USIP Program Officer, Iraq

Program PROGR01228
Posted: October 3, 2018

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 community leaders, government officials, and the military – 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 Program Officer leads the development and planning, implementation, financial management, and public outreach for the Preventing Radicalization to Violence through Women and Youth Integration (PRV-W) project. This position reports to the Iraq Country Manager.

This is a Fixed-Time Term Personal Services Contractor position.


Development, Planning, and Implementation:
  • Leads the implementation of the PRV-W project, and any necessary reviews or further development of the project’s goals, objectives, operating plan, budget, etc.;
  • Manages the day-to-day and planning operations of the project;
  • Manages relationships with key external partners regarding project coordination and execution;
  • Monitors and evaluates project activities to meet program goals and objectives;
  • Produces project reports, presentations, and other written documents for internal and external stakeholders;
  • Works with and provides regular project and contextual updates to the relevant program team members in country, regional, and headquarters offices;
  • Provides technical support to staff and partners involved in the implementation of the project;

Financial Management:
Manages the PRV-W budget to ensure that the project is operating within its budget limitations in order to meet its goals and objectives;

Public Outreach:
  • 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;
  • With approval from supervisor, attends and participates in various conferences, events, and other programs to speak on behalf of USIP on specific subject matter area of expertise;
  • Provides briefings to government and non-government organizations on key subject matter area;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Masters in international relations, education, or related field required.
  • 3-5 years of experience in project management.
  • Prior experience with gender-based programming, fostering community initiatives, or dialogue processes is strongly desired.
  • Professional fluency in English language is required. Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.
  • Experience working in the MENA region.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills and knowledge in subject areas.
  • Program and financial management proficiency.
  • Strong organizational style and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong coordination, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
Cover letter
ResumePlease cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.

For questions about this position please email 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.

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