Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


Under the direction of the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs or Executive Director, the position is responsible for policy and issue analysis primarily in the fields of security and foreign affairs.
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This position requires the ability to:
  • Monitor, investigate, and assess developments relevant to the Security and Foreign Affairs Team's portfolio including, but not limited to, the topics identified in "requirements and qualifications" below.
  • Draft detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Security and Foreign Affairs Team's portfolio.
  • Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan and organize Commission hearings.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and advisor on Chinese security and foreign affairs issues and U.S. policy responses for Commissioners, Members of Congress and their staffs, and Congressional committees.
  • Draft assigned portions of the Commission's Annual Report.
  • Draft Congressional testimony, talking points, editorials, and other communications for Commissioners to a wide variety of audiences and represent the staff at conferences and with government, academia, and private sector groups.
  • Develop and sustain a professional network with China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    Applicants must be eligible for a security clearance. Upon appointment, the selectee will be required to undergo a background investigation, and during the employment period may also be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance up to the Top Secret/SCI level. An active clearance is not a prerequisite for applying for or initiating employment.


  • Superior ability to present information clearly and concisely through both written and oral reports.
  • Superior research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of China's foreign relations, particularly in the Indo-Pacific and with the United States, including an understanding of the drivers, actors, and conduct of China's foreign policy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Chinese security issues, including China's military strategy, how China uses its military to advance its national interests, the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army, and domestic security concerns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. foreign policy related to China and the Indo-Pacific (including U.S. alliances and other partnerships in the region) and U.S. military strategy, capabilities, and activities in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher.
    (Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill (relevant work in a Member's office, on Committee staff, or related work with regular duties interacting with Congress).
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field, such as Asian Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Security Studies, or Asian History.
  • Experience living and/or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  • Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information.

  • Education

    Bachelor's degree or higher.

    Additional information


    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. See Additional Information in this announcement for benefits you are eligible for. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/ .


    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is an EEO employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of that individual's protected characteristics, including: race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and childbirth), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, uniformed service, or sexual orientation.

    The Commission will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law as described in 5 USC 3328. If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information, it may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you start. Making false or fraudulent statements can be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

    As federal government employees, Commission employees are eligible to participate in federal employee benefits programs, to include: health insurance (multiple carriers & multiple options); life insurance (FEGLI-multiple options); retirement (FERS or CSRS if applicable); and the Thrift Savings Program (TSP-multiple options), the federal government's tax-deferred savings program. Employees accrue and may use annual and sick leave in accord with Commission policies and procedures.

    Please send any questions regarding this position or application process to: Opportunities@uscc.gov .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The Commission will conduct an internal evaluation based on applicants' cover letter, resume, and writing sample, to include qualifications and relevant experience. The Director for Security and Foreign Affairs, Executive Director, and appropriate staff will interview the top candidates. The Chairman and/or Vice Chairman may interview the final candidates. The final hiring decision will be made by the Executive Director.

    Interviews will consist of two parts: 1) interviews with the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs, Executive Director, and appropriate staff; and 2) a writing test.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Cover letter containing responses to qualifications, and resume.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.