Director, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 22

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


USIP seeks a Director to provide thought leadership and innovation, as well as spearhead the creation of tools, best practices and approaches related to addressing violent extremism in a range of contexts globally.  The Director sits within USIP’s Global Practice and Innovation (GPI) team. 

Working across USIP with the Institute’s programs and experts, the Director will help guide and focus efforts to understand the underlying cause of violent extremism, its nexus to violent conflict, and to develop localized and viable approaches to preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism.  


  • Represent the institute as a leading expert on countering violent extremism.
  • Provide thought leadership within the international community through public speaking and representation, as well as through writing.
  • Provide technical stewardship and support for the CVE agenda within USIP. Create effective partnerships with subject matter and geographic experts across USIP, help shape the creation of programming globally, and build teams that include members who are not direct reports to meet program objectives, including facilitating an internal working group on countering violent extremism.
  • Spearhead the creation of tools, best practices and approaches to advance USIP’s leadership on countering violent extremism.
  • Provide direction, leadership and oversight of a team.
  • Manage the program budget.
  • Build funding and other partnerships with the goal of furthering program goals.
  • Support a culture of collaboration, trust, and shared responsibility with staff by empowering, aligning, and building the capacity of staff to ensure a performance driven and results oriented team and by prioritizing communication and inclusion to sustain a diverse and energized workforce.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience required, preferably focused on issues related to international security, countering violent extremism, counter terrorism, security sector reform and policing, and conflict analysis.
  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in international relations, security studies or related social sciences subject required. 
  • Proven track record of thought leadership including speaking, writing and representation related to violent extremism, radicalization, counter and preventative strategies and programs, and their intersection with human rights, policing and rule of law.
  • Previous experience in working internationally and managing teams, projects and programs required.
  • Previous field-based experience in conflict settings preferred. 
  • Must have strong project management skills and experience managing complex projects.
  • Must have strong leadership and management skills; must have demonstrated experience in leading and managing employees at various levels of responsibility.
  • Must have strong collaboration skills; must have the ability to coordinate the input and priorities of multiple players.
  • Must have the ability to think strategically, and to effectively develop, communicate, and execute plans.
  • Must have strong problem-solving skills; must enjoy taking ownership of and solving problems.
  • Must have the ability to design and manage budgets.
  • Must have proven ability to lead and motivate others, and to work as a team player;
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to travel in the United States and abroad.

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

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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