Associate, Middle East
The Quincy Institute (QI) seeks a Middle East Expert to contribute to QI's Middle East Program. A key responsibility is to produce a high volume of original reports and analyses on US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including research papers, policy proposals, and op-eds. The Expert will respond to events of the day with rapid analysis to frame the media narrative.
She or he will also build strong connections with the policy and media communities to maximize the visibility and influence of the Quincy Institute and its work. This task entails promoting QI’s work among decision-makers and contributing expert commentary to various media outlets. Candidates must be dedicated to advancing QI’s mission, vision, and principles of Responsible Statecraft centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint.
The person selected for this position will report to QI’s Middle East Program Director.
Research and Publishing
- Produce a high volume of original scholarship, policy analyses, policy briefs, and other research materials.
- Produce reports, essays, op-eds, and videos designed for different audiences.
- Develop restraint-oriented theories into policy proposals that marshal expert research.
- Direct and coordinate research assistants to support output.
- Develop positions quickly on issues of the day to benefit from a first-mover’s advantage in framing the policy and media narrative.
- Build a cohesive, strategic response to regional challenges with the goal of reshaping the parameters of debate around US foreign policy.
- Write press releases, draft key messaging, talking points and other materials used for public dissemination.
- Develop strong relations in the policy community, including on Capitol Hill.
- Promote QI’s work among decision-makers.
- Testify in Congress about major issues of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
- Develop social media presence with the goal of increasing awareness of, engagement with and support to the organization and its scholars.
- Use knowledge of the program's research and Congress’s legislative agenda to inform policy.
- Provide expert commentary and represent QI on major TV news shows.
- Organizing and leading roundtables, study groups, and workshops at QI.
- Prep colleagues for media interviews, as needed.
- Connect QI’s work to scholars and activists in geographical areas of expertise.
- Identify target audiences and media contacts for relationship cultivation, in support of the program and individual scholars’ goals.
- Support a public narrative about the Quincy Institute that builds awareness of its mission and increases its visibility.
Education and experience
- PhD preferred, MA required.
- Minimum of three years as an academic or policymaker, preferably at a university, think tank or nonprofit or in government.
- A strong track record of scholarship or policy work.
- Ability to speak and write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media; key partners including state, local and federal policymakers; and general audiences.
- Familiarity with the foreign policy landscape and experience representing an organization and its agenda to external audiences.
- Ability to take charge of projects and complete them on time, on budget, and with attention to detail.
- A high level of energy, commitment, and enthusiasm for the Quincy Institute’s programs and goals.The ability to work cooperatively with colleagues in the Institute’s collaborative culture.
Knowledge and skills
- Ability to produce detailed reports on US policy in the Middle East, with a specific focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Fluency in Pashto, Dari, and/or Urdu strongly preferred.
- Strong writing and editing skills, and familiarity with AP Stylebook guidance. Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research, including breaking down data.
- Exceptional organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills; and comfort working within a small team.
- High initiative, discretion, poise, mature judgment, team player and articulate. Attention to detail, and strong multi-tasking skills.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines. Project management skills and the ability to think critically about long-term operations and goals.
- Ability to translate foreign policy concepts into exciting and engaging content.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples
About the Quincy Institute
The Quincy Institute is a newly formed public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to promote ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace. It envisions a world where peace is the norm and war the exception. The Institute operates independently of any political party.
The Quincy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.