Director of Policy and Analysis
Position: Director of Policy and Analysis
Location: Washington D.C.
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Managing Director
Engagement and Stakeholder Relationships: The incumbent will serve as the senior subject matter expert on the strategic use of various targeted financial sanctions in a “network” approach and anti-money laundering (AML) measures such as FinCEN advisories and USA PATRIOT Act special measures in the United States and analogous tools in other jurisdictions to alter the incentive structure of those benefitting financially and politically from conflict and mass atrocities in the DRC, CAR, South Sudan, and Sudan with the potential for geographic expansion in the coming years. The incumbent should have an extensive understanding of how policy, regulatory, and private sector stakeholders are critical for the successful use of these financial tools of pressure, and be able to contribute to public discourse on these issues with expert-level authority. The incumbent should understand U.S. and European governmental sanctions and AML tools at an expert level and have a sufficient understanding of multilateral and regional tools and initiatives. The incumbent should also have working knowledge of financial crimes compliance processes and procedures at financial institutions and experience engaging or working with the banking sector.
The incumbent is responsible for the creation and execution of the organization’s recommendations for regulators, policymakers, financial institutions, law enforcement, and international bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, and IMF. The incumbent oversees organizational efforts to influence policy and compliance outcomes through strategic outreach and engagement in the United States, Europe, and Africa, and other regions as necessary based on The Sentry’s investigative findings and the incumbent’s expert-level understanding of financial tools of pressure such as network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, and the prosecution of financial crimes linked to human rights abuses and atrocities. This includes through direct engagement with governments and financial institutions in Washington, New York, European capitals and across Africa and other regions, as well as through coalition-building and other indirect forms of engagement and advocacy.
Policy Thought Leadership and Publications: The incumbent will provide direction to the Investigations team on strategies for using financial pressure, compliance practices, and legal tools to achieve our country policy objectives in order to systematically integrate the use of these tools into the policy and investigative work of The Sentry. The incumbent works with country policy experts and Sentry Co-Founder John Prendergast to develop recommendations for the use of financial tools that fit the organizational policy goals based on the specific context of each country and situation. The incumbent oversees the production of memos, dossiers, non-papers, and other written products prepared for governments and the press on The Sentry’s policy recommendations for financial tools of pressure, and drafts public-facing policy briefs, Sentry Alerts, op-eds and similar materials on tools of financial pressure and related policy issues. The incumbent will also contribute policy material to investigative reports and other publications by The Sentry.
Team Performance Management and New Relationships: The incumbent identifies new opportunities for The Sentry to generate impact by persuasively influencing decision-makers in governments and financial institutions, including by developing new partnerships for the organization with civil society organizations and think-tanks, global and regional banks, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and FATF-style regional bodies. The incumbent is ultimately responsible for the overall performance of their team in achieving organizational objectives, and is directly responsible for the management and performance of The Sentry’s Senior Advisors for the United Kingdom and Deputy Director for Policy & Analysis. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that The Sentry staff are trained on the financial tools of pressure and build knowledge on sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, and the prescriptive policy proposals advocated for by our organization.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- Master’s degree or other higher degree
- At least eight years of experience in policy related to sanctions/AML, with a preference for familiarity with East and Central Africa policy work within the U.S. government, United Nations system, or other governments
- Experience engaging staff and senior leadership of government agencies, financial institutions, and civil society organizations
- At least ten years of professional experience
- 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
- Ability to train staff on sanctions/AML issues and related subject areas
- A high level of personal energy, dependability, creativity, and commitment
- Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced environment
- Good humor and general problem-solving skills
- Organized, disciplined, and proactive
- Works well under deadlines
- Commitment to The Sentry’s missions and goals
- Demonstrated commitment to peace and human rights consistent with the mission of The Sentry
- Nonprofit management
- French and/or Arabic language skills
- Media engagement
- Donor engagement
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