Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Director, Global Agriculture & Food

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is seeking a Director to spearhead its research publications on global agricultural development and food security.  The Global Agricultural Development Initiative aims to provide new thinking on opportunities for the U.S. to advance sustainable, nutritious, and productive food systems in Africa and South Asia.  Recent Council reports include Healthy Food for a Healthy World:  Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Advance Global NutritionAdvancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing ClimateAgricultural Innovation:  The United States in a Changing Global Reality.  For more information, please click here


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Define the Initiative’s annual research agenda in a way that is timely and breaks new ground for the U.S. global food security and agricultural development dialogue
  • Advance the Council’s reputation for relevant, independent analysis based on collaboration with policy, civil society, business, and university stakeholders
  • Produce 4-5 reports annually on topics that are complementary and mutually reinforcing.  A seminal study should be the Council’s annual Global Food Security Report, which will require but not be limited to:
    • Partnering with project leadership and the advisory group to determine a topic of focus
    • Scoping out the study and consulting with key stakeholders
    • Through consultations, literature reviews, and original research, developing findings and recommendations that are relevant, break new ground, and are actionable by the target audiences
    • Overseeing the day-to-day publication development from conception dissemination
  • Design outreach plans for publications around key events and benchmarks, and forge creative partnerships to increase the likelihood of studies’ visibility and influence especially with U.S. policy, civil society, and business audiences
  • Ensure publications gain visibility in mainstream media
  • Leverage the full range of publications produced under The Chicago Council’s masthead to ensure continuity throughout all facets of the work and lengthen products’ shelf-lives
  • Creatively write and package research products across a range of mediums – e.g. traditional reports, digital tools, briefs, op-eds – to ensure they are relevant and can be digested by a variety of audiences
  • Write regularly on topics of focus for the Global Food for Thought blog and other publications
  • Ensure that key themes from the research agenda are echoed in the Council’s Washington presence and in the Global Food for Thought news brief and blog
  • Fundraise $200,000 annually to support the Council’s intellectual products
  • Manage, motivate, and develop Research Associate
  • Perform other projects as assigned


  • A master’s degree with a focus on international affairs or related field of study and 8-10 years of experience in the policy arena, preferably experience working in the agriculture or development policy realms
  • Strategic and creative thinker with demonstrated experience in building stakeholder groups to develop influential policy, civil society, and/or business recommendations
  • Experience designing publications and outreach plans that make complicated subject matter accessible to a range of audiences through a variety of mediums
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts and topics clearly, thoroughly, and succinctly, and support decision making in consensus-based processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with others to carry out complex projects with multiple activity streams being realized under tight timelines
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, desire and ability to take initiative and work independently, and professional maturity
  • Strong writing and editorial skills, preferably experience with policy-relevant writing
  • Desire and ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding environment; flexible schedule in working late evenings/early mornings on occasion
  • Innovative problem-solver and a proactive spirit

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public — and influencing the public discourse — on global issues of the day.  The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues.  Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security and global immigration. Learn more at


Please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample as Word documents to  You can also apply via the Council’s website at in the Career Opportunities section.  EOE