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  • Posted on: 4 September, 2016 Deadline: Not Specified
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    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.

    Justice & Security Dialogue Project Officer


    The Project Officer, in consultation with the JSD Coordinator for Nigeria, is responsible for closely monitoring, supporting, and ensuring quality of implementation of the JSD process in Jos, Nigeria. This is a local position in Jos, Plateau state. 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 Jos.

    This position reports to the Coordinator, who is in charge of the overall strategic direction of JSD 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 .

    Major Duties And Responsibilities

    • Support when and as needed, in close collaboration with the implementing partner, the implementation of JSD activities in Nigeria;
    • Work with the implementing partner to ensure activities are implemented on schedule;
    • Coordinate the organization of operational meetings, dialogues, in-country trainings and other activities as needed by the JSD team;
    • In close consultation with the Coordinator, mentor and coach the dialogue implementing partner through the JSD process in Nigeria;
    • Review all technical and financial reporting from implementing partners, provide guidance as needed, and liaise with the Coordinator to ensure timely submission of all required materials;
    • Observe and support project activities and cultivate relationships in Jos, Nigeria;
    • In close consultation with the Coordinator, continuously develop relationships with institutional and national-level stakeholders;
    • Provide regular, detailed, updates on JSD activities to the Coordinator and DC team;
    • Assist in systems mapping, data collection and empirical research from the JSD process that can feed into publications and the national-level policy discussion;
    • Support the Coordinator in development of reports, policy guidance, or political analysis as needed;
    • Coordinate with and support regional JSD network as needed;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • BA in relevant field (international relations, conflict resolution, human rights or development) required, MA preferred;
    • Four (4) years of related experience required.
    • Professional experience in rule of law, security sector reform, peacebuilding or similar field in Jos, Nigeria.
    • Track record working with security forces and civil society in Nigeria is preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government and collaborating with local partner organizations;
    • Strong interest in and experience with innovative programming;
    • Demonstrated project design, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation skills.
    • Fluency in English is required.

    This position is subject to the availability of funds. 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.

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

    Method of Application

    To Be Considered For This Position, Please Submit a Complete Application Package Consisting Of

    • Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
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    For questions about this position, please email . 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, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Interested and qualified? Go to United States Institute of Peace (USIP) career website on to apply

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