Head of Research and Learning

  • Professional
  • Brussels, Belgium

Head of Research and Learning

Job description

This position, based in our Brussels headquarters, reports to the Director of Research and Special Adviser on Gender. Working closely with other staff from the research team, the Head of Research & Learning will support Crisis Group’s conflict prevention work by advancing our early warning capacity, including through ensuring steady delivery and quality production of the monthly global conflict tracker CrisisWatch and its associated products. The post-holder will also help promote and enable our organisational culture and practice of learning, including through strengthening planning, monitoring and evaluation systems across programs and departments.


  • Strengthen Crisis Group’s early warning functions, especially through managing the steady production and quality delivery of our monthly global conflict tracker, CrisisWatch, which assesses trends and alerts in 70-80 countries around the world;
  • Promote and deliver a culture of learning across the organisation – including through supporting the timely delivery of annual Workplans and Core Report, and implementing M&E/tracking systems as appropriate;
  • Represent Crisis Group externally, including in the areas of early warning and organisational learning, to convey our policy positions to decision-makers and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate knowledge management across the organisation including through delivery of high-quality research to senior staff and programs (especially in the areas of research methodology, organizational learning, and thematic/cross-cutting issues), and managing external subscriptions and information resources;
  • Draft or edit internal and public materials on selected global or cross-cutting issues (eg, related to early warning/horizon scanning), and/or impact;
  • Coordinate and supervise research consultants (especially for CrisisWatch production) and interns working in or with the Research Unit;
  • Carry out administrative duties relevant to the Research Unit’s work.


Requirements include:

  • Five to seven years professional experience in research management, policy analysis, and/or organisational learning in international relations and conflict prevention issues.
  • Masters degree in political science, conflict studies, international relations, international law, strategy/organisational learning or similar.
  • Sound policy judgment; demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent drafting and oral skills. English at mother tongue level essential.
  • Demonstrated management ability and experience in staff supervision.
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to work on multiple projects and an ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills, and a very strong capacity for effective teamwork.
  • Familiarity with international relations think tanks, NGOs, and multilateral organisations.
  • In-depth knowledge of one or two geographic regions of interest to Crisis Group and or field research experience an advantage.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and Internet research tools.
  • Some experience of monitoring and evaluation an asset.
  • Authorization to work in the EU.

If interested, please apply by October 30.