Program Officer, China At US Institute of Peace

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The Program Officer for China will be responsible for leading substantive research and analysis, cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders working on issues related to China and China’s foreign policy, and helping USIP design and implement its research agenda and programming work in this field. The Program Officer will report to the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs and work closely with other colleagues across USIP. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, with some international travel required.

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:

  • Researches and writes on topics relevant to USIP’s work.
  • Provides briefings to governmental or other organizations on China.
  • Responds to public queries and media requests regarding China.
  • Supports or leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings.
  • Proposes innovative research and programming to advance USIP’s mission.

Development and Planning:

  • Working with the Director for East and Southeast Asia Programs, supports or leads the development and implementation of research projects and other program activities related to China.
  • 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.
  • Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.
  • Keeps up-to-date on new research, programs, and policy initiatives as they relate to USIP’s work.

Financial Management:

  • Manages project budgets to ensure projects implemented within program timelines and in a manner that meets program standards and objectives.
  • Oversees development and submission of project progress reports as required.


  • Travels around the United States and internationally as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience on China.
  • Strong interest and experience with innovative programming and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic and writing skills. Able to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of China’s foreign policy, China’s impact on peace and conflict dynamics, and the Asia-Pacific region at large.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Fluency in English required; Chinese language ability highly desirable.

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


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 protected]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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September 2023