Research Fellow: Gender, Climate, Security Nexus

Washington D.C.
18 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Fellow: Gender, Climate, Security Nexus
Georgetown University: Main Campus: Walsh School of Foreign Service

Location: Washington, DC
Open Date: Jan 05, 2023

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Research Fellow to lead our climate research portfolio. The Research Fellow will be responsible for shaping the Institute's climate research agenda and producing cutting-edge research and analysis that responds to the challenges and opportunities found at the intersection of gender, climate, and security issues. Reporting to the Director of Research and working closely with the Executive and Managing Directors, the Climate Research Fellow will envision, craft, and execute climate-related research projects and disseminate findings through academic, policy, and practitioner communities. They will also be responsible for developing and teaching a graduate course on gender, climate, and security as part of the Institute's graduate certificate program.

The ideal candidate will have substantive expertise and research experience on the gendered impacts of climate change, particularly in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Knowledge of climate security, environmental peacebuilding, and international climate policy and diplomacy is highly desired. Candidates should also have working knowledge of relevant U.S. and international policy frameworks, including the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, National Action Plans on WPS, Sustainable Development Goals, US Global Fragility Act etc.

Candidates must have a Masters degree and experience designing and leading research projects informed by a gender analysis. Demonstrated ability to write for policy audiences is required, in addition to a track record of academic and scholarly publications. Experience managing research projects and budgets, supervising junior staff and students, and engaging with policy, practitioner, and academic communities is essential. Candidates with experience developing curricula and a record of teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels are encouraged to apply.

Duties and responsibilities of the Climate Research Fellow include, but are not limited to:

Policy-Oriented Research
  • Develop a strategic vision for the Institute's climate research portfolio.
  • Design and undertake short and mid-term research projects.
  • Produce original research reports, policy briefs, and other publications.
  • Contribute climate and gender analysis of countries included in GIWPS' Conflict Tracker project.

Informing Policy and Practice
  • Provide timely policy-relevant analysis in response to current events and developments in the field.
  • Represent the Institute as a subject matter expert at key convenings, policy fora, and practitioner working groups.
  • Collaborate with the Policy and Programs Team to provide subject matter expertise on GIWPS climate events and policy advocacy efforts, including writing concept notes as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team on strategic communications and dissemination of GIWPS climate research and policy recommendations through academic, policy, and practitioner communities.

Supervision & Project Management
  • Lead the recruitment of a Climate Policy Fellow to support the Institute's engagement on climate.
  • Directly supervise the Climate Policy Fellow and, potentially, student research assistants as needed.
  • Work with the Director of Finance to manage donor relationships, project budgets, and grant reporting.
  • Develop funding proposals and respond to funding opportunities as needed.

  • Develop 1-2 graduate courses on topics related to gender, climate, conflict, migration, displacement, development etc.
  • Teach one course per year.
  • Advise GIWPS graduate certificate students focusing on climate-related studies.

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, international relations, international development, climate, gender studies, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, anthropology, sociology, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in research and policy analysis.
  • Subject matter expertise in gender and climate change and knowledge of the Women, Peace and Security field.
  • Demonstrated ability to write for a policy audience, in addition to scholarly and practitioner communities.
  • Proficiency with research methods and design, as well as human subjects research; ability to conduct an intersectional gender analysis; experience with focus group discussions, interviews, survey design and analysis, and field-based research highly valued.
  • Teaching experience is not required but strongly preferred.

Application Instructions
Applications should be submitted through Interfolio via this link.

Submission must packet include the following:

Cover letter describing your fit for the position and a brief (no more than 500 words) overview of current gaps in knowledge in the field as you see them and areas of research that are most urgently needed to advance policy and practice.
  • CV (professional and/or academic).
  • Previously developed syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available.
  • Two writing samples: one policy-oriented and one scholarly publication. Examples of blog posts, op-eds, etc. may be submitted in addition.
  • Contact information for three references.

The preferred start date is April 15, 2023. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The successful applicant will be hired as a Georgetown University Research Fellow, which is a full-time non-tenure line faculty position with benefits. Salary will range from $65,000 - $85,000, depending on experience. The initial contract will be for one year, with guaranteed funding for a second year, depending on performance. Future years are subject to available resources.

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.

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