Senior Expert, Negotiation and Peace Process Support

United States Institute of Peace
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 13

Position description

Peace is our commitment.  The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world.  We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world.  Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world.  (To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to

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


The Senior Expert position will serve as program lead on strengthening strategic negotiation practices, particularly in peace processes around the world for the Inclusive Peace Processes Team, which is located in USIP’s Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.  The Senior Expert will oversee USIP’s thought leadership on negotiations and conflict resolution as well as develop training and practice, particularly as a means to support effective peace processes globally.  This position will provide strategic guidance and practice-oriented training, and serve as a comparative analyst on issues related to negotiations and peace process support such as power-sharing, ceasefires, broadening participation, intragroup cohesion, and negotiation support in peace processes.  The Senior Expert will report to the Director, Inclusive Peace Processes and Reconciliation.

The Inclusive Peace Processes team provides support to a range of internal and external stakeholders working at various stages and components of peace processes by providing capacity-building support as well as technical expertise.


Grade 14 - $121,000 - $125,000

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity and amount budgeted for the position.


  • Serves as a primary adviser for USIP efforts on negotiations and peace processes by enhancing USIP’s capacity to provide thematic expertise, knowledge management, and relevant country or thematic research.
  • Spearheads the creation of, or improves and adapts effective, innovative approaches and best practices related to negotiations processes such as effective practices on issues such as developing political will and leverage, trust and confidence-building measures, and concessions and redlines, etc.
  • Advises on designing peace processes including supporting conflict analysis, sequencing of actions, multitrack development and coordination, etc. by applying the latest academic, field, and evaluative research, as well as field-based experience. This includes developing options papers, providing comparative/case study analysis, and other means to help provide support and learning to USIP country programs or external actor initiatives working on negotiations and other peace processes.
  • Plays a lead role in strategy development on projects that include negotiation, dialogue, and mediation components (e.g., developing project’s strategic plan, goals, objectives, and operating plan; designating appropriate resources required to support project goals and objectives, etc.).
  • Works closely with the senior experts on mediation and dialogue to develop clarity and coherence across USIP in effective use of these peacebuilding measures and develop means to incorporate continuous learning regarding these measures with USIP country teams.
  • Demonstrates USIP’s thought leadership on the latest trends in negotiation practice and peace process support by convening workshops, roundtable discussions, expert meetings as well as participating in various conferences, events, briefings to government officials, and other programs to speak on behalf of USIP.
  • Builds strategic partnerships and cultivates contacts with subject matter experts and a wide variety of external organizations to leverage resources and combine efforts to promote USIP program initiatives and goals.
  • Strengthens training content, particularly for US government officials and officials in regional organizations and the United Nations, with a strong focus on negotiation support.
  • Travel overseas will be required.


  • Masters, PhD or JD in international relations, conflict management or a related field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years related work experience, including experience with U.S. government policymaking is preferred.
  • Extensive field experience is required, including negotiation experience in an international conflict-affected context.
  • Experience working in or closely with a government department or international non-governmental organization strongly preferred, including engaging practitioners, policymakers and civil society members on international and conflict-related issues.
  • Education and training experience preferred, preferably education and training related to conflict management skills.
  • Research and scholarship related to negotiation (as well as mediation and dialogue) preferred.
  • Strong familiarity with current research on negotiation as part of inclusive peace processes preferred.
  • Experience overseeing and coordinating field work and research.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in developing monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • The ability to train in either Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Ability to write funding proposals and after-action reports.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative skills are required as are strong qualities in working with teams.

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