International Crisis Group - Project Director, Central Africa

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Role:  Reporting to the Program Director, the Project Director Central Africa, will lead a team of analysts to produce succinct, well researched, analytical, and timely reports and briefing papers addressing conflict prevention and resolution issues in multiple countries in the region.  He/she will explain and advocate Crisis Group analysis and recommendations to national and foreign governments, warring parties, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, and the media.
Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership and direction to the work in Central Africa, supervising staff and managing the project’s budgetary and administrative matters;
  • Conduct, coordinate and supervise the analysis and field-based research necessary to produce high-quality reports and briefings on crisis situations over the course of the year;
  • Give guidance, oversee and prepare detailed reports, briefing papers and derivative products (op eds, blogs, short notes) setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations in concise and clear fashion;
  • Work closely with representatives of governments and international and local organisations in gathering information, seeking input and feedback, and supporting the distribution of Crisis Group’s publications;
  • Maintain and extend the advocacy program in and on (countries in) the region, optimising advocacy efforts linked to the publication of the reports and other materials, with the objective of promoting the adoption of Crisis Group’s policy recommendations by concerned actors;
  • Make sure that the security risks of staff and operations are reduced to a minimum by establishing and maintaining relevant local security guidelines and make sure that the protocols and guidelines that are put in place are being followed and staff and consultants receive proper briefings on Crisis Group’s Security Framework and Guidelines;
  • Support fundraising efforts with selected government and private donors through meetings and other outreach, with the assistance of the development team.
Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience;
  • 5+ years professional experience in conflict analysis, journalism, NGO, international organisations or government work related to Central Africa with field experience in the region;
  • Good knowledge of regional politics, conflicts and societies, and extensive contacts with governmental and non-governmental officials, the media, and local and international civil-society organisations working in the region;
  • Expertise covering governance issues, security-sector reform and institution-building;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
  • Excellent editing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills; 
  • Experience communicating with the public through speaking, writing and social media.
  • Experience in overseeing budgetary and administrative matters, and management of a team;
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) required; knowledge of one of the languages in the region preferred.
Application procedure:
Please send applications in English by email before 15 July 2015 toopen.positions@crisisgroup.org, including "Project Director, Central Africa" in the subject line and your cover letter, CV and details of three references in attachment.
Please note that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. 
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 


Posted by Colleen Chiochetti on June 24, 2015
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