Stability Operations Officer

Location: DC, Washington
Date Posted: 05-31-2018
Stability Operations Officer
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead, plan and coordinate the formulation and implementation of DOS and USG programs designed to foster democratic transitions in post-conflict states and develop policies and programs that support transitional governments towards becoming increasingly democratic societies.
  • Use subject matter expertise to author analyses, to frame senior leadership in preparation of policy recommendations.  Draft background information and advice tactics and approaches for conflict prevention and stabilization operations.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to CSO and Embassy teams through analysis of scope and assessments of potential conflicts to include investigating interrelationships of stakeholders, evaluating the reliability of large amounts of information representing different points of view and competing interests, defining and clarifying issues, and presenting balanced policy and program options.
  • Design, plan, and implement Bureau engagements in conflict zones or areas at risk of conflict, coordinating as needed with other State Department bureaus, other Federal agencies international partners, foreign government officials and a broad range of civil society actors.
  • Coordinate civilian responder deployments to overseas threat areas in conjunction with numerous DOS partner agencies and organizations.
  • Work closely with other CSO staff and regional Bureaus to secure funds for the deployment of personnel, equipment, transportation and facilities in support of CSO initiatives.
  • Communicate with colleagues, Department officials and other contacts throughout the interagency who are related to engagement operations.  Advance CSO interests through the interagency policy-making process and ensure conflict risk analysis is integrated into policy options as appropriate.  Participate and lead efforts to institutionalize norms and practices for the implementation of conflict prevention, mitigation, and stabilization programs and activities.
  • Work through teams or individually to prepare policy papers and briefings; and review and develop strategy documents.  Draft a wide range of written products, including memos, concept notes, cables, briefing papers in order to cogently, effectively and persuasively convey critical information and key arguments for senior decision makers.
  • Interface with decision-makers, key stakeholders, and act as the official representative of the CSO Bureau in meetings with Department officials and in interagency working groups, representing Bureau equities in policy discussions and providing an expert perspective on conflict implications.
  • Develop and advance partnerships with key conflict prevention and stabilization stakeholders, including the U.S. Congress, NGOs, representatives of foreign governments, and country/regional organizations to ensure effective and integrated interagency planning and coordination, and to build consensus on operations and priorities.
  • Based on expert understanding of specific conflicted-impacted countries and regions, 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 and more effective operations.
  • Provide logistical, research and other support for strategy development sessions or planning efforts on conflicts in assigned countries or thematic areas.
  • Conduct literature reviews and consultations on thematic issues most relevant to the assigned region and prepare PowerPoint presentations and reports to summarize information, policy alternatives and best practices for senior decision makers.
  • Serve as liaison with various subject matter experts, local constituencies and civil society to elicit their perspectives on relevant thematic issues and consider any potential gaps in USG understanding as relates to policy.
  • Meet with and brief high-level decision-makers, key stakeholders, and serve as the official representative of CSO in meetings, providing assessments of existing and proposed projects and related African initiatives.
  • Based on deep knowledge of regional African political dynamics and country-specific knowledge, as well as conflict and stabilization programs and tactics, assess and 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.
  • Provides substantive analysis and reporting on the African regional conflict and stabilization initiatives.
Required Qualifications:
  • Top Secret Clearance Required for this position
  • Masters’ Degree required, in the area of political science, international affairs, international development, public administration, law, economics, business, or a related field
  • In-depth knowledge based on experience working overseas in conflict areas of Africa supporting analysis and planning activities for the United States, Foreign Governments and International Organizations;
  • Prior experience living or working overseas.
  • Prior operational, policy and/or analysis experience related to international conflict and stabilization programs or activities.
  • Experience working with members of the international community, especially bilateral and multilateral partners and civil society organizations.
  • Advanced knowledge of the U.S. interagency foreign policy process, particularly as it relates to events, key trends, upcoming developments, and major socio-economic and political issues affecting Africa and implications for U.S. foreign policy in the region.
  • Knowledge of the range of administrative laws, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to the administration of important public programs, foreign policy, economics or business.
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, or other related disciplines applied in analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the administration of U.S. foreign policy programs, to produce policy relevant assessments that involve analysis of information derived from a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation techniques, along with experience supporting international mediation processes, and planning the implementation of international and multi-party peace agreements.
  • Expertise in planning, organizing and directing team initiatives.
  • Ability to effectively advocate for recommendations, which may require extensive changes in established procedures.  Additionally, must be able to negotiate for financial and staffing resources to most effectively implement these recommendations.
  • Strong verbal and drafting skills to effectively communicate with senior authorities on sensitive, complex or controversial issues and key decisions.
  • Ability to manage interpersonal relationships with and among internal and external contacts to promote policy priorities, support recommendations, build consensus and improve analysis and policy recommendations. Ability to effectively navigate rivalries and conflicting policy stances among the broad spectrum of contacts, while continuing to advocate for CSO priorities among policy options.
  • Mastery of oral and written communication techniques to communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel
  • Ability to communicate fluently in French; both in writing and orally
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