Program Coordinator - Humanitarian Agenda

Job Type

Full Time




1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


A new program at CSIS, the Humanitarian Agenda, seeks to leverage the humanitarian community, help shape U.S. government strategic planning and policies, and increase understanding of both the vast challenges and new innovations in humanitarian efforts. Through public and private events, a congressional task force, and policy briefs, the program will examine opportunities for improving the delivery of humanitarian assistance and coordination between relevant actors. As a new, center-wide initiative, the program aims to integrate the full strength of CSIS experts into one central program.

CSIS’s Humanitarian Agenda is seeking an energetic and organized Program Coordinator to start in late May/June 2018. The successful candidate will be both a self-starter and a team player, possess exceptional communication skills, and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. The position reports directly to the Director of the Humanitarian Agenda.

Responsibilities cover the spectrum of project management from leading logistics for events to interacting with senior officials. Tasks include fostering relationships with key partners, preparing background materials, and planning a day-long conference. The Program Coordinator will also conduct research on current events in humanitarian assistance, with an emphasis on humanitarian access, humanitarian diplomacy, and U.S. policy and leadership. Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample at For more information on the Humanitarian Agenda, please visit:


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

·        Develop and implement project outreach strategies to establish and support relationships with congressional, private sector, NGO, government, and academic stakeholders

·        Monitor latest developments in humanitarian assistance

·        Conduct spot and background research to support publications

·        Attend off-site meetings, roundtable discussions, and conferences, etc.

·        Communicate with senior U.S. and foreign government and private sector interlocutors, donors, and NGO partners

·        Plan and support event logistics for public and private meetings, panel discussions, and conferences

·        Design and implement social media outreach plans, primarily on Twitter

·        Maintain and update program data, including program mailing lists

·        Update web content to reflect project developments

·        Collaborate with other CSIS programs on key deliverables

·        Maintain, manage and analyze contact database through Salesforce software.

·        Support program director including scheduling, media requests, expense reimbursements and travel

·        Provide general administrative support for project staff

The most important skills/knowledge required for this job are:


·        Ability to work independently and also as a cohesive member of a small team

·        Exceptional attention to detail and high level of accuracy

·        Ability to communicate orally and in writing with senior-level interlocutors

·        Strong ability to organize and coordinate all aspects of high-level events and engagements

·        Ability to be proactive in a fast-paced office

·        Strong research and writing ability

·        Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to foster relationships with a range of colleagues and partners with diverse interests, backgrounds, and dispositions




Demonstrated interest in humanitarian assistance and global affairs necessary, work experience in related area a plus. B.A. in relevant field (international development/affairs or similar) and one to two years related administrative experience required. Must have at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Must possess exceptional analytical and communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to general questions from donor partner, government representatives, media, and other external stakeholders. S/he should have demonstrably strong skills in project management and work well within a small team. Experience with and knowledge of internal CSIS processes and procedures is an added benefit. 




The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample at For more information on the Humanitarian Agenda, please visit: