Senior Expert, Afghanistan Peace Processes

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 February 2019

Job Description


The Senior Expert for Afghanistan Peace Processes will be responsible for conducting research and analysis and developing and managing activities aimed at advancing a political settlement of the Afghanistan conflict. The Senior Expert will be responsible for writing reports and analyses as well as briefing U.S. government officials and the policy-making community on developments and findings related to an Afghanistan peace process, particularly relating to intra-Afghan and regional dynamics. The Senior Expert will report to the Director of the USIP Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs and work closely with the USIP Kabul Office Country Director and other colleagues across USIP. This is a full-time position preferably based in Kabul, Afghanistan. However, consideration will also be given to strong applicants who would prefer to be based in USIP’s Washington, DC headquarters, but who are willing to spend 50 percent or more of their time in Afghanistan.


Grade 14, $114k to $126k

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity and amount budgeted for the position.


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:

  • Serves as an expert on advancing a political settlement of the Afghanistan conflict.
  • Conducts research and analysis, writes research papers and policy briefs, and identifies and disseminates comparative learning from other conflicts and peace processes.
  • Proposes innovative activities in Afghanistan and the region that supports learning and dialogue on ways to resolve conflict, promote reconciliation, and sustain peace agreements in Afghanistan.
  • Liaises closely with other relevant actors working on Afghanistan peace process, represents USIP’s peace process-related initiatives, and provides expert briefings to governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Supports efforts to represent the program in internal and external events, to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings, and to participate in media interviews.

Program Design, Development and Management:

  • Participates in strategic planning with regional and thematic teams.
  • Helps structure and oversee program activities and events related to achieving a political settlement to the Afghanistan conflict.
  • Identifies and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
  • Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
  • Ensures program resources are spent responsibly and effectively and that the project is operating within budget.
  • Prepares timely reports for internal and external project stakeholders, including any progress reports that may be required.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field required; equivalent work experience may be substituted for master’s degree.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of related work experience, including experience with U.S. government policymaking.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience working in/on Afghanistan.
  • Relevant experience designing, developing and managing innovative programs, preferably in Afghanistan.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic, and writing skills, and excellent communication skills. Able to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current conflict dynamics in Afghanistan and the region and demonstrated expertise in the field of conflict resolution/peace-building.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required.

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. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
2. Cover letter
3. Resume

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.

About the Organization

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

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems. Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict. To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field.

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