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Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa, Enough Project

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Reports to: Director of Research and Publications/Editorial

Department: Enough Project, Sudans and Horn Team

Staff reporting to this position: TBD

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region as well as experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading the Enough Project’s policy and advocacy work on political, economic, and conflict dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa in collaboration with the Founding Director and under the direction of the Director of Research and Publications/Editorial. This is a position requiring research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy researchers and writers. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.


  • Conduct original research and policy analysis on the subject, both in Washington, D.C. and in the field.
  • Work collaboratively to lead the implementation of a research agenda for the subject.
  • Help formulate original policy recommendations and encourage adoption by senior policymakers within the U.S. government, the African Union, and the United Nations.
  • Work with the Founding Director and Director of Research and Editorial/Publications and other colleagues to implement the policy and research agenda for Enough’s work on subject and manage a team in its implementation.
  • Co-author, author, and edit policy reports, memos, and other policy documents on the subject.
  • Build relationships with officials in the U.S. government; international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, and African Union; and other key players to gather timely—and, occasionally, rapid response—information for conflict analysis and report writing; expand Enough’s network of contacts within the policy community and deepen Enough’s relationships with policymakers and influential actors in the United States and overseas.
  • Work in consultation with Directors of Research and Publications/Editorial and Communications to plan, develop, and contribute regular content for the Enough communications and media that is dynamic, original, thoroughly grounded in policy expertise, and accessible to a broad audience.
  • Work collaboratively with the forensic investigation team focusing on Sudan and South Sudan and the broader region.
  • Assist the advocacy and impact strategies team to help shape subject-related campaign messaging.
  • Represent Enough at subject-related meetings and events, both in and outside Washington, D.C.
  • Participate in and inform the budget process.
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to inform and examine development and fundraising opportunities; review fundraising materials and reports to donors.
  • Work with the Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategies to inform and develop outreach and advocacy initiatives.
  • Supervise direct reports; work with Director of Research and Editorial/Publications and Managing Director to assure staff needs are met.
  • Regularly liaise with and manage subject area and field consultants for alignment with strategic and policy agenda, publications, and communications priorities; articulation of appropriate work plans and deliverables, assure timely receipt of deliverables, work with appropriate staff to assure contract administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree and at least five to seven years of post-college working experience conducting research in international relations, political science, or a related field required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the subject and ability to provide in-depth analysis and write professionally on the issue area.
  • Previous field experience in Sudan and South Sudan.
  • Strong understanding of the policymaking community and the potential implications of various advocacy and policy approaches.
  • Academic background or work experience in the prevention of atrocities, human rights, conflict prevention and resolution, and the responsibility to protect.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
  • Adept team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • A strong commitment to human rights and conflict resolution and to Enough’s mission to end genocide and mass atrocities.
  • Superb organization and time-management skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong staff management skills.
  • Knowledge of French or Arabic is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good humor and general problem-solving skills.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: The Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "American Progress." The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.