Research Assistant, Inclusive Peace Processes and Reconciliation
U.S. Institute of Peace
 Washington, DC

Requisition Number: RESEA01671

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 to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


The Research Assistant will provide research and support for the Inclusive Peace Processes Team at USIP’s Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.

Pay: Between $15.00- $15.75 per hour

Work Schedule: An average of 20 hours per week; up to 40 hours when school is not in session.

Work Location: This position is based at USIP’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, but will be 100% telework until the headquarters building re-opens to USIP staff.

Expected Project Dates: early May 2021 – late August 2021 (exact dates are flexible – whenever the student is on summer break)


  • Conduct desk research to support team publications and workshops on various components and features of peace processes such as power-sharing, trust-building, referendums, ceasefires, security and justice reforms, elections, and strategic inclusion
  • Assist in planning and supporting events on peace processes to include developing agendas, speaking lists, taking notes, and preparing other related materials
  • Support the development of training materials and agendas for field capacity-building related to skills such as mediation, dialogue, and negotiation
  • Conduct research related to conflicts and peace processes, potentially including but not limited to Cameroon, Armenia/Azerbaijan, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yemen
  • Perform administrative duties to ensure successful advancement of the portfolio


  • Must be a full-time graduate student in the Washington Metro Area, preferably studying international relations, democracy and governance, or international peace and conflict resolution
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Experience editing and synthesizing professionally written pieces
  • Ability to review, distill, and articulate themes from across multiple disciplines and policy and research literatures
  • Experience in event planning
  • Some experience collecting and organizing basic data sets as well as data visualization
  • Previous research and office experience required

USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings.

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. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability

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.