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At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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 more than 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS Global Food Security Program (GFSP) is committed to reinvigorating U.S. leadership on food security, using the latest data to define the nature of today’s challenges, and proposing policy solutions that maximize the impact of U.S. investments at home and abroad. Focus areas include the food security-climate change nexus, food security in the U.S. military, nutrition, and urbanization, and food security as it relates to key foreign policy decisions regarding Afghanistan, Ukraine, and other countries and regions. 

CSIS GFSP seeks a highly motivated, exceptionally organized program coordinator to support its food security programming in support of GFSP’s goals. The program coordinator is an integral part of the team and responsible for overseeing a wide range of program components, including: organizing program events, assisting with the budget and financial reporting, monitoring trends in global food security, implementing the program’s social media strategy, coordinating the social media and research internship programs, overseeing internal publications and media (videos, podcasts, etc.), and liaising with other CSIS programs and with outside stakeholders. The role has room for additional growth in program management after mastery of essential duties and responsibilities.



Essential functions may include, but are not limited to supporting the Director and team in the following:

Contribute to the intellectual vitality of the Center by producing work which embodies the CSIS principles of scholarly independence, objective analysis, political bipartisanship, and policy impact.

  1. Project Management (75%), including but not limited to:
  • Coordinate all logistics for public events, private events, and other activities including meetings, seminars, and briefings.
  • Coordinate the Program publication process, including updating web content, editing reports, and corresponding with the iDeas Lab on all publications.
  • Manage intern selection process and supervise interns’ day-to-day activities and responsibilities, including social media strategy, scheduling, and media preparations.
  • Monitor news, trends, and developments in global food security and related areas.
    • Provide ongoing task management, including coordinating deliverables and the program calendar.
    • Communicate with external contacts and other CSIS experts, especially with regards to scheduling.
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Director.
    1. Administration (25%), potentially including but not limited to:
    • Develop, monitor, and review project budgets and annual program budgets (revenue and expenses), including analyzing monthly accounting statements and preparing for regular budget reviews. Includes processing reimbursements as necessary and overseeing vendor/consultant payments.
    • Maintain, manage, and update contact database through Salesforce software.
    • Oversee the program’s communications portfolio, including Pardot correspondence, tweets, or other social media content.
    • Backstop the Director, interns, and/or junior staff on key administrative and management tasks, including coordination and implementation of events and trips, as needed.
      • Other tasks as assigned by the Director.


      • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, International Development, Public Policy/Administration, or related field; and 1-2 years of relevant experience.
      • Demonstrated knowledge of global food security, e.g., policies, programs, stakeholders, and coordination platforms; experience in U.S. food and agriculture policy a plus.
      • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to plan and execute multiple deliverables (e.g., events, publications, meetings, and others) concurrently, and to operate successfully in a fast-paced environment.
      • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate diplomatically with high-level partners, including senior representatives of the U.S. government, international organizations, foreign governments, and the private sector.
      • A self-starting, entrepreneurial mind-set and ability to work well independently and in teams; sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude, and creative outlook.
      • PC literate, specifically MS Office, and familiarity with web-based research tools; and
      • Experience with external communications, multimedia production, and social media in a professional setting.


      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.


      Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, 500-1000 word writing sample, and a college transcript as separate, clearly labeled PDF documents at Applicants must correctly submit the requested documentation in order to be considered. Other materials submitted will not be reviewed. Applicants should submit all materials prior to 9:00 a.m. EST on April 14th.

      The minimum annualized salary for the Program Coordinator role is $50,000. Final salary is competitive and is based on candidate’s qualifications and skillset. The selected candidate is expected to be located in D.C. and work five days a week, Monday through Friday, for a total of 35 hours.

      For more information on the Global Food Security Program please visit:

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