Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 07

Position description

Administratively Determined, Full-Time, Term-Appointed Position

(The initial term of appointment is one year and is renewable at the Commission’s option. The position is not covered by provisions of 5 USC that apply to Executive Branch employees regarding appointment, termination, competitive service selection, and pay related rules and regulations.)

Finalists may be required to complete a research and writing examination. The selectee for the position will be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance at the Top Secret/SCI level.


Respond to direction from and coordinating with the Supervisory Senior Policy Analyst for Economic and Trade Issues, or other senior Commission staff as directed by the Executive Director. The work requires the ability to:

1. Monitor and assess developments in economics and trade pertaining to China, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific Region. This includes: the trade balance between China and the United States; how the health of the U.S. economy and its component industries and workforce are affected by U.S. trade with China and other Chinese activities; China’s adherence to its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, U.S.-China bilateral trade agreements, and multilateral trade agreements to which the U.S. is a party; China’s economic strength and capability and the effects of its economic activities on the U.S. economy; the trends in China’s economic and trade activities; China’s enforcement of intellectual property rights; China’s use of prison labor and its adherence to related U.S.-China bilateral agreements; the effects of U.S. export controls on U.S.-China trade; and other topics as assigned.

2. Write assigned portions of the Commission’s Annual Report to Congress.

3. Prepare reports, position papers, briefing materials, and other information for Commissioners, the Executive Director, and other Commission staff; prepare and present briefings on same.

4. Provide substantive and administrative support during the development of, preparation for, and execution of Commission events, including hearings, briefings, roundtables, and conferences.

5. Prepare communications for Commissioners, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences. Prepare Commissioners for testimony before Congress and draft testimony or other presentation to Congress for use by Commissioners. 

6. Provide official responses to Congressional inquiries and legislated supporting requirements. 

7. Develop and maintain a professional network with China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.

8. Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisory Senior Policy Analyst for Economic and Trade Issues, the Executive Director, and Commissioners.


1. Proven and demonstrable experience and ability to present written and oral information clearly and concisely. Strong writing and editing skills are absolutely required.

2. Strong analytical and research skills, including demonstrable ability to accurately and thoroughly analyze data and make informed, critical judgments about issues.

3. Experience or expertise in economics, trade, and related areas of law as applicable to China, as well the economic and trade policies and goals of the United States, particularly regarding China, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.

4. Knowledge of China’s trade policies and practices, and the organization and structure of the agencies of the governments of these jurisdictions with responsibilities for determining, supervising, and conducting trade policies and bilateral and multilateral trade relationships.

5. Knowledge of U.S. trade laws, regulations, and procedures; the World Trade Organization and its regulations and procedures; other multilateral economic organizations; and the missions, and activities of U.S. government agencies with responsibilities for conducting or supervising bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations for the United States.

6. Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Economics, Law, International Relations, or Asian Studies.

7. Ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information regarding China, Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region. 

8. Experience and ability to work effectively as a member of a team, including participation in collaborative research studies.


(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

1. Experience in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, particularly with responsibilities for issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, or the Asia-Pacific Region 

2. Knowledge of the Chinese legal system and structure.

3. Experience living or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.

4. Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information regarding China and Taiwan.

Application instructions

Submit a complete application package containing all of the below required documents in one PDF file via e-mail. Incomplete application packages or information not received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date will not be considered.

1) Cover letter, to include:

a. Position title

b. Vacancy number

c. Brief statement outlining your interest in the Commission and this position 

d. Concise, point-by-point responses to all mandatory qualifications and highly desired qualifications listed above 

e. Your salary requirements and/or salary history 

2) Professional Resume

a. Chronological work history (starting with the most recent position held), education (including degrees and dates attained), applicable publications, etc.

b. Position-related training courses (title and year)

c. Job-related skills (e.g., computer software, program and database programs, etc.)

d. Job-related certificates and licenses

e. Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) 

3) Current Writing Sample 

Preferably an essay on an economics or trade topic related to China; writing and editing must be your own work and should not exceed 5 pages


After submitting your application package you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. Please note this e-mail confirmation is not automated and may take 2–3 days to receive. You will be contacted via e-mail if we wish to schedule an interview or require additional information. Applicants who interview may be required to take a writing test for further consideration. Applicants may inquire about the status of their application by sending an e-mail to Opportunities@uscc.gov. The selectee for the position will be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance at the Top Secret/SCI level.


The Commission will conduct internal evaluation based on applicants' qualifications, relevant experience, and writing sample. The Executive Director and appropriate staff will interview the top candidates. The Chairman and/or Vice Chairman will interview the final candidates. The final hiring decision will be made by the Executive Director.

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