Senior Policy Analyst - Peace Operations
The International Peace Institute (IPI) seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to work on its Peace Operations program. Based on work experience and background, IPI will consider hiring at either Senior Policy Analyst or Research Fellow level.
Since its founding over forty years ago, the International Peace Institute (IPI) has been committed to the progressive development of peacekeeping policy and practice. As the scope of UN peacekeeping has broadened in recent years to encompass multi-dimensional peace operations, IPI has expanded its focus beyond training peacekeepers to engage the policy-making community on the range of questions facing contemporary peace operations. IPI is working with the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Field Support (DFS), and Political Affairs (DPA); UN member states; regional organizations and UN leadership to make peace operations more efficient and effective in the 21st century. This work involves collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders to uncover and examine options for institutional reform, along with pragmatic and academic research designed to inform and assist the international community in its efforts to create sustainable peace.
The IPI peace operations team responds to the real time needs of IPI’s constituents (the UN Secretariat and member states) to provide timely analysis or convening capacity on key issues. In 2013, IPI’s agenda on peace operations included work on the management and organization of peace operations, strategic force generation, integrated mission planning, engineering capacities for peacekeeping, and organized crime, including through field research in Haiti, South Sudan, and Mali. Annually, it organizes a number of workshops and policy fora, as well as major seminars and high-level roundtables devoted to various aspects of peace operations. In addition, the peace operations team closely monitors the peacekeeping initiatives, priorities, and documents of UN member states and research institutions. The team stays abreast of developments in the C-34 (Special Committee on Peacekeeping) and the peacekeeping agenda of the Security Council.
The Senior Policy Analyst will work under the general supervision of the Manager of the Peace Operations Program. The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for the following tasks in collaboration with IPI staff:
Research and Analysis activities (65%)
• Research, draft and edit articles, chapters, and policy papers on peace operations, including possible field-based research;
• Draft policy analysis and commentaries for publication on IPI’s websites and other media;
• Present IPI research at workshops and meetings in New York and abroad;
• Monitor daily peacekeeping developments and major peacekeeping studies and reports, in part through outreach to UN Secretariat staff, member state officials, and academics;
Convening activities (25%)
• Assist in the development, coordination, planning, and logistics of events related to peace operations, including workshops, seminars and conferences;
Administrative tasks (10%)
• Assist with managing the relationship with commissioned experts and authors;
• Assist with writing funding proposals and funding reports; and
• Monitor budget and expenses.
As needed, the Senior Policy Analyst could also be engaged in assisting IPI staff in other programs and projects, particularly IPI’s Africa Program.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• A master’s degree in international affairs, political science, global public policy, or equivalent with a focus on peace operations;
• A minimum of five years working experience in an international organization, government, or a research, advocacy or consulting organization;
• Academic-level research and solid analytical skills;
• Exceptional writing skills with experience writing about peace operations;
• Ability to work independently, with attention to detail and without constant supervision;
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; and
• Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
The following qualifications are a highly preferred:
• Previous working experience in a peace operation and/or in a conflict or post-conflict context;
• Familiarity with conflict management institutions and issues in Africa; and
• Fluency in French.
Compensation: competitive salary, based on experience. IPI offers visa sponsorship, comprehensive medical, dental and vision health coverage, a TransitChek program, and a retirement savings plan.
Please send only Word, Word Perfect or Adobe Acrobat files. Do not compress or zip files. 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.
We do not award financial aid, grants, or scholarships to students or individuals.
IPI is grateful to our generous friends and donors who provide both intellectual and financial support. Their contributions help us in a very practical way to achieve program objectives, and their leadership is an invaluable resource to our organization.
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