Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C
Dec 02, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

Under the direction of the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs, the Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst is responsible for supporting policy and issue analysis of China and U.S.-China relations, primarily in the fields of security and foreign affairs.


1. Monitor, investigate, and assess developments relevant to the Security and Foreign Affairs Team's portfolio including, but not limited to, the topics identified in "requirements and qualifications" below.
2. Prepare detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Security and Foreign Affairs Team's portfolio.
3. Serve as subject matter expert and advisor for Commissioners on China's national security, foreign policy, military capabilities, and China-related U.S. policy response. Provide briefings and advice to staff of Members and committees of Congress, and support Commission briefings to Members of Congress.
4. Plan and support hearings, research and draft assigned portions of the Annual Report and other research reports, prepare testimony and other products by conducting research, drafting correspondence, writing, and fact checking.
5. Provide research, analytical, and other support on assigned issue areas within the team's portfolio for Commissioners, Member staff, and Congressional committee staff.
6. Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memoranda to Commissioners and staff.
7. Conduct literature reviews, expert interviews, and other research to identify potential avenues for Commission research products and public hearings.
8. Provide substantive review on external contracted research reports.
9. Develop and sustain a professional network of China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.

Senior Policy Analyst:

1. Mentor junior team members and assist in developing templates, processes, and research approaches for implementing the Commission's research cycle.
2. Lead ad hoc teams in project-based assignments, including management of milestones and timelines, workflow, and quality control of input from other teammates (non-supervisory role).


Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be eligible for a security clearance. Upon appointment, the selectee will be required to undergo a background investigation, and during the employment period may also be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance up to the Top Secret//SCI level. An active clearance is not a prerequisite for applying for or initiating employment.



1. Strong and demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely through memos, reports, briefings, and other presentations. This includes quickly identifying the core questions in a request, devising an appropriately scoped research approach to those questions, and providing the results of that research in a succinct and compelling manner.
2. Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues.
3. Interest and knowledge, as demonstrated by relevant coursework or work experience, in at least two of the following areas:
  • China's military strategy and how China uses its military to advance its national interests;
  • Capabilities of the People's Liberation Army;
  • Chinese politics and domestic security concerns;
  • China's foreign policy; and
  • China's policies for cybersecurity, nonproliferation, public health, and other transnational challenges.
4. Working knowledge of U.S. foreign policy related to China and the Indo-Pacific (including U.S. alliances and other partnerships in the region) and U.S. military strategy, capabilities, and activities in the Indo-Pacific.
5. Professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize original language sources of electronic and print information in developing policy-relevant original research and analysis.

Senior Analysts only:

1. At least five years of relevant professional work experience with three or more years on China-related security issues.
2. Professional work experience representing your organization to external audiences or customers, leading projects, or supervising other employees.


Bachelor's degree or higher.

Additional information


As federal government employees, Commission employees are eligible to participate in federal employee benefits programs, to include: health insurance; dental and vision insurance; life insurance; and a retirement plan (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a 401k-like retirement savings program. Employees accrue and may use annual and sick leave in accordance with Commission policies and procedures. For more information, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/ .

Other Information

The Commission actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and values having a variety of views, backgrounds, and experiences on the team. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of that individual's protected characteristics, including: race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, and childbirth), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, uniformed service, or sexual orientation.

The Commission will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Commission participates in the E-Verify Program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are hired by the Commission, the Commission will verify with the DHS and the SSA that you are eligible for employment in the United States.