Research Assistant PEV (ACT)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 13

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. 


The Research Assistant will support USIP research, training and outreach on the prevention of election violence through data collection, analysis, and curriculum development for USIP courses.


Provide research and support for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, specifically:

  • Offer research support, through data collection and analysis, in the field of election violence prevention and governance.
  • Compile and draft news updates for USIP’s Election Wire, a monthly product with analysis and a calendar of upcoming elections at risk of violence.
  • Draft research memos, case studies, literature reviews, and annotated bibliographies through independent desk research in the field of governance and election violence prevention.
  • Support the curriculum development and logistical preparation of USIP courses on Preventing Election Violence.
  • Support the publication of USIP Special Report, blogs, and op eds.
  • Collect and synthesize existing research on election violence in several countries at risk, including Ukraine and Myanmar.
  • Perform other research and minor administrative duties, as needed, to ensure successful implementation of programmatic initiatives.


  • Superior research, writing and analytic skills.
  • Some office or research experience related to governance, democracy, electoral processes, peacebuilding or conflict prevention is required.
  • Ability to translate and synthesize complex themes, ideas or data into compelling and accessible summaries or memos.
  • Strong organizational and collaborative skills.
  • 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
  • Bachelors degree required. Masters Degree in international relations, international security, governance, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject is preferred.
  • 2 years related experience required.

Application instructions

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
2.  Cover letter
3.  Resume 

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only

For questions about this position please email [email protected]Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

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