Senior Expert on China and Africa

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 March 2020
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Job Description


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:

  • Serves as an expert on China’s impact on conflict dynamics in Africa, with a particular emphasis on Nigeria, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and/or the Red Sea arena.
  • Researches and writes on topics relevant to USIP’s work.
  • Provides briefings to governmental or other organizations on China and Africa.
  • Responds to public queries and media requests regarding China and Africa.
  • Supports or leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings.
  • Proposes innovative research and programming to advance USIP’s mission.
  • Liaises closely with key stakeholders in the United States, Asia, Africa, and around the world.

Development and Planning:

  • Working with the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs and the Director for Africa Programs, supports or leads the development and implementation of research projects and other program activities related to China and Africa.
  • Helps structure and execute program activities and events related to China’s impact on conflict dynamics in Africa.
  • Identifies and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
  • Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
  • Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.
  • Keeps up-to-date on new research and programs as they relate to USIP’s work.

Financial Management:

  • Pursues U.S. government funding for project initiatives.
  • Manages project budgets and ensures activities are implemented within program timelines and in a manner that meets program standards and objectives.
  • Oversees development and submission of project progress reports as required.


  • Master’s, PhD or JD degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of related work experience, including experience with U.S. government policymaking.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working in/on China and Africa, with a particular emphasis on Nigeria, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and/or the Red Sea arena.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conflict dynamics in Africa, China’s engagement and influence in fragile states in Africa, and best practices of conflict management and peacebuilding.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic, and writing skills, and excellent communication skills. Ability to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required. Working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese desired.

Note: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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