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Program Officer, Learning, Evaluation & Research at United States Institute of Peace

Posted in Education 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, Washington DC

Job Description:

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems.  Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict.  To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to  The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field. 


Within the Center for Planning, Learning, and Strategy (PLS), this Officer shall work in the Learning, Evaluation, and Research (LER) program to strengthen USIP’s coordination of and support for research across the Institute to ensure continued adherence to the highest standards of quality and maximal impact.


Grade 12 / 13, $80K - $105K

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity and amount budgeted for the position.


Organize USIP’s research efforts:

  • Maintains a central authoritative inventory on all of USIP’s research efforts.

  • Helps to establish and advance an institutional research agenda.

Strengthen USIP’s research products:

  • Advises USIP staff on the methods and designs of research projects to improve quality and rigor.

  • Participates in the development of standards on ethics and transparency for USIP research and empower USIP staff to ensure that those standards are met.

Integrate external peacebuilding research:

  • Monitor academic research and think tank reports and disseminate important findings and developments to USIP staff through workshops, presentations, and documents.

  • Catalyze knowledge exchange between USIP staff and academic institutions and scholars focused on peace and conflict studies.

Program Development:

  • Develop new advanced projects to further improve and increase the impact of USIP’s research activities.

  • Act as a spokesperson for USIP research and build relationships with government, academic, and NGO/IGO stakeholders.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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

  • A PhD. in political science, conflict resolution, public policy, or a related field preferred.

  • 2+ years of experience (3+ years for GS-13) in supporting policy-relevant research projects.

  • Ability to support or manage a complex policy-relevant research project.

  • Ability to work independently and in teams and collaborate with others.

  • Strong writing and presentational skills, including the ability to quickly assess and explain the quality of applied research products.

  • Knowledge of best practices in research including ethics and the functions of the IRB.

  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research standards and methodologies. Evidence of the ability to publish.

  • Experience in the design or implementation of field programs in conflict zones desirable.

  • Strong computer and data analysis 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

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. 

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.

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