- Program & Research Associate, Security Assistance Monitor, USA

Program & Research Associate, Security Assistance Monitor
Center for International Policy

Position Status:  Full-time

Location:  Washington, DC

Start Date:  February 1, 2019

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience


The Center for International Policy is seeking a full-time Program and Research Assistant for its Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) program.  The Program and Research Associate will contribute research and provide programmatic support for SAM to enhance research and debate on U.S. security assistance. The primary focus of the position will be managing SAM’s comprehensive data platform on U.S. security assistance, analyzing U.S. security assistance data trends for SAM publications, and serving as the intern coordinator. The Associate position reports to the SAM Program Director.  

About the Organization

The Center for International Policy (CIP) is an independent nonprofit center for research, public education and advocacy on U.S. foreign policy. We work to make a peaceful, just and sustainable world the central pursuit of U.S. foreign policy. We offer common sense solutions to the most urgent problems facing our country and our planet: war, corruption, poverty and inequality, and climate change.


CIP was founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, by former diplomats and peace activists who sought to reorient U.S. foreign policy to advance international cooperation as the primary vehicle for solving global challenges and promoting human rights


We bring diverse voices to bear on key foreign policy decisions and make the evidence-based case for how and why the United States must redefine the concept of national security in the 21st century.

About the Program

The Security Assistance Monitor tracks and analyzes U.S. security sector assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, SAM seeks to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.


Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs (see our methodology here). Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs.


While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blog, fact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues.


In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions.

Program and Research Associate Key Duties: 

Website and Database (35%)

    Maintain and update SAM’s data platform on U.S. security assistance worldwide while ensuring quality and accuracy of content;

    Identify and obtain new data on U.S. security assistance, including by conducting interviews and submitting Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests;

    Resolve any glitches or challenges with the database as necessary;

    Create new data visualizations to highlight key data on the databases;


Research and Analysis (45%)

    Monitor new developments on U.S. security assistance, especially new U.S. proposals to provide U.S. security aid and arms sales and policy changes;

    Assist the Director with research and analysis on U.S. security assistance trends and policy issues;

    Develop and draft blogs posts and narrative-driven infographics to highlight key U.S. security assistance issues;


Communications and Administrative (20%)

    Serve as a resource to the public and the media on U.S. security assistance data;

    Provide presentations on how to use SAM’s data platforms for research and analysis on U.S. security assistance;

    Create and send weekly newsletter;

    Develop and craft Social Media posts for SAM’s Twitter and Facebook account;

    Manage the program’s interns including conducting intern recruitment and interviews; and,

    Provide other administrative support as necessary, including with SAM’s budget.

Experience, Skills, and Education

    Bachelor’s degree in international relations, international development, or other related field, master’s degree preferred;

    A minimum of 3 years of professional experience, preferably in an administrative and/or research role;

    Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;

    Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;

    Knowledge of a foreign language such as Arabic, French, and Spanish a plus;

    Strong problem solving, decision-making, and planning skills;

    Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team;

    Familiarity with social media tools, blogging, and content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal;

    Experience with database management systems and Adobe products is a plus.

How to Apply:

All applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.  Please attach your cover letter, resume and writing sample as one document when you apply and send it to Christina Arabia, SAM Program Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “SAM Program and Research Associate Posting” in the subject line.

Job posted on 9th January 2019
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