Senior Adviser

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Nov-30-2020
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) is responsible for essential elements of the Department's focus on transformational diplomacy. The Senior Advisor represents the Bureau in matters of conflict prevention, mitigation, and threat assessment. Working in a continual dialogue with the Intelligence Community , senior policy staff within the Department of State and the interagency community, they will advise the Assistant Secretary on core regional security concerns.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Serves as a senior expert and primary advisor to the Bureau Assistant Secretary on all aspects of regional peace and security affairs including conventional military issues, nuclear weapons systems, terrorism and proxy use. 
  • As a recognized authority on conflict prevention, mitigation, and threat assessment, serves as a regional conflict policy advisor to the SCA's senior officials especially the Assistant Secretary. 
  • Conducts technical analysis and assessments of complex security issues that intersect with SCA foreign policy objectives. Conceives new theories in the analysis of conflict prevention, mitigation, and threat assessment.
  • Probes analyses of action and decision documentation submitted to Bureau policymakers for approval, ensuring that their advocates/originators evaluate and incorporate the impact of recommendations on broader Bureau and Department priorities. 
  • Analyzes, plans, conducts, and evaluates long-term (over the horizon, i.e. unforeseeable) opportunities for SCA bilateral and multilateral regional engagement and relationships as well as for the solution of regional peace and security concerns. 

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR

Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR

Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR

Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUSappropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR

Have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one OR more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. 

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience making long and short term policy recommendations regarding conflict prevention, mitigation, and threat assessment.
  • Experience advising senior leaders on South and Central Asian peace and security foreign policy.

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Application instructions

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