Africa Counterterrorism Analyst

U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Location
    McLean, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jan 24

Position description


The National Counterterrorism Center & Directorate of Intelligence (NCTC/DI) is looking for a motivated intelligence analyst seeking a challenging and rewarding assignment with a high-performing team covering Africa.

This unit is charged with discerning, assessing, and communicating the significance and implications of terrorism-related developments to inform policy and support operations.

The team within NCTC is seeking an experienced senior analyst willing to shoulder a dynamic, fulfilling set of important responsibilities in close partnership with other talented analysts.

The DI has an expansive mission that requires a rigorous approach to analysis and collaboration across the IC.

Aspiring candidates will be at the forefront of NCTCs efforts to develop data-driven network analysis to identify unique analytic insights, while continuing to provide the highest quality strategic analysis on counterterrorism topics.

Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to:

Plan, research, develop, and communicate in-depth analyses of complex and significant national, regional, and/or global issues for senior policymakers and key components in the Intelligence Community (IC), law enforcement, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Plan, promote, and lead the production of a broad range of finished intelligence products in support of United States (US) foreign policy and national security interests.

Provide leadership and expert guidance to the planning, analysis, and application of a full-range of methodological tools and approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex analytical issues and incorporate insights and findings into well-crafted, in-depth intelligence products.

Plan, prepare, and present written and oral briefings to senior internal and external customers on significant intelligence issues; explain complex concepts to non-expert customers and tailor the product to correspond to customer needs.

Develop, and implement strategies and mitigation initiatives to address gaps and shortfalls in collection and analytic capabilities across the USG.

Lead, plan, direct, and coordinate the preparation of tactical, multidisciplinary, and strategic analysis that supports key US national security and foreign policy objectives and helps shape IC analysis and priorities.

Apply a full range of methodological tools and approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex and significant analytic issues and incorporate insights and findings into well-crafted, sophisticated intelligence products.

Develop and implement strategies for gathering intelligence, or historical information in support of US interests and policy objectives; cultivate and identify key internal and external sources of relevant information that meet customer and self-derived needs.

Cultivate, and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues, experts, IC members, policy committees, and law enforcement agencies as appropriate and use these relationships to share information of interest; attend internal and external training, seminars, or conferences on broad or more strategic subject areas.

Build and leverage diverse collaborative networks within the ODNI and across the IC.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on an SBI with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • A two-year trial period is required for all new permanent appointments to the ODNI.


Mandatory Requirements:

Extensive knowledge in area of subject matter expertise.

Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, research, develop, and write high-quality, complex analyses, studies, projects,
assignments, and briefings on key US foreign policy and national security objectives focused on a specific region or transnational
issue for IC consumers and policymakers at the highest levels of government.

Ability to apply expert knowledge of ODNI, IC organizations, and relevant customer organizations or operations (e.g., military,
policymakers, and law enforcement), in order to effectively translate their requirements and provide appropriate output or responses
to meet customer needs.

Extensive knowledge of IC policy and procedures and demonstrated knowledge of analytic tradecraft and superior ability to
communicate intelligence information and judgments to generalists as well as specialists.

Demonstrated ability to produce analytic finished intelligence related to the subject matter issue, either as lead analyst or manager
of analysts, and broad knowledge of the role of intelligence analysis within the IC.

Demonstrated ability to lead and promote the development and use of a broad range of methodological tools and approaches to
research, analyze, and present data (modeling, link analysis, or software).

Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop regular contacts within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and
the IC for exchanging information.

Demonstrated levels of flexibility and superior ability to remain open-minded and change opinions on the basis of new information
and requirements; superior ability to support group decisions and solicit opinions from coworkers.

Demonstrated ability to oversee and direct information sharing programs and promote information sharing practices across the
ODNI and IC.

Demonstrated analytic and critical thinking skills, including superior ability to think strategically.

Demonstrated ability to execute senior-level guidance in a fast paced environment and superior ability to translate strategic goals
into specific objectives with appropriate metrics and methods to track progress towards meeting those goals.

Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, in working with individuals at the highest levels of the IC and government in justifying, defending, negotiating, and resolving significant and controversial issues.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment, and mentor junior

Creative problem-solving skills and initiative in carrying out mission responsibilities.

A minimum of twelve credit hours studying Africa or counterterrorism-related issues at the undergraduate level, or at least four years
of experience as an all-source analyst at a national intelligence agency or combatant command. [**Objective Requirement**]

Desired Requirements:

Prior work experience or advanced academic study on counterterrorism issues, Africa, or foreign terrorist organizations.

Experience with network development and targeting tradecraft.

Knowledge of USG policies in Africa.


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