The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT) seeks an Analyst in Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy to join its Foreign Policy Management and Global Issues Section.
Applicants should have experience conducting sophisticated analysis of foreign policy and international development, knowledge of the U.S. legislative branch and its operations, and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. The work can require rapid response to emerging policy issues during active legislative processes. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in foreign policy and international development, including foreign assistance policy, programs, budgets, and legislation. Professional experience analyzing or implementing development assistance policy and legislation is preferred. Strong research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills are essential, and applicants with an advanced degree in international development or foreign policy are strongly encouraged to apply.
The analyst will prepare authoritative, objective, and non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports and other products that analyze the foreign assistance policies of the United States and key U.S. and international aid agencies; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on such policies throughout the legislative process; and participate in team research projects and seminars.
The analyst is also expected to enhance over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels. The analyst may support research analyses undertaken throughout CRS.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority ¡s to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
Prepares a variety of analytical, descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's designated areas of responsibility to support congressional decision making.
Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.
Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.
Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of foreign assistance and foreign policy **
Ability to analyze public policy issues**
Ability to write in a public policy context**
Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
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