Senior Advocacy Adviser, Asia

  • Professional
  • Washington, United States

Senior Advocacy Adviser, Asia

Job description

Based in Washington D.C., the Senior Advocacy Adviser, Asia will work closely with relevant colleagues in Crisis Group’s Asia and U.S. Programs, as well as the advocacy team, to help develop and implement strategies for conflict and crisis mitigation in Asia, with a strong focus on U.S.-China affairs. The position will help Crisis Group understand and shape debate in the U.S. Congress and other U.S. policy circles. This will be a fixed-term position with an initial contract until March 2025 with the possibility of extending – depending on project needs and available resources. The position reports to Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director.


  • Actively strengthen and expand Crisis Group's advocacy networks relating to U.S.-China relations and, more broadly, U.S. engagement in Asia. These responsibilities will include developing networks with key U.S. policy- and opinion-makers, including in the U.S. Congress, executive branch, media and scholarly community. The position will also be responsible for building and maintaining a central database of contacts;

  • Monitor and conduct research on relevant policy developments relating to conflicts and crises that implicate U.S. policy towards China and other Asian countries, with an eye toward identifying advocacy opportunities and supporting the China Senior Analyst and other Asia program analysts with research and advocacy products;

  • Support the design and delivery of innovative advocacy plans and campaigns for Crisis Group publications in the relevant subject area, including the organisation of events to showcase our research and policy recommendations;

  • Organise and attend relevant advocacy meetings (online and in person) with Crisis Group staff;

  • Support the monitoring, measurement and communications of Crisis Group's advocacy impact;

  • In coordination with the program and the advocacy team, contribute to Crisis Group’s advocacy efforts by delivering oral and written presentations on Crisis Group policy positions and activities;

  • Follow relevant developments and ensure dissemination of relevant information, analysis, and key scholarly or journalistic articles;

  • Contribute to occasional papers and commentaries for publication;

  • Support with fundraising work where relevant.


Requirements include:

  • A degree in conflict studies, political science, international relations, area studies or similar;

  • At least five years of professional experience in an advocacy or policy environment, ideally with a background in U.S.-China affairs;

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of relevant policy areas;

  • Familiarity with U.S. institutions and a network in U.S. foreign policy circles;

  • Strong understanding of U.S. foreign policy decision-making, including current U.S. - China dynamics;

  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise and communicate clearly with a variety of stakeholders, including high level officials;

  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills and an ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment;

  • Demonstrated oral and written presentation skills;

  • Experience in organising events highly desirable;

  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential; fluency in Mandarin would be perceived favourably.

Candidates should apply before 26 March 2023.