Fellow, Philippines

  • Professional
  • Manila, Philippines

Fellow, Philippines

Job description

For its Giustra Fellowship Program, Crisis Group is looking for a fellow to support the Asia Program and specifically our work on the Philippines. The fellowship will be for a duration of 2 years. The fellow will be fully incorporated into the Program as a full-time staff member and perform similar work to full-time research staff. The fellow will be based in the Philippines.


This fellowship is envisioned as an early career training program. Thus, the fellow will learn on the job, by carrying out the work of a Crisis Group analyst but with close supervision and collaboration from Program leadership and colleagues. The fellow will work closely with the Senior Analyst for the Philippines and support research work in the Philippines. He/she will interact consistently with analysts throughout the program and the Program Director and Deputy Director. The fellow will have access to internal training and workshops, take part in research trips in the region, and/or travel for the purpose of policy engagement. She/he will also spend time in our advocacy office in Brussels and other advocacy offices as relevant.


Training and analysis will emphasize the following areas:

-          Research and research methodology

-          Report writing

-          Policy engagement and advocacy

-          Security (including IT security and liability)

-          Gender awareness

-          Media

 Purpose of the role and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Senior Analyst and Deputy Program Director, Asia, the fellow will engage in and be exposed to the full range of activities that constitute Crisis Group’s operational methodology. The fellow will carry out field-based research on conflict in the Philippines in support of Crisis Group’s efforts to analyse the political, social and economic factors contributing to conflict and develop proposed solutions.

 Responsibilities include:

  • To perform field-based research on and related to conflict in the Philippines. Research should involve conversations with a great variety of sources, including key figures in local and national government, opposition, security institutions, media, and civil society.

  • On the basis of the field research, the fellow will help formulate policy recommendations that advocate concrete measures to mitigate and resolve conflict in the Philippines, and respond to emerging threats in the Philippines and the region. Recommendations should be directed to governmental and other actors within the Philippines, other governments in the region (as appropriate), as well as other governments and international/regional institutions engaged with conflict in the Philippines.

  • The fellow will also assist in the Program’s advocacy activities related to conflict prevention and mitigation in the Philippines. The key elements of our advocacy are:

    • Targeted Outreach. This may include: regular seminars and policy roundtables; one-on-one briefings for senior government officials and diplomatic representatives; media briefings; and interviews.

    • Media Outreach. This may include: press conferences, circulation of press releases, background briefings, embargoed pre-release of key reports, on-the-record interviews and placement of Crisis Group-authored op-eds in leading newspapers; and use of social media to propagate our policy analysis and prescriptions.

Within the 2-year programme, it is expected that the fellow will participate in or contribute to the following outputs:

  • Two to four published reports or briefing papers;

  • The monthly internal situation report and CrisisWatch publication;

  • One or two op-eds in local or international newspapers;

  • One to three policy seminars and roundtable meetings in key capitals;

  • Approximately six policymaker briefings.


Qualifications include:
  • Has at least 2 years of working experience in the region;

  • Has a degree in political science, international relations, law or other relevant discipline;

  • Has an in-depth knowledge of the Philippines;

  • Has strong analytical skills and excellent writing skills;

  • Is fluent in English and Filipino.

If interested, please apply by August 31.