Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
The US and the Americas Programme is looking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow. We are seeking an ambitious, creative, and motivated researcher and innovator who is deeply committed to the study of America’s role in the world.
Working alongside the Director of the US and Americas programme, this role will develop and deliver the programme’s research activities and resources. As part of a small team, you will undertake independent research that will further enhance our geographical and thematic coverage, while supporting the programme in new and existing project and research activities. Specifically, you will bring analytical skills and expertise on America’s global role. You will bolster our public presence through writing and speaking engagements and help the continued success of the programme, through enhanced engagement with new and existing funders and the development of new projects.
We are an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and do not discriminate based on protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds. If we can provide assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on HR@chathamhouse.org.
- Produce high quality policy-relevant research, for publication by the institute – including reports, research papers, op-eds, expert comments, etc. as appropriate.
- Prepare and submit applications to funders and sponsors while maintaining and strengthening relationships with existing supporters on related work, involving them in relevant meetings and – where appropriate – providing tailored briefings.
- Support research events, conferences and roundtables, utilizing your knowledge of the topic and networking to develop dynamic agendas with high-profile speakers and participants.
- Travel to attend high-profile events with high-level participants and represent the US and the Americas Programme as an expert speaker when called upon.
- Collaborate with colleagues in the programme and across the institute to build on existing research.
- Establish new and maintain existing networks with key individuals, businesses, and institutions which are relevant to our research objectives and expand our reach, visibility and impact.
- Conceive, design and deliver research projects that make a distinctive contribution to the programme generally, specifically the US role in the world, including a focus on geopolitics, multilateralism and US foreign policy.
- Define and deliver new and existing projects, including outlining objectives, goals and project activities (including research, events and publications).
- Identify and pursue relevant research funding and take responsibility for projects in collaboration with the other members of the US and the Americas Programme and colleagues from across Chatham House.
- Use your strong network of contacts to develop funding leads, create momentum around your projects and secure funding.
- Contribute to the overall work and purpose of the Institute.
- Demonstrated research expertise generally on the US role in the world, and specifically in one or more thematic subject areas or geographies and have deep knowledge and experience of the United States and familiarity with the UK, and ideally strong US and UK networks.
- Extensive experience researching and writing analytical pieces and policy recommendations for diverse audiences, along with experience writing deeply researched pieces in academic journals or comparable publications.
- Experience managing the delivery of research events, including identifying creative solutions to present research in innovative ways.
- Demonstrable experience in drafting concept notes and formulating successful research grant proposals.
- Collaborative, and enjoys building positive relationships with project partners and supporters.
Essential skills and qualifications:
- Excellent research and analytical skills and knowledge of US politics and foreign policy.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to build relationships both internally and with external organizations.
- Superb communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively, including media experience.
- A good track record of successfully raising funds for research and projects with a solid network of policy and funding contacts.
- Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work methodically while logically prioritizing obligations.
- Dedicated, self-motivated, collegiate, collaborative and consistent.
Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (including public holidays and Chatham House closure days), pension salary exchange, employee assistance programme, parental leave, flexible working and other benefits designed to suit your lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.
Salary: £70,000 - £80,000 per annum.
Contract: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Hybrid (Office/Home), minimum 2 days in the office per week.
Closing Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024. You will be notified of the status of your application within 4 weeks of the role closing.
Please note that we are able to offer visa sponsorship for this role.
We screen candidates anonymously. We will not see your personal information before your application has been moved forward in the process. Please exclude any personal or identifiable information in your application answers including your personal statement.
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