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As a part of the Governance, Justice, and Security (GJS) team at the U.S. Institute of Peace, this position will provide vital support to the Institute’s efforts to develop and promote improved knowledge, tools, and policy recommendations for more effective strategies, policies, and programs that build sustainable peace. More specifically, this position will support the Institute’s efforts to improve the practice of atrocity prevention among justice sector professionals.
The research assistant will conduct research and analysis to identify conceptual overlaps between atrocity prevention and criminal justice reform approaches, including countering violent extremism, countering transnational organized crime, anti-corruption, and the implementation of the women, peace, and security agenda, as well as between atrocity prevention and protection of civilians. Based on this research, the research assistant will generate recommendations for justice and security sector professionals to identify and mitigate atrocity risks within their work. Responsibilities of this position will include qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, analysis, and drafting. This position will be encouraged to synthesize findings from a range of disciplines to support project publications and the development of tools.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week during the summer; 20 hours per week during the academic year
Expected Project Dates: July 2021 – December 2021, with the possibility of extension.
Pay: $15.20 – $15.75/ per hour
- Provide research support – through data collection, literature reviews, outreach, synthesis and analysis – related to atrocity prevention, criminal justice reform approaches, and protection of civilians;
- Provide communications and writing support to Senior Program Officer, including summaries, write-ups, and notetaking at relevant events;
- In collaboration with the Senior Program Officer, assist in the drafting and writing of major USIP publications, such as the USIP Special Report, blogs, and op-eds; and
- Perform other research and administrative duties, as needed, to ensure the successful implementation of programmatic initiatives.