United States Institute of Peace Vacancy for a Program Coordinator, Nigeria

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

JOB TITLE:   Program Coordinator, Nigeria

The Program Coordinator provides project and/or program management support, logistics, and conflict/political analysis in support of USIP’s programming in Nigeria. This position is based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the DC-based Program Officer for Nigeria.
This is a one-year position and availability is contingent upon funding.


  • Works in close coordination with Washington, DC staff and local partner organization, to support USIP’s program in Nigeria, including implementing day-to-day operations of the program, coordinating logistics, and facilitating meetings and interaction with northern state governors and a senior working group of Nigerian civic leaders;
  • In close coordination with Washington, DC staff and local partner organization, maintains working relationships with the governors, civic leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Represents USIP in meetings in Nigeria with relevant stakeholders, to include civil society, Nigerian government, US Embassy, and USAID;
  • Provides timely bi-weekly submission of program materials, including regular program monitoring reports and reporting inputs that evaluate political developments in Nigeria, measures USIP’s program impact, and collects results and high-quality data;
  • Conducts and submits regular conflict and political analysis on Nigeria;
  • Liaises regularly with USIP DC-based team to ensure well-timed support for program activities, and logistics;
  • In coordination with USIP DC-based team, manages the reconciliation of program expenses to ensure adherence to USIP financial rules and regulations;
  • Maintains coordination with USIP staff in Nigeria working on other projects, such as the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) program.
  • Other duties as determined.
  • Well organized, self-motivated, and able to conceptualize, and implement projects in fast-paced environments;
  • Good understanding of Nigerian political, economic and social dynamics and of how to operate effectively and efficiently in Nigeria;
  • Proven experience working and conducting programming in Nigeria
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Poise, flexibility, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a high-pressure atmosphere;
  • Must be organized, versatile and possess strong presentation skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; experience with Microsoft Apps (outlook, Calendar, One Drive, etc.) strongly desired.


  • B.A. in international affairs, conflict resolution, political science, African studies, or related area; Masters or Law degree preferred;
  • Minimum 5-7 years relevant full-time staff level work experience required, including work in active and recently active conflict zones and experience in community engagement, field research, and project management.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic;
  • Experience working across Nigeria and ability to travel within the country as needed;
  • English language fluency mandatory;
  • Relevant foreign language fluency, preferably Hausa or Fulani, is highly desirable.

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. Cover letter
  2. Resume

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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.

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