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Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Technical Expert and Project Specialist


Location: Washington, DC, USA

Organization: Our Secure Future

Organization Summary:

For more than a decade, One Earth Future (OEF) has worked to solve complex problems at the root of armed conflict. Through its unique culture of iterative learning and improvement, OEF designs, tests, and partners to scale programs that help communities see problems in new ways and solve them collectively. With its headquarters in Colorado and offices around the world, OEF operates as a portfolio of peacebuilding programs, each with its own director, strategy, and budget. What holds them together is a common purpose: to provide an impartial platform for diverse stakeholders to form adaptive problem-solving networks for peace. At the foundation level, OEF provides the financial, strategic, and operational support needed to iteratively develop solutions to complex problems that could not have been designed in advance.

Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference (OSF) is a new program at OEF. The OSF mission is to strengthen the Women, Peace and Security movement for more effective policy decision-making to create a more peaceful world. We envision a more just and peaceful future transformed by women’s full participation. More information can be found at or follow us on Twitter @oursecurefuture.

Primary Role:

As a new program, OSF requires someone with entrepreneurial drive and creativity to hit the ground running in a fast-growing program. This is a great opportunity to help build a world-class Women, Peace and Security program from the ground up. This role is for someone who is equally comfortable taking the lead role on projects, as well as willing to pitch in at all levels to get the job done right. We require a motivated self-starter who is passionate about peace and women’s rights, able to work well in a small team, and has the savvy to turn obstacles into opportunities.

The WPS Project Specialist will work closely with the Director and OSF team to support the program goals of Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference. Primary duties include: oversight of technical assistance to mid-to-senior level policy decision makers (USG, UN, or other) on Women, Peace and Security topics, support for strategic planning, direct responsibility for logistical and administrative support to at least 3 OSF partners; assists the Director in research and writing, including producing web content, policy briefs, research reports and other documents as are needed to achieve the goals of this fast developing program. Special projects include: support to the WPS Congressional Fellow and Hill-related work; responsibility for backstopping the Male Allies for Women, Peace and Security Network; and WPS curriculum development for partners as requested.

Additionally, the Project Specialist will also coordinate with the OEF Communications team on the public release and distribution of OSF reports, weekly updates, quarterly newsletters, and other products. To that end, the Project Specialist will manage the OSF Twitter account in order to publicize OSF work as well as relevant current events and stories. The Project Specialist will provide additional research and support to the team as needed. The ability to work collaboratively in a team, and independently as needed, is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Backstop and work with OSF Fellow and Partners on “Men Allies for Women, Peace and Security Network.”
  • Manage at least 3 OSF partner and fellow relationships including, regular communication, weekly meetings, tracking results, contracts, invoices, and monthly reporting.
  • Work closely with OSF team to support OSF partnerships including logistics, event planning, administrative needs.
  • Assist with and conduct, facilitate, and produce original research in the form of policy briefs, research reports, blog posts, and other documents as needed using both primary and secondary sources.
  • Organize, maintain and manage contact lists using Salesforce, or other approved database.
  • Work with OEF Operations team, OEF Research Department, and other OEF programs to share and coordinate efforts related to WPS.
  • Work with team to expand and strengthen OSF’s online presence.
  • Assist with OSF twitter feed to ensure the views of the program are appropriately shared with the public; Help Associate Director and Communications Project Specialist build a robust Twitter following with the OEF Colorado office.
  • Liaise with OSF Advisory Committee members to ensure consistent, regular communication of programmatic developments; provide logistical support in coordinating quarterly phone-calls and emails.
  • Assist OSF Director and the OEF Colorado Gender Working Group to design and implement internal gender training programs for other OEF staff. Liaise with other programs at OEF to help support the integration of gender perspectives in OEF work.
  • Conduct, facilitate, produce original research on WPS in the form of policy briefs, white papers, blog posts, and other documents as needed using both primary and secondary sources.
  • Other research and coordination work as is needed as the program grows.
  • Represent OSF/OEF to outside audiences; make public presentations about OSF’s work and mission.
  • Liaise with high-level officials when necessary; conduct off-site advance work solo, or with a team; work closely with official government agencies on OSF projects.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Competences:

  • Master’s degree in relevant subject; Postgraduate study preferred.
  • 4 to 7 years relevant work experience.
  • At least 3 years of technical expertise with gender and Women, Peace and Security issues demonstrated by producing gender assessments for international organizations, policy briefs for policy audiences, published research related to WPS for policy audiences; Experience as a gender advisor is a plus.
  • Ability to thrive in high pressure environments; Takes joy in the midst of juggling many responsibilities.
  • Experience working with high-level policy decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple clients and partners with competing deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated savvy and excellent skills with social media (especially Twitter).
  • Passionate about women’s rights and international peace and security issues.
  • Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance with the ability to be flexible to accomodate for early or late meetings.
  • Ability to handle sensitive or confidential information and situations, demonstrating poise, tact and diplomacy with a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to learn about new areas and issue sets in the Women, Peace and Security agenda and movement.
  • Substantive exposure to foreign policy making, the WPS community (in Washington DC or New York) , or experience with international advocacy by civil society organizations on social justice issues.
  • International experience (can include work with women’s organizations, the UN, the USG, the Hill, international development organizations or short-term consultancies).
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from multiple levels both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to engage and correspond with stakeholders from diverse cultures.
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other programs); willingness to learn new software to support the goal of the program.
  • A second language is a plus.
  • Commitment to both OSF and OEF’s vision and values.

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