Researcher

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 31, 2017
Closes
Aug 21, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

USCIRF is seeking a Researcher to provide research and analytical support for the Policy and Research Team, as well as conduct administrative tasks as assigned. The portfolio will cover countries in the East Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions. The Researcher will: monitor and analyze religious freedom conditions and related human rights overseas; monitor and assess U.S. foreign policy; assist with the development of policy recommendations for the U.S. government to advance freedom of religion or belief abroad; monitor, develop, and report on opportunities for advancing the implementation of USCIRF-recommended policies; assist with the research, editing, and drafting of annual report materials, briefing memos, special reports, and correspondence; and build and maintain extensive contacts with relevant counterparts in the U.S. government, NGOs, academia, and other organizations focused on freedom of religion or belief and related human rights.

The Researcher will: monitor and analyze religious freedom conditions and related human rights overseas; monitor and assess U.S. foreign policy; assist with the development of policy recommendations for the U.S. government to advance freedom of religion or belief abroad; monitor, develop, and report on opportunities for advancing the implementation of USCIRF-recommended policies; assist with the research, editing, and drafting of annual report materials, briefing memos, policy focus reports, and correspondence; and build and maintain extensive contacts with relevant counterparts in the U.S. government, NGOs, academia, and other organizations focused on freedom of religion or belief and related human rights.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting, defining and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and collegial demeanor


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of regional politics, jurisprudence, culture, economic development, security trends, U.S. interests, and human rights in general;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Ability to proactively develop, synthesize, and articulate effective and actionable policy recommendations;
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced setting, defining and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and collegial demeanor; and
  • Proven experience using Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

At minimum possess a Bachelors' degree in a relevant field. An advance degree is desired but not a must.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree;
  • Two (2) years' substantive experience as demonstrated by a sustained record of accomplished, analytical writing and other professional achievements; and
  • Fluency or demonstrated proficiency in a relevant foreign language is a plus.

Public Trust - Background Investigation


DUTIES:

Reporting to the Director of International Law and Policy, the Researcher's primary responsibilities involve the following:

1. Research and Policy Analysis/Formulation

  • Collect, analyze, and document information related to freedom of religion or belief in assigned areas, including:
    • following events affecting freedom of religion or belief abroad;
    • following relevant U.S. policy;
    • gathering information and maintaining relations with U.S. and foreign government agencies, NGOs, religious groups, and academics; and
    • monitoring international media and State Department reports/statements.
2. Reporting
  • Assist with the writing, editing, and proofreading of relevant Annual Report chapters, work to ensure the accuracy and completeness of analysis and language in the Annual Report, and participate as appropriate in Annual Report launch events as requested; and
  • Assist with briefing memos and meeting talking points for Commissioners and senior staff.
3. Representation
  • Brief Commissioners or staff on U.S. Government efforts to promote freedom of religion or belief, as well as foreign government activities limiting this freedom, either orally or through prepared memoranda;
  • Organize and prepare materials for Commission delegations and staff trips to countries to gather information on religious freedom conditions;
  • Attend and report on public hearings and other events around D.C. on relevant issues;
  • Assist with preparations for meetings, roundtables, and other events, including organizing and preparing materials for public USCIRF events; and
  • Establish and maintain network of relevant contacts in assigned areas.
4. Other duties as assigned, including, at times, administrative tasks