Field Officer, Libya

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 05

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 Field Officer (FO) is to represent the United States Institute of Peace in Libya. The FO should be based in Tripoli, and able to travel throughout Libya as needed. The FO will manage operations and support programmatic activity the Institute undertakes in Libya. This position is supervised by the Libya Program Officer.


  • Serve as representative of USIP to local and national government bodies, local and international actors, the UN agencies, the United States Government, and other relevant parties in line with USIP’s mission and values.
  • Ensure effective and meaningful coordination with all relevant stakeholders in particular the US Embassy and other international actors.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s understanding of conflict-related issues and to the analysis of the political dynamics in Libya. 
  • Contribute to the conceptualization and design of USIP programs and the identification of grant opportunities as per the needs in Libya and in line with USIP’s mandate and strategy.
  • Plan and support travel of Washington-based and local staff in Libya, as well as make appointments and attend meetings.
  • Provide effective logistical, administrative and managerial support for the successful implementation of program projects and activities.
  • Provide managerial and operational guidance to USIP staff in the field in liaison with Regional and Rule of Law Teams based in the Region and DC. 
  • In conjunction with security advisers in the field and in Washington, DC, assist in the management of USIP’s security profile in Libya and maintain a high level of security awareness/ preparedness at all times.
  • Manage and authorize USIP expenditures and disbursements in the field following approval from Program staff.
  • Assist in the recruitment and supervision of USIP staff within Libya.
  • Prepare and disseminate timely reports to USIP-DC and to the other entities as appropriate.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must be a Libyan citizen or residing in Libya to be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Tertiary degree or equivalent experience preferred) or equivalent experience in social sciences, humanities, or international relations/conflict management required.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in at least 2 of the following areas: contract/grant management, economic development (including private sector development), community development, mediation/ arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities. 
  • Ability to write and speak English is required. (Applicants with language ability should indicate their fluency levels). 
  • Supervisory or management experience.
  • Requires an in-depth knowledge of transitional peace-building and of the region in general. Knowledge of the context, conflict management techniques, experience in contract and grants management, country program operations and project management, and excellent political analysis and reporting skills are important. 
  • Experience working with government officials plus local and international civil society groups is critical. Prior experience in program and operations management in Libya in particular, in the wider Middle East and North Africa in general, is preferred. 
  • Creativity, excellent communications and analytical skills and the ability to operate with high levels of autonomy and responsibility in a fast-paced and transitional environment. 
  • The sensitive nature of the work, the importance of good presentation skills, the ability to maintain morale among staff and partners in a difficult work environment and the need to work closely with a variety of local and international interlocutors will require excellent teambuilding skills, quick judgement, and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently in complex and difficult situations.
  • Ability to manage field staff and field programs in transitional environments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to deal with counterparts on both the lowest and highest political, social and economic levels
  • Familiarity with the U.S. Institute of Peace programs desired. 

This position is subject to the availability of funds. 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.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

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