Vice President

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 June 2020
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Job Description


The Vice President, Africa will oversee the development of USIP’s newly formed Africa Center being established to maximize the Institute’s unique ability to work with U.S. policymakers, African partners, and others to foster peace and stability on an increasingly dynamic African continent. Building on existing initiatives in Nigeria, the Greater Horn of Africa, the Red Sea Arena, and the Sahel. The VP will expand the strategy, structure, program design and objectives of the Institute’s work in Africa. S/he will serve as a member of the Leadership Team, reporting directly to the CEO and President of the Institute.

Driven by our mission and based on our theory of change, USIP seeks to seize current opportunities to stem violent conflict in Africa by advancing dialogue and informing policy. The long-term impact of COVID-19 is yet to be fully grasped and will ripple throughout the African continent and beyond. Leveraging the “Silencing the Guns,” initiative and the “Global Fragility Act”, USIP is uniquely positioned to contribute relevant and sustainable solutions to these unprecedented challenges. Together with partners: government, the African Union, military and academia, the Institute will join a transformative force for positive change. The Institute’s work in Africa, as in other conflict zones around the world, demonstrates America’s commitment to peace.


Grade ES-III - $170,000 – 181,000

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.


  • Provide vision, intellectual leadership and organizational direction to establishment of the new Africa Center, driven by the realization that the interests of the American people are fundamentally affected by the degree of peace and stability of African countries.
  • Identify strategies and timelines for expanding USIP’s work in Africa, including short-term priority programs and long-term vision for peacebuilding throughout the continent.
  • Collaborate on the design and implementation of innovative new programs that align with the strategic goals of the Institute as well as the Center.
  • Identify, attract and manage high-performing staff who have a track record of thought leadership and outstanding implementation.
  • Lead and inspire a can-do culture that ensures that the Africa Center staff work collaboratively and effectively across the Center and the Institute at large.
  • Lead a collaborative, whole-of-Institute approach that draws on, and informs the development of the USIP toolbox, comparative expertise and advising.
  • Establish milestones and objectives that demonstrate impact and result in the success of a new Center at USIP.
  • Develop the Africa Center operating budget and hold staff accountable for sound financial management.
  • Monitor and modify Africa programs to achieve optimal impact and agreed-upon outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships within foreign affairs and conflict management communities (e.g., government, NGOs, international organizations, academia, the African Union and the military) across the African continent.
  • Conduct outreach to Congress and other key stakeholders to broaden the Institute’s domestic and international profile.
  • Travel in and outside of the United States.Perform other duties as assigned.

Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Exceptionally keen leadership and interpersonal skills suited to inspiring and leading a diverse and committed team at HQ and in the field.
  • Advanced degree in social sciences, humanities, international relations, or conflict management required.
  • Minimum of 15 years of related experience required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of African political, social and economic issues and dynamics, especially in conflict zones.
  • Strong interest in the Institute’s work, together with a commitment to its mission and to achievement of its full potential as a positive force for peace.
  • Strong connections with local communities, policymakers and civil society leaders in priority African regions.
  • Significant experience living and working in Africa required, especially in conflict zones.
  • Strong experience managing field-based operations.
  • Ability to communicate in relevant regional languages; strong language skills in English, French, and/or Arabic are highly desirable.
  • Ability to think strategically in developing and executing multi-year operational plans and budgets.
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership style with the ability to coach staff, including being able to provide constructive criticism as appropriate.
  • Advanced communication skills (oral and written) and comfort with different audiences (e.g., high-level briefings, large public events, media appearances).

Note: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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