Abt Associates

Research Assistant (Leadership and Talent Development)

Abt Associates

Job Description

Peace is our commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing, and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. (To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to https://www.usip.org/about/careers.

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front-row seat on the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


The Research Assistant will provide research and support to the Director, Leadership and Talent Development.

Pay: $15.00/hour Work schedule: 15-20 Hours/Week Expected (onsite work may be required) Start Date: July 2021 RESPONSIBILITIES

• Conducts research about and assists in the creation of competencies for USIP.

• Conducts research and produces summaries for internal decision-making on issues related to leadership, management, and employee engagement.

• Develops job aids, case studies, and informal/on-the-job learning on topics listed above.

• Analyses qualitative and quantitative data and provides findings in a format that fosters understanding and supports the next steps.

• Provides support for virtual and in-person (when possible) learning events, including setting up virtual meetings, reserving rooms/online platforms, developing invitations, monitoring RSVPs, arranging room/virtual set-up, serving as the primary point-of-contact for attendees, and drafting summaries of conclusions and tracking key decision points.

• Conducts research and produces summaries for internal decision-making on alternative platforms and best practices that support interactive and experiential Online Learning.

• Assists in the collection and Analysis of feedback/evaluation data.

• Develops appealing and informative promotional materials for learning events.

• Participates in the planning for multi-year leadership development and employee engagement activities.

• Monitors ongoing developments in the field of learning and development in international organizations.

• Completes special assignments as needed.


• Master’s degree (in-progress) in instructional Design, leadership, or management strongly preferred.

• Must be a full-time university student.

• Familiarity with contemporary leadership and learning and development practices.

• Familiarity with international NGOs and international development and security issues.

• Strong writing, editing, and research skills, including qualitative methods.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills.

• Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Experience living and working overseas, or other cross-cultural communication experience is strongly 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.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by Law.

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