Program Officer, Border Security Training Program (BSTP) – PROGR001773-00001

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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

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

The Program Officer will lead the curriculum development efforts for the Border Security Training Program (BSTP) and other training programs for the Curriculum and Training Design (CTD) team. The qualified candidate will have substantial experience developing training curricula, a solid foundation in learning theory and using participant-centered approaches, and significant experience facilitating training.

This position is based in Washington, DC, and reports to the program lead for the Internal Trainer Development (ITD) program on the CTD team. The CTD Team creates and implements rigorous and sustainable transformative learning processes that strengthen the capacity of individual and institutional partners to build peaceful, just and equitable societies. CTD is part of the Applied Conflict Transformation Center, which serves as the hub of the Institute’s common resources for governments, organizations, and individuals seeking to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict worldwide.

Grade 13 – $103,000 – $107,000

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

Development and Planning:
Border Security Training Program (BSTP)
• Takes a lead role, in close collaboration with the BSTP Training Lead and curriculum developers, in ongoing and iterative curriculum development and materials design and standardization for new projects.
• Lead trainer in delivering in-country BSTP training, including piloting new curricula, executing training and training-of-trainers programs, and serving as a resource for the mentoring and coaching of trainers on new curricula.
• Takes the lead role in developing, after-action reports and project progress reports, in close collaboration with BSTP project managers.
• Maintains communication and collaboration efforts with relevant USIP centers and within CTD.

CTD Team:
• Contributes to the Curriculum Guidance Group to support USIP teams in developing and revising training curricula.
• Takes a lead role in coordinating with program and training leads to design new training curricula for CTD programs.
• Works closely with the CTD team to develop and revise content for CTD’s existing training curricula.
• Oversees the development of concept notes and/or proposals for potential inter-agency agreements to support and expand the portfolio of the CTD team.
• Delivers and supports CTD training programs in-country.
• Stays up to date on new research, policy, and practice on training pedagogy.

Public Outreach:
• Builds strategic partnerships and cultivates contacts with subject matter experts and a wide variety of external organizations to leverage resources and combine efforts to promote USIP program initiatives and goals.
• Attends and participates in various conferences, events, and other programs to speak on behalf of USIP on a specific subject matter area of expertise.
• Takes a lead role in responding to the public or media regarding specific program areas.
• Provides regulatory briefings to governmental or other organizations on key subject matter areas.

Performs other duties as assigned.

• Master’s degree in education, pedagogy, curriculum, and instruction, or related field required.
• Four (4) plus years of experience in the design and delivery of education and/or training programs.
• Experience developing curricula for training programs.
• Experience implementing training programs.
• Experience facilitating training-of-trainers programs and mentoring/coaching participants in the delivery of training.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Knowledge of the peacebuilding field is a plus.
• Excellent research and writing ability; strong organizational skills; and ability to work independently and yet collegially.
• Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of teams and partners.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

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

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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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 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.

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