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15AUG - Director, China Program, United States Institute of Peace - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, non-partisan, federally funded organization established and funded by the U.S. Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. USIP was founded in 1984 to:

  • Prevent, mitigate and resolve violent international conflict;
  • Provide analysis on the root causes of conflict;
  • Increase peacebuilding capacity, education, tools, and intellectual capital among practitioners and the American public.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

The director of USIP’s China Program will manage the day-to-day implementation of the China program and will report to the vice president of USIP’s Asia Center. The director will lead the process of developing a strategic plan for the China program that aligns with USIP’s strategic plan, and focuses on informing policymakers and practitioners on China’s role with regards to peace and conflict dynamics in the countries and major geographic regions where USIP operates (Africa, Asia and the Middle East). S/he will serve as USIP’s resident expert on China, represent USIP in official meetings, panel discussions and the media, and be responsible for designing and managing projects. This senior position is based at USIP’s Washington DC headquarters.

Job Responsibilities

Strategic Planning and Program Design:

  • Develop a USIP China program strategy that is aligned with USIP’s strategic plan, and focuses on China’s role with regards to peace and conflict dynamics in the countries and regions where USIP operates (Africa, Asia and the Middle East). Based on this strategy, identify, design and manage innovative research initiatives and activities that are aligned with this program strategy.

Representation and Communications:

  • Conduct outreach to key stakeholders and help enhance USIP’s national and international profile; develop strong relationships and partnerships within the foreign affairs and conflict management communities; represent USIP’s China program at internal and external events and disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings; provide expertise on key policy issues related to China through briefings of key officials and other relevant actors; participate in working groups, conferences and roundtable events; and serve as a resource for television, radio and the print news media.

Fundraising and Grant/Budget Management:

  • Identify interagency funding opportunities and oversee the drafting of project concept notes and proposals. Help manage China-related grants and contracts, and ensure that program budgets are managed in an efficient and accountable manner. Work closely with the VP and other USIP colleagues to ensure USIP’s and funding partner’s policies and procedures are adhered to, and that progress and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner.

Policy Research and Analysis:

  • Identify and develop research priorities based on the China program strategy; directly conduct research and support and oversee research initiatives by others; write and review policy-oriented publications; and disseminate research findings.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • 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 http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/index.htm.
  • A Master’s degree (PhD preferred) or equivalent experience in social sciences, humanities, or international relations/conflict management.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience, preferably working in or on China, in at least two of the following areas: regional political/economic analysis; international development, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights.
  • Demonstrated expertise on China and the region; strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts on both the lowest and highest political, social and economic levels.
  • Relevant grant management experience, including drafting and negotiating proposals and writing reports for USG agencies.
  • Fluency in mandarin highly desired. 

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

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume

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For questions about this position please email Cheryl Saferstein at csaferstein@usip.org.

Please do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Due to the high volume of candidates, only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. 

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Deadline – N/A