-Driven Approaches to Peace and Prevention

Program Officer/Researcher, Data-Driven Approaches to Peace and Prevention

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has built a reputation over two decades 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.

In 2019-20, CIC will support: (i) the Secretary-General’s reforms of the United Nations; (ii) the UN’s priorities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace; (iii) the new way of working between humanitarian, development, and peace actors at country level; and (iv) the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, as they implement the 2030 Agenda targets for SDG16+. CIC also supports country-level programs for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and for Afghanistan.

The Program Officer/Researcher will work in the Peace and Security program, which aims to strengthen nationally owned approaches to prevention and to support innovation in the UN’s approaches to peace operations.


This role provides a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of data-driven approaches to peacebuilding, as CIC is starting a new, multi-year initiative on data for peace and security.

The role will entail:

  • Developing and implementing research and evidence-based engagements on cutting-edge approaches to the use of data in the peacebuilding and peacekeeping fields, particularly the use of quantitative methods, predictive analytics, machine learning, and other approaches/techniques to address practical, ground-level problems faced in the field. For a survey of CIC’s work on this so far, see our report on data for peace and security.
  • Cultivating a community of researchers and practitioners, through outreach to and collaboration with a broad array of actors using data-driven approaches to peace and security in their work, including academia, governments, international organizations, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Researching, designing, and implementing international convenings to exchange lessons learned, practical solutions, and showcase new research and innovations in data-driven approaches to peace and security.
  • Developing strategies to build capacity for data-driven approaches at ground-level, including through uniting experts from the research/academic community with practitioners.
  • Writing practical, policy-oriented and evidence-based publications that are concise and polished in quick turnaround times.
  • Developing proactive communication about the program’s work through blogs, social media, and other channels, in coordination with CIC’s communication specialist.
  • Supporting CIC’s deputy director, who leads the Peace and Security program, to manage research grants, donor relations, project staff, and consultants.


For this role, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience
  • Required education: Minimum of MA/MS, with demonstrated relationship to prevention, peacebuilding, and/or peace operations issues; academic training relating to advanced statistical analysis/quantitative approaches
  • Good survey of current uses of data and technology for improving practice in the peace and security field.
  • Experience in undertaking a variety of engagement and research activities in conflict-affected countries, including in the Global South
  • A background in research, analysis, and policy, with a track record of developing strategies, and/or publishing policy analysis and research
  • Solid understanding of the UN system, particularly the peace and security pillar and peace operations
  • Basic experience with program development and monitoring tasks, such as proposal writing, budgeting, and indicator development
  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated working level capability in a second UN language is strongly encouraged; the candidate will ideally show that they can communicate and conduct work/research in a second UN language
  • Experience with data analysis and statistics also encouraged
  • New foreign graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are eligible to apply


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged. In addition to a CV, please submit a cover letter than clearly identifies your qualifications as they relate to the four bolded points above on years of experience, relevant education, and your experience relating both to peace and security issues and to data-driven approaches.

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