Senior Analyst, Afghanistan

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Senior Analyst, Afghanistan

Job description

Purpose of the role:  

Based in the region, the Senior Analyst will research and produce reports on security, political, legal, governance, human rights and social issues related to Afghanistan.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Conducts extensive field research into prevailing issues of Afghanistan;
  • Provides written analyses on the key issues;
  • Prepares 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;
  • Proposes policy initiatives for governmental, intergovernmental, political, and non-governmental stakeholders to address the underlying issues;
  • Advocates, both locally, nationally and internationally, when appropriate, and represents Crisis Group at events, meetings and in media interviews;
  • Provides general support to the Project and/or Program Director with respect to current and future Crisis Group activities and projects in the region;
  • Supervises a small research team.

Candidates who are interested in this role should apply before May 28, 2017.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience.  Master’s degree an asset;
  • Three to five years professional experience in government, academia, international organisations, NGOs or journalism in the region;
  • Proven excellent writing skills and the ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
  • Strong research and analytical skills and ability to propose policy interventions;
  • Extensive knowledge of key issues in Afghanistan;
  • Expertise covering governance issues, security sector reforms and institution building;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with governmental and non-governmental officials and institutions, media and civil society in Afghanistan and region;
  • Affinity in overseeing budgetary and administrative matters and management of a small team;
  • Experience in political analysis and conflict prevention;
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of local languages advantageous;
  • Excellent communication skills, including good public presentation skills;
  • A very strong capacity for effective teamwork and ability to work with supervisors and colleagues;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often challenging environment.