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The Stability Operations Specialist is part of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) strengthens U.S. national security by breaking cycles of violent conflict and mitigating crises in priority countries. Its mission covers the full spectrum of conflict transformation, from prevention to crisis response to stabilization. It supports broader State Department and interagency efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy goals by applying expertise and deploying personnel and resources to countries and regions affected by conflict.
Under this task the incumbent shall provide support services to the mission of the Office of East Asian and Pacific, South and Central Asian Affairs (EAP-SCA), Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State. This Office reports directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary. CSO/EAP-SCA helps diplomats prevent and respond to violent conflict and facilitate post-conflict stability in the EAP and SCA regions. Thematic areas of focus include atrocity prevention, countering violent extremism, and promoting stability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Gain familiarity with and support U.S. policy, strategies, and tactics to counter violent extremism, prevent atrocities, and promote stability;
• Gain familiarity with and apply CSO’s standards and guidelines for analysis, planning, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
• Help develop qualitative and quantitative analyses of violent conflict in priority regions and countries, including data visualization and mapping of conflict dynamics;
• Support policy planning, strategy development, and operational planning to address drivers of violent conflict and support resiliencies in priority countries;
o This includes identifying ends, ways, and means in an achievable theory of change, as well as contingency planning for low likelihood/ high impact scenarios.
• Assist the office’s programmatic initiatives in support of U.S. diplomacy to prevent and respond to violent conflict. This includes support for program design, solicitation, negotiation, execution, and oversight;
• Support learning to determine which diplomatic and programmatic initiatives effectively address violent conflict through rigorous monitoring and evaluation. Work with team members to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans that inform State department, bureau, and office leadership;
• Draft a wide range of written products – including memos, concept notes, cables, briefs and other documents – which concisely convey critical information and key decisions;
• Provide verbal briefs to senior U.S. government officials, outside experts, and foreign nationals on CSO’s analyses, plans, programs, and learning;
• Serve on country engagement teams and complete tasks in support of conflict prevention or stabilization activities in the field or in Washington, DC;
• As directed and on short notice, serve as a domestic detailee or deploy overseas to support assessments, assist planning and programs, help coordinate civilian-military efforts, or provide subject matter expertise related to ongoing conflict prevention or stabilization engagements;
o Overseas deployments may be to austere and hazardous environments, under Chief of Mission authority, embedded with the U.S. military, or working with international partners. When not deployed, maintain professional training necessary to carry out such assignments.
• Help support decision-making and coordinate with stakeholders in meetings at the Department of State, in interagency settings, and with international partners;
• Assist in the development and advancement of partnerships with key conflict prevention and stabilization stakeholders including the NSC, the U.S. Congress, NGOs and foreign governments and international/regional organizations;
• Quickly gain familiarity with assigned regions and specific conflict-impacted countries to effectively identify relevant gaps where CSO tools, including integrated planning, conflict assessment, and deployable staff can enable regional bureau and interagency stakeholders to develop better policy leading to improved outcomes; and
• Any other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor’s or higher level degree in a major field of study related to foreign policy, political science, or conflict management.
•Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
•Strong oral and written communication skills.
•Ability to research, prepare and present analyses; provide recommendations; and solicit information on complex conflicts involving multiple stakeholders interacting at the international, national, and sub-national levels.
•Ability to anticipate needs of professional staff members working under deadlines
•Expert proficiency with MS Office programs, including strong spreadsheet and PowerPoint skills
•Open to additional training to enhance professional skills
•Proven organizational skills. Ability to multi-task in an intense and demanding work environment and meet deadlines.
•Commitment to preventing, mitigating and responding to violent conflict around the world.
•Team player – this position will work very closely with the EAP-SCA team. Must demonstrate a willingness to tackle and trouble-shoot technical and administrative issues pro-actively.
Must be willing and able to travel 25% or more, travel may be to austere, hazardous locations.
Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
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