Program Director, U.S.

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Program Director, U.S.

Job description


Reporting to the Senior Director for Policy and working closely with the Chief of Policy and President & CEO, the Program Director will lead the U.S. Program, through a combination of research, analysis, and advocacy activities. These include drafting and contributing to the production of well-researched analysis and commentary on the impact of the United States on selected global, regional and national conflicts and  leading the development of policy proposals and advocacy activities by which the U.S. can contribute in these contexts to conflict prevention and resolution. 




  • To lead and contribute to the production of well researched analysis that addresses the making of U.S. foreign, defence, and security policies as they relate to global and regional conflicts; the sources of influence on such policy making; and, the impact of such policies (the analysis could take the form of stand-alone documents or of sections of reports and briefings written with other Crisis Group regional Programs);

  • To propose measures and policies by which the U.S. can help to lower the risk of or resolve deadly conflict;

  • To develop a rolling annual schedule of proposed work and outputs that complements and is mutually reinforcing with the existing research, analysis, advocacy and communication plans of Crisis Group’s other regional programs.


  • Work with other regional programs to develop and implement advocacy initiatives in the U.S. and elsewhere to advance policy objectives relating to the U.S. role in preventing or mitigating conflict.  This work will include identifying (and developing strategies tailored to) key focal points for advocacy efforts within the U.S. Executive Branch, Congress, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, the media, think tanks, academia, and other communities with an interest in conflict prevention and mitigation;

  • Closely track and monitor Washington policy developments, and effectively communicate an understanding of these developments and trends to appropriate relevant colleagues;  

  • Maintain contacts and engage in advocacy with the administration, Congress, and other non-governmental organizations relating  to Crisis Group work in particular regional and thematic areas;

  • Work with the Communications unit to maximise the Program's public and private impact through writing and other communications means.


  • Support fundraising efforts with selected government and private donors through meetings and other outreach, with the assistance of the development team;

  • Supervise other staff of the U.S. Program, including the advocacy function of the program.  


Qualifications include:

  • PhD, JD, or Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience;

  • 10+ years professional experience in conflict analysis, journalism, NGO, international organisations or government work related to U.S. foreign relations and national security policy;

  • Excellent knowledge of U.S. politics and foreign and national security policy, and extensive contacts with governmental and non-governmental officials, the media, and local and international civil-society organisations with overlapping missions and policy objectives;

  • Excellent writing, advocacy, editing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations.

We will start reviewing applications from 22 July 2019 onward until the position is filled.