Program Manager, Religion and Inclusive Societies
Company: United States Institute of Peace
Posted on: February 25, 2021
Program Manager, Religion and Inclusive Societies Peace is our
commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the
American people's shared values and commitment to peace around the
world. We know that Peace is Security - it advances both U.S. and
international security by preventing, managing and mitigating
violent conflict. We are an independent, non-partisan institution
and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the
world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to
the possibility of a more peaceful world. (To learn more about USIP
programs and job openings, go to https://www.usip.org/about/careers
. 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.-- JOB BRIEF The Program Manager will serve as the lead for
the project, "Psychosocial Support for Displaced Trauma Survivors:
Latin America Pilot Project." The Program Manager will oversee the
development and implementation of all project activities, including
in partner and internal and external stakeholder engagement, as
well as contract management, ensuring that project components are
implemented thoughtfully, carefully, and with a trauma-sensitive
approach to meet the project objectives. The Program Manager will
have demonstrated experience in trauma healing, particularly with
displaced populations from conflict-affected communities,
demonstrated comfort engaging with and understanding religious
actors in peace and conflict settings, and demonstrated experience
managing an international research project. The Program Manager
will have relevant experience in or knowledge of the regional
context (Latin America). This position is full-time based in
Washington, DC. This position will report to the Director of
Religion & Inclusive Societies. The duration of this project is 12
months.-- This project seeks to bridge a gap between religious
actors and mental health professionals who support the trauma needs
of people who have been displaced by violent conflict. Over the
course of 12 months, USIP will pilot a project that looks at this
gap in the Latin American context, specifically in Colombia and
Venezuela, to 1. build better understanding by conducting and
disseminating research to map and identify current efforts,
resources, and best practices to inform policy and practice, and 2.
foster collaboration between religious and traditional actors and
mental health professionals, ultimately to encourage more effective
psychosocial support from both religious actors and mental health
professionals for survivors of conflict-related trauma. Grade 12 -
$86,000 - $89,000 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.
RESPONSIBILITIES Project Planning and Development:
- Manages all components of project, including leading small team
of staff working on project implementation, responsible for meeting
project goals and objectives, developing and presenting on the
status of project goals and objectives.
- Takes the lead role in developing, planning, and executing
project within given framework and identifies appropriate resources
and partners required to support program goals and objectives.
- Conducts robust desk research to inform field research;
- Develops proposed research plan and methodology;
- Designs and implements monitoring & evaluation strategy;
- Develops criteria for, manages request for proposal process of,
and oversees local research partners in stakeholder mapping
- Through regional stakeholder mapping process, identifies
activities, gaps, opportunities, and key actors to inform road map
to implement recommendations and a potential next phase of the
- In consultation with USIP Global Campus, develops and pilots
virtual platform for continued cross-sectoral engagement, including
networking and resource-sharing;
- Selects and oversees small, local research projects and their
- As determined with director, authors or co-authors and
disseminates written reports to targeted audiences, such as: USIP
report, blog pieces, and/or policy briefs.
- Manages and tracks project activities to meet goals and
- Writes quarterly reports with updates on project
- Oversees development of financial quarterly reports to present
to funding partner;
- Manages components of the project budget to ensure that the
project is operating within its budget limitations in order to meet
its goals and objectives;
- Manages contracts relevant to the project, including to oversee
all phases of contracting process;
- Coordinates regularly with program director, program officer,
and program assistant. Oversees and delegates to project research
- Develops and manages relationships with partner organizations
and advisory team, including regular communications, convening and
leading meetings to solicit feedback;
- After identifying research process key actors, convene virtual
consultations in participatory learning virtual platform;
- Builds strategic partnerships (in Washington, DC and in
relevant countries) and cultivates contacts with subject matter
experts and a wide variety of external organizations to leverage
resources and combine efforts to promote project initiatives and
- Fosters the development of a community of practice through
USIP's Global Campus virtual platform;
- Liaises with USIP colleagues, including consulting regularly
with USIP's Latin America Program;
- If or as determined with director, attends and participates in
various conferences, events, and other programs to speak on behalf
of USIP on a specific subject matter area of expertise;
- May brief U.S. governmental partner on key subject matter areas
and project updates and findings;
- At conclusion of project, convenes series of events and
consultations to share findings. Performs other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in mental health or psychology, theological
studies, peace and conflict studies, political science,
international relations, or related field is required.
- Four (4) or more years related experience managing research
initiatives or project from development through implementation,
preferably with field implementation experience in a post-conflict
setting is required.
- Strong understanding of best practices in trauma care for
people displaced by violent conflict is required.
- Familiarity with religious studies and/or religious
peacebuilding is required.
- Familiarity with peace, migration, displacement and conflict
dynamics in Latin America, especially Colombia and Venezuela.
- Strong project management and research skills with demonstrated
experience managing international research projects.
- Strong communication skills (including written and
presentation) in both English and Spanish and ability to translate
research findings to policymaker and practitioner audiences.
- Demonstrated intercultural skills.
- Fluency in Spanish (spoken and written) is required.
- Proven ability to work independently and effectively, as well
as work well as part of a team.
- Experience working closely with local communities and
community-based organizations in Colombia.
- Demonstrated experience in project management and project
implementation and financial oversight and reporting and monitoring
- Strong interest in innovative and adaptive programming. All
USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the
favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and--experience.
HOW TO APPLY
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 requirements.
2. Cover letter
3. Resume For questions about this position please email
email@example.com . 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,
gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political
affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic
protected by law.--
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