Program Officer, JSD - PROGR01470-00001

from US Institute of Peace
Closing date: 24 Nov 2019

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Project Summary

Since 2015 USIP has supported the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) processes in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia. The JSD aims to rebuild trust between communities and internal security services (police and gendarmerie) employing an adaptive problem-solving approach through a series of dialogues and activities addressing urgent security issues.

Position Summary

The Program Officer (PO) will support JSD work in 2-3 project countries. The position will be based in Washington DC but will include regular travel to project countries. The PO will report to the Senior Program Officer. Candidates should be prepared to begin work by December 2019.


Grade 12, $83,398 - $86,179

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.


  1. Support in-country staff and partners in implementing activities in accordance with the JSD approach, and with good practice in the relevant professional fields: The PO will provide guidance to the field team and DC-based junior staff on substantive questions related to rule of law, security sector reform and the JSD approach. The PO will stay up to date on developments in research and practice in these fields and communicate relevant developments to the project team.
  2. Design, manage and evaluate activities and events in support of project goals: The PO will support the project team in identifying the capacity needs of project staff and JSD participants. The PO will work with the Senior Program Officer and Program Manager in developing the agenda and content for regional networking events and capacity building events and bringing in external training support or expertise where needed. The PO will make substantive contributions to refining the JSD approach and its application.
  3. Contribute to project research: The PO will work with the SPO to define a research agenda and plan of implementation. The PO will manage research, drafting and publication processes involving the field and headquarters teams and will build Country Officers’ research and writing capacities. The PO will develop familiarity with he country context and support in-country staff in developing and implementing strategies to promote collaborative approaches to security through disseminating research and learning.
  4. Represent the project and manage project communications: The PO will represent the project at internal and external meetings and events. The PO will draft or supervise the drafting of project materials, communications and other documents. The PO will build relevant relationships with stakeholders in DC and the project countries.

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • J.D. or Master’s degree in relevant field (law, security sector reform, conflict resolution, peace studies, etc.) required. Familiarity with civil law systems and systems thinking a strong asset
  • Four or more years of experience in the field of Security Sector Reform, Rule of Law, Justice and Security, International Law, Policing, Access to Justice and/or Human Rights required, including some field experience
  • Experience or familiarity with adaptive management of rule of law, security sector reform or other projects preferred
  • Completion of courses in International Law, International Human Rights Law and Rule of Law subjects preferred
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in French strongly preferred.
  • Excellent research and writing ability; strong organizational skills; and ability to work independently and collegially
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams, to obtain results under pressure while contributing to supportive working environment, and to simultaneously oversee many substantive and operational initiatives

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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