Intelligence Research Specialist

Washington, D.C
May 09, 2021
May 16, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment and may be extended up to 3 years.

This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Operations Support (OS), Office of Intelligence (OI), National Border Security Intelligence Watch (NBSIW).

TS/SCI clearance is required. Local Commuting Area Only.
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The NBSIW provides U.S. Customs and Border Protection executive leadership and field operators with 18x7 monitoring and situational awareness of all issues concerning the Homeland borders. NBSIW leverages its close working relationships with the other divisions in the Office of Intelligence, national and international operational and diplomatic CBP components, and other Intelligence Community agencies to collaborate, and coordinate intelligence of interest, ensuring the proper dissemination of threats to the Homeland.

This position supports and conforms to the mission directives, priorities, and goals established by the National Security Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, executive orders, Congress, as well as DHS, CBP, and OI leadership. The individual selected is responsible for applying a full range of analytical knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide intelligence reporting and production in support of operations. This will include gathering, evaluating, and analyzing abstracts data from multiple or specific sources, to produce finished analyses, reports and briefings; and formulate appropriate actions regarding problem areas, technical, or administrative procedures. The individual will also be responsible to provide intelligence support to CBP Attaches, international officers, and other U.S. agency personnel, as well as to foreign partner organizations, in support of CBP goals, operations, and objectives.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

Intelligence Research Activities: Researches and interprets large volumes of information related to CBP issues and threats within assigned area of responsibility. Uses CBP, DHS and IC databases and tools to gather, review and collate all source message traffic and other communications. Alerts appropriate personnel and organizations to new developments and significant changes for assigned area of responsibility. Provides situational awareness of all events, issues and threats being monitored by the NIW and promptly informs leadership of significant or unusual incidents.

Briefing: Responsible for presenting CBP IE and Intelligence Community, raw and finished production, as well as actionable information, to the CBP Commissioner and the agency's other senior executive staff. This includes identifying, researching, and developing all-source briefings as well as supplementary briefing material.

Intelligence Production: Produces assigned and self-initiated intelligence production based on thorough understanding of threats, conditions, and trends. They will be responsible for drawing meaningful conclusions and producing clear assessments, and presenting findings in written products or oral briefings to superiors, planners, and policy makers.
  • These include, but are not limited to, Intelligence Bulletins, Intelligence Alerts, Leadership Updates, as well as NBSIW daily production.
  • Coordinate intelligence efforts and share information with other personnel within the Office of Intelligence and the intelligence and enforcement communities.
  • Review junior Intelligence Research Specialist' products for content, accuracy, and CBP intelligence priorities.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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