In 2016, CIC launched the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, working with a group of member states and other partners. The Pathfinders is a multi-stakeholder partnership working to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda targets for peace, justice, and inclusion (SDG16+), including through evidence-based approaches. More than 40 governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society organizations are now members. The Pathfinders have launched a Roadmap on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, supported national implementation of SDG16+, and are playing a leading role in preparing for the High-level Political Forum and SDG Summit in 2019. We support three major global research and policy initiatives called the Grand Challenges, including the ministerial Task Force on Justice, as well as a Grand Challenge on inequality and exclusion and one on SDG16.1 (reducing all forms of violence).
CIC is seeking a Senior Research Scientist/Associate Director to lead this program during its next phase, which will drive research and action to support measurable change against the SDG16+ targets ahead of the second SDG Summit in 2023. Reporting to the Director, the principal job responsibilities are:
The position requires a track record as a thought leader in an area covered by SDG16+, credibility with senior policymakers and other stakeholders, demonstrated skill in leading partnerships in the Global South, and the ability to manage a dynamic and fast-moving program and policy and research agenda. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as experience with effective communications strategies including for research products. The position requires deep experience with program and research management. Fluency or working proficiency in more than one of the UN’s official languages is highly desirable.
15+ years’ experience working to promote peace, justice, or inclusion. Experience working with governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society at a senior level in different regions, including the Global South. Experience managing large research initiatives, including ability to assess quality of evidence.
Playing a leadership role within a multi-stakeholder partnership or process, including in the Global South. Track record of publishing influential policy research. Fundraising and development for a think tank or non-profit organization. Management of a team, including goal setting, resource allocation, and staff development.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Deep expertise in one or more areas covered by SDG16+. Ability to maintain an overview of a broad policy agenda. Strategic skills to direct and develop a program. Networking skills to manage a positive relationship with member states, international organizations, civil society, and donors. Experience in fundraising and grant management, and in managing complex budgets. Proven ability to manage and develop a team. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Fluency or working proficiency in more than one language, with a preference for at least two UN languages.
Applicants must apply through NYU's site, Interfolio here: http://apply.interfolio.com/62449