Working closely with other members of the Middle East and North Africa team, the successful candidate will conduct field research in Iraq and produce reports on security, conflict, political, governance, and social issues related to Iraq, analysing long and short-term security challenges, and identifying ways of increasing the capacity and will of pertinent governments and other political actors to prevent conflict or bring it to a peaceful closure. Extensive travel is required. The position will be based in Iraq or its immediate vicinity.
Conduct extensive field research in Iraq into prevailing security, political and social conditions;
Provide analysis and advice on key security issues facing Iraq, the region and the wider international community;
Explore appropriate means of promoting regional stability and security;
Propose policy initiatives to relevant governmental and non-governmental actors to address and alleviate the underlying causes of tension and conflict;
Prepare detailed reports and briefing papers setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations.
Extensive knowledge of politics and society in Iraq, inter alia through (un-embedded) experience in Iraq;
Experience in foreign policy analysis and conflict prevention;
At least five years professional experience in government, academia, international organisations, NGOs or journalism;
Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations, and a record of having published analytical writing;
Fluency in English and strong command of Arabic;
Deep knowledge of and extensive contacts in Iraq with governmental and nongovernmental officials, media, and academia;
PhD or Masters degree in international relations, political science, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills, a strong capacity for effective teamwork, as well as the ability to work independently; and
Ability to work in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.
Please note applicants MUST have un-embedded research or work experience in Iraq, fluency in English and strong Arabic. Applicants without these requirements will not be considered for this position.
Applications should be submitted in English and include a resume, cover letter, an unedited writing sample and contact details of three referees. Please send applications to midEast.vacancies(at)crisisgroup.org including "Senior Analyst, Iraq" in the subject line. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length) the candidate should briefly propose his or her own ideas on themes for one or two future Crisis Group reports or shorter briefing papers on Iraq. Please refer to Crisis Group's website for previous publications: www.crisisgroup.org.
The closing date for applications is 15 April 2012. Please note that only candidatesselected for further consideration or interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Crisis Group offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org