Director, Security Assistance Monitor

Position Status: Full Time
Location:  Remote (teleworking for the foreseeable future at least through 2021)  
Start Date:  November 9, 2020
Compensation:  $110,000 - $115,000


The Center for International Policy is seeking a full-time program director to head its Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) program.  This position reports to the President and leads the program’s efforts to enhance research and debate on U.S. security assistance by developing and executing SAM’s annual plan, supervising SAM staff, consultants and interns, leading research and analysis, cultivating and managing relationships with outside partners, and managing fundraising efforts.


About the Organization


The Center for International Policy (CIP) is an independent nonprofit center for research, public education and advocacy on U.S. foreign policy. We work to make a peaceful, just and sustainable world the central pursuit of U.S. foreign policy. We offer common sense solutions to the most urgent problems facing our country and our planet: war, corruption, poverty and inequality, and climate change.


CIP was founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, by former diplomats and peace activists who sought to reorient U.S. foreign policy to advance international cooperation as the primary vehicle for solving global challenges and promoting human rights


We bring diverse voices to bear on key foreign policy decisions and make the evidence-based case for how and why the United States must redefine the concept of national security in the 21st century.


About the Program


The Security Assistance Monitor tracks and analyzes U.S. security sector assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, SAM seeks to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.


Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs (see our methodology here). Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs. 


While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blogfact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues.


In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions.


Job Description


The Director of the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) leads the program’s efforts to enhance research and debate on U.S. security assistance by developing and executing SAM’s annual plan, supervising SAM staff, consultants and interns, leading research and analysis, cultivating and managing relationships with outside partners, and managing fundraising efforts. This position reports to the President and CEO.


Key Duties


Strategic Vision and Management 
  • Develop and execute plans to further develop SAM and to achieve annual strategic objectives in collaboration with staff and partners

  • Define the program’s scope of work, goals, activities, and deliverables based on CIP’s strategic plan

  • Coach, mentor, and manage program staff to ensure the timely implementation of program activities and quality control of its products

  • Provide formal and informal staff evaluations

  • Oversee financial planning and SAM’s budget

Research, Database, and Publications
  • Conduct original research and provide data analysis related to U.S. security assistance and the latest developments in regional and global security 

  • Monitor developments in U.S. security assistance policy and activities

  • Oversee SAM’s data platform to ensure it is comprehensiveness and accuracy

  • Draft written publications, including fact sheets, articles, and reports

  • Provide editing and editorial guidance on SAM publications

  • Coordinate research and advocacy efforts with SAM partner organizations


Outreach and Communication 
  • Build, develop, and grow external partnerships key to achieving SAM goals

  • Serve as a resource for journalists, academics, analysts, and policy makers working on U.S. security assistance issues, including through Social Media

  • Develop and organize public briefings and roundtables to elevate debate and analysis on U.S. security assistance

  • Provide presentations to key stakeholders and act as SAM’s main spokesperson


  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising efforts, especially with institutional donors

  • Research current and prospective donors

  • Lead donor outreach and grant application and reporting


Experience, Skills, and Education

Knowledge and Experience
  • Requires at least 10 years of professional experience in U.S. foreign policy research and/or advocacy with at least five years directly focused on U.S. security assistance

  • Comprehensive knowledge of U.S. security assistance goals, activities, and challenges

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising staff to achieve strategic goals and in project management

  • Proven track record in developing and writing written products that have an impact on U.S. policy

  • Experience in using data analysis techniques to identify trends

  • At least one year of experience living in a developing country

  • Solid experience in raising funds for a non-profit organization

Skills and Education
  • Master’s degree or its international equivalent in a relevant field

  • Ability to identify and prioritize, research, analyze and effectively communicate U.S. security assistance issues in a rigorous and timely fashion

  • Strong initiative and follow-through and the capacity to think creatively and strategically

  • Strong ability to influence, motivate, and collaborate with others

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required

  • Ability to speak Arabic, French, Spanish or other language is desirable


How to Apply


All applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.  Please attach your cover letter, resume and writing sample as one document when you apply and send it to Sonya Carter, Director of Finance and Operations, at, with “SAM Director” in the subject line. 


The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origins or sexual orientation.  Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Center for International Policy

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The Baraza, a CIP blog, is a never-ending and global town hall meeting on U.S. foreign policy.