Fellow on Malign Finance, Alliance for Securing Democracy

German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 08

Position description

This position serves as ASD’s technical expert on the use of illicit finance, money laundering, and other forms of malign financial influence to undermine democracies. As such, it will play a central role in ASD’s research and policy development work; engagement with other experts and policy makers from the transatlantic community; and public education on the issue of Russia and other state actors’ use of malign financial influence to undermine democracies. 

The Fellow will work with ASD’s leadership, relevant members of the advisory network, subject matter experts on other areas, and other identified partners to research and expose this aspect of the toolkit being used to undermine democracies and to develop recommended policy responses. S/he will engage in substantial investigative and analytical work and present the information in a manner that is understandable to non-experts, and work with the Director on the development of public-facing materials

 Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as ASD’s lead in-house expert on the use of illicit finance, money laundering, and other forms of malign financial influence to undermine democracies
  • Serve as ASD’s lead in-house expert on sanctions policy and other countermeasures to respond to malign foreign interference in democracies
  • Lead ASD’s research, in conjunction with a partner organization, to identify key nodes and pathways for financing of efforts to undermine democracies in Europe and the United States
  • Use innovative approaches to open source intelligence research to expose the use of malign financial influence to undermine democracies
  • Craft policy recommendations to improve financial transparency in democracies and counter the use of malign financial influence to undermine democracies
  • Draft reports and other public-facing materials presenting both research and policy recommendations 
  • Speak publicly, including to the press, about ASD’s work on these issues

The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), is developing comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance is working to publicly document and expose efforts by Russia and other state actors to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a private, non-partisan, American, public policy and grant making institution dedicated to promoting understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

GMF does this by:

·        supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere

·        convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, 

·        contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, 

·        providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. 

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. 


  • Master’s degree in international relations or public policy, or law degree required
  • Minimum four years working in financial intelligence and/or sanctions policy development/enforcement
  • Significant technical expertise in investigating and countering money laundering, illicit finance and other forms of malign financial influence, particularly in the transatlantic space
  • Experience with developing and implementing sanctions policy
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other analysts to ensure a cross-cutting approach to mapping and understanding the use of tools in combination to undermine democratic institutions
  • Demonstrable ability to develop and advocate for policy recommendations to address threats to democracy in the financial intel arena
  • Knowledge of investments, securities, and a broader business background are desirable, but not required
  • Strong English-language command written, and oral presentation skills are required
  • Professional ability in at least one European language preferred
  • Ability to contribute meaningfully as a team member to jointly accomplish a task is required. Must respond well to input on work products

Application instructions

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