Stimson Center
  • 30-Mar-2021 to 20-Apr-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

This position is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, managing, and substantively completing multi-dimensional projects with significant expertise and credibility on protecting civilians in conflict and related issues. The Director oversees and develops a broad portfolio of research, including analysis and engagement on issues related to multilateral institutions, international peace and security, the United Nations, Security Council, peace operations, protection of civilians, atrocity and conflict prevention, and U.S. policymaking, among other subjects. The Director conceives of and manages field research and travel, designs interviews and research methods, and supports engagement with a wide range of actors to identify challenges and pragmatic, innovative solutions. The Director leads expert and public discussions in areas of expertise through writing, convening, outreach, public, and media appearances, and other forms of engagement with governmental and non-governmental actors, including various collaboration with other policy institutes. The Director serves as a recognized leader in the field, represents Stimson at the highest levels, and serves as colleague across all levels. Further, the Director brings demonstrated experience managing the full spectrum of program development, funding, execution, and staff.

The Protecting Civilians in Conflict (PCIC) Program: Violence against civilians contributes to intractable cycles of conflict and instability. This program partners with dedicated stakeholders at the international and local levels to identify and support means to reduce violence against civilians, traditionally with a focus on UN peace operations, atrocity prevention, and multilateral tools. The PCIC program bridges policy and practice and prioritizes field research to identify protection challenges and innovations for both policy and local communities. The program also works with policymakers in governments and international organizations to develop approaches to help practitioners overcome obstacles and maximize efforts, informed by research evidence and experience.

This program works closely and in collaboration with the Transforming Conflict and Governance (TCG) Program, which examines how international conflict management and governance can better support sustainable peace in areas threatened by or affected by armed conflict. The TCG program uses research, analysis, outreach, and policy options to address cross-cutting issues, such as NATO's future role in the protection of civilians; expansion of renewable energy in conflict- and climate-affected nations in concert with UN field operations; strengthening of the Congressional role in international and foreign policy issues; and engaging in dialogue over the US role in the world and its priorities in international security and conflict prevention.

Together, the Protecting Civilians in Conflict and Transforming Conflict & Governance programs address problems related to preventing, interrupting, and mitigating violence and protecting civilians in armed conflict, particularly in the context of the United Nations and multilateral operations. These projects also focus on strengthening international organizations, policies, and norms. The goal is to implement change.

Essential Functions

  • Conceptualize and implement research/advocacy projects that advance knowledge, debate, and policymaking in relation to program priorities within national/international security;
  • Research and publish analysis and findings through op-eds, reports, books, and disseminate through presentations and public speaking;
  • Set priorities for projects, communicate these priorities effectively, and manage them efficiently;
  • Provide day-to-day management of program staff, including supervising research colleagues and supporting their work and development;
  • Build relationships with influential individuals and institutions in relevant fields;
  • Convene and lead expert and public discussions in relation to programs priorities;
  • Lead in identification, development, and cultivation of funding sources and prepare substantive content for funding proposals;
  • Design outreach strategies to policy and local communities to maximize impact of projects;
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to evaluate project progress and ensure timely and high-quality work product;
  • Manage program budget: monitor project spending and funding;
  • Manage field research and travel; design interviews and research methods;
  • Collaborate with other projects and programs within the Stimson research cohort/pillar area;
  • Support other programs' work through evaluation of proposal ideas, review of written work, and identification areas of intersection of work, and participate in the broader community of the Stimson Center.

Education, Skills, Experience


  • Master's Degree (or equivalent) in related field and 10 years relevant experience or Ph.D. in related field and 7 years of experience;
  • Experience with substantive issue areas of the program and proven track record with skills to lead the program; superior writing, editing, analysis, and communications skills;
  • A pragmatic mindset, cooperative attitude, and a visionary, innovative spirit;
  • Desire to work in a highly collaborative environment with a focus on producing work of excellence and influence;
  • Fundraising skills and/experience;
  • Successful track record of supervision, team building, and staff development; and
  • Willingness to travel, when appropriate.


  • Experience with the UN and peace operations, and knowledge of policymaking;
  • Proven ability to manage departmental budget;
  • Professional fluency in French and/or standard Arabic.

Application Requirements

Submit CV, cover letter, and a short writing sample.

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.

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