Program Associate, Inequality and Exclusion, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

The Inequality & Exclusion Grand Challenge is an ambitious multi-stakeholder multi-year applied policy initiative. Working with country partners, from Sweden to Sierra Leone, and institutions including Oxfam and the OECD, we aim to pioneer policies that address both economic and group-based inequalities. After three years of research on what is needed and what works, culminating in the launch of our flagship report From rhetoric from action, we are transitioning to the next phase of the project. Going forward, we will be focusing on policy implementation and experimentation as well as strengthening our international advocacy activities. To meet the needs of this new and exciting phase of work, we are expanding our team. The Program Associate role is critical to a high-functioning team, providing research support and organizing events. This role will suit someone with a commitment to equality and inclusion, strong research skills, and the drive to help turn words on a page into action in the world.

Description

Pathfinders is seeking to hire a Program Associate for the Pathfinders Inequality and Exclusion program. This role will work closely with the Pathfinders team and CIC staff. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a global policy research initiative with the potential for meaningful impact in people’s lives. After three years of research on what is needed and what works, we are transitioning to a policy testing and implementation phase as well as strengthening our international advocacy activities. To meet the needs of this new and exciting phase of work, we are expanding our team. The Program Associate role is critical, and the successful candidate will contribute to the development of original research, managing projects, and ensure the seamless execution of the Pathfinder’s Inequality and Exclusion research agenda.

The Program Associate will:

  • Contribute to all phases of the research process (design, execution, analysis, and writing) for reports, publications, and events, 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.
     
  • Research and write blogs, newsletter items, internal memos on the political situation in partner countries, and website content to promote key findings from Pathfinders’ policy research and recommendations; vetting research and publications prior to distribution through promotion on social media and in other communications activities.
     
  • Support the Inequality and Exclusion program and research agenda, working within the team for policy research initiatives, including event preparation through the preparation of policy briefs and background research; attend and identify and report on key findings on meetings relevant to Pathfinders, ensuring appropriate representation of the Pathfinders.
  • Assist the Program Lead and the rest of the team with researching, scheduling, organizing, and executing substantive, research-based, policy-related meetings, events, and conference calls, taking substantive notes and drafting substantive summaries, invitations, and agendas, managing grants and donor relations including substantive discussions, planning, budgeting, and substantive grant reporting.

  • Organize events, retreats, and meetings to support the program and broader campaign and research priorities; take notes and draft summaries, invitations, and agendas where necessary.

  • Assist in the financial management of the research program, by monitoring expenditures, working on grant proposals and donor reports; and working with CIC colleagues to prepare financial review and grant reporting.

  • Assist in managing logistics of the research program, by making travel arrangements, contracting and liaising with translators, printers, photographers and other external service providers

  • Maintain and update internal processes and systems.

Qualifications

Required Education

Bachelor Degree

Required Experience

Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant work experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of or experience of national and/or international equality or inclusion policy and implementation, or national and international partners working on this topic and their tools and instruments.  
  • Good organizational, logistics, and project management skills, including administrative management
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in managing research related tasks and/or events execution.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments;
  • Fluency in English is required, along with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A professional attitude, a team-player, working respectfully and productively with colleagues, with a positive approach and a growth mindset.
  • Interest in taking on a wide range of research and office tasks essential to executing the Pathfinders Inequality and Exclusion program.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Smart with many different types of software and other professional tools, including with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in a relevant field

Preferred Experience  

  • Exposure to work in low and middle-income countries is desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Familiar with social research methods and approaches
  • Experience working for an international NGO or in an academic setting.
  • Fluency in another UN language strongly preferred. Other non-UN languages considered an asset.

 

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link. Applications must be submitted by January 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.