Research Assistants, Africa Team

United States Institute of Peace
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 19

Position description

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

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems.  Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict.  To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to  The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field.


We are seeking two research assistants to support USIP’s Africa Team on a variety of tasks and projects.


The Research Assistants (two) (RA) will support USIP’s Africa Programs on a variety of tasks and projects. Duties will include:

  • Conducting research focused to support priority countries including Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
  • Conduct research on the role of state peacebuilding mechanisms in elections and national level peacebuilding;
  • Supporting the Africa program strategic communication, including research and writing for events, tracking and maintaining its contacts database (i.e. Salesforce);
  • Conducting literature reviews and other background research for Sudan to support the Sudan Working Group;
  • Support data analysis and production of data visualizations for the Africa team;
  • Providing support to the Africa Program’s events;


  • A minimum of 1+ years of related experience is required.
  • Must be a full-time student in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • A Bachelor’s degree in international affairs or related field required.
  • Demonstrated interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, with preference for knowledge of conflict dynamics in Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, and CAR.
  • Interest in peacebuilding, conflict analysis desired, and data visualization.
  • Experience with organizing, analyzing, and managing data and databases.
  • Basic spoken Arabic and/or French language proficiency preferred, but not required.

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