Occasional travel - Seldom travel required: 10-15 percent
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive 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 Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.REQUIRED
Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related area or other appropriate discipline.
- Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record on contemporary and emerging African security issues.
-Deep understanding of Africa's societally-based security challenges, trends, and priorities.
- At least five years' professional or academic experience working based on Africa.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a research team.
- Doctorate's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related area or other appropriate discipline.
- Demonstrated expertise in guiding and editing policy relevant research
- Well networked with civilian, military, and civil society actors engaged on African security issues.
- Experience engaging with senior US and African security sector officials
- Experience in building collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations
- Experience in developing new insights and applying creative thinking and innovative solutions
- 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.
DSCA 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. DSCA 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. DSCA 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 DSCA screening panel.
- Please describe your practical experience as it relates to African security studies.
- Please describe your experience in conducting and publishing policy relevant research on Africa's contemporary security challenges.
- Please describe your the analytic tools you use to advance understanding of policy challenges.
- Please describe your research project management experience.
- Please describe your demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- Please describe your experience and proficiency in oral and written policy communication and, in particular, your ability to express clear, concise concepts and findings to policy audiences.