Editor/Policy Adviser

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Editor/Policy Adviser

Job description

Purpose of the role:

Under the chief of policy’s guidance and in close cooperation with our senior editor, and often Crisis Group’s president, the editor/policy adviser helps shape our written publications, especially but not only reports and briefings. This is a great opportunity to refine the output and policy lines of a highly respected conflict prevention organisation. We very much encourage women and candidates from the global south to apply.



  • At the direction of the chief of policy and in close cooperation with Crisis Group’s senior editor, review and edit reports and other external documents;
  • Support Crisis Group’s program staff in helping conceptualise, plan and draft reports, briefings and other publications;
  • Provide ongoing guidance to colleagues on writing of reports and other written publications to achieve clear, coherent text that enables the organisation to promote its analysis and policy lines effectively;
  • Draft policy notes, statements, and other internal and external documents as required. 

Candidates who are interested in this role should submit their application before 8 July 2018


We are looking for one of two profiles. Either you’ll have worked in the upper echelons of an intergovernmental organisation or government, with plenty of experience turning other people’s text into policy memos or public documents. Or you’ll have worked as an editor in a leading news/global politics publication and are looking to deepen your foreign policy-oriented work. Either way, your drafting and editing in English of anything from an 800-word op-ed to a four-page policy brief or a 20,000-word report should be impeccable. You probably should have about eight to ten years’ work experience (though for the right person we’ll be flexible). You’ll ideally have spent time in a war zone or two. You should be easy to work with and ready to work behind the scenes to help Crisis Group’s experts shine.


In sum, you’ll have:

  • Full fluency in English and extensive, proven drafting and editing experience (the recruitment process will involve writing and editing tests);
  • An eye for detail and commitment to accuracy;
  • An interest in global politics and conflict prevention, management and resolution;
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks to tight deadlines;
  • Approximately eight to ten years’ work experience;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and
  • Advanced French language preferred.