Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description


Under the direction of the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs and the Executive Director of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), the position is responsible for policy and issue analysis primarily in the fields of security and foreign affairs.

  1. 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.
  2. Draft detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Security and Foreign Affairs Team’s portfolio.
  3. Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan and organize Commission hearings. 
  4. 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.
  5. Draft assigned portions of the Commission’s Annual Report.
  6. 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. 
  7. Develop and sustain a professional network with China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Strong and demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely through both written and oral reports. 
  2. Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bachelor’s degree or higher.


(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

  1. Graduate degree in a relevant field, such as Asian Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Security Studies, or Asian History.  
  2.  Experience living and/or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  3. Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information.

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.

Application instructions

Submit a complete application package containing all of the below required documents in one PDF file via email. Incomplete application packages or information not received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date will not be considered. Note: Emails with attachments over 5 MB will not be received.

1)     Cover letter, to include:

a.      Position title

b.     Vacancy number

c.      Brief statement outlining your interest in the Commission and this position 

d.     Concise, point-by-point responses to all mandatory qualifications and highly desired qualifications listed above 

e.      Your salary requirements and/or salary history

f.      Name and contact information for two professional references 


2)     Professional Resume

a.      Chronological work history (starting with the most recent position held), education (including degrees and dates attained), applicable publications, etc.

b.     Position-related training courses (title and year)

c.      Job-related skills (e.g., computer software, program and database programs, etc.)

d.     Job-related certificates and licenses

e.      Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) 


3)     Current Writing Sample 

An essay analyzing a security or foreign affairs topic related to China; writing and editing must be your own work and should not exceed 5 pages; include citations.

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