|Title:||Sr. Counterterrorism Program Analyst|
|Security Level:||Top Secret|
We currently have an opening on our team for an experienced Program Analyst III to support the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT).
Title: Program Analyst III
Rate: GS 13-10 Exempt Equivalency (2019 schedule)
Location: Washington DC
Schedule: Full time, M-F, 8:15am to 5:00pm with a 45-minute lunch break
Travel: Some domestic and foreign travel will be required
Clearance Level: Active TOP SECRET with ability to receive SCI access is required for this position (DoD Preferred)
The Bureau of Counterterrorism exercises policy, implementation, and budget oversight for all State Department counterterrorism law enforcement capacity building programs, including training and mentoring as well as the provision of technical assistance, equipment, and software, and works closely with the regional bureaus, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and other U.S. government and non-government program implementers. The Bureau is also responsible for interagency coordination of all U.S. government Anti-terrorism Assistance Act of 1986 functions and is responsible for coordinating other interagency counterterrorism activities.
The Program Analyst III will contribute to CT program planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and performance oversight and evaluation. The Program Analyst II shall have responsibility for an assigned country or geographic region portfolio that includes contributing to the design, development, planning, coordination (within the Bureau, with U.S. embassies overseas, and with implementing and host nation partners), implementation agreements, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of assigned portions of CT's worldwide programs and other CT related foreign assistance activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Program Analyst III shall perform the following duties with varying levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as varying degrees of oversight:
Task 1: Remain current on and provide analysis of assigned areas or countries as it relates to CT issues and priorities.
- Monitor developing political situations, terrorism threats, security sector dynamics, human rights situations, and issues of administrative management that may impact upon the ability of the USG to implement counterterrorism assistance and/or capacity building programs
- Assess political stability, security, and threat conditions in the assigned country through analysis of reporting, briefings, as well as on-site interviews and observation.
- Monitor issue areas pertinent to the country or region maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the USG’s stance and reactions.
- Interpret the significance of events or developments to U.S. counterterrorism programs, assessing them against a broad, but in-depth knowledge of the assigned geographic area that includes its political system, security sector, language, history, and culture.
- Draft briefing papers or provide input to briefing papers on the impact of events on U.S. counterterrorism programming. Provide oral briefings on the same.
- Recommend effective changes for U.S. programs in dealing directly with the country in question or indirectly through third parties or multi-lateral organizations.
Task 2: Represent the Program Office’s interests and endeavors for assigned projects and assist the government manager with all aspects of project planning, implementation, and execution.
- Assess program effectiveness as evidenced by improvement in a partner’s civilian criminal justice system’s response to terrorism, such as their capacity to investigate, disrupt, or deter terrorist plotting, to prosecute and adjudicate terrorism activity, to prevent terrorist travel, or to stem the flow of resources to terrorist organizations. Identify gaps in counterterrorism capacity in a country, countries, or geographic region and design and recommend programmatic responses to address such gaps as identified by CT strategies.
- Research and analyze problems, issues, or program requirements and provide analysis and advice on programs based on mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems.
- Collect and compile data as well as organize data and provide presentations of results/findings with the goal of refining or designing new projects and reporting on activities.
- Confer with Department and USAID counterparts, as well as other donor countries, to deconflict proposed programming to avoid duplication of efforts.
- Confer with top-level managers and executives to assist in defining overall goals and objectives of projects in support of assigned country/region.
- Confer with CT’s strategy, regional, and thematic policy offices to ensure that proposed programmatic activity is in line with the overarching priorities set by the Secretary of State and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
- Confer with analysts and action officers in the various interested organizations both within and external to the Department to develop information, obtain clarification of divergent viewpoints, and assist in building consensus for a course of action acceptable to the assigned regional Bureau.
- On behalf of CT/P, convene and participate in interagency working groups and meetings and make recommendations to these bodies and to Department management on new programmatic approaches or activities that will assist in achieving policy objectives.
- Participate in meetings with agencies of foreign governments and multilateral organizations to contribute detailed technical analyses and assessments of complex programmatic-related issues and alternatives to decision makers.
- Recommend, draft, and review CT Program initiatives and/ or changes based on analysis of regional or country-specific issues as well as Department policy. Recommend adjustments in Foreign Assistance and other USG program funding as appropriate.
- Draft agency directives, memoranda, and other written guidelines and recommendations related to projects for the government manager’s review and submission.
- Advocate and defend regional bureau and individual country team policy interests in dealing with specific Foreign Assistance program proposals and other USG activities focused on or affecting countries assigned to the contractor.
- Plan and organize team study work and effectively support outcomes with management working towards acceptance and implement of recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with other procedures and programs in effect.
- Reconcile conflicts between basic policies and program goals.
- Ensure effective communication of US policy developments and guidance to U.S. mission personnel related to Counterterrorism Bureau programmatic activity.
- Coordinate the impact of projects with employees and government managers in all affected areas and with external individuals and organizations.
Task 3: Assist bureau-designated Contracts/Grants/Agreements Officer Representatives for contracts, grants and interagency agreements on behalf of CT for an assigned country or geographic region portfolio
- Research and assess the various available procurement vehicles for program execution, and recommend the best type to use depending on the region and/or country, specific project goals and objectives, and available funding. These vehicles include Interagency Agreements, grants, cooperative agreements, broad agency agreements, and the co-creation process.
- Prepare recommendations for resource requirements to accomplish projects and confer with stakeholders in support of needed resources and support.
- Analyze or assess different aspects of procurement policies and programs to develop policies or procedures or provide advice and guidance to agency activities concerning a variety of procurement issues. Draft way ahead for procurement efforts for CT/P government staff review and approval.
- Perform background work associated with procurement policy research, analysis, and interpretation or review of contract actions for compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
- Assist with the review of deliverables and recommend acceptance or rejection of deliverables during contract performance and at close-out in conformance with contract terms and conditions
- Maintain traceability of oversight through properly documented files that are compliant with agency standards and regulations in order to provide the COR/GOR/AOR and succeeding COR/GOR/AORs an accurate history of contract implementation.
- Review and assist with the processing of invoices and/or payments within seven calendar days of receipt or in accordance with contract timelines.
- Report perceived contractor instances of fraud/waste/abuse within five business days to the COR/GOR/AOR.
- Keep the COR/GOR/AOR and appropriate government staff informed of contractor performance and contract administration issues by coordinating any changes in cost or delivery within five business days.
Task 4: Contribute to the CT Bureau’s Annual Program Review of major implementers.
- Assist CT/P government staff members with the assessment of efficacy of major programs in assigned country/region to inform CT principals in preparation for the Annual Program Review of major implementers.
- Identify program challenges and make recommendations on corrective actions to assist government managers and bureau principals during APR process.
- Recommend specific measures to improve implementers’ work processes with regard to program implementation.
Task 5: Produce reporting on the current status of programs, including examples of where CT-funded programs resulted in supporting CT bureau objectives and goals in the country or region, including in preparation for Department and congressional briefings on program outcomes.
- Elicit routine reports from implementing partner program managers that provide examples of how the program or project is supporting CT Bureau goals and objectives, including instances where CT-trained host country officials successfully responded to or adjudicated terrorism cases.
- Conduct site visits to observe CT-funded programming and draft site visit reports for CT/P leadership as well as GOR/COR/AOR.
- Assist in drafting reports and responses to congressional inquiries on counterterrorism programming, on the efficacy of specific programs, and on how the programming specifically addresses gaps in partner host government capacity.
- Compile relevant data and stories of program outcomes to share with congress, Department leadership, interagency and other stakeholders.
- Draft articles or blogs on successful programming outcomes, for publication or posting on social media.
Task 6: Assist with the planning, development, support obligation of, and track multi-year budget for assigned programs.
- Assist with the planning and development of multi-year fiscal budgets for country, region, or functional program based on bureau goals and objectives; advice changes to government-approved plans as needed and no less than on a quarterly basis.
- Collaborate within the Department and Interagency on country- or region-specific terrorism threats, vulnerabilities, and gaps in the country’s or region’s civilian security sector capacity and develop viable programming concept and budget to address these threats.
- Consult with diplomatic posts, relevant bureaus, and the interagency on specific country or regional plans and proposed multi-year budgets to obtain buy-in.
- Work closely with CT/EX to prepare congressional notifications and obligating documents for IAAs, grants, and contracts.
Task 7: Organize and execute workshops and seminars to deepen the Bureau’s expertise in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism programming research, techniques and training.
- Confer with analysts, action officers, implementing partners, and subject matter experts to develop concepts for workshops and seminars to build Bureau expertise in counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programming best practices.
- Develop workshop concept with possible implementing partners or other stakeholder organizations, including themes, an agenda, and proposed participants for government staff approval.
- Execute government-approved conference/workshop, enlisting office and bureau assistance, and the approved resources necessary.
- Ensure follow-through on any shared results and outcomes.
Knowledge and Experience Requirements:
Candidates shall possess the following qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and three-to-five years of work experience in areas similar to those of the requirements of this task order OR a Master’s degree and work experience in areas similar to those of the requirements of this task order.
- Expert use of quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing and evaluating complex mission-oriented programs and projects for an organization.
- Experience with developing project and program plans, goals, objectives, and milestones involving complex programs, systems, or issues of critical importance to an entire organization.
- Experience with assessing project progress, conducting briefings, and preparing comprehensive reports with solutions and recommendations for top-level managers and executives.
- Expert knowledge of the theories and principles of political science, international relations, security policy, economics, history, geography, or other related disciplines applied in analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and/or foreign assistance specific to one or more countries.
- Mastery of one or more geographic or functional specialty areas to provide expert advice and guidance with regard to the policy implications of issues/programs and developments in an assigned specialty area.
- Knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs to assess the relevancy and implications of global social, political, economic, geographic, and military issues, developments, and events affecting the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance.
- Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, processes, and organizations in order to apply the full range of available information resources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Department.
- Knowledge of Department goals, objectives, programs, and relationships to provide expert analytical and advisory services that are responsive to the specialized needs of the organizations supported.
- Ability to work well in a team.
- Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of analyses.
- Ability to establish liaison at all levels throughout the foreign policy and intelligence communities to exchange information vital to both spheres of operation.
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