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Employment Opportunities
Updated: October 5, 2004

Equal Opportunity

The U.S. Institute of Peace is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

General Information

• Inquiries and Applications

• E-Mailing Applications

• Submitting Materials

• Interns

Open Positions
General Information

Employment Inquiries and Applications

Applicants must apply to a specific VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER. Our relatively few vacancies and the rapid changes in the availability of applicants preclude the acknowledgement or retention of applications that are not submitted in response to an announced vacancy. While the Institute of Peace only considers US citizens for direct employment, very highly qualified non-citizens may be engaged through contracts or other procedures to provide services to the Institute. If there is not a specific vacancy announcement posted for which you are qualified, please revisit our web site periodically. Announcements are posted intermittently, and remain open to the receipt of applications until the positions are filled, usually a period of 30 days or more.

USIP vacancies are often identified on lists published by other organizations (e.g. the Foreign Policy Association). These secondary listings often continue to refer to a USIP position long after recruitment has concluded. If you do not see the vacancy below on the USIP website, that absence indicates that we have concluded recruitment and are no longer accepting applications.


Instructions for Submitting Applications by E-Mail


Applications submitted by e-mail should be addressed to: vacancies+######@usip.org Insert the 6-digit vacancy announcement number for the ###### signs. If you have addressed your e-mail correctly, you will receive an acknowledgment promptly, often within a few minutes, indicating that your application has been received. If you apply for more than one position, you must send a separate e-mail to each vacancy announcement number for which you are applying.

Material to Submit for Vacancies

Your application (whether submitted by mail, facsimile, or e-mail) should include: a cover letter that specifically addresses the desired qualifications for the positions; your resume or CV; and a salary history. A complete application will help us to assess the level of your qualifications. Failure to submit a complete package may cause your application to be evaluated at a lower level than other applicants, and may therefore diminish your opportunity for further consideration.

Intern Opportunities


At this time the Institute does not offer opportunities for Interns. Our authorizing legislation precludes the acceptance of services on a donated or volunteered basis, and other considerations have precluded the establishment of a compensated intern program or a qualifying educational program that would fulfill our legal requirements. We hope that some form of an intern program will be available in the future. Please visit this page periodically for future announcements.


International Program Officer (Africa Specialist)
Research & Studies

We seek a person to serve as a Program Officer with a specialization in Africa. This position will be located in the Research and Studies Program. The incumbent will conceive, design and implement study projects relating to the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict in Africa. The work will entail research and writing for publication, organizing workshops and conferences, and representing the Institute at pertinent meetings. Study subjects may range from specific conflicts to broader issues such as regional capacity building for conflict prevention and peacekeeping, lessons learned in mediation, the role of non-state actors in peace processes, economic factors in civil conflict, and the challenge of post-conflict reconstruction including demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration.

Salary commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history. Benefits include an excellent retirement program, health and dental insurance, life insurance, annual and sick leave programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. We are seeking candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: conflict prevention and peacemaking, peacekeeping operations, and the role of non-state actors in conflict and peace processes. Regional specialization in Africa is required. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the desired expertise by: (1) a Ph.D. degree in International Relations or a related field, or by a combination of education and significant related professional experience in government or the non-governmental sector; (2) demonstrated experience in conflict prevention or resolution, peacekeeping, or post-conflict reconstruction; (3) regional knowledge of Africa; (4) excellent writing and oral communications skills; (5) ability to work independently and yet collegially with staff and external organizations and individuals. Proficiency in a relevant foreign language is desirable but not required. Candidates should also demonstrate good computer skills (Macintosh preferred) especially in word processing and Internet navigation.

Interested candidates should submit a resume including recent salary history to:
USIP Vacancy No. 200426
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Resumes may be faxed to: 202-429-6063
MS Word formatted applications may be e-mailed to vacancies+200426@usip.org
Review of Applications will begin on October, 01 2004

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Program Officer (Northeast Asia)
Research & Studies

We seek a person to serve as a Program Officer with a specialization in Northeast Asia. This position is located in the Research & Studies Program. The incumbent will conceive, design and implement study projects relating to the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict in Northeast Asia (China, Japan, Koreas, Taiwan). The work will entail research and writing for publication, organizing workshops and conferences, and representing the Institute at pertinent meetings. Study subjects may range from specific conflicts to broader issues such as regional capacity building for conflict prevention and peacekeeping, lessons learned in mediation, the role of non-state actors in peace processes, economic factors in civil conflict, and the challenge of post-conflict reconstruction including demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history. Benefits include retirement, health and dental insurance, life insurance, annual and sick leave programs.

The successful candidate will have: (1) a Ph.D. degree in International Relations or a related field, or equivalent professional experience in government or the non-governmental sector; (2) demonstrated expertise relating to conflict prevention, management, and resolution in East Asia; (3) excellent writing and oral communications skills; (4) ability to work independently and yet collegially with staff and external organizations and individuals. Additional qualifications desired include: (a) specific experience and study of the issues in northeast Asia, and (b) skill in a foreign language germane to the area, especially Chinese. Candidates should also demonstrate good computer skills (Macintosh preferred) especially in word processing and Internet navigation.

Interested candidates should submit a resume including recent salary history to:
USIP Vacancy No. 200410
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Resumes may be faxed to: 202-429-6063
MS Word formatted applications may be e-mailed to vacancies+200410@usip.org
Review of Applications will begin on October 29, 2004

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Travel Examiner
Office of Finance & Administration

We seek a qualified individual to function as the Institute Travel Examiner. The selectee will guide and assist travelers and support staff in coordinating travel arrangements. The travel examiner will review and approve travel vouchers to assure compliance with Federal and Institute reimbursement policies and practices, will maintain databases and status records on outstanding travel authorizations and vouchers, will respond to questions on travel policies and procedures, expense allowances, travel advances, and on general administrative and office procedures.

Salary from $34,000 depending on qualifications and salary history. The Institute offers an excellent benefit program including retirement, health and life insurance, annual and sick leave programs, 10 holidays a year, and a public transportation benefit. Employment with USIP is not Federal employment. Consequently, retired Federal employees are not subject to an annuity reduction.

The position is located at the Institute office near 17th and L Streets NW in Washington, DC. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants should demonstrate the following knowledges and skills: (1) knowledge of Federal Travel Regulations; (2) experience in completing and reviewing travel authorizations and travel vouchers; (3) skill in using word processing (MSWord) and spreadsheets (Excel); (4) excellent verbal communication skills to instruct staff and communicate the nature of policies and procedures; (5) good writing skills to revise and update policies and procedures.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume including recent salary history to:
USIP Vacancy No. 200427
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Resumes may be faxed to: 202-429-6063
MS Word formatted applications may be e-mailed to vacancies+200427@usip.org
Review of Applications will begin on October 29, 2004.

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Controller (Accounting Officer)
Office of Financial Management

We seek a person to serve as the Controller (Accounting Officer) for the Institute. The selectee will, through personal performance and through supervision of assigned staff: serve as the Institute funds control manager; manage the Institute’s accounting systems; determine financial reporting requirements; prepare regular periodic and special financial reports; establish and maintain internal reviews and controls, to include policies and procedures, to assure that transactions are properly supported and consistent with applicable laws and regulations; support the annual external audit; manage relationships with external fiduciary agents such as GSA, banks, and others. Accounting responsibility includes management of both appropriated funds and allocations, and funds of the Endowment of the US Institute of Peace (a 501c(3) entity).

Other Information: Salary from $85,000 per annum commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history. Benefits include: retirement; health, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave programs.

Applicants must have a degree in accounting, or in a related field that included a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting. Candidates must have a least one year of directly related experience as an Accounting Officer, a Senior Operating Accountant, or in accounting system administration at a senior level that demonstates qualifications for this position. Additionally, candidate indicate in their cover letter and/or resume that they possess: (1) knowledge of financial management and accounting; (2) knowledge of federal regulations in financial management, including appropriations; (3) knowledge of accounting standards for both non-profit and federal entities; (4) working knowledge of US Standard General Ledger; (5) ability to use applicable software for databases and spreadsheets (Excel and others) for the analysis and graphic presentation of financial data, status of funds reports, trend analyses, and similar activities; (6) excellent written and oral communication skills; (7) ability to supervise professional and technical staff. CPA certification is not required but is desirable.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume including recent salary history to:
USIP Vacancy No. 200430
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Resumes may be faxed to: 202-429-6063
MS Word formatted applications may be e-mailed to vacancies+200430@usip.org
Review of Applications will begin on October 29, 2004.

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