Deputy Program Director, Asia

  • Professional

Deputy Program Director, Asia

Job description

Reporting to the Program Director and based in the region, the role provides an exciting opportunity to help shape Crisis Group’s work across Asia. The role involves working with the Director in designing the Program’s research agenda and delivering the Program’s publications and other work aimed at mitigating, preventing and resolving deadly conflict in the region. The Deputy has a particular responsibility to support the Program Director in working with Crisis Group experts across the Program to ensure that draft reports and other written work meet a high standard in terms of quality of research, writing, and policy recommendations. S/he will work closely with the Director to manage and support field staff in their research, analysis, development of policy ideas, and advocacy activities. S/he also will support the Program in developing and maintaining a network of contacts with conflict parties, conflict resolution actors, and other stakeholders in the region.  The Deputy will participate in promoting Crisis Group policy recommendations among such stakeholders, as well as in the media and further afield when appropriate. The Deputy will be encouraged to undertake research and produce his or her own written work.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Support the Director in his/her supervisory responsibilities including motivating and supporting Program staff in their field work;
  • Assist with managing the Program, including leading in drafting the Program’s annual work-plan, annual reports, and other corporate publications;
  • Work with field-based experts, in consultation with the Program Director, to ensure adherence to Crisis Group standards for policy coherence and consistency, persuasiveness in policy recommendations, and writing quality;  
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts for the Program of conflict actors and other stakeholders in the region;
  • Contribute to advocacy of Program publications by engaging with contacts in the region as well as in the media and further afield where appropriate;
  • Contribute to the quality of Program work by following relevant international developments in conflict and sharing this information and analysis;
  • Support fundraising efforts with targeted government and other donors, in collaboration with Crisis Group’s Development team;
  • Assist the Program Director in his/her administrative and management responsibilities;
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Director in his/her absence;
  • Undertake research and draft written work as appropriate;
  • Undertake other Program management, support, and advocacy tasks as required.


  • Master's degree in international relations, political science, social sciences, journalism, or equivalent through experience;
  • 10 or more years of professional experience working in the field of conflict research, analysis, resolution and prevention - in government, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, or the media;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a track record of editing experience in English;
  • Native-level fluency in English (oral and written); proficiency in an Asian language, particularly Mandarin, preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of Asian security and public policy issues, with East Asia expertise preferred, and experience living and working in the region;
  • A network of governmental, non-governmental, media, and civil society contacts in the region;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and proven experience of formulating persuasive policy recommendations;
  • Experience in a supervisory role, including staff management and overseeing budgetary and administrative matters; Experience of working successfully within a team as well as the ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.

Candidates who are interested in this role should apply by 30 December 2018.