Saturday, November 28, 2015

Job, Sr. Program Officer, Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism, USIP, DC

Sr. Program Officer

Department: Rule of Law
Requisition ID: 314325
Employment Status: FTT - Full-Time Term
FLSA Status: Exempt
City, State and/or Region Washington, DC
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, non-partisan, federally funded organization established and funded by the U.S. Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. USIP was founded in 1984 to:
  • Prevent, mitigate and resolve violent international conflict;
  • Provide analysis on the root causes of conflict;
  • Increase peacebuilding capacity, education, tools, and intellectual capital among practitioners and the American public.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the Director for the USIP hosted RESOLVE Network (Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism), a global community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers focused on advancing new approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism. The SPO will directly oversee and manage the overall project to include: a Steering Committee composed of international and regional institutions; a Resource Group composed of 8-12 international researchers and evaluators with experience working on topics related to countering violent extremism (CVE); and, an online knowledge platform that houses research products and tools and a forum for the network. The Senior Program Officer should have direct experience with the field associated with countering violent extremism and a proven record of launching and leading new and innovative initiatives.   The Senior Program Officer will report to the Director of CVE at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
 Development and Planning:    
  • Develop a strategic plan and an operating plan for the Network in coordination with the Steering Committee, composed of leading international organizations working on CVE;
  • Work with the Network’s Steering Committee to adopt terms of reference for the Steering Committee to include specific responsibilities and contributions of members ;
  • Oversee and manage budget and staff for the Network’s Secretariat;
  • Oversee the Research Coordinator and the work of the Resource Group in development and implementation of a mentoring and capacity building plan for local researchers; the development of research methodologies and protocols; and the synthesis, aggregation and presentation of findings for policymakers and practitioners;
  • Oversee the Network Manager in the development and operation of the online knowledge platform for the Network; a repository for research and tools and a forum to link researchers, institutions, practitioners and policymakers;
  • Prepare documents and reports on the network for policy makers and quarterly reports to USG funders of this initiative;
  • Lead representation for the Network host (USIP) at monthly meetings with the Department of State’s Bureau of Stabilization Operations;
  • Lead financial management efforts as contracting officer for procurement and finance related components of the program.
Communications and Representation:  
  • Represent RESOLVE at internal and external events and disseminate information about RESOLVE;
  • Oversee analytic quality and production of RESOLVE policy summaries and briefs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
  • A Master’s degree and commensurate/relevant experience required.
  • A minimum of five years of management and supervisory experience; knowledge of Board relations preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: CVE/CT, International Development, Peacebuilding/Conflict Resolution, Democracy and Governance, and Human Rights.
  • Experience in supervising research projects is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated expertise in overseeing or conducting programming in countries affected by violent extremism, and a minimum of three years of experience working in and/or on countries affected by violent extremism.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills and media skills;
  • Strong analytic capacity and policy experience.
  • 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
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume

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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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