Senior Analyst, North Korea

  • Professional
  • preferably Seoul; elsewhere in Northeast Asia would be considered, Korea, Republic of

Senior Analyst, North Korea

Job description

Based in Northeast Asia, the Senior Analyst will conduct research and draft reports and other shorter forms of publications that examine and propose solutions to prevent or mitigate deadly conflict. The Senior Analyst will focus on the Korean Peninsula, with a specific emphasis on North Korea and issues and developments related to North Korea in South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and other relevant countries. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Conducts extensive field research into conflict-related issues related to North Korea, in coordination with colleagues, including - where relevant - consideration of security, political, legal, economic, and social issues as well as human rights, gender and governance;
  • Provides written analyses - in clear and concise fashion - of the risks and origins of deadly conflict in the form of detailed reports and briefing papers for publication, as well as shorter pieces (such as op-eds or commentaries), including contributions to our monthly Crisis Watch;.
  • Proposes policy recommendations and initiatives for conflict actors including political, civil society, and other stakeholders at the national as well as regional and international levels aimed at preventing, mitigating or resolving deadly conflict;
  • Advocates Crisis Group policy positions and recommendations directly to policy makers and conflict actors locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as indirectly through media and by networking with other organizations;
  • Represents Crisis Group by speaking at events and to the media;
  • Provides substantive support to the Program Director, Deputy Director, and other relevant staff for Crisis Group activities and advocacy in the region and globally;
  • As required, supervises research assistants, consultants, stringers, and/or interns.


Qualifications include:

  • Post-graduate qualification in international relations, political science, social sciences, journalism, or other relevant field of academic study - or equivalent through experience
  • Expertise on the Korean peninsula with at least seven years of relevant professional experience in conflict research, analysis, prevention, or resolution in government, academia international organisations, non-governmental organisations, or the media;
  • Extensive knowledge of security and public policy issues related to the Korean peninsula, and experience of living and working in the region;
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and proven experience of formulating persuasive policy recommendations;
  • A network of governmental, non-governmental, media, and civil society contacts in the region;
  • Fluency in English and Korean (oral and written);
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills;
  • Experience working successfully within a team as well as the ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.

The application process will close on January 04.