Co-Chair - Gender in Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Discussion Group Program:

YPFP’s Discussion Groups are a core part of the organization and its membership experience. Discussion Groups provide an intimate forum for members to exchange ideas, express their views, and build their knowledge of critical foreign policy issues in a small group setting. Each group is composed of members with significant interest and/or experience in the area under discussion. Some groups also contain Working Groups that produce analytical written content. See more here.

Position Description:

Chairmanship of a DG is a prestigious position that reflects an individual’s existing expertise in a topic or region, acknowledges the individual’s ability to build and manage a community, and places confidence in the individual to serve as an outstanding source of knowledge on a specific region or topic that they share with the broader YPFP community. DG Chairs also seek out opportunities to connect their groups with broader YPFP events and initiatives and to link their group with external organizations or activities in the broader foreign policy community.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work to identify opportunities across YPFP and other partners or organizations to co-host, co-sponsor, or otherwise contribute to events and other initiatives.
  • Working Group functions: A Discussion Group’s analytic content creation apparatus is known as a Working Group. Chairs may coordinate and curate analytic publications from their DG members upon receiving approval from DG Leadership.
  • Recruit new members by attending YPFP's New Member Orientations and/or Happy Hours.
  • Cultivate relationships with existing members to ensure attendance at each discussion.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrate expertise and/or experience in the topic or region of the DG.
  • Proven track record of leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent communications skills, specifically the ability to convey complex information about the topic or region clearly and concisely to DG members, and others as appropriate.
  • Clear leadership abilities; the capability to inspire others to engage intellectually in a subject, and the ability to motivate members to think about issues and questions in new ways and generate new insights and ideas about the topic or region.
  • Outstanding organizational skills to enable consistent meetings.
  • Be proactive and creative in exploring recruitment possibilities and meeting locations that are conducive to group needs.
  • Responsiveness to email.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to

  • Brief Statement of Interest on why you want to be the next Gender in Foreign Policy Co-Chair (no longer than 400 words)
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally related to foreign policy)

Include “Gender & Foreign Policy DG Chair Application” in the subject line of your application.