Program Analyst

U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 17

Position description

This position is part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). DSCA's mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners. DSCA administers security cooperation programs that support U.S. policy interests and objectives.

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As a PROGRAM ANALYST at the GS-0343-14 some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Serves as a Security Cooperation (SC) Planner and Program Analyst supporting Geographic Combatant Commands, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the SC Community.
  • Effectively conducts program design consistent with SC best practices. Provides effective guidance and training to GCCs and others on program design best practices.
  • Ensures planning for equipment and training components of a program are sufficient to meet desired SC objectives through detailed analysis of partner requirements and Department of Defense imperatives.
  • Incorporates T10 and 22 into five-year plans and leads or is an active participant in requirements development efforts.
  • Recommends timely and fulsome solutions to address gaps in program design that may prevent desired SC outcomes and recommends solutions to security cooperation planning partners.
  • Identifies stakeholders and develops corrective courses of action for review and approval by senior analysts.
  • Guides program offices, Military Departments (MILDEPs), security cooperation officers (SCOs) and other SC professionals in the correct application of policy to partner nation programs.
  • Communicates DSCA policy perspectives and interests at inter-agency and intra-agency working groups and policy review meetings.
  • Develop life cycle cost analysis of projects or performing cost benefit or economic evaluations of current or projected programs.
  • Research and investigate new or improved business and management practices for application to agency programs or operations.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Maybe Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible


You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications.

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Serving as senior project manager, and portfolio manager to develop long term strategies
  • Plans on projects management, such as; scope and time management, cost management, quality management, and risk management

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.



Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

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