Policy Analyst, Economics and Trade

Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
Full Time

Administratively Determined, Term-Appointed Position (The initial term of appointment is one year and is renewable at the Commission's option. The position is not covered by provisions of 5 USC that apply to Executive Branch employees regarding appointment, termination, competitive service selection, and pay related rules and regulations.)

Please note: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is a Legislative Branch entity and only uses Pay Plan/Series/Grade information as a point of reference.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (the Commission) was created by the United States Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.

In accordance with its mandate, the Commission focuses its work and study on the following eleven areas: proliferation practices, economic transfers, energy and natural resources, foreign investment, military and security affairs, cyber activities, economic conditions, foreign affairs, compliance and enforcement, freedom of information, and product safety.

You can review the Commission's mandate in detail at http://www.uscc.gov/about/uscc-charter.

Note on Salary: Commensurate with Experience (Salary level will be competitive and determined in light of education, position-related experience, and professional accomplishments).

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  1. Proven and demonstrable experience and ability to present written and oral information clearly and concisely. Strong writing and editing skills are absolutely required.
  2. Strong analytical and research skills, including demonstrable ability to accurately and thoroughly analyze data and make informed, critical judgments about issues.
  3. Experience or expertise in economics, trade, and related areas of law as applicable to China, as well the economic and trade policies and goals of the United States, particularly regarding China, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.
  4. Knowledge of China's trade policies and practices, and the organization and structure of the agencies of the governments of these jurisdictions with responsibilities for determining, supervising, and conducting trade policies and bilateral and multilateral trade relationships.
  5. Knowledge of U.S. trade laws, regulations, and procedures; the World Trade Organization and its regulations and procedures; other multilateral economic organizations; and the missions, and activities of U.S. government agencies with responsibilities for conducting or supervising bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations for the United States.
  6. Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Economics, Law, International Relations, or Asian Studies.
  7. Ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information regarding China, Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region.
  8. Experience and ability to work effectively as a member of a team, including participation in collaborative research studies.

(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

  1. Experience in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, particularly with responsibilities for issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, or the Asia-Pacific Region.
  2. Knowledge of the Chinese legal system and structure.
  3. Experience living or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  4. Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information regarding China and Taiwan.

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Respond to direction from and coordinating with the Supervisory Senior Policy Analyst for Economic and Trade Issues, or other senior Commission staff as directed by the Executive Director. The work requires the ability to:

  1. Monitor and assess developments in economics and trade pertaining to China, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific Region. This includes: the trade balance between China and the United States; how the health of the U.S. economy and its component industries and workforce are affected by U.S. trade with China and other Chinese activities; China's adherence to its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, U.S.-China bilateral trade agreements, and multilateral trade agreements to which the U.S. is a party; China's economic strength and capability and the effects of its economic activities on the U.S. economy; the trends in China's economic and trade activities; China's enforcement of intellectual property rights; China's use of prison labor and its adherence to related U.S.-China bilateral agreements; the effects of U.S. export controls on U.S.-China trade; and other topics as assigned.
  2. Write assigned portions of the Commission's Annual Report to Congress.
  3. Prepare reports, position papers, briefing materials, and other information for Commissioners, the Executive Director, and other Commission staff; prepare and present briefings on same.
  4. Provide substantive and administrative support during the development of, preparation for, and execution of Commission events, including hearings, briefings, roundtables, and conferences.
  5. Prepare communications for Commissioners, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences. Prepare Commissioners for testimony before Congress and draft testimony or other presentation to Congress for use by Commissioners.
  6. Provide official responses to Congressional inquiries and legislated supporting requirements.
  7. Develop and maintain a professional network with China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisory Senior Policy Analyst for Economic and Trade Issues, the Executive Director, and Commissioners.