At IRI we aim to create opportunities for people who are seeking to enhance democratic societies abroad. To do that, we invest time and resources into our people and are always looking for new ways to support our staff in their professional journey.

Join our team and begin a rewarding career. Help us build a world where all people are free to determine their own destiny.

Career Opportunities

At IRI, our committed staff is our most important resource. Since our founding in 1983, we have worked in more than 100 countries with staff, embodying our core values every day to ensure strong democracy, research, and governance projects are making an impact. If you are ready to make a difference in people’s lives every day, join us!



On this page you can find all of our opportunities based/engaged through our headquarters office in Washington, DC!



On this page you can find all of our opportunities based in our international offices around the world!



In the course of our global democracy and governance programming, we require the use of experts and services to carry out aspects of our work.


Featured Openings

On this page you can find some of our high demand positions!

IRI recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusive practices in the workplace, to ensure that all types of staff can actively participate in our worldwide operations. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law. 

IRI Values

At IRI, we strive to create an environment where our values intersect with the achievement and delivery of our mission. We emphasize strong management principles with appropriate stewardship of financial resources. To do this, we put our core organizational values into action to guide our work in pursuit of our mission to strengthen democratic societies around the world.

Accountability Our belief in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.
Excellence Our belief in quality results delivered by investing in people.
Freedom Our belief in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive.
Respect Our belief in trust, empathy, and empowering people.
Teamwork Our belief in diversity, inclusion, and the power of global collaboration.
Transparency Our belief in open communication and clear decision-making.

Total Compensation

Our Total Compensation program offers a competitive balance of benefits and compensation and is specific to the employment classification and where an individual is hired. Our program is regularly evaluated to reflect the changing needs of our diverse workforce. Below is a brief sampling of benefits for IRI’s DC-based employees.

Time Off

  • Paid Holidays
    (Floating Holiday provided for added flexibility)
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Personal Days
    (Additional flexibility for time off as personal circumstances permit)

Health & Wellness

  • Mental wellness & well-being offerings along with other Staff Care tools
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Medical benefits (Choice between HRA & PPO)
  • Dental and vision benefits

Financial Security

  • Base salary that is competitively placed within DC Metro area
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Retirement plan with 10% employer contribution
  • Income Protection through Life Insurance, Disability insurance and AD&D

Professional Growth

  • Graduate Student Loan Repayment Program
    (Eligible after 1 year of employment)
  • Professional Development Assistance
  • E-Learning
    (Available internally and via eCornell)

Our People

It is a historic time to be at IRI and what you will find when you join IRI is a mission driven staff who are committed to enhancing democracy across the globe. Every day, our people dedicate themselves to their work and mission. IRI is leading the way on the world stage and allowing citizens to shape and control their own destiny.

We encourage you to hear directly from our team and learn about their work by checking out the “I am IRI” series.

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