Understanding Violent Conflict Program Assistant

Social Science Research Council
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description

The Social Science Research Council is seeking a Program Assistant for its new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative. 


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org. 

The SSRC seeks a Program Assistant for its new Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) Initiative. The UVC aims to advance academic knowledge in conflict and development studies while also providing operationally relevant evidence and policy-oriented research outputs. This initiative, in partnership with institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, will deliver experience-based findings from hard-to-access research sites and conflict perspectives that are often hidden from the view of international development practitioners. Research conducted on political economies, displacement, armed groups, transitional justice, and security sector reform in Central Africa will involve national researchers and local beneficiaries at each stage of the research process. In addition, this new initiative will further innovate and refine methods of field research in conflict-affected settings and develop a major international fellowship program on conflict research. 


·        Bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree required.

·        Familiarity with and interest in sub-Saharan Africa (history, politics, peace and security issues, culture) along with previous work or research experience on the Central African region.

·        Interest in international relations and politics desirable.

·        Team player with demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and respond flexibly to changing demands.

·        Excellent writing and editing skills.

·        Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

·        Attention to detail and high degree of professionalism.

·        Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, QuickBooks, Internet search).

·        Previous experience with budget and office management preferred.

·        Foreign language skills desirable (French strongly preferred).


·        Support new international program fellowship and small grants program.

·        Process expenditures, including payments for fellows,  consultants, researchers, and other expenses. 

·        Work with budgets and financial reports, and process and reconcile expenses against budgets.

·        Provide editorial and research support for UVC Director and research outputs.

·        Organize on- and off-site workshops and meetings. This includes handling logistics including booking domestic and international travel, preparing meeting agendas and other relevant meeting materials, and coordinating and facilitating correspondence with participants and all relevant constituents during workshops and meetings.

·        Manage the program’s online presence, which includes managing and updating program web pages and social media applications.

·        Take minutes of complex discussions, and draft event summary notes.

·        Prepare and draft grant proposals as well as grant narrative reports and financial reports.

·        Distribute quarterly reports and program outputs to donors.

·        Support program staff with overall administration of the program.

·        Other duties and additional responsibilities and projects as directed, depending upon interest and capacity.

Application instructions

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a brief work- or research-related writing sample in PDF format by Friday, September 8, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include “UVC PA” in the subject line.

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