Research Assistant, Nonviolent Action

United States Institute of Peace
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 25

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


Between $12-14 per hour

Work Schedule:

An average of 20 hours per week

Expected Project Dates:

Mid-September through November (with the possibility of extension)


 The research assistant (RA) will provide research and support for USIP's program on nonviolent action. Duties will include the following:

  • Conduct desk research on nonviolent movements in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, and others.
  • Conduct desk research to support team publications on the role on nonviolent action in peacebuilding and external support to nonviolent movements.
  • Assist in planning and supporting nonviolent action events, including the annual Alliance for Peacebuilding conference.
  • Review and help prepare workshop materials with in-country partners.
  • Provide planning and DC-based logistical support for in-country co-design workshops.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • A Masters student studying international relations, democracy and governance, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject.
  • Some previous research and office experience required.
  • Excellent research and writing skills required.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of peacebuilding and/or conflict resolution required.
  • Strong knowledge of nonviolent action and civic movements preferred.
  • Must have the ability to distill and articulate themes from loads of information.
  • Experience editing professionally written pieces preferred.
  • Experience in event planning required.
  • Familiarity with countries listed above is preferred. 

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.

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