Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum Program Assistant

Social Science Research Council
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 17

Position description

The Social Science Research Council is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. Governed by a board of directors, it fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.

The SSRC seeks a Program Assistant to work with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). CPPF works to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations system for peacebuilding and the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict by providing UN decision makers with access to expert analysis from international academics, practitioners, and others outside the UN system. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Support program staff with overall administration of the program.
  • Organize on- and off-site workshops and meetings. This includes handling logistics including booking domestic and international travel, preparing meeting agendas and other relevant meeting materials, and coordinating and facilitating correspondence with participants and all relevant constituents during workshops and meetings.
  • Manage the program’s online presence, which includes managing and updating program web pages and social media applications.
  • Take minutes of complex discussions, and draft event summary notes.
  • Process expenditures, including payments for consultants, advisors, and other expenses.
  • Work with budgets and financial reports, and process and reconcile expenses against budgets.
  • Prepare staff meeting documents on a weekly basis.
  • Prepare and draft grant proposals as well as grant narrative reports and financial reports.
  • Distribute quarterly reports and program outputs to donors.
  • Serve as primary contact for program-related questions and correspondence.
  • Maintain and update program data, including donor contact list and donor share site.
  • Other duties and additional responsibilities and projects as directed, depending upon interest and capacity.


  • Bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree required.
  • Team player with demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and respond flexibly to changing demands.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail and high degree of professionalism.
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, QuickBooks, Internet search).
  • Previous experience with budget and office management preferred.
  • Interest in international relations and politics desirable.
  • Foreign language skills desirable (Spanish and French preferred).

Application instructions

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a brief work- or research-related writing sample in PDF format. Please include “CPPF PA Search” in the subject line.

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