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The Political Specialist III will support the Afghanistan Affairs Office with monitoring and reporting on government and non-governmental political developments in Afghanistan
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Actively maintain and build the Afghanistan Affairs Office’s network of contacts among senior and working-level Afghan civil society activists, tribal and religious leaders, diplomatic community representatives, and/or foreign affairs.
- Identify key players in local, national, and/or regional politics and when political conditions permit, facilitate the relationships for the Office of Afghanistan Affairs’ International Relations Officers and recommend and arrange meetings to support the reporting needs of the office.
- Maintain communication with the Afghanistan Affairs Unit in Doha to track their political reporting focus and advise and support the Afghanistan Affairs Unit and the Office of Afghanistan Affairs with informal oral and written briefs on pressing political developments in Afghanistan.
- Monitor government and non-governmental political activities by engaging in a wide network of contacts. Attend virtual and in-person meetings, review local and central government publications (including internet sites), social media, NGO reports, (as political conditions permit) MFA briefings, and/or other policy related-documents, paying particular attention to developments related to press freedom, trafficking in persons and child/youth issues, including forced labor. Monitor a wide range of local media outlets and report on key issues, views, and other political developments.
- Synthesize information from various sources and independently draft concise political updates, ensuring that the Office of Afghanistan Affairs and the Afghanistan Affairs Unit in Doha are informed of the latest developments in local, national, and/or regional politics of strategic importance to United States.
- Interpret between English and Dari/Pashto for the Office of Afghanistan Affairs and SCA staff as necessary. Translate documents between Dari/Pashto and English.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree following at least three years of university-level study in a relevant area, including political science, law, international relations, journalism, economics and foreign language.
- Ten years or more work experience in political analysis, media, and legislative work, biographical research of government officials and other stakeholders.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Must pass a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) determination
- Fluency in Dari and working knowledge of Pashto required.
- English language (written and spoken) communication skills
- In-depth knowledge of Afghan government (national and subnational) structures, security forces, as well as Afghan cultural and societal norms. Broad familiarity and experience with Afghan political, economic, media (including social media), and civil society institutions. A thorough understanding of many of the key political and social issues affecting Afghanistan today, such as relations with Pakistan and Iran, migration, reconciliation, ethnic relations, and/or social stability.
- Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- English language (written and spoken) communications skills.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, coordinate activities in multiple locations, act decisively in daily work, and work well in a multi-cultural team environment.
- Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and computer skills.
- Ability to work independently to assess priorities and manage daily coordination of details with minimal supervision.
- Ability to successfully pass a drug screen and background investigation prior to hire.
Pursuant to U.S. Presidential Executive Order 14042, Cherokee Federal is now requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8th. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (i.e., Moderna or Pfizer) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (i.e., Johnson & Johnson). As a prospective employee, you will fall under this requirement and proof of vaccination will be needed for on-boarding, should you be selected. When you originally applied to our position posting, this necessity may not have yet been implemented. Limited exemptions for religious or medical reasons will be considered.
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