Research Assistant

United States Institute of Peace
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 21

Position description

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.
These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness

Pay: Between $10-14 per hour Work Schedule: An average of 20 hours per week Expected Project Dates: September 2017 through December 2017, with possibility for extension MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The research assistant (RA) will provide research and support for China projects focused on China’s impact on global peace and conflict dynamics. Duties will include:

  • Assist in the development of research methodology in coordination with project lead.
  • Conduct desk research on and literature reviews of issues related to China’s role in peacebuilding, and synthesize findings and recommendations.
  • Assist in the development of project outputs and products, including drafting and offering guidance on policy papers, blogs, and website pages; and
  • Perform administrative duties, as needed, to help track project and ensure successful implementation. This may include: coordinating travel logistics, conducting project-related phone calls and correspondence, supporting events, checking sources, verifying facts, preparing synopses, bibliographies, supporting the archival of source material, etc.


  • A Masters student studying international relations, international peace and conflict resolution, or another related subject.
  • Previous research and office experience required.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in China.
  • Written Chinese language proficiency and the ability to quickly read and synthesize Chinese-language sources preferred.

USIP's Research Assistant program is administered through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Any full-time university student in the Washington area is eligible for these openings.

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

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