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U.S. Institute of Peace - Program Officer, Justice and Security Dialogue Program, Washington

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If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.
The United States Institute of Peace is a non-partisan federal institute chartered by Congress to prevent and resolve violent conflict. We work with partners in the world’s most challenging areas to provide resources, training and tools. Located on the National Mall, USIP represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world.

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 civilian security services, employing an adaptive problem-solving approach through a series of dialogues and activities addressing urgent security issues.
The project is expanding activities in Burkina Faso to contribute to reforms to improve trust in the judicial system by supporting system actors in identifying and addressing challenges impacting judicial system performance.
Position Summary
The Program Officer (PO) will provide support to JSD’s work in 2-3 project countries, including the Burkina Faso judicial reform project. 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 overseeing both projects and will work with a Country Coordinator in Burkina Faso and other field-based and HQ-based USIP staff.

Candidates should be prepared to begin work before mid-January 2019.

Grade 12 : $81,000 - $87,000

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 amount budgeted for the position.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

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 select DC-based 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 competent Program Officer(s) 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 the 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 externalmeetings 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.

5. Support the Burkina Faso judicial reform project, including the following :

  • Support development of ownership and political will of justice sector actors to address problems of performance and distrust. To that effect, the PO will, inter alia, support consultation with national authorities, the establishment of communication and briefing arrangements with national authorities for the duration of the project, involve national authorities in analysis and dissemination of strategic insights generated by the project, and assist with the publication of a report disseminating information gathered during the baseline evaluation phase.
  • Support activities, including building the capacity of judicial system stakeholders to diagnose and address sources of distrust and performance deficits in the judicial system. The PO will assist in developing training on systems thinking, facilitation and other topics, and will support implementation of trainings with local partners, facilitators and judicial system actors.
  • Support pilot judicial reform process for one first instance institution in Burkina Faso. The PO will, inter alia, contribute to efforts to develop a detailed stakeholders map, gather and process data on trends, patterns and structural dynamics to define the problem of distrust ; support in-country efforts to help stakeholders in developing a detailed systems analysis of the problem addressed and a plan to address problems identified.

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 years of experience (two years with a JD) in the field of International Law, Rule of Law, Justice and Security, Security Sector Reform, Policing, Access to Justice and/or Human Rights, including some field experience required.
• 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 a supportive working environment, and to maintain 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 recruitment@usip.org. 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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