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The International Peace Institute currently seeks a Director of Research for its New York headquarters. The position will report directly to the President and have responsibility for developing and managing the Institute’s research agenda. This will entail responsibility for developing projects ideas, responding to research requests of donors and other constituencies, overall quality control of research outputs, managing research staff, and fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have an accomplished record of published research focused on international peace and security, demonstrating a nuanced understanding of multilateral affairs; be able to articulate the connections between international security and other global agendas; and have first-hand knowledge of the United Nations system and other multilateral organizations. The Director of Research will be a member of the management team and work in close collaboration with its other Directors and Senior Directors.

• Participating in the development of IPI’s strategic agenda, the design, development, and implementation research;
• Guiding the direction of IPI’s research, particularly related to armed conflict management tools, including conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and statebuilding;
• Ensuring continuous flow of information and coordination among the programs and between the management team and program staff;
• Conducting research, drafting written products, chairing meetings, and other substantive activities related to research programs and events;
• Supervising overall quality control of IPI’s research products in collaboration with the Director of Programs and Director of Publications;
• Managing and providing research guidance to junior staff;
• Supervising, in coordination with other members of the management team, the work of program staff (full-time and part-time);
• Managing the recruitment of research program staff, as well as supporting the recruitment of other program staff, as needed;
• Developing continuously IPI’s global network of experts on the mitigation and settlement of international conflicts;
• Supporting the President and the management team and contributing directly to fundraising efforts and outreach;
• Presenting IPI’s research and strategic agenda at conferences, seminars, and other events;
• Representing IPI with the United Nations and government officials, the media, donors, and others, as required;
• Liaising with IPI staff carrying out research at its offices in Vienna and Manama;
• Additional responsibilities to be determined by IPI's evolving priorities, as assigned by the President.

• MA required, PhD preferred, in International Affairs, Political or Social Sciences, or related field.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the multilateral system and conflict analysis, prevention, and resolution in a multilateral context;
• Relevant work experience in a policy or academic environment or related field;
• Recent management experience;
• Excellent analytical, writing, and presentation capabilities;
• A history of published research work;
• Strong public speaking and media skills;
• English fluency required, plus proficiency in one other of the UN languages a plus;
• Candidate must be prepared to relocate to New York City and available to travel internationally on a routine basis.


IPI offers a highly competitive compensation package, including benefits of generous paid leave; comprehensive medical, dental, and vision health coverage; employer-matched retirement savings plan; transportation and gym/wellness benefits; and visa sponsorship if required.

Application Process

The position will be filled as soon as a successful candidate is identified. Please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with subject heading “Director of Research”: 1) a cover letter with current resume/CV; 2) a brief writing sample; and 3) contact information for three professional references.

No telephone or faxed inquiries. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IPI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.

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