Conflict and Stabilization Advisor

Akima, LLC
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

Tuvli, LLC an Akima Company, is dedicated to providing our customers with superior, integrated technology and program support services and solutions. Our systems engineering, information technology, information assurance, program support and project management staff work closely with customers to ensure that our solutions are directly aligned with their business processes and desired program outcomes. We emphasize affordability, and delivering the best value for technology investments. Our personnel enjoy competitive benefits packages and challenging roles in work environments committed to innovation, diversity and opportunity for career growth. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 100% of our company’s profits go back to our 14,300 Iñupiat shareholders that have resided near and above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years. Our business helps support their way of life and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived in a challenging environment.


Job Summary:


CSO formulates and implements policies and proposals, and provides policy counsel at decision making levels under the overall direction of and in coordination with the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. The Assistant Secretary of CSO also acts as the Secretary of State's senior advisor on conflict and instability in fragile states. The Bureau leads in the development of a strong civilian response capability that includes necessary surges of personnel and resources, and works with other USG agencies, particularly USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), to strengthen the capacity to plan and conduct conflict prevention, response and stabilization operations.


To help the Department's diplomatic missions and regional bureaus achieve conflict prevention and stabilization objectives, CSO strives to make the right technical expertise and resources available at the right time and, in addition to permanent staff members, the bureau deploys subject matter, thematic, and regional experts with skills in coalition-building, strategic communications and technical areas, such as transitional security, governance and justice.



  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of DOS and USG programs that are designed to foster rapid transitions to democracy in post-conflict states, and assists in the development of policies and programs that support transitional governments in their moves toward an increasingly democratic society.
  • Lead and assist in analytical efforts, development and preparation of policy recommendations, and the development of background information, tactics and approaches for conflict prevention and stabilization operations.
  • Support CSO and Embassy teams with analysis of scope and assessments of potential conflicts to include analyzing interrelationships of stakeholders, evaluating the reliability of large amounts of information representing different points of view and competing interests, defining and clarifying issues, and presenting balanced policy and program options.
  • Design, plan, and implement Bureau engagements in conflict zones or areas at risk of conflict, coordinating as needed with other State Department bureaus, other Federal agencies and international partners.
  • Coordinate civilian responder deployments to overseas threat areas in conjunction with numerous DOS partner agencies and organizations.
  • Work closely with other CSO staff, regional Bureaus on matters, the National Security Council, and overseas Posts involving the securing of funds and the deployment of personnel, equipment, transportation and facilities in support of CSO initiatives.
  • Communicate with colleagues, Department officials and other contacts outside of the Department who are related to engagement operations. Participates in efforts to institutionalize norms and practices for the implementation of conflict prevention, mitigation, and stabilization programs and activities.
  • Work through teams or work individually to prepare policy papers and briefings; and review and develop strategy documents. Drafts a wide range of written products, including memos, concept notes, cables, briefing papers, and interagency strategies and work plans in order to cogently, effectively and persuasively convey critical information and key arguments.
  • Liaise with senior decision-makers, secure stakeholders, and in interagency working groups.
  • Develop and advance partnerships with key conflict prevention and stabilization stakeholders, including the U.S. Congress, NGOs, representatives of foreign governments, and country/regional organizations in order to ensure effective and integrated interagency planning and coordination, and to build consensus on operations and priorities.
  • Utilizing familiarity with the specific conflicted-impacted country and region, identify relevant gaps where CSO tools, including integrated planning, conflict assessment and deployable staff, can enable regional bureau and interagency stakeholders to develop better policy and more effective operations.
  • Provide logistical, research and other support for strategy development sessions or planning efforts on conflicts in assigned countries or thematic areas.
  • Conduct literature reviews and consultations on thematic issues most relevant to the assigned region and prepare PowerPoint presentations and reports to summarize information and best practice.
  • Serve as liaison with varied subject matter experts, local constituencies and civil society to elicit their perspectives on relevant thematic issues.
  • Meets with and briefs high-level decision-makers, secure stakeholders providing assessments of the status of projects and related African initiatives.
  • Based on knowledge of the African region, as well as country and conflict and stabilization programs and tactics, the contractor assesses and identifies relevant gaps where CSO tools, including integrated planning, conflict assessment and deployable staff, can enable regional bureau and interagency stakeholders to develop better policy leading to improved outcomes.
  • Provides substantive analysis and reporting on the African regional conflict and stabilization initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master Degree preferred, in the areas of political science, international affairs, international development, public administration, law, economics, business, or a related field.
  • In-depth knowledge based on experience working overseas in conflict areas of Africa supporting analysis and planning activities for the United States, Foreign Governments and International Organizations.
  • Prior experience living or working overseas.
  • A minimum of six years operational, policy and/or analysis experience related to international conflict and stabilization programs or activities.
  • Experience working with members of the international community, especially bilateral and multilateral partners and civil society organizations.
  • Advanced knowledge of the U.S. foreign policy process, particularly as it relates to events, key trends, upcoming developments, and major socio-economic and political issues affecting Africa and implications for U.S. foreign policy in the region.
  • Knowledge of the range of administrative laws, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to the administration of important public programs, foreign policy, economics or business.
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, or other related disciplines applied in analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the administration of U.S. foreign policy programs, to produce policy relevant assessments that involve analysis of information derived from a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation techniques, along with experience supporting international mediation processes, and planning the implementation of international and multi-party peace agreements.
  • Skill in planning, organizing and directing team initiatives.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with management to gain acceptance of recommendations which involve substantial resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the activity studied.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with senior authorities on key decisions and sensitive issues utilizing strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Ability to manage interpersonal relationships with and among contacts to promote policy priorities, support recommendations, build consensus and improve analysis.
  • Mastery of oral and written communication techniques sufficient to communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel at senior interagency fora; prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex or controversial issues.

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description generally cover the nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Subject to the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, the company management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as may be necessary. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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