Policy and Research Director, Enough Project


Position: Policy and Research Director

Location: Washington D.C.  

Status:  Full-time, Exempt

Reports to: Founding Director   


Position Summary

The Policy and Research Director works closely with the Enough Project’s Founding Director and the Policy Director of The Sentry to shape Enough’s policy agenda as well as Enough’s research strategies to develop products that impact policy change.  Working closely with the Founding Director, Sentry Policy Director, and Associate Policy Directors, this position will manage the Policy Department staff.  It will also oversee the policy and research work of Enough, including that which contributes to The Sentry, an investigative initiative launched by Enough in 2015 to counter the financing of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa.  The Policy and Research Director also will work closely with the Founding Director on aligning policy and research efforts with organizational goals, contributing to the activities of other departments at the Enough Project to support the organization’s objectives, and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and internal policies. As a senior manager, this position reports to the Founding Director.


Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

Policy and Programs

  • Manage the staff of the Policy Department

  • Work closely with the Founding Director and other key staff to develop the country-specific research and policy agenda and products of Enough as well as to lead – with the Founding Director’s input – the team-based processes that set Enough’s policy and research agenda on a country and regional basis

  • Help shape Enough’s efforts to create policy impact, particularly through direct engagement with agencies of the U.S. and other governments, corporations, other NGOs, the media, as well as intergovernmental organizations such as the AU, EU, and UN.

  • Help pioneer the expansion of Enough’s research and policy agenda to support the efforts of The Sentry to counter networks that fund and benefit from conflict and mass atrocities in East and Central Africa

  • Oversee and manage a new initiative of The Sentry that develops partnerships with African organizations, journalists, and researchers

  • Contribute to the development of the “tools”-focused policy work and the overall direction of the investigative agenda of The Sentry

  • Directly supervise the Associate Policy Directors and team leaders with support from the Founding Director and the Sentry Policy Director; and support Associate Policy Directors in their management and supervisory roles

  • Co-author, author, and edit policy reports, memos, op-eds, and other policy documents

  • Represent Enough in the media, in Congress, in the Executive Branch, and at subject-related meetings

  • Contribute to development and fundraising initiatives on behalf of the organization


The role of Policy Director has the following additional supervisory and management responsibilities:

  • Participate in senior staff meetings, discussions, and decision making.

  • Participate in Enough strategic planning and the establishment of priorities, goals and impact strategies.

  • Advise on, and monitor, the development of budgets.

  • Supervise and provide regular performance feedback and review to direct reports.

  • Assure contracts are managed in relation to these initiatives.

  • Approve program and policy expenses in consultation with the Founding Director.

  • Work with the senior team to regularly assess and improve core function support to staff.

  • Develop and manage efforts to help staff improve their policy analysis and research skills.

  • As a member of the senior management team, work to build the morale and capacity for success of every member of the Enough staff.

  • Foster shared understanding around organizational mission, vision, values and goals.

  • Facilitate policy staff contribution to Enough operational needs.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Master’s degree or other higher degree

  • At least eight years of experience in foreign policy, with a preference for a high familiarity with East and Central Africa policy work within the U.S. government, United Nations system, or other governments, as well as deep knowledge of issues related to peace processes, human rights, and governance in our region of concern.

  • At least ten years of professional experience.

  • Expertise in Africa, particularly East and Central Africa

  • At least four years of experience managing a team.

  • Excellent writing, editorial, oral communication, and presentation skills, good track record in writing analytical reports.

  • Team player with superb interpersonal, organizational and management skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously and maximize employee contributions.

  • A high level of personal energy, dependability, and commitment.

  • Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Good humor and general problem-solving skills.

  • Organized, disciplined, and proactive.

  • Work well under deadlines.

  • Commitment to Enough’s missions and goals.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to peace and human rights consistent with the mission of the Enough Project.

  • Nonprofit management experience.

  • French and/or Arabic language skills

New Venture Fund Careers

The Enough Project is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@enoughproject.org. Please reference the title of the position to which you are applying in the email subject line.