Fellow - Global Food Security Project

Center For Strategic And International Studies - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.9

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to address international policy issues and to provide policy options and solutions. CSIS is one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of roughly 200 employees, including more than 100 analysts tracking policy issues and developments in countries across the globe.

The Global Food Security Project aims to enrich the level of dialogue surrounding challenges to global food security and help develop both the policy solutions and political will to address them. CSIS seeks a highly motivated Fellow to join our small team in mid-July or later. Responsibilities include drafting and finalizing short, medium, and full-length pieces of policy analysis, qualitative data analysis, and international travel to conduct field research. The Fellow is expected to help shape a broad research agenda in accord with the overall approach of the project, and to maintain a high level of scholarship in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Work includes synthesizing large amounts of information and tailoring messages to different audiences, including policy makers, international donors, and the advocacy community. The Fellow will work on several projects simultaneously, in addition to responding to daily demands.

Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (no more than five pages) at https://csiscareers.silkroad.com/. For more information on the Global Food Security Project, please visit: http://csis.org/program/food.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Contribute to the intellectual vitality of the program by producing work which embodies the CSIS principles of scholarly independence, objective analysis, political bipartisanship, and policy impact.
Prepare, edit, and review thoughtful, content-rich publications, including commentaries, critical questions, working papers, and analytical pieces that contribute to policy debates in Congress, the Executive Branch, and the international sphere.
Help define the project’s overall research and publication strategy.
Design, organize, and lead international research trips to support the research and publication strategy.
Collaborate with other programs at CSIS on research initiatives as appropriate, relevant, and feasible.
Edit and fact-check program materials with a critical perspective and strong attention to detail.
Collaborate with external consultants, providing research and editorial support on product development throughout the consultancies.
Maintain working knowledge of trends in agricultural development and global food and nutrition security to assess their implications on U.S. leadership and policy. Keep apprised of academic, technical, programmatic, and policy literature in the food security and nutrition space.


Generate and develop ideas for new projects, partnerships, collaborations, events, and speakers.
Represent CSIS and disseminate work by participating in formal and informal channels such as Congressional engagement, industry conferences, external lecture opportunities, roundtable discussions, etc.
Contribute to the strategic planning and implementation of other program initiatives as appropriate, including efforts to secure new or follow-on funding.

M.A. in relevant field (international development/affairs, agricultural economics) and a minimum of six years of relevant experience required.
Strong knowledge and experience analyzing agricultural development, food security, and/or U.S. policy required.
Knowledge of how the international development industry, including donors and implementing partners, operate.
Experience working in developing countries strongly preferred.
Deep familiarity with academic, technical, and policy literature pertaining to food security essential.
Familiarity with key sources of relevant data including major statistical repositories and household surveys.
Demonstrated ability to write coherent research reports, concept papers, and short analyses independently, on deadline, and in clear, simple language. A body of published work preferred.
Must possess strong analytic and exceptional communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from stakeholders, media, governmental entities, and the public.
Ability to write, think, and operate independently.
Social media presence a plus.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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