Intelligence Research Specialist (Arabic)

Arlington, Virginia
$99,172 to $128,920
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 24, 2019
Analyst, Research, Other
Full Time



This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position. This position does not provide competitive or excepted service status into the civil service.

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0080-13


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.  

TRAVEL REQUIRED: Occasional Travel

  • Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required

DURATION APPOINTMENT: Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years.

SUMMARY: This position is located in the Open Source Intelligence program, Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate (TIA), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Department of State (DoS). The program analyzes open source information related to terrorism, political violence and threats directed against Department personnel and facilities.

This is not a telework eligible position.


  • Provides open source monitoring and analysis, advice, assistance, and support to domestic investigative offices, protection details, protective intelligence offices, intelligence analysis offices, and other external consumers. Duties include researching, compiling, correlating, and interpreting data pertinent to assessments of threats, suspicious and hostile activities, and significant incidents. Utilizes numerous data sets (commercial, law enforcement and USG), specialized tools, and advanced assessment and analytic techniques to identify and analyze open source materials indicating a potential threat to the Department.
  • Develops a variety of open source analytical products in support of consumer's investigative and protective intelligence operations. Identifies and researches requirements, directives, intelligence databases, and various sources to gather, analyze and publish intelligence products information.
  • Provides expert Arabic translation and language knowledge in the planning and execution of open source collection and analysis operations. Prepares and presents written and oral briefings to special agents, Program management, Bureau and Department leadership, and law enforcement, defense, and intelligence partners on significant and complex open source investigative and intelligence issues. Develops and implements new and innovative strategies for gathering open source information or intelligence in support of program priorities.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience providing open sources analysis, monitoring for threats or other significant events.
  • Experience translating technical and non-technical Arabic language.   
  • Experience preparing analytical reports related to open source intelligence assessments of threats and suspicious activities.
  • Experience extracting information from databases to identify opportunities to mitigate threats.  

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Expert knowledge and proficiency in Arabic.
  • Knowledge of production of intelligence assessments.
  • Knowledge of foreign language research methodologies
  • Knowledge of English language translation methods

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. 


Submit a detailed resume. Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. Resumes must also include the announcement number #19-001, current salary, and must be received electronically by 11:59pm on June 24, 2019. Your resume must clearly reflect the requirements of this position, if not, your application may not be considered. Applications, which are incomplete, not received by the deadline stated above, will not be considered. All materials submitted will become property of the Department of State.

For any questions on this announcement, please contact DS/EX/HRM at 571-345-3766



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