Research Associate, Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program

The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 15

Position description

The Stimson Center, a nonpartisan global security think tank located in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time Research Associate for its Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. Candidates must be committed to producing rigorous desk and field research to improve civilian protection in conflict-affected regions. The selected candidate will have a talent for pulling together relevant ideas from diverse fields and sources to develop creative and pragmatic policy solutions. 

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


Reporting to the Director of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, the Research Associate will perform the following duties:

  • Analyze and synthesize desk and field research;
  • Conduct interviews with stakeholders in the United Stated and in conflict-affected regions;
  • Develop original analysis and policy recommendations;
  • Produce literature reviews, briefing reports and memoranda on thematic and regional topics;
  • Organize and manage logistics for workshops, roundtables, special events and travel;
  • Assist Director with writing policy briefs and reports;
  • Assist with prospective funder research and preparation of funding proposals and grant reports;
  • Manage interns and support other program employees or consultants; and
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Education & Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in international security or related field and 2 years of work experience;
  • Familiarity with peace operations, protection of civilians, conflict prevention, or peacebuilding;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to conflict-affected regions to conduct field research (approximately two to four trips per year, each lasting two to three weeks);* and
  • Willingness and ability to travel to New York for interviews and meetings (approximately four trips per year, each lasting two to three days).*

*Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel is suspended until further notice. 


  • Master’s degree in international security or related field;
  • Coursework in qualitative research methodologies;
  • Experience working on issues related to peace operations, protection of civilians, conflict prevention, or peacebuilding and/or working in conflict-affected regions;
  • Experience with fundraising or proposal writing; and
  • French language fluency.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and short writing sample unedited by others (no longer than five pages). 

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