Program Officer

Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 25

Position description

Program Officer Prevention and Peacebuilding Program (Peace and Security)

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) over two decades has built a reputation for its work on the links between politics, security, justice, and sustainable development. Our core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community.

In 2018-19, CIC will support: (i) the Secretary-General’s reforms of the United Nations; (ii) the UN’s priorities for conflict prevention and sustaining peace; (iii) the new way of working between humanitarian and development actors at country level; and (iv) the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, as they implement the 2030 Agenda targets for SDG16+. CIC also supports country-level programs for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and for Afghanistan.

The Program Officer (NYU designation: Researcher) will work in the Prevention and Peacebuilding program, which aims to strengthen nationally owned approaches to prevention and to support innovation in the UN’s approaches to peace operations.

The role will entail:

  • Developing and implementing engagements and research on nationally led prevention and peacebuilding strategies in conflict-affected countries
  • Working with UN entities to identify and develop innovative approaches to peace operations, linking them to prevention and peacebuilding agendas
  • Outreach to and collaboration with UN Member States, through events, meetings, briefings, and other actions
  • Writing practical, policy-oriented publications that are concise and polished in quick turnaround times
  • Developing proactive communication about the program’s work through blogs, social media, and other channels, in coordination with CIC’s communications specialist
  • Supporting CIC’s deputy director, who leads the Prevention and Peacebuilding program, to manage research grants, donor relations, project staff, and consultants.


For this role, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience
  • Required education: Minimum of MA/MS, with demonstrated relationship to prevention, peacebuilding, and/or peace operations issues
  • Experience in undertaking a variety of engagement and research activities in conflict-affected countries, including in the Global South
  • A background in research, analysis, and policy, with a track record of developing strategies, and/or publishing policy analysis and research
  • Solid understanding of the UN system, particularly the peace and security pillar and peace operations
  • Basic experience with program development and monitoring tasks, such as proposal writing, budgeting, and indicator development
  • Fluency in English is required, along with outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated working level capability in a second UN language is required; the candidate must show that they can run projects in a second UN language
  • Familiarity with arguments and evidence presented in the UN-World Bank Pathways for Peace report is strongly encouraged
  • Experience with data analysis and statistics also encouraged
  • New foreign graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are eligible to apply
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