Assistant Research Fellow

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Fort McNair, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) is recruiting for an Assistant Research Fellow. The Assistant Research Fellow will conduct research, coordinate activities, and manage databases in support of the WJPC Governance Program faculty.

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) is the Department of Defense's premier regional forum offering strategic level defense and security education, research assistance and dialog regarding the development of effective security policy within the Western Hemisphere. The Center's civilian and military graduates and partner institutions comprise communities of influence that work toward a more cooperative and stable international security environment. The Center's substantive offerings are organized within three Academic Programs: Transnational Threats, Human Rights, and Governance.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 2 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section and must be completed as a separate document and uploaded with other required documents.


Conducts field and desk research (data collection, management, and analysis) on defense and security Governance reform cases as well as high-level management models and framework used for sustainably and measurably enhancing effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of defense security institutions.

Facilitates activities in assistance of the Governance Program Training and other educational activities during planning coordination, and execution phases. 

Supports coordination activities necessary for conducting research and outreach.

Assists in the development and management of platforms and products including databases, websites, and other knowledge sharing repositories aimed at organizing, expanding, and sharing information on Security and Defense Governance to international and USG partners and stakeholders.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Sensitive position which requires a background investigation.


To qualify for this position, you must:

  • Have a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in an appropriate discipline such as international security (defense/war) studies, international relations/affairs, public policy, and/or public management
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional expertise or experience
  • This position requires the incumbent to possess excellent written and communications skills in English and Spanish
  • Have a record of high quality, shared and independent analytic research skills:
  • Have proven capacity to propose and carry out empirical research that leads to practical policy advice and implementable programmatic recommendations
  • Have proven capacity to conduct cross/multi-disciplinary analysis and synthesis
  • Have proven capacity to write under the strictest of professional standards
  • Have proven capacity to effectively organize and communicate findings to a policy or practitioner oriented audience
  • Have proven ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and disposition to learn from multiple methodologies, models, frameworks or areas of inquiry
  • Have a record of high quality in writing and engagement:
  • Have proven ability to work collaboratively by placing team's mission and professional integrity before personal agenda
  • Have proven ability to operate and perform in a matrixed organization with multiple stakeholders and priorities
  • Have proven detailed-oriented and organizational skills
  • Have proven ability to self-manage and perform within a changing and fast paced work environment
  • Have proven ability to operate with professionalism and proficiency in international environments amongst senior officials


  • Experience with fieldwork research methodologies
  • Knowledge of defense or security sector strategic planning
  • Knowledge of new public management and governance benchmark models
  • Existing professional network of experts focused on defense and/or security sector reform
  • Experience living, working and/or studying in other countries in the Western Hemisphere

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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