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Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace, DC

United States Institute of Peace

Senior Program Officer

Program SENIO01069
    • Posted: November 2, 2017
  • Full-Time
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Details



The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to


These are the values we expect each USIP staff to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness


The SPO will oversee USIP’s thought leadership on mediation and negotiation as a means to support effective peace processes globally and lead the USIP Academy’s efforts at expanding training in these areas.  The SPO will also serve as a senior conflict management trainer and will help design training content related to peace processes, as well as conflict transformation and peacebuilding skills and tools more broadly, including but not restricted to conflict prevention, good governance and preventing violent extremism. The Academy is the education and training center of USIP.  It is housed in the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT), which brings together USIP’s thematic expertise with its education and training programs serving as a center for capacity building research and the development of common tools and approaches to peacebuilding and conflict management.  The Academy is a leader in the field of professional education and training for practitioners in conflict management.  Established in 2009, the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP’s Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones, and online distance education and training. The Academy also provides leadership on USIP efforts on negotiation, mediation and dialogue.


  • Leads the Academy’s efforts to develop a robust negotiation and mediation initiative built around world-class training and thought leadership focused on the necessary tools for sustained and comprehensive peace processes.
  • As program lead, serves as a primary adviser for USIP efforts on mediation, negotiation and peace processes.
  • Serves as one of the Academy’s senior conflict management trainers, implementing trainings for both international and domestic audiences of practitioners who will be working in overseas conflict situations.
  • Strengthens training content, particularly for US government officials and officials in regional organizations and the United Nations, with a strong focus on mediation support.
  • Oversees development of conflict management content and exercises related to mediation and negotiation, including simulation and case study materials.
  • Engages in research and analysis as needed to strengthen USIP’s education capacity as well as its leadership on negotiation, mediation, preventive diplomacy and peace processes.
  • Aligns mediation and negotiation programming with other ACT lines of effort: in particular, governance, inclusive peace processes, preventing electoral violence and countering violent extremism.
  • Works with colleagues in the Global Practice and Innovation unit to help expand USIP’s program on Inclusive Peace Processes, and to incorporate the results of that work into capacity building efforts and into advising efforts.
  • Develops new partnerships to support practitioner training conducted in Washington and overseas.
  • Pursues potential funding for mediation and negotiation projects and other activities related to mediation support and peace processes.
  • Works with the USIP Global Campus to develop content for online courses.
  • Contributes to evaluation of the effectiveness of programs.
  • Significant travel overseas may be required.
  • Provides reports and summaries to the Academy leadership, most especially the Associate Vice President and the Director of Curriculum and Training Design.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
  • Masters or PhD in international relations, conflict management or a related field.
  • Extensive field experience is expected and some negotiation experience in an international context required, preferably in a conflict-affected context.
  • Experience working in or closely with a government department or international non-governmental organization strongly preferred, including engaging practitioners, policymakers and civil society members on international and conflict-related issues.
  • Education and training experience required, preferably education and training related to conflict management skills.
  • Research, scholarship or experience related to mediation, negotiation and/or dialogue preferred.
  • Strong familiarity with current research on inclusive peace processes as well as governance preferred.
  • Experience overseeing and coordinating field work and research.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in developing monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • The ability to train in either French or Arabic strongly preferred.
  • Ability to write funding proposals and after-action reports.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative skills are required as are strong qualities in working with teams.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.

2. Cover letter

3. Resume

 Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

For questions about this position, please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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