Research Assistant

United States Institute of Peace - Washington, DC3.9

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.

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems. Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict. To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field.


The Research Assistant will provide research and administrative support to the USIP program on Nonviolent Action.

Pay: Between $13-14 per hour

Work Schedule: An average of 20 hours per week

Expected Project Dates: Spring 2019 (from approximately early February to mid to late May).


Conduct desk research on nonviolent movements in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ukraine, Guatemala, Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, and others
Conduct desk research to support team publications on the role of nonviolent action in peacebuilding and external support to nonviolent movements
Assist in planning and supporting events, such as the World Bank Fragility Forum and events at the UN
Review and help prepare materials for in-country research and training workshops
Provide planning and DC-based logistical support for in country workshops
Performs other duties as assigned.


Excellent research and writing skills
Experience editing and synthesizing professionally written pieces
Demonstrated interest in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and/or nonviolent action
Ability to review, distill, and articulate themes from across multiple disciplines and policy and research literatures
Experience in event planning
Experience supporting slide design/layout and content organization for formal presentations
Experience building and managing email contact lists for communications purposes
Some experience collecting and organizing basic data sets as well as data visualization
A Masters student studying international relations, democracy and governance, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject.
Previous research and office experience required.
Familiarity with countries listed above is preferred.
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.