Fellow, China

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Fellow, China

Job description

For its Giustra Fellowship Program, Crisis Group is looking for a fellow to support the Asia Program and specifically our work on China’s foreign policy. The fellowship will be for a duration of 2 years. The fellow will be fully incorporated into the Program as a full-time staff member and perform similar work to full-time research staff.

This fellowship is envisioned as an early career training program. Thus, the fellow will learn on the job, by carrying out the work of a Crisis Group analyst but with close supervision and collaboration from Program leadership and colleagues. The fellow will work closely with the China Senior Analyst and support research work. They will interact consistently with analysts throughout the program and the Program Director and Deputy Director. The fellow will have access to internal training and workshops, and if current travel restrictions ease, take part in research trips, and/or travel for the purpose of policy engagement or advocacy.

Training and analysis will emphasize the following areas:

- Research and research methodology

- Report writing

- Policy engagement and advocacy

- Security (including IT security and liability)

- Gender awareness

- Media

Purpose of the role and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Senior Analyst and Deputy Program Director, Asia, the fellow will engage in and be exposed to the full range of activities that constitute Crisis Group’s operational methodology. The fellow will carry out research in support of Crisis Group’s efforts to analyse the political, social and economic factors contributing to conflict, , formulate relevant policy recommendations, and contribute to advocacy work, particularly in the dissemination of such recommendations to targeted policy actors.

Responsibilities include:

  • To perform research on international conflicts in which China plays an important role, and developments in China’s foreign policy that relate to conflict prevention and resolution. Research should involve conversations with a great variety of sources, including officials in local and national government, academics, government think tanks, media, and civil society.

  • On the basis of the research, the fellow will help formulate policy recommendations that advocate concrete measures to mitigate and resolve conflict, and respond to emerging threats. Recommendations should be directed to relevant governments, including China, and international/regional institutions as appropriate.

  • The fellow will also assist in the Program’s advocacy activities related to conflict prevention and mitigation. The key elements of our advocacy are:
    • Targeted Outreach. This may include: regular seminars and policy roundtables; one-on-one briefings for senior government officials and diplomatic representatives; media briefings; and interviews.

    • Media Outreach. This may include: press conferences, circulation of press releases, background briefings, embargoed pre-release of key reports, on-the-record interviews and placement of Crisis Group-authored op-eds in leading newspapers; and use of social media to propagate our policy analysis and prescriptions.

Within the 2-year programme, it is expected that the fellow will participate in or contribute to the following outputs:

  • Two to four published reports or briefing papers;

  • The monthly internal situation report and CrisisWatch publication;

  • One or two op-eds in local or international newspapers;

  • One to three policy seminars and roundtable meetings in key capitals (health and travel conditions permitting);

  • Approximately six policymaker briefings.


Requirements include:

  • Has at least 4 years of working experience, or a higher level degree in a relevant field;

  • Has a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, law, Chinese studies or other relevant discipline;

  • Has an in-depth knowledge of China and Chinese foreign policy;

  • Has strong analytical skills and excellent writing skills;

  • Is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Please apply before 7 September 2021.