The U.S. Program Director will lead the United States work-stream of the new ‘Global Powers’ Initiative in Crisis Group’s 2016-18 Strategic Framework, principally by leading and contributing to the production of succinct, well-researched analysis and commentary on U.S. foreign policy making; the role of various constituencies in that respect; and the impact of U.S. policy on selected global and regional conflicts. The Director will also lead the development of policy proposals and advocacy initiatives by which U.S. policy can be better understood and potentially shaped in order to contribute to conflict prevention and resolution.
The U.S. Program Director will also offer proposals and personal good offices where possible to strengthen Crisis Group’s networks, advocacy, institutional foundations, and fundraising in the United States.
To lead and contribute to the production of well researched analysis that addresses the making of U.S. foreign, defence and security policies as they relate to global and regional conflicts; the sources of influence on such policy making; and, the impact of such policies (the analysis could take the form of stand-alone documents or of sections of reports and briefings written by Crisis Group’s regional Programs).
To propose measures and policies by which the U.S. can strengthen its role in mitigating and preventing armed conflicts; and, to develop and deliver advocacy initiatives in the U.S. and elsewhere accordingly.
To develop a rolling annual schedule of proposed work and outputs that complements and is mutually reinforcing with the existing research, analysis, advocacy and communication plans of Crisis Group’s other regional programs.
To support Crisis Group’s fundraising and outreach efforts through meetings and other means aimed at generating interest and support for the organisation, in close coordination with Crisis Group’s Development and Communication teams.
To maintain and expand a network of contacts for Crisis Group in Washington.
To develop, lead and manage other staff that may be recruited in support of the U.S. Program according to the availability of resources.
To undertake other duties as required.
Post-graduate qualification in international relations, political science, law, journalism, or sociology; or equivalent through experience;
15+ years’ professional experience in journalism, NGO, international organisation or government including senior experience of U.S. government;
Strong knowledge of U.S. public policy processes and dynamics, and extensive contacts with U.S. executive and legislative branches, as well as with non-governmental organisation representatives, the media, and local and international civil-society organisations working on U.S. foreign, defence and security policy;
Experience of public policy development and analysis in the field of conflict;
Excellent writing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills;
Fluency in English (oral and written).
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