Program Officer, Kenya Rural Border Patrol Program

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 20

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


The Program Officer takes the lead role in development and planning, financial management, and public outreach for the Kenya Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) program. This position reports to the Director, Curriculum and Training Design in ACT.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: This is a Full-Time Term position. The initial term of the position will be determined subject to the availability of secured funding, and is eligible for renewals based on continued funding.


Development and Planning:

  • Takes the lead role in development and planning for the RBPU program, e.g., developing program’s strategic plan, goals, objectives, and operating plan; designating appropriate resources required to support program goals and objectives, etc.
  • Manages the day-to-day and planning operations of the program;
  • Manages relationships with key external partners regarding program coordination and execution;
  • Monitors and evaluates project activities to meet program goals and objectives;
  • Leads ongoing and iterative curriculum development and materials redesign and standardization;
  • Trains and mentors RBPU trainers;
  • Travels frequently to deliver in-the-field trainings.

Financial Management:

  • Manages the RBPU budget to ensure that the program 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.
  • Attends and participates in various conferences, events, and other programs to speak on behalf of USIP on a specific subject matter area of expertise.
  • Takes lead role in responding to the public or media regarding specific program area.
  • Provides regulatory briefings to governmental or other organizations on key subject matter area.

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
  • Masters in international relations, education, or related field required.
  • 8-10 years of experience in conducting training and designing curriculum.
  • Experience working in the African context.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of project coordination, communication, and management.
  • Knowledge of security sector capacity strengthening.

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

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