Researcher (Program Assistant), NYU Center on International Cooperation

Researcher (Program Assistant)

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a group of member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners committed to accelerating the delivery of the 2030 Agenda targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).  The Pathfinders is co-convened and supported by the New York University Center on International Cooperation (CIC).

As part of the Pathfinders team, the Program Assistant will support CIC’s contribution to the Pathfinders and to implementation of the 2030 Agenda targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). This role will provide support to one of the following Pathfinders workstreams: international/national delivery, Pathfinders for Justice (which is following up on our report of the Task Force on Justice), or the grand challenge in inequality and exclusion.

This role will work closely the Pathfinders team and CIC staff. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a global policy research initiative with the potential for meaningful impact in people’s lives. In an expanding program, there will be opportunities for career development and progression.


  • Support research and writing for Pathfinders reports, including but not limited to running scans of existing literature, distilling summaries of books and papers, suggesting new evidence sources, and examining linkages across research fields.
  • Research and write blogs, newsletter items, and website content to promote key findings from Pathfinders policy research and recommendations; assist with promotion on social media and in other communications activities.
  • Support overall research management of the Pathfinders program, working within the team for international and national delivery, justice, or inequality and exclusion on policy research initiatives; attend and report on meetings relevant to Pathfinders research, ensuring appropriate representation of CIC and the Pathfinders.
  • Assist the director and the rest of the team with researching, scheduling, organizing, and executing policy-related meetings, events, and conference calls, taking notes and drafting summaries, invitations, and agendas.
  • Maintain and update internal processes and systems, including timely entry of partner contacts and activity information.
  • Complete other tasks as required.


SELECTION CRITERIA:                          

  • Bachelor degree, with a minimum of 1-2 years of relevant experience or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of or experience with areas covered by the SDG16+ targets for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, or knowledge/experience of the implementation of other Sustainable Development Goals, or knowledge/experience of the United Nations system.
  • Strong research skills, including with key databases.
  • Ability to write concise text that does not lose rigor of the original research. Experience with line and/or copy editing of research materials.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills in English. Knowledge of other UN languages an asset.
  • Demonstrated interest in managing research related tasks and/or events execution.
  • Exceptional organizational, logistics, and time management skills.
  • Ability to liaise with high-level diplomats and other prominent partners. Demonstrated experience in this area an asset.
  • Ability to develop, maintain and enjoy effective working relationships with people from a wide variety of organizations and with a wide variety of functional expertise.
  • Familiarity with operational policies and procedures and operating within them.
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly in CRM software (e.g. Mailchimp, Nimble, Salesforce).

All applications must be submitted through NYU’s online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.

Deadline for applications is September 16, 2019.