Job Openings & Internships

IPI is currently seeking candidates for the following openings in New York:

Policy Analyst
Program Coordinator
Editorial Intern

Policy Analyst – Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations

IPI is hiring a policy analyst or senior policy analyst (depending on level of experience) to work in the IPI Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations.

IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO) strives to be a center of expertise for independent research, analysis, and debate on multilateral peace operations. CPO provides timely analysis and actionable recommendations for member states, the UN system, and external partners to help missions better implement their mandates and build the foundation for sustainable peace. While the work of CPO is anchored in UN-led peace operations, including special political missions, it also examines broader critical trends in international peace and security.


Responsibilities will involve a mix of research and program/project management. Research and analysis will focus in particular on UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding, as well as broader issues related to peace and security. Approximately 70 percent of the Policy Analyst’s time will be devoted to research and 30 percent to organizational, administrative, and development support. All responsibilities are under the overall supervision of IPI’s Director of Research.

Research and policy outreach responsibilities:

  • Support in developing and implementing CPO’s research agenda
  • Conduct original research and lead in authoring background papers, concept notes, meeting notes, issue briefs, and policy reports
  • Draft short articles for publication on IPI’s Global Observatory
  • Provide substantive and editorial support to research projects, as needed
  • Coordinate with IPI’s Publications and Communications teams on production and dissemination of research publications
  • Network and develop professional relationships with partners, experts, and the UN community to promote IPI programs and research
  • Represent IPI at meetings, including with member states, international organizations, donors, research organizations, think tanks, and civil society partners
  • Engage with member states and UN officials to ensure policymaker uptake of research findings
  • Travel domestically or internationally for meetings, conferences, and/or research, as needed

Program management and administration

  • Support the Director of Research and Senior Director of External Relations with fundraising, including drafting and editing project proposals and donor reports and meeting with funders regularly
  • Support the organization of program-related meetings, workshops, and conferences, draft meeting agendas and concept notes, prepare briefing documents and talking points, identify and correspond with speakers and partners, and follow up on invitations and RSVPs, in collaboration with IPI’s Events Team
  • Assist in preparing and monitoring project-related budgets
  • Work with IPI’s Resource Development, Events, and Publications Teams to maintain and update program contact/mailing lists
  • Help recruit and oversee interns
  • Perform other ad hoc tasks requested by supervisor


  • MA in International or Public Affairs, Political or Social Science, or related field
  • Minimum 2 years relevant professional experience (minimum 5 years for senior policy analyst)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience related to UN peacekeeping and/or peacebuilding
  • Strong research, analytical, writing, and presentation capabilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with international, regional, and sub-regional organizations
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well within a multicultural environment
  • Ability to interact and correspond professionally with high-level officials
  • English proficiency required; knowledge of a second UN language preferred
  • Candidate must be prepared to work from IPI’s NYC office (IPI currently functions in an office-centric hybrid model)


$57,000 – 62,000 for Policy Analyst; $67,000 – 72,000 for Senior Policy Analyst with experience.

IPI offers visa sponsorship, comprehensive medical, dental and vision health coverage, a TransitChek program, and a retirement savings plan.

The position will be filled as soon as a successful candidate is identified. Please apply by March 24, 2023.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. IPI is not able to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of their applications.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually during mid-April, with an ideal start date in May.

Program Coordinator

IPI is seeking a program coordinator to work in its Center for Peace Operations and its Women, Peace, and Security program.

Responsibilities will involve operational, project management, and administrative duties for IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO) and the Women, Peace, and Security program (WPS). The Program Coordinator’s time is expected to be split evenly between CPO and WPS, under the overall supervision of IPI’s Director of Research. Approximately 80% of the program coordinator’s time will be spent on project management and 20% on research support.


Tasks and responsibilities include a range of project management and support duties, including but not limited to:

  • Support the planning and implementation of annual work plans for CPO and WPS, including tracking projects, deadlines, activities, and research outcomes
  • Support regular communication between the CPO and WPS teams with IPI’s Events, Communications, Resource Development, and Finance and Administration teams
  • Assist in preparing and monitoring project-related budgets, fundraising proposals, and donor reports, in coordination with and IPI’s Finance and Administration and Resource Development teams
  • Support and maintain Program-wide impact tracking processes and monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Assist CPO and WPS Program Staff in organizing program-related meetings, workshops, and conferences, including coordinating dates, monitoring invitations and RSVPs, supporting logistical preparations, in collaboration with IPI’s Events Team
  • Assist with necessary logistical and administrative tasks for staff and consultant field research, such as ordering airfare tickets, booking hotels, requesting cash advances, and compiling expense reports.
  • Support CPO and WPS in executing dissemination, communications, and social media-related tasks, in collaboration with IPI’s Communications team
  • Prepare terms of references documents and contracts for consultants, in coordination with IPI’s Finance and Administration Team
  • On a daily basis, execute program-wide administrative tasks such as program-related correspondence, preparation of meeting agendas and minutes, and tracking and filing of all departmental documentation
  • Support partnerships with other institutions with an emphasis on relationships with institutions across different regions
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor


  • Bachelor’s degree required in International or Public Affairs, Political or Social Science, or related field. While a master’s degree is an asset, individuals with no graduate degree that have additional years of work experience will also be considered
  • Minimum 2 years (with a master’s degree) or 3-4 years (with no master’s degree) of relevant professional experience, including in an office setting, preferably with an international or regional organization
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, with strong organizational skills, including the ability to be detail-oriented, manage multiple assignments simultaneously, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation an asset
  • Professional sensitivity to working in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Suite required; experience with Salesforce and Adobe Suite beneficial
  • English fluency required, French proficiency an advantage
  • Must be able to work from IPI’s Manhattan office multiple days a week. IPI currently operates in an office-centric hybrid model


IPI offers a competitive salary, based on experience ($57,000 to $62,000).

IPI offers comprehensive medical, dental and vision health coverage, a TransitChek program, and a retirement savings plan.

*Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States. Please note that IPI cannot sponsor work visas for this position. Applications that do not explicitly indicate authorization to work in the USA will not be considered.

The closing date to receive applications is March 24, 2022.

Editorial Intern

IPI is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time, six-month paid internship to start in mid-April to early May as part of IPI’s Publications Team.

This intern will assist the Editor in producing and disseminating IPI books, policy papers, issue briefs, and related materials at IPI’s headquarters in New York City. The intern will gain experience editing policy writing and managing the production of publications and will have the opportunity to learn from IPI’s ongoing research on the multilateral system, peace operations, climate change, and women, peace, and security.

The selected candidate will be expected to work in a hybrid fashion (virtually and in-person) through the duration of the six-month internship. The candidate should be available during standard IPI working hours (9am-5pm EST).


  • Copyediting, formatting citations, fact checking, and proofreading publications, and copyediting other IPI communications as required
  • Maintaining the house style guide
  • Conducting photo research for publications
  • Assisting with the dissemination of publications on social media
  • Helping monitor the impact of IPI publications
  • Conducting publications-related administrative tasks
  • Supporting IPI research (literature reviews, data analysis, etc.), as required
  • Performing other ad hoc tasks as determined by the Editor


  • Outstanding editing ability, with acute attention to detail, a passion for grammar, and opinions about punctuation
  • Outstanding writing ability, with an understanding of how to convey ideas concisely and clearly
  • Good eye for design and formatting
  • BA, particularly in international affairs or a related field
  • Knowledge of Chicago style desirable
  • Experience copyediting, proofreading, or working as a writing tutor preferred
  • Experience working with spreadsheets or design tools a plus
  • Familiarity with or interest in multilateral institutions a plus
  • Knowledge of written French a plus


The Editorial internship is a full-time position (40 hours a week), at a rate of $15.90/hour.

*Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States. Please note that IPI cannot sponsor work visas for internships. Applications that do not explicitly indicate authorization to work in the USA will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is March 27, 2023.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview and scheduled to take a short editing test.

We anticipate that final interviews will be held virtually the first week in April with an ideal start date projected from mid-April to early May.

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