Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Paid Research Assistantship Africa Program United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for Recent or May Grad

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.
Between $10-14 per hour
Work Schedule:
An average of 20 hours per week
Expected Project Dates:
The research assistant (RA) will support USIP's Africa Program on a variety of tasks and projects. Duties will include:
  • Assist with the Africa program's Sudan and South Sudan initiatives such as the Youth Leaders program and Unlearning Violence project.
  • Support the Africa program in tracking and maintaining its contacts database (i.e. Salesforce).
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Africa Program's events.
  • Conduct research on the Sudan and South Sudan conflict dynamics as needed.


  • 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 http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/index.htm.
  • A minimum of 1+ years of related experience is required.
  • A Bachelor's degree in international affairs or related field required
  • Demonstrated interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, with preference for knowledge of conflict dynamics in Sudan and/or South Sudan.
  • Interest in youth and peacebuilding and/or gender and conflict analysis desired
  • Basic spoken Arabic language proficiency preferred, but not required
USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings.
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Apply here.