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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at US Institute of Peace full-time


    - Great co-workers. Smart, capable, funny, dedicated. - Flexible work due to funding mechanisms. Can pursue projects of interest. Not beholden to strict grant cycles, like NGOs. -Above average pay compared to NGOs doing similar work. - Organization is committed to its strategic plan. An impressive feat. - An excellent starting point for for folks getting into peace/conflict/governance/rule of law work, (but most junior staff don't know it).


    - Decentralized org structure. VPs of the different centers have greatest autonomy, which very much limits the ability to do things across the organization. - Staff have arguably too much flexibility, resulting in too little strategic direction. - Result of two points above is that the organization struggles to communicate about itself and it's good work (of which there is plenty being done). - Little enforcement of policies, procedures even after there is wide buy-in from the organization. - Lacking capacity in management services, and purchasing/procurement process is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    - Enforce more when there is buy-in and the course is clearly the right one.

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    I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at US Institute of Peace.


    Initially contacted to participate in interview process 7 months after applying. When they called to do the pre-screen I didn't even know which position they were calling about because it had been so long. Interviewing process itself lasted one month, consisting of phone screening and in-person interview. In-person interview took place around 3-member panel. The way the HR manager contacted me was a huge red flag--they would call after business hours (think 8-9pm at night) to set up interviews and when I didn't answer my phone, would immediately follow-up with an immediately (think I was listening to the voicemail as the email hit my inbox). The entire hiring process felt really odd and the times of contact made me think they work hours I would not be comfortable committing to. I just hope the people of USIP don't all work until 8-9pm balance is a good thing!

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1 to 50 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
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Though not a contestant for Miss America, the US Institute of Peace (USIP) really does want world peace. Funded by Congress, the institute is an independent, non-partisan, national organization charged with promoting peace. The USIP's stated mission is to prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformations, and to increase peace building capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. Staffed by government, military, and academic specialists, the USIP pursues world peace through research, education ... More

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