The Senior Analyst on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be responsible for investigating, researching, and writing about the drivers of high-level corruption and violence, focused on Kinshasa-linked networks. The position will require significant investigative research in the DRC and the Great Lakes region. Particular focus areas of the research and analysis will include the system of grand corruption and violence in Congo and other dynamics of peace and conflict. The Senior Analyst will also focus on related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy reports, communications, and advocacy efforts. This is a position that requires three main areas of expertise: field-based knowledge about the economic, political, financial, and security dynamics in the DRC and the region, including on violent kleptocratic networks; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa and on countering conflict financing; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. The location and working arrangement for this position are negotiable.
- Conduct original research, investigations, and policy analysis on the dynamics of high-level corruption and violence, focused on Kinshasa-linked financial and economic networks. The research will take place in the DRC and Great Lakes region and possibly trading hubs for illicit resources.
- Work collaboratively to set a research agenda for the subject, and author, co-author, and edit policy reports, memos, op-eds, and other documents on the subjects.
- Help formulate original policy recommendations and encourage adoption by senior policymakers in the U.S. government, other influential governmental actors such as Belgium and the E.U., as well as the African Union , the United Nations, World Bank other international financial institutions, and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
- Build relationships with officials in the policy target governments and institutions in order to gather timely information for conflict analysis and report writing, expand Enough’s network of policy contacts, and deepen Enough’s relationships with policymakers and influential actors in the United States and overseas.
- Work in consultation with the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications teams to plan, develop, and contribute regular content that is dynamic, original, thoroughly grounded in policy expertise, and accessible to a broad audience.
- Work with the communications team to engage with relevant, influential media in pitching stories, responding to press queries, giving interviews, and rapidly responding to news cycle opportunities.
- Assist the Advocacy team to help shape subject-related campaign messaging.
- Contribute dynamic, original, and accessible content for op-eds for outside publications, the Enough blog, and websites on a regular basis.
- Review fundraising materials and reports to donors.
- Other duties as assigned.
Requirements and qualifications:
- Demonstrated knowledge of the financial and economic networks involved in high-level corruption in the DRC, particularly those linked to violence. Also knowledge of political, economic, and security dynamics in the DRC and the region and an ability to provide concise in-depth analysis and write professionally on the issue areas.
- At least one year of field experience in the DRC.
- Professional proficiency in French.
- Significant experience traveling and doing research in a conflict zone.
- Proven ability to conduct policy research and a strong understanding of policymaking issues and the policy community and the implications of various advocacy and policy approaches, particularly U.S. government policy, including sanctions policy, accountability, transparency, beneficial ownership, and other policy approaches to increase good governance and counter conflict financing.
- Bachelor’s degree and at least 4-6 years of post-university working experience.
- Strong academic background or work experience in the financing of conflict, targeted sanctions policy, forensic investigations, journalism, the prevention of atrocities, human rights, illicit natural resource trade, and/or conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
- Experience giving interviews and interacting with the media.
- 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.
- Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
- Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced environment, and good humor and general problem-solving skills.
- Fluency in French preferred.
- Master’s degree strongly preferred.
- Background in investigative journalism a plus but not required.
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