Abt Associates

Research Assistant (Resolve Network)

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 RESOLVE Network is a global consortium of researchers, research organizations, policymakers, and practitioners committed to empirically driven, locally defined research on the drivers of Violent Extremism and sources of community resilience. International stakeholders established RESOLVE to generate, facilitate, aggregate, and synthesize methodologically sound, locally informed research on the dynamics of violent extremism. RESOLVE is a resource hub for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in need of nuanced, multidisciplinary, empirical approaches to analyze the drivers of violent extremism and sources of community resilience. RESOLVE’s work provides key insights on violent extremism by establishing connections and asking critical questions to enhance and inform P/CVE research, policy, and practice.

The RESOLVE Network Secretariat manages RESOLVE’s suite of research projects, convening efforts, and Network activities. The Secretariat is housed at the U.S. Institute of Peace, building upon the Institute’s decades-long legacy of deep engagement in conflict-affected societies.

As a part of the RESOLVE Network Secretariat Team at the U.S. Institute of Peace, this position will provide vital support to the day-to-day activities of the RESOLVE Network as well as specific research and training initiatives.

Pay: $15.00-$15.75/hour Work schedule: 20 Hours/Week Expected Start Date: June 2021 RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide research and support for the RESOLVE Network as part of the Violent Extremism Program at USIP’s Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, specifically to:
  • Lead the production of the monthly “What We’re Reading” digests, monthly external newsletters, and quarterly newsletters—including the content curation, layout, and dissemination.
  • Provide communications support to the RESOLVE Secretariat, including updates to the RESOLVE website and Social Media posts.
  • Assist with event planning and execution to ensure the successful advancement of the RESOLVE Network mission and discrete projects.
  • Other research in thematic areas related to violent extremism, as needed to support RESOLVE activities.
Performs other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a full-time B.A/B.S student studying International Relations, international peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, or another relevant social science subject.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of violent extremism and experience in communications.
  • Ability to translate complex themes, ideas, or data into compelling, accessible, and informative narratives and visuals. Experience with InDesign 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.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability
For questions about this position please email recruitment@usip.org. Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

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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