Internet Freedom and Emerging Technologies Specialist

Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position description

Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions (CNMS) is committed to delivering innovative solutions to solve its clients’ toughest problems, whether it be in the next state or around the world. CNMS utilizes the most qualified teams to support each client’s mission, providing responsive, strategic and innovative paths forward. CNMS makes it a priority to build personal, business relationships with each client and to consistently go above and beyond their expectations. For more company information, visit our site at


This position is in the Office of Assistance Coordination (AC) within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) in the Department of State (DOS). NEA/AC is responsible for coordinating U.S. foreign assistance to the entire NEA region, totaling over $8 billion annually. The Program and Design Specialist will focus on internet freedom and emerging technologies to help further NEA/AC’s mission.


·         Promotes internet freedom in NEA/AC priority areas and serves as the primary point of contact for NEA/AC on internet freedom and emerging tech issues with a focus on innovative anti-censorship protocols and peer-to-peer technologies

·         PDS will assist with project and program design, development, and management; Identify, initiate, and develop strategies and tactics to implement all assigned projects to ensure that they achieve established objectives and make appropriate contributions to the portfolio.

·         Advises NEA on how to design, implement, and adjust programs to safely and strategically incorporate emerging technologies in support of USG assistance strategies and congressional earmarks.

·         Conduct research for presenting policy positions and discovering opportunities for USG assistance in the areas of emerging technologies and advances in access and secure communication technologies--including both fixed and mobile applications—especially as it pertains to censorship, network disruptions, and total internet shutdown scenarios.

·         Consolidate volumes of data to draft concise briefing papers, talking points, public affairs documents; Leads the drafting and management of solicitations for funding applications related to internet freedom

·         Supports communication of U.S. assistance strategy to Congress, media, NGOs, policymakers, and the information and communications industry

·         Review quarterly reports and grant documents.

·         Assist in program and budget tracking; Participates in and supports program budget formulation and congressional appropriation process for regional assistance

·         Analyze quantitative and qualitative data related to projects awarded and other assigned tasks in support of U.S. Government foreign policy initiatives.


·         Masters or Bachelor degree with 2 years’ experience

·         PDS IV are expected to be experienced with significant knowledge of U.S. Government foreign policies and demonstrated relevant qualifications

·         Knowledgeable of Internet Freedom and Emerging Technologies

·         Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

·         Significant attention to detail

·         The ability to operate in a dynamic environment

·         The ability to gather and maintain information

·         Exemplified decision-making and teamwork

·         Must be able to obtain a Secret clearance


·         A demonstrated knowledge of and relevant experience designing and managing activities related to international affairs

·         A demonstrated knowledge of Internet Freedom and Emerging Technologies

·         Familiarity with U.S. Department of State structures and processes, including experience working domestically or overseas at a U.S. Embassy or in the Peace Corps

·         Outstanding communication skills (written and oral) and experience in accessing, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programming, is preferred Experience working with the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region  other relevant countries and/or relevant language skills, a plus


Controlled climate office environment.

With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

Why consider Cherokee Nation Businesses? The following links can help you learn more about what we do and the many great reasons to join our team!

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