Fellow, Latin America

  • Professional
  • in the region, eg, Colombia

Fellow, Latin America

Job description

For its Giustra Fellowship Program, Crisis Group is looking for a fellow to support the Latin America and the Caribbean Program. 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 Program Director, Deputy Program Director and the Program’s Senior Analysts and support research work. The fellow will have access to internal training and workshops, take part in research trips in the region, 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 Deputy Program Director and Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, 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 and violence, develop proposals to solve them and present these to senior policy-makers in and outside the region.

Responsibilities include:

  • To perform field-based research. Research should involve conversations with a wide variety of sources, including interlocutors in local and national government, opposition forces, security institutions, media and civil society.

  • On the basis of the research, the fellow will help draft articles, briefings and reports, as well as formulate policy recommendations advocating concrete measures to mitigate and resolve conflict, and respond to emerging threats in the region.

  • 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;

  • Approximately six policymaker briefings.


Qualifications include:

  • Originates from the region and has at least 2 years of working experience in the region;

  • Has a degree in political science, international relations, law or other relevant discipline;

  • Has an in-depth knowledge of one or more countries within the region;

  • Has strong analytical skills and excellent writing skills;

  • Is fluent in English and Spanish.

If interested in the role, please apply by 31 October 2021.