VP for Policy, Learning & Strategy, US Institute of Peace (Wash DC)

Vice President for Policy, Learning & Strategy
Department: Executive Office
Requisition ID: 379284
Employment Status: RFT – Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
City, State and/or Region Washington, DC

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The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.


The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) seeks a Vice President for Policy, Learning & Strategy (PLS). The Vice President is a senior member of the executive leadership council and oversees a team composed of four directors responsible for key strategic functions, including: planning, learning, evaluation and research; program development; gender; and global policy. The Vice President is responsible for providing vision, intellectual leadership, and organizational direction to his/her team, as well as serving as a key strategic, planning, learning and policy advisor to USIP’s President.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead a team devoted to transforming USIP into a true learning organization, as well as help guide the nation’s foremost institution dedicated to preventing conflict and building peace during a period of dynamic growth and innovation.


Strategy and Policy
Leads the Institute’s longer term strategic planning initiative.
Leads the annual planning effort to establish cross-organization priorities under the Institute’s strategic plan and goals.
Serves as the principal advisor to the President in formulating and implementing strategy, planning and policy.
Leads USIP’s efforts to engage on global peacebuilding policy issues.
Guides the integration of gender analysis and application in USIP strategy, planning and programming.

Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation:
Serves as internal advisor on project design, monitoring, and evaluation.
Ensures that USIP programming is evaluated according to rigorous and relevant external standards.
Leads efforts to build capacity of staff on project design, monitoring, and evaluation processes.
Supervises the development and integration of resources to staff on monitoring, evaluation, learning and research methodology.
Oversees efforts to improve knowledge management systems, processes, and infrastructure.

Learning and Applied Research Agenda
Leads the Institute in developing and driving forward a coherent learning and research agenda based on USIP’s strategic plan and theory of change.
Leads efforts to improve the quality of applied research throughout the Institute.
Strengthens USIP’s external reputation as a home for cutting-edge, impactful applied research on peacebuilding.

Demonstrated leadership experience.
Excellent track record of leading and managing diverse teams within an organization.
Extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development.
Solid monitoring and evaluation experience, including improving monitoring and evaluation systems within organizations.
Deep knowledge of social science methodologies and experience applying it to improve the rigor of research projects and evaluations.
Experience creating and strengthening knowledge management and learning systems within organizations.
Minimum of ten years of experience in the field of peacebuilding or related fields, including international development, human rights, diplomacy and national security.
Ability to work in a cooperative, collaborative manner to catalyze positive organizational change.
Ability to speak effectively at high-profile events and write effectively for a wide-variety of audiences.
Advanced degree/Masters level education

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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Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. 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.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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