Program Specialist, Central African Republic, United States Institute of Peace

Program Specialist
Department: Middle East & Africa
Requisition ID: 325285
Employment Status: FTT - Full-Time Term
FLSA Status: Exempt
City, State and/or Region Central African Republic

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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.


The Program Specialist provides program planning support, budget and contract management, takes on special projects, and provides high-level administrative support to the program.


Program Planning Support:
Provides project and/or program management support to a USIP’s programming in CAR with national-level leaders in Bangui and in three project sites across the country.
Coordinates the logistics and implementation of the day-to-day operations of the program.
Coordinates with key external stakeholders (Consultation Advisory Committee, relevant ministries, partner organizations, dialogue facilitators and other contractors) regarding the day-to-day planning and coordination of the program in order to support program goals and objectives.
Conducts conflict and political analysis for the Senior Program Officer or other senior leadership as needed.
Develops, updates, and edits various program documents and website material.
Supports and conducts research as directed by Senior Program Officer
Other administrative tasks as assigned.

Budget and Contract Management:
Tracks program expenditures against overall program budget.
Secures vendor quotes and assists with negotiation of contracts with local partners and vendors in CAR.
Manages vendor contracts (e.g., writing a wide variety of contracts with external organizations to support special events or program activities).
Serves as the main point of contact for external contractors or vendors on any contractual or logistical-related items.

Works with the IMPACT CAR team in Washington to liaise with implementing partners in CAR and collect monitoring indicator data.
Communicates regularly with implementing partner M&E officers and points of contact to ensure timely reporting to the IMPACT framework.
Tracks indicator data as reported by implementing partners and shares that information with the IMPACT team in Washington.
Communicates with implementing partner staff to collect situational data and information; works with the IMPACT Washington team to follow up on information that could be of use to program evaluation efforts.
Other duties as assigned.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in international relations or related field.
Experience conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research.
Five (5) or more years related experience.
Experience working across CAR and ability to travel within the country as needed.
Knowledge of political and conflict dynamics in CAR­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Fluent written and spoken French and English.
Experience working with NGOs and international organizations.

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

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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2. Resume

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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.

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