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United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to help their countries solve their own problems peacefully. The Institute provides expertise, training, analysis, and support to those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

Washington, DC
International Affairs
201-500 employees
Founded 1984

Making Peace Possible


To prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and linking analysis, training, and field programming in partnership with those working for sustainable peace.



Demonstrate passion to achieve our mission.
Approach our work with energy and persistence.
Foster a unified sense of purpose.


Be curious, creative, and agile.
Embrace change.
Learn from our programs and the people in places we work.
Address issues with open, direct, and respectful


Act with honesty, integrity, authenticity, and humility.
Treat others with dignity and empathy.
Seek diversity of backgrounds, approaches, and ideas.


Build and maintain trust among all staff.
Commit to the well-being and success of teammates.


Take responsibility for our actions and for upholding USIP’s mission.
Respect decisions and policies.
Use resources wisely.


Commit to non-partisanship in our work.
Conduct balanced and objective research, education, and training.
Engage people from all sides of issues.

Diversity & Inclusion

The U.S. Institute of Peace is dedicated to addressing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion globally and within the organization.  A diverse team is only part of what makes a more equitable workplace. We are committed to ensuring that different voices are heard that people feel respected and valued, and that they are in environments where they can do their best work.


USIP offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees, including a choice between three different medical plans administered by Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, the dental plan administered by MetLife, and a vision plan with VSP. The cost of premiums is shared between you (20%) and the Institute (80%). USIP provides employees with a defined contribution retirement plan with immediate vesting. The Institute will contribute approximately 12% of your annualized base salary (eligibility for participation begins after one year of employment or when you attain the age of 35 years, whichever occurs first). Additionally, we offer both annual and sick leave and observe eleven holidays a year.


Employee engagement is rooted in our values and principles and supports Goal 4 of our Strategic Plan which involves (in part) “building an agile, high-performing, learning organization that delivers the best possible outcomes in support of USIP’s mission, values, and goals.” We do this by both supporting and challenging each other and ensuring that we are fully prepared for the demanding work of peacebuilding. We each play a role in creating a workplace community committed to quality outcomes. Thanks in advance for your active participation in this effort

Social impact

The U.S. Institute of Peace operates on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous places to provide training, guidance, resources, and analysis for those working to prevent or reduce violent conflict. At any time, USIP is active in more than fifty countries with staff in nearly 20 of those , including Afghanistan and Iraq. Explore the Institute’s programs and publications by region and country.

Opportunities at United States Institute of Peace