Senior Program Officer, North Korea

United States Institute of Peace
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 24

Position description

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues. 

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) for North Korea will be responsible for leading substantive research and analysis, cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders working on issues related to North Korea, and helping USIP design and implement its research agenda and programming work in this field. The SPO will report to the director of the USIP China Program and work closely with other colleagues across USIP. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, with some international travel required.


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:

  • Serves as USIP’s resident expert on North Korea.
  • Researches and writes on topics relevant to USIP’s work.
  • Provides project briefings to governmental or other organizations on North Korea.
  • Takes a lead role in responding to the public or media regarding North Korea.
  • Supports or leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings. 

Development and Planning:

  • Working with the China Program Director, leads the development and implementation of projects related to North Korea.
  • Identifies and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
  • Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
  • Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.  
  • Keeps up-to-date on new research and programs as they relate to USIP’s work.

Financial Management:

  • Manages the project budget to ensure the project is operating within its budget limitations while meeting goals and objectives. 
  • Pursues external funding for project initiatives.
  • Ensures all program activities are implemented within program timelines and in a manner that meets program standards and objectives.
  • Develops monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting for both internal and external project stakeholders, including responsibility for the development, editing and timely submission of any donor progress reports that may be required. 

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
  • Master’s degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field required; equivalent work experience may be substituted for Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of related work experience.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience on North Korea.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong interest and experience with innovative programming and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic and writing skills. Able to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current conflict dynamics in North Korea and the Asia-Pacific region at large.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required; Korean and/or Chinese language ability preferred.

This is a Full-Time Term position. The initial term of the position will be determined subject to the availability of secured funding, and is eligible for renewals based on continued funding.

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