Position: Research Assistant, Leadership and Talent Development, Part-Time

Company: United States Institute of Peace

Location: Washington, D.C.


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


  • 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.

Additional information and Steps to apply visit Research Assistant Job Posting

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