Employment

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Iran Watch)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Associate for Iran Watch. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable open source research and nonprofit sector experience while working on one of the foremost proliferation challenges of today. We are seeking a team player with exacting standards who is creative, energetic, flexible, hardworking, and committed to the Project’s mission.

The Research Associate will be responsible for maintaining and updating all features of the Iran Watch website. The Research Associate will also participate in the Wisconsin Project’s advocacy and outreach on Iran. Specific duties include:

  • researching and writing quarterly essays and regular policy briefs
  • monitoring the implementation of sanctions, investigating potential violations, and writing short reports about these topics
  • conducting open source research and writing profiles of entities and sites linked to Iran’s proliferation-related programs as well as foreign entities supporting these programs
  • updating the site’s library of primary source documents
  • supporting outreach and advocacy through emails, social media, and briefings
  • supporting private roundtable discussions, including managing logistics

Background: Iran Watch is a website devoted to monitoring Iran’s weapons of mass destruction capability. The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the strategic situation in Iran, the status of Iran’s weapon potential, and the entities contributing to this potential, among policymakers and the media. Iran Watch also is focused on analyzing the ongoing implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and issues surrounding the U.S. withdrawal and the re-imposition of sanctions. The Wisconsin Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a strong academic background (Masters preferred) with 1-2 years of professional experience and an interest in conducting in-depth, open source research. Candidates must also have strong writing skills, the ability to evaluate sources, and a demonstrated commitment to nonproliferation. Proficiency in Farsi is preferred but not required. Additional desired skills include familiarity with data science techniques, geospatial and network analysis, GIS applications, and proliferation-relevant data sources. A successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable working independently in a small office.

Compensation: The position offered is full-time with generous benefits.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Iran Watch RA” in the subject line. The application deadline is February 22. No calls please.


PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a program assistant. The position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to the Wisconsin Project’s nonproliferation mission and to gain valuable experience in non-profit management. We are seeking a highly-organized, task-oriented person who finds solutions to program implementation challenges. You will be joining a small team that values creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission. The position provides the opportunity to interact with a range of U.S. and foreign government officials and to interface with relevant U.N. offices.

The program assistant will provide direct support to the Wisconsin Project’s two principal programs, the Risk Report and Iran Watch, and work closely with the Executive Director. Specific duties include:

  • drafting narrative progress reports for funders
  • assisting with proposal research and writing
  • designing and producing print and digital promotional materials
  • preparing materials and arranging logistics for Risk Report trainings
  • potentially participating in international Risk Report training visits
  • managing correspondence with Risk Report subscribers to ensure database access
  • working with management to develop a business plan for subscriber expansion
  • organize logistics for Iran Watch roundtable discussions and public briefings
  • maintaining a Salesforce database and related electronic and paper files
  • providing support to the Executive Director related to scheduling and correspondence

Background: The Risk Report is a source of unclassified information on entities around the world linked to the development of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles. It is used in 40 countries by both governments and companies. Iran Watch is a website devoted to monitoring Iran’s weapons of mass destruction capability. The Wisconsin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a strong academic background, including a BA or BS degree, the ability to write clearly, and an interest in supporting the organization’s mission. Candidates should be detail-oriented, organized, and able to juggle a variety of responsibilities. Candidates with grant management and proposal writing experience and experience using CMS/CRS and email marketing tools are preferred. The position may require some international travel (5-10%). Candidates must be able to carry up to 25 pounds of training material and equipment to and from training venues and on travel.

Compensation: The position offered is full-time with generous benefits.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Program Assistant” in the subject field. The application deadline is February 22. No calls please.


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (ongoing)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking an intern to conduct research for its Risk Report database and Iran Watch website. Wisconsin Project interns are accomplished students with an interest in nonproliferation and conducting in-depth research.

Interns will use a variety of open sources to conduct research on proliferation networks and write profiles of entities in these networks, for publication in the Risk Report and/or on Iran Watch. Through this research, interns will gain valuable experience in unclassified information gathering and source vetting. The research will also involve learning about autonomous and international sanctions and U.S. and multilateral export control regulations.

Candidates must have strong research and writing skills. Familiarity with techniques and information sources that can be applied to proliferation research, including trade and other large data sets, geospatial and network analysis, and GIS applications is preferred. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Korean or Arabic, would be helpful.

The internship is a paid position. A three-month commitment of at least 30 hours per week is required.

The Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization located in Washington D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org. No calls please.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Wisconsin Project is a host organization for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. This Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work for six to nine months with NGOs in Washington D.C. on international peace and security issues. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org.