US Institute of Peace Job Vacancy: Program Officer - Washington DC, USA

THE ORGANIZATION 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.

These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness
The Program Officer will join the core team of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) at USIP. This position reports to the Director of the INPROL research network and community of practice. INPROL is a global, online community of practice, which harnesses the collective knowledge and experience of over 3,200 rule of law members (practitioners, policymakers, academics, security sector reform experts, and governance and social inclusion professionals from around the world) to imagine and implement effective rule of law reforms in developing and conflict-affected societies.

Project Management:
  • Help manage in-country programming in Afghanistan, including facilitating relations with INPROL's in-country coordinator, assisting with management of on-line discussion forum, drafting high quality research products and supporting the development of though leadership initiatives (training seminars, online and written products, etc.) in close collaboration and coordination with the Afghanistan and Washington DC based teams.
  • Design and administer monitoring and evaluation tools to track program impact.
  • Identify and pursue strategic research opportunities in Afghanistan and other focus countries.
  • Build relationships, and coordinate with, project stakeholders in Afghanistan and other focus countries.
Rule of Law Research and New Project Development:
  • Extensive and proven experience writing concept notes and complex proposals that successfully secured funding and ability to take lead in writing proposals.
  • Carry out empirical research to support the development of new project ideas and initiatives and publish INPROL products in line with the research strategy, as needed.
Knowledge Management:
  • To actively contribute/co-lead the design, plan and implementation of the INPROL knowledge management strategy.
  • To actively contribute/co-lead the design of the outreach and engagement strategy to expand INPROL's membership base (individuals and organizations).
  • Respond to member concerns, needs and queries and coordinate/lead reactive research in response to the forums discussions, including producing research and other thought leadership products and initiatives.
  • Manage INPROL's design, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems.
General Support to the INPROL Program:
  • Take the role of the Acting Director when the Director is absent.
  • Support, train and/or mentor INPROL team members, as needed.
  • Represent INPROL and USIP at internal and external events as needed.
  • Support the Director in new project development.
  • Travel may be required in order to fulfill duties outlined in the job description.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the INPROL Director.
  • Advance Degree required, Law Degree (JD) preferred but not exclusive.
  • Five to eight years of experience in the field of International Law, Rule of Law, Access to Justice and/or Human Rights.
  • Excellent knowledge in rule of law theory and practice and how it intersects with other global emerging trends and challenges.
  • Excellent research and writing ability in English; strong organizational and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment committed to exploring and developing strategic collaboration across teams within USIP and by developing strategic partnerships outside the organization.
  • Experience working independently and yet collegially as part of a diverse team, including maintaining good working relationships.
  • Excellent project design, management and computer skills.
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
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No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

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.

Closing Date: 15 October 2016