Research Analyst - Secret Clearance

ALEX Alternative Experts
Arlington County, Virginia
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Description
Title: Research Analyst

Location: Arlington, VA

Clearance Level: Secret


The Research Analyst will support the Center for the Study of the Conduct of Diplomacy (CSCD) within the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

The Research Analyst position is interdisciplinary and requires the application of expert-level professional knowledge of and experience in the practice of diplomacy. Under the guidance of CSCD leadership, the Research Analyst is responsible for conducting research and interviews, analyzing diplomatic practice, and developing and writing case studies and Policy Implementation Reviews. As an expert foreign affairs practitioner, the Research Analyst ensures that his or her research and analysis meet the needs of Department of State personnel and the larger foreign affairs community by supporting the training efforts by the FSI.

Primary responsibilities in CSCD include researching and writing case studies, conforming to existing guidelines, for use in Policy Implementation Reviews. Policy Implementation Reviews draw from diplomatic reporting, interviews, and open-sources. In addition, the Research Analyst will collaborate with FSI course coordinators to facilitate the use of the lessons learned case studies in classrooms.

The successful candidate will have the ability to:

Identify potential case studies for research.

Respond to requests to research case studies identified by Department stakeholders, as directed by CSCD leadership.

Research case studies using a combination of relevant academic studies, off-the-record interviews, published and unpublished memoirs, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training oral history interviews, press releases, public statements, speeches, background briefings, Mission Activities Tracker (MAT) data, Cable Archive Retrieval System (CARS) and State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset (SMART) reviews, as well as other relevant data in order to generate a detailed, soundly sourced, ~150-page (per case study) "Master Draft" chronology of events and actions.

Draft analytical case studies focusing on the tradecraft of diplomacy and conforming to existing guidelines. Expected rate of production would be a minimum of 6-10 case studies (= 2-3 Policy Implementation Reviews) annually.

Maintain diplomatic expertise by staying informed of current diplomatic efforts and Department of State goals.

Continuously research to enhance the usefulness and pertinence of CSCD's case studies.

Continuously develop and maintain professional contacts who will be resources for the Center.

Maintain and develop professional contacts with other government agencies as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • SECRET clearance.
  • Fluency in the English Language.
  • Professional and expert-level knowledge of the application of diplomatic tradecraft, developed by having served a minimum of five (5) years in a U.S. embassy in a political, economic, public diplomacy, or equivalent position.
  • Professional education and experience in any or a combination of the following disciplines can contribute to the base knowledge required to perform the work: Foreign Affairs; International Relations; History; Anthropology; or Liberal Arts.
  • Familiarity with diplomatic tradecraft and its use.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, and be willing to write to order.
  • Familiarity with academic research standards
  • Superior organization skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to follow technical direction; work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong PC skills using Microsoft Office software.
  • Proven experience as a member of a team and a team leader; proven ability to explain complex content related to integration of educational technologies and approaches to non-technical staff; positive interpersonal skills and a customer-service orientation, particularly with clients from a wide variety of cultures and in a multicultural setting.
  • The ability to work effectively and on a team with colleagues in various employment categories such as civil and foreign service government employees and other contract employees.
  • Commitment to a collective and collaborative work environment, able to operate both as a member of a small team but also with wide latitude and independence.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
  • Work experience in an educational or training institute.
  • Specific experience supporting the Department of State, Foreign Services Institute, Office of the Executive Director for Management (EX), The Office of the Director or one of the five FSI schools: The School of Language Studies (SLS); The School of Applied Information Technology (SAIT); The School of Leadership and Management (LMS); The School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS); The Transition Center (TC).

Education and Certifications:
  • An advanced degree and foreign language skills are preferred.
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