Career Opportunities

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies seeks bright professionals who possess diverse talents, an enthusiasm for African issues, and a willingness to plunge into multiple fast-paced projects. Our permanent staff is divided into several sections including academics, communications, community and alumni affairs, policy and operations, and research.

The Africa Center is a Department of Defense institution that conducts seminars, events, and activities in Africa and elsewhere. The Africa Center is located on the campus of National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.

General employment requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible for U.S. employment
  • Must be willing and able to travel (15–25 percent)
  • French/Portuguese language abilities are highly desirable

Current Openings

Plans and Operations Officer

The Africa Center is looking for a Plans and Operations Officer. Responsibilities include providing support to leadership on planning of Africa Center programs and events; developing program planning to meet Center objectives in coordination with all Africa Center sections; reviewing program parameters and budgets to ensure compliance with operational guidance; overseeing Africa Center program and event planning; working with institutional sponsors within and outside the Department of Defense to coordinate events; working with US embassy teams, African government officials, and commercial establishments to plan and execute events; and developing event planning templates; and collecting data to evaluate effectiveness and streamline business practices. For more information, see the posting on

Internship Program