Deputy Program Director, Asia

  • Professional

Deputy Program Director, Asia

Job description

Reporting to the Program Director, the role provides an exciting opportunity to help shape Crisis Group’s work across Asia. It involves assisting the Director in designing and delivering the Program’s publications and other work aimed at mitigating, preventing and resolving deadly conflict in the region. The Deputy has a particular responsibility to support the Program Director in working with the analysts across the Program to ensure that draft reports and other written work meet a high standard in terms of quality of research, writing, and policy recommendations. They will work closely with the Director to manage and support field staff in their research, analysis, development of policy ideas, as well as communication and advocacy activities. They will support the Program in developing and maintaining a network of contacts with conflict parties, conflict resolution 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. The Deputy will also be encouraged to undertake research and produce his or her own stand-alone written work as required.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Support the Director in his supervisory responsibilities including motivating and supporting Program staff in their field work;

  • Assist with the governance of the Program including leading in the drafting of the Program’s annual work-plan, annual reports and other corporate publications;

  • Work with field-based experts, in consultation with the Program Director, to ensure Crisis Group standards in terms of policy coherence and consistency, persuasiveness in policy recommendations, and quality in English;

  • Contribute to advocacy of Program publications by networking with contacts in the region as well as in the media and further afield where appropriate;

  • Contribute to the quality of Program work by following relevant international developments in conflict and sharing this information and analysis with relevant colleagues;

  • Support fundraising efforts, with the assistance of the Development team;

  • Assist the Program Director in his administrative and governance responsibilities;

  • Assume the responsibilities of the Director in his absence;

  • Undertake research and draft stand-alone written work as required;

  • Undertake other Program management, support, and advocacy tasks as required.


Requirements include:

  • Post-graduate qualification in international relations, political science, social sciences, journalism, or equivalent through experience;

  • 10 or more years of professional experience working in the field of international relations, conflict research, analysis and prevention - in government, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or the media;

  • Experience of living and working in the region;

  • High quality editing skills and a track record of editing experience in English;

  • Native-level fluency in English (oral and written); proficiency in an Asian language, will be viewed favourably.

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

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

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

  • Experience in a supervisory role including staff management, and overseeing budgetary and administrative matters;

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

If interested, please apply before 10 February 2023.

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