Deputy Chief of Policy

  • Professional
  • Brussels (preferred), Belgium

Deputy Chief of Policy

Job description

Under the chief of policy’s guidance and in close cooperation with our senior editor and Crisis Group’s president and executive vice president, the deputy chief of policy helps shape our written publications, especially but not only reports and briefings, which are the organisation’s primary long-form products. The deputy policy chief will also have opportunities to develop their own profile through research, publication and engagement with the media. This is a great opportunity to help refine the output and shape the policy lines of a highly respected conflict prevention organisation. We very much encourage women and candidates from all geographic regions to apply. The role will be based in Brussels, Dakar, Istanbul, London or Nairobi with flexibility to work remotely.


  • At the direction of the chief of policy and in close cooperation with Crisis Group’s senior editor and its president and executive vice president, review and edit reports and other external documents;

  • Support Crisis Group’s program staff in conceptualising, planning and drafting reports, briefings and other publications, and developing policy ideas that can help reduce violence;

  • Provide guidance to colleagues on writing of reports, briefings 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.

  • Work with colleagues on Crisis Group’s communications and development teams to help the organisation get its message out and to seek new funding opportunities for its programs.



We are looking for one of two profiles. Either you’ll have worked on international relations 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. We are looking for a candidate with at least  ten to fifteen years’ work experience. You’ll ideally have worked in at least one war zone. You should be collegial and as excited about working behind the scenes to help Crisis Group’s experts shine as you are about building your own profile.  

In summary, you will 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 and expertise in global politics and conflict prevention, management and resolution;

  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks to tight deadlines;

  • Ten to fifteen years’ work experience;

  • Ability to work both independently and collegially as part of a team; and

  • Advanced French language capability preferred.

If interested, please apply by 09 September 2022.