ACADEMIC ANALYST (COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST)
Occasional travel - 15% or less
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non Critical position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non Critical position within the agency as a condition of employment.REQUIRED
- Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a field related to African Studies, International Relations, or Communications.
- Possess relevant professional expertise or experience through documented evidence that demonstrates relevant knowledge and aptitude in African security studies and program management.
- Demonstrated in-depth experience in writing scholarly and policy-related publications and feature-length articles and a track record of writing on contemporary and emerging African security issues.
- Skilled and experienced in conducting phone and video interviews of subject matter experts and policymakers to distill valuable insights to Africa Center's stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a Strategic Communications team.
- Possess exceptional analytical, writing, and oral communications skills and skilled in utilizing communication techniques to develop and convey assessments and recommendations to senior leaders.
- Well networked with civilian and military actors engaged in African security sector and experience engaging with senior US and African security sector officials. The incumbent maintains strong working relationships with a range of subject matter experts.
- Deep understanding of Africa's societally-based security challenges, trends, and priorities.
- Demonstrated expertise in reviewing and editing policy relevant documents.
- Experience in building collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations
- Experience in developing new insights and applying creative thinking and innovative solutions to Africa security challenges
- Skilled in conducting audience analysis and evaluation of impact to ensure strategic communications publications are meeting their intended objectives.
- French language proficiency.
This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The required narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Responses to the narrative questions must be completed and uploaded with the other specified required documents.
ACSS has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. ACSS employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.
Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. ACSS uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. You must attach a separate document with answers to the questions listed below. The following questions will be reviewed by the ACSS screening panel.
1. Describe your relevant professional expertise or experience that demonstrates your understanding and aptitude in African security studies and program management and your depth of networks pertinent to Africa's contemporary security challenges.
2. Describe your experience writing accessible, policy-oriented feature-length articles on African security issues.
3. Describe your experience conducting video and phone interviews on policy relevant topics that are accessible to a general audience.
4. Describe your experience and proficiency in working collaboratively as part of a team.
5. Describe your ability to apply analytic frameworks for organizing concepts and advancing understanding of policy challenges.