Senior Analyst, Central Asia

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Senior Analyst, Central Asia

Job description

Purpose of the role:  

The Senior Analyst will conduct field research, and produce written analysis and policy options aimed at mitigating, preventing and resolving deadly conflict in Central Asia. The Senior Analyst will develop and maintain a network of contacts with conflict actors and other stakeholders in the region, and promote Crisis Group policy recommendations with them as well as in the media and further afield when appropriate.      

Specific responsibilities:

  • Conducts extensive field-based research into the prevailing and underlying issues giving rise to the risk or actual incidence of deadly conflict in Central Asia, including - where relevant - consideration of security, political, legal, economic and social issues as well as human rights, gender and governance;

  • Provides written analysis - in clear and concise fashion - of the risks and origins of deadly conflict in the region in the form of detailed reports and briefing papers for publication as well as shorter derivatives (such as podcasts and op-eds);

  • Proposes policy recommendations and initiatives for conflict actors including political, civil society and other stakeholders at the national as well as regional and international levels aimed at preventing, mitigating or resolving conflict;

  • Advocates Crisis Group policy positions and recommendations regarding conflict and represents Crisis Group at events and in the media - locally, nationally and internationally as appropriate;

  • Contributes to deeper understanding within Crisis Group of the implications of developments in Central Asia for conflict in neighbouring regions and further afield;  

  • Provide support to the Director for Crisis Group activities and advocacy in the region and in the wider Europe and Central Asia Program;

  • As required, supervise research assistants, consultants, stringers and/or interns.

Candidates who are interested in this role should apply on April 29, 2018 at the latest. 


  • Post-graduate qualification in international relations, political science, social sciences or other relevant field of academic study;
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the field of conflict research, analysis and prevention, working in government, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or the media;

  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills;

  • Strong research and analytical skills, and proven experience of formulating persuasive policy recommendations;

  • Extensive knowledge of Central Asia’s security and public policy issues, and experience of living and working in the region;

  • A network of governmental and non-governmental, official, media and civil society contacts in the region;

  • Fluency in English and Russian. Proficiency in languages of Central Asia would be an added advantage.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills;

  • Experience of working successfully within a team as well as the ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.