Senior Analyst, Russia

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Senior Analyst, Russia

Job description

The Crisis Group is searching for a senior analyst, Russia. This is a critical role engaging with Russia and its relationship with the rest of the world. The successful applicant will find themself in a demanding but rewarding job that offers a great deal of responsibility and freedom. We are seeking a diplomat, researcher, academic or journalist with a record of distinction. The senior analyst will be well-versed in Russian foreign and domestic policy issues, able to generate and debate ideas geared at preventing and mitigating deadly conflict in the region and further afield. Crisis Group’s senior analyst will also be responsible for helping with research in Ukraine, Central Asia and in other successor states to the Soviet Union.


The ideal candidate will be just as comfortable in the field as in high-level advocacy meetings. We are seeking a colleague who combines a nuanced understanding of Russia’s political, economic and security landscape with the ability to research deeply, write authoritatively, and present persuasively on policy ideas. They will be a self-starter, sensitive to security considerations and able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced and often challenging environment.


Russia wields influence in numerous global conflicts: in Syria, Ukraine, Africa, and Latin America. Crisis Group’s analysis seeks to elucidate Russian interests and motivations, while our advocacy work in Russia emphasizes pragmatic and actionable recommendations. Research topics may range from the war in Ukraine to returning Islamic State militants or the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.


The successful candidate will be based in the Europe and Central Asia region, preferably in Moscow.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive field research into topics related to Russian foreign and domestic policy;
  • Prepare clear and concise written analysis (reports, op eds, blogs, white papers);
  • Generate policy ideas to prevent and mitigate conflict;
  • Advocate for Crisis Group’s positions at events and with media both in Russia and abroad;
  • Provide general support to the program director and deputy program director.
  • If required, supervises interns, consultants and/or stringers.

Candidates should apply before 31 May 2020.


Requirements include:

  • A minimum of five years professional experience in government, academia, international organisations, NGOs or journalism;
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, journalism, sociology or related field, or equivalent through experience. Master’s degree an asset;
  • Proven research, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Fluency in Russian and English;
  • Extensive knowledge of foreign and domestic policy, decision-making and security sector institutions in Russia and the broader region;
  • A strong network of official, media and civil society contacts in Russia and the broader region;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills.