Project Manager: The Democracy and Accountable Security Project

US · Washington, District of Columbia
Department US
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor


Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians in conflict. CIVIC envisions a world in which no civilian is harmed in conflict. Our mission is to support communities affected by conflict in their quest for protection and to strengthen the resolve and capacity of armed actors to prevent and respond to civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at

About the Position

CIVIC seeks a full-time Project Manager to lead a project with the Stimson Center that seeks to identify why the accountability of security institutions falls short in the United States, both domestically and in U.S. foreign policy, and explore what forms increased accountability might take. This position will provide the right candidate with the rare opportunity to lead an exciting and meaningful research and advocacy project that connects the importance of accountable security practice in the U.S. and around the world to the strength and legitimacy of U.S. democracy and foreign policy.

The Project Manager will have extensive creative discretion to develop and implement a multi-methods research project plan (within the scope of the project proposal) that will involve desk research, focus groups, interviews, and networking with key coalition partners, peers from major organizations, and subject matter experts; they will also design and drive an advocacy and dissemination plan for engaging with policy makers and generating broad-based support for an “accountability agenda” for U.S. security policy at home and abroad. The project manager will enjoy the support, collaboration, and oversight of staff from both CIVIC and the Stimson Center, along with pre-established commitments from key coalitions and experts to participate in the project.

The preferred candidate is an excellent writer and communicator, with a background or education in U.S. national security policy or foreign policy, who can conduct basic multi-methods research; excels at networking and connecting with other coalitions; and possesses keen project management skills - to include keeping the project on schedule.

The ideal candidate is a visionary with a commitment to justice and accountability, with an interest in security institutions and governance, who can identify common threads and forge connections between seemingly different agendas and people, and successfully persuade stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds.

Key Functions


  • Work with CIVIC (U.S. and Research, Learning, and Innovation [RLI] Teams) and Stimson Center to develop a project plan, based on the grant proposal, with activities, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Consult with subject matter experts on project design
  • Work with the CIVIC U.S. team to manage the project budget
  • Monitor project implementation and provide regular updates to CIVIC and Stimson teammates and leaders
  • Identify and manage project risks
  • Assist with the drafting of donor reports


  • Develop a research plan in accordance with CIVIC’s research manual that details, inter alia, methods, research questions, and interview subjects.
  • Lead interviews, focus groups, desk research in support of research objectives
  • Complete interim and final research products in accordance with the project plan
  • Prepare and lead two research workshops in select U.S. cities


  • Forge connections and find areas of alignment with NGOs and NGO coalitions that focus on aspects of accountable security practice in U.S. domestic and foreign policy
  • To the extent possible, ensure policy agenda deliverable aligns with and amplifies advocacy goals of other coalitions


  • Working with the Stimson and CIVIC teams, prepare for capstone advocacy and dissemination activities, to include workshops and roundtables in Washington and two additional U.S. cities.


  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to justice and accountability
  • Masters in U.S. national security policy or U.S. foreign policy, public policy, international relations, political science, Law Degree, or related field OR significant and relevant work experience
  • Formal education, training, or demonstrated experience in at least one but preferably two qualitative research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to build professional network and work effectively with and alongside other organizations or coalitions
  • Strong program management skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team

Additional Details

CIVIC values diversity, equity, and inclusion in our recruiting practices. In particular, we believe that people most affected by U.S. security policies, including Black, Brown, and indigenous people and other people of color, must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage people from those identities and other marginalized communities to apply.

This appointment is a one-year, limited term position with the possibility of extension on availability of funding and mutual interest. Though successful candidates should be proficient in program and project management, CIVIC can offer limited project management training to fill key gaps and build core competencies.

Application packages should include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your motivation to work in our field, a succinct statement of what you believe qualifies you for the position, and anything you think we might find interesting about your background. Finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample, references, and to conduct a short project-relevant assignment.

Currently, CIVICs Washington, DC office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, therefore, this position is currently a remote position until, and when, the WDC office is re-opened, at which point, this position will be required to be located in the office on a permanent basis.

CIVIC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to include excellent health benefits (medical, vision and dental), life insurance, a 403b retirement savings plan with employer-matched contributions (up to 5% of salary), and paid leave plus paid holidays (including the day after Thanksgiving and the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day). Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis so please apply early. CIVIC reserves the right to close the position opening before this deadline if the perfect candidate is found sooner. COVID-19 Precaution(s): All interviews for this position will be virtual.

CIVIC seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

CIVIC is not able to sponsor employees at this point in time, therefore, please ensure that you are able to legally work in this location when applying.

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: CIVIC does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. CIVIC does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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