Fellowship: Junior Research Fellow – Global Affairs & Partnerships

Search For Common Ground


Position Summary

The Junior Research Fellow will work with Search’s Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP) team as part of a one-year policy research fellowship. In this role, the Junior Research Fellow will conduct research and analysis to promote peacebuilding and conflict prevention as effective tools for policymakers to address conflict. The Junior Research Fellow will develop and conduct research in the team’s areas of interest, including but not limited to priority conflict geographies of Myanmar, Nigeria, and Syria. The Junior Research Fellow will be responsible for writing a range of policy research products, including but not limited to policy research papers, briefs, and op-eds. The Junior Research Fellow will work in collaboration with Search’s GAP, institutional learning, country, and regional teams to reflect Search’s policy objectives and will be expected to produce high quality deliverables in a timely manner.

Successful candidates must be exemplary writers who are adept at working in a fast-paced office environment. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in evidence-based advocacy and a background in overseas peacebuilding implementation. The Junior Research Fellow will be full-time and paid a salary with benefits. The position will commence in June 2019 and proceed for one year, without the possibility of renewal.

The Global Affairs and Partnerships Team

The Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP) team supports Search’s institutional relationships, both in policy and business development. GAP works with donors, policymakers, NGOs, for-profit organizations, and academics to advance Search’s interests around the world.

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct desk and in-person research on existing peacebuilding policy advocacy efforts and responses to them in specific country cases and on peacebuilding themes
  • Conduct desk and in-person research on conflict dynamics and opportunities for peacebuilding engagement in priority conflict geographies and peacebuilding themes
  • Support and carry out policy research plans, methodologies, analysis, and writing
  • Develop policy recommendations for target audiences in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels, and other policy hubs
  • Prepare reports, white papers, and policy documents on findings


You meet the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.


  • Familiarity with operational peacebuilding and conflict transformation organizations

Skills and Competencies


  • Demonstrably strong English writing and editing skills.
  • Native-speaker level fluency in English.
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work across teams and handle competing deadlines.
  • Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google applications (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Hangouts) and Internet research skills.


  • Francophone or fluent French-speaking ability strongly preferred.
  • Experience in professional writing for a policy audience.
  • Experience working in an international organization or in a policy role.

Please note this is a one-year fellowship without the possibility of renewal. The start date for this fellowship is June 2019. The application period will be open until March 22, 2019. Only Short-Listed Candidates will be contacted.

How To Apply

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter
  • writing sample (no more than 5 pages)

Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Type: Contract

Application Deadline: 03/22/2019

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