We are hiring! International Development Discussion Group Chair


Discussion Group Program:

International Development brings many disciplines and actors together in the resolution of complex global challenges. A development practitioner cannot, for instance, execute a plan for waste-water management in India without at once being familiar with urban planning, local custom, and legal procedure. At the same time, larger institutions implementing development agendas, from individual countries to multilateral entities must coordinate their efforts across borders, financial institutions, and stakeholders.


Within this complex system of actors, scales, and goals, the International Development Discussion Group seeks to build a deeper understanding of the field for the purpose of fostering sustainable, positive changes in the lives of people around the world. This will be accomplished through the examination of diverse topics and through conversations with industry leaders, practitioners, and experts.


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.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Determine membership criteria for the DG and process applicants on a timely basis (respond to emails within 48 hours).
  • Arrange meetings at least once every month, provide guidance on topics for discussion, and distribute pre-meeting readings.
  • Work to identify opportunities across YPFP to co-host, co-sponsor, or otherwise contribute to events and other initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate or partner with organizations and initiatives outside YPFP that would add value and provide opportunities for your DG or YPFP as a whole.
  • Work alongside other Chair or Co-Chair of the DG to further the group's mission.

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.
  • Available to hold regular DG meetings, preparing materials and products before and after each meeting, and generally leading the discussion among members.
  • Outstanding organizational skills to enable consistent meetings.
  • Be proactive and creative in exploring recruitment possibilities and meeting locations that are conducive to group needs.
  • Available to attend regular DG Chair meetings.
  • Responsiveness to email.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • 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 recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Include “DG Chair Application” in the subject line, as well as the name of the DG for which you are applying.