Senior Program Officer, Office of Strategic Stability and Security - SENIO01697-00001

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Country: United States of America
Organization: US Institute of Peace
Closing date: 24 Apr 2021

Who We Are

Peace is our commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing, and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. (To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to

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


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) informs policy and the public through research and conflict analysis, builds conflict resolution and peacebuilding capacity, and leads program initiatives. The SPO leads the design and implementation direction to the Office Strategic Stability and Security’s overall program by providing development and planning, financial management, and public outreach as described in the following sections. The SPO establishes and sustains relationships with key actors, including national/government stakeholders and in-country partners. The SPO leads research, writing, and publishing of periodic reports conducts research and leads budget and contract management activities. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, and reports to the Russia Director.


Grade 14: $122,000 - $125,000

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 the amount budgeted for the position.


Development and Planning:**

  • Contributes to and plays a leading role in the development and planning of projects, ensuring that they are aligned with established goals and objectives of the program.
  • Builds and manages a support network, leading a team of staff and the implementation of various, complex projects.
  • Responsible for meeting project goals and objectives and develops and presents on the status of the project.
  • Serves as a senior expert on Russia and/or strategic stability (e.g., conducts research; develops best practices and tools; presents at conferences and workshops; provides advice and counsel to other public and private organizations; develops articles and publications).
  • Supervises the drafting of project materials, communications, and other project-related documents

Reporting & Research:

  • Researches and writes both scholarly and policy-oriented reports and articles for USIP publication.
  • Collaborates with other USIP offices and individual colleagues on joint research and writing projects.
  • Manages relationships with key external partners regarding research and project coordination and execution.
  • Builds strategic partnerships and cultivates contacts with subject matter experts and a wide variety of external organizations to leverage resources and combine efforts to promote USIP program initiatives and goals.
  • Represents various projects and manages communications at internal and external meetings and events.
  • Attends and participates in the planning and development of meetings organized by other Institute departments, recommending issues and participants.
  • Attends and participates in various conferences, events, and other programs to speak on behalf of USIP on specific subject matter areas of expertise.
  • Takes a lead role in responding to the public or media regarding specific program areas.

Financial Management:

  • Manages the program budget to ensure that the program is operating within its budget limitations to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Pursues external funding for project initiatives.
  • Ensures policies and procedures are followed, and that all aspects of resource management are performed, and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • In collaboration with leads or assists, manages projects from conceptualization through implementation.

Thematic Expertise:

  • Maintains an up-to-date and relevant understanding of key developments in Russia, Ukraine, and other relevant conflict zones.
  • Contribute to USIP’s understanding of peace processes, strategic stability, and arms control.
  • Support efforts to represent the project and the programs in internal and external events and meetings, including the dissemination of research and policy-relevant findings.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations with an emphasis on Russian studies, and/or conflict management or other relevant field required, with a minimum of ten years of experience required.
  • A Master’s degree with a minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience working in conflict-zone areas is preferred.
  • Must have strong project management skills and experience managing complex projects.
  • Must have strong collaboration skills; must have the ability to coordinate the input and priorities of multiple players.
  • Must have the ability to think strategically, and to effectively develop, communicate, and execute plans.
  • Must have strong problem-solving skills; must enjoy taking ownership of and solving problems.
  • Must have the ability to design and manage budgets.
  • Must have proven ability to lead and motivate others, and to work as a team player.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to travel in the United States and abroad.
  • Must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, as well as cross-cultural skills, interpersonal skills, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts of every political, social, and economic level.
  • Professional fluency in English language is required. The ability to read and speak Russian and/or Ukrainian is strongly desired. Facility in other relevant regional languages is desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Russian political, social, and economic issues and dynamics, especially in conflict zones (such as Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Central Africa Republic, Venezuela, and other USIP-priority countries) preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience on strategic stability.
  • Knowledge and experience in arms control and nonproliferation concepts and treaties are desired.
  • Ability to periodically travel is required.

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

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 requirements.
  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, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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