US Institute of Peace (USIP)

The USIP provides the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promotes stability and professionalizes the field of peacebuildung. Their Security Sector Governance Center is a good and active resource on their work in this area. The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.

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Program Officer (Washington, DC)

Location: Washington, United States of America

The JSD Project

Since 2015 USIP has supported the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) processes in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia. The JSD aims to rebuild trust between communities and civilian security services through a series of dialogues and activities addressing urgent security issues. The process brings together a diverse array of community, government and security actors. As they work together to address shared challenges, JSD participants come to better know, understand, and eventually trust one another. Experiencing the positive impacts of their collaboration builds commitment to work together towards a stronger and more secure community. The result is residents who are active in the safety of their community, and more effective, accountable, and responsive security services.

Position Summary


The Program Officer will provide substantive, research, communication, and programmatic support for the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) program in the Sahel and Maghreb. The position will be based in Washington DC, but will include regular travel to project countries. The PO will report to the Senior Program Officer. Candidates should be prepared to begin work before mid-January 2018. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Ensure activities are implemented in line with the JSD approach, and with good practice in the relevant professional fields: The PO will provide guidance to the field team and DC-based junior staff on substantive questions related to rule of law, security sector reform and the JSD approach. The PO will stay up to date on developments in research and practice in these fields and communicate relevant developments to the project team.
  •   Design, manage and evaluate events in support of project goals: The PO will support the project team in identifying the capacity needs of project staff and JSD participants. The PO will work with the Senior Program Officer (SPO) and Program Manager in developing the agenda and content for regional networking events and capacity building events, and bringing in external training support or expertise where needed.
  • Contribute to project research: The PO will work with the SPO to define a research agenda and plan of implementation. The PO will manage research, drafting and publication processes involving the field and headquarters teams, and will build Country Officers’ research and writing capacities.    
  •   Represent the project and manage project communications: The PO will represent the project at internal and external meetings and events. The PO will draft or supervise the drafting of project materials, communications and other documents. The PO will build relevant relationships with stakeholders in DC and the project countries.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned.


  • J.D. or Master’s degree in relevant field (law, security sector reform, conflict resolution, peace studies, etc.) required
  • Two to four years of experience in the field of International Law, Rule of Law, Justice and Security, Security Sector Reform, Policing, Access to Justice and/or Human Rights required, including some field experience
  • Completion of courses in International Law, International Human Rights Law and Rule of Law subjects, preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of rule of law theory and practice
  • Fluency in English required, some fluency in French required.
  • Excellent research and writing ability; strong organizational skills; and ability to work independently and collegially
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or within a team, to obtain results under pressure, and to simultaneously oversee many substantive and operational initiatives

JSD Project Officer, Tunisia

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Application Deadline: 06/05/2017 12:00 pm

In the context of the Justice and Security Dialogues program of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the JSD Country Officer (CO) for Tunisia, in consultation with the JSD Regional Program Coordinator, is responsible for closely monitoring, supporting, and ensuring quality of implementation of the JSD process in Tunisia. This is a local position based in the USIP Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Office in Tunis. The role requires supporting implementing partners in direct implementation, continuously developing relationships with institutional and local stakeholders; and implementing, monitoring and reporting on JSD project activities in Tunisia.

For full application details on the vacancy, JSD Project Officer, Tunisia kindly follow the link. 


Country Project Officer, Justice and Security Dialogue | USIP

Location: Mali
Application Deadline: 01/08/2016 12:00 pm

The Country Project Officer for the United States Institute of Peace, in consultation with the Regional Programme Coordinator (RPC), is responsible for closely monitoring, supporting, and ensuring quality of implementation of the Justice and Security Dialogue process in Mali, including the selection, training and mentoring of facilitators; continuously developing relationships with institutional and national-level stakeholders; monitoring and reporting on project activities in country; and supporting implementing partners in direct implementation when and as needed.

This position reports to the RPC, who is in charge of the overall strategic direction of the activities in country and partnership building with relevant stakeholders, training, mentoring and coaching of in-country project officers, as needed. The position will also work in collaboration with D.C. based staff.

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Program Officer - Governance, Law & Society

Location: Washington DC, United States of America
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The Program Officer will be responsible for defining program objectives, ensuring that they are all implemented on schedule, overseeing reporting and financial management activities, as well as representing the JSD program vis-a-vis key international and domestic partners and stakeholders. This position is based at USIP’s Washington DC headquarters with travel to the region in close coordination with USIP thematic and country program teams and consultants.

This position reports to USIP’s Director of Rule of Law, who exercises overall management of the Justice and Security Dialogue Program in the Sahel and Maghreb regions. The position will also work in close coordination with the JSD Program Officer responsible for rule of law, justice and security strategic advice.

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Regional Workshop Consultant - Maghreb and Sahel

Location: One of six countries (Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso)., AFRICA
Application Deadline: 01/08/2015 12:00 pm

The Regional Rule of Law Workshop Consultant (RWC) will support the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and its partners in implementing a series of rule of law related workshops in six countries across the Sahel and Maghreb in Africa. More specifically, the RWC will monitor and support workshops foreseen under USIP's Justice and Security Dialogue programme in Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso. The RWC will work in several of these countries. The RWC is responsible for ensuring, together with local partners, that all workshops foreseen by the USIP Justice and Security Dialogue programme assigned to her/him are held in a manner that complies with USIP standards and objectives. The RWC is also responsible for cultivating partnerships in target countries, monitoring and supporting in-country partners, and monitoring and reporting on project relevant activities in-country, including reporting and monitoring each workshop falling under her/his responsibility. 

NOTE: This is a consultancy contract with an initial period of 5 months with the possibility of extension pending funding.

For more information on the major duties and responsibilities, as well as required qualifications, visit this page

Deadline for application: ASAP.



Security Sector Transformation in North Africa and the Middle East - Part 1

On May 10, 2012, the USIP Center of Innovation for Security Sector Governance held its third annual conference. For the second year running, the conference focused on the pressing question of security sector reform in North Africa and the Middle East.

Part I:

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Panel of Representatives from the Region

  • Magda Boutros, Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Egypt
  • Najla Elmangoush, former member of the National Transitional Council's Public Engagement Unit, Libya
  • Rana Jarhum, Human Rights Activist, Yemen
  • Dr. Murhaf Jouejati, Chairman of the National Consensus Movement and Member of the Syrian National Council, Syria
  • Dr. Radwan Masmoudi, President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Tunisia
  • Hesham Sallam, Researcher, Egypt

Security Sector Transformation in North Africa and the Middle East - Part 2

On May 10, 2012, the USIP Center of Innovation for Security Sector Governance held its third annual conference. For the second year running, the conference focused on the pressing question of security sector reform in North Africa and the Middle East. 

Part II:

10:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.  Panel of Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Region

  • Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (1997-2001)
  • Ambassador Rust Deming, Former U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia (2000-2003)
  • Ambassador Deborah Jones, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait (2008-2011)
  • Ambassador Thomas Riley, Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco (2003-2009)

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks


Policy and Research Papers

The Link Between DDR and SSR in Conflict- Affected Countries

This report reflects views expressed during a March 5, 2010, conference held at the National Defense University entitled “Monopoly of Force: The Link between DDR and SSR,” cosponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and the Center for Complex Operations. The conference sought to dispel the notion that there is no connection between disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR). The conference determined that, in reality, DDR and SSR are interrelated and mutually reinforcing and should occur simultaneously in a holistic manner.


Building the Rule of Law in Haiti: New Laws for a New Era

USIP has been working with lawmakers and other reform constituencies in Haiti as they strive to reform Haiti’s criminal laws that date back to the early 19th century. In March
2009, USIP commissioned two reports that were written by Louis Aucoin, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Hans Joerg Albrecht, the director of the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law. At the request of Haitian lawmakers, USIP has also provided copies of the Model Codes for Post-Conflict Criminal Justice, a law reform tool developed by USIP’s Rule of Law Program to assist in the drafting of new laws.


Customary Justice and Legal Pluralism in Post-Conflict and Fragile Societies

While there has been a growing interest in customary justice systems among rule of law practitioners, it has remained very much at the margins of justice reform strategies. This session will challenge us to view customary justice and other forms of legal pluralism not as a side issue, but as a fundamental part of the justice landscapes in which we work. It will take a critical stance in reviewing the current range of overall policy approaches to legal pluralism and the preconceptions and assumptions that underlie those approaches. It will seek to identify and critically review how different approaches (rights-based, developmental, expanding access to justice, peace-building, state-building etc.,) tend to “frame the problem” when it comes to engagement with legal pluralism and will reflect specifically on how these approaches affect a range of key post conflict objectives. Finally it will consider the building blocks needed to define strategic objectives for engagement with legal pluralism.


Supporting Civil Society to Combat Violent Extremism in Pakistan


In the past few years, there has been an increase in funding for civil society organisations for the goal of countering violent extremism (CVE). While donors are investing large sums for CVE efforts, in Pakistan, local organisations often lack the technical capacity to understand the nature of violent extremism as well as how to utilise such large amounts of money. This brief by the United States Institute of Peace discusses the challenges to implementing CVE programs and provides recommendations for how stakeholders can overcome these challenges.

For full access to the brief on Supporting Civil Society to Combat Violent Extremism in Pakistan, kindly follow the link.