Policy Analyst – Humanitarian Affairs

IPI is currently inviting applications for the position of Policy Analyst to support IPI’s work on Humanitarian Affairs, in particular with regard to emergency health response and the delivery of healthcare in armed conflict. The position reports to the Head of Humanitarian Affairs under the senior management of the Vice President on site at IPI headquarters in New York.


Responsibilities involve a mix of research, program administration and event organization in New York, and may also include field research in countries affected by armed conflict. Research and analysis will focus on IPI’s work on humanitarian affairs, with a particular focus on the challenges of delivering healthcare in situations of armed conflict.


  • Conduct background research to support IPI’s work on the delivery of healthcare in situations of armed conflict and emergency health response in humanitarian crises.
  • Draft background papers, concept notes, literature reviews, meeting reports, and policy reports.
  • Contribute articles to IPI’s Global Observatory, a website of timely analysis.
  • Network with partners, experts, and the UN community to promote IPI’s work on global health and humanitarian affairs.
  • Remain abreast of recent policy developments on global health and humanitarian affairs within the broader multilateral system anchored in the UN.
  • Additional research tasks can be determined by the Head of Humanitarian Affairs, in support of ongoing or new projects – including the international community’s response to the short-, medium- and long-term needs of internally displaced persons.

Program administration and event organization

  • Support organization of program-related meetings, workshops, and conferences, draft meeting agendas and concept notes, identify and correspond with speakers, in collaboration with IPI’s Events Team.
  • Coordinate with the Publications Department on production and dissemination of research publications.
  • Assist in preparing and monitoring project-related budgets.
  • Draft and edit reports to donors, in coordination with IPI’s Development Department.
  • Work with the Development, Events, and Publications Departments to maintain and update relevant contact/mailing lists.
  • Other ad hoc tasks as determined by the Head of Humanitarian Affairs or the Vice President.


  • BA required, MA preferred, in Humanitarian Affairs, Global Public Health, International Relations, Political or Social Science or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of humanitarian affairs and global public health, knowledge and experience with forced displacement (in particular internal displacement) and migration an asset.
  • 2-3 years relevant experience in a policy and/or academic environment, or field experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting.
  • Strong analytical, writing and presentation capabilities and intellectual versatility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations and United Nations’ humanitarian and health agencies.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, budgeting and program administration.
  • Ability to perform well and creatively in a fast-paced and high-pressure work setting and with colleagues from multicultural environments.
  • English proficiency required; French or Arabic an asset.
  • Candidate must be prepared to relocate to New York City.


Competitive salary, based on experience. IPI offers visa sponsorship, comprehensive medical, dental and vision health coverage, a TransitChek program, a retirement savings plan amongst other benefits.

Application Process

The position will be filled as soon as a successful candidate is identified. Please apply before January 15. Please send to employment@ipinst.org (“Policy Analyst” as the email subject) the following: 1) cover letter with current resume/CV; 2) a short writing sample; and 3) contact information for three professional references.

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 recruiting and retaining an internationally and culturally diverse staff.