Description of Service: The position is located at the U.S. Department of State in the Secretary’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI). The position serves as a Management Analyst in S/CCI, managing all projects relating to S/CCI’s work in Ghana through the Security Governance Initiatives. This is a recently created position with no incumbent.
The Secretary’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI) serves as the Department’s coordinator for the development and implementation of foreign policy relating to cyber issues. S/CCI’s coordination function spans topics related to how the U.S. will work internationally to promote an open, interoperable, secure and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation. S/CCI is responsible for coordinating the Department’s global diplomatic engagement across cyber policy issues, taking cognizance of the relevant work and authorities of all regional and functional bureaus; advising the Secretary and Deputy Secretaries on cyber issues and engagements; serving as the Department’s principal liaison to the White House and federal Departments and Agencies on these issues; and acting as liaison to public and private sector entities.
The Security Governance Initiative (SGI) is a joint endeavor between the United States and six African partners that offers a comprehensive approach to improving security sector governance and capacity to address threats. SGI partners worked with the U.S. to identify key strategies to achieve this overall goal. The Government of Ghana, one of the six partners, identified Cybersecurity and Cybercrime as one of their three focus areas of improvement. S/CCI has taken a lead role in supporting the Government of Ghana’s development in this focus area.
- Task Purpose The purpose of this task is to provide project management and administrative support activities connected with the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) portion of S/CCI’s work.
Task Order Requirements
S/ES-EX requires a Management Analyst on the staff of the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues that meets the following:
- DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT ANALYST
- Works under the direction of the Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinators to align the SGI-Ghana Cyber Focus Area with U.S. cyber policies.
- Coordinates with U.S. Embassies in partner countries, namely the U.S. Embassy in Accra, facilitating Ghanaian participation in global training programs and events related to cybersecurity capacity and awareness building.
- Coordinates activities under the SGI-Ghana Cyber Focus Area, and as needed, synchronizes projects with the other three SGI-Ghana Focus areas and any partner organizations (e.g. Council of Europe, World Bank, etc.).
- Applies and refines project management concepts, techniques, and tools to S/CCI funded activities in Ghana. Works with S/CCI Task Manager to develop, manage, and execute key project management elements including project scope, planning, financial planning, project quality assurance and tracking, project resource requirements determination, and project risk management.
- Plans, schedules, manages, coordinates and facilitates project activities, such as consultations or trainings.
- Coordinates work of S/CCI implementers and ensures projects comply with objectives, goals, timelines, and cost estimates.
- Tracks and analyzes implementer deliverables from S/CCI implementers, to include monthly and after-action reports, in order to provide feedback and measure progress against program objectives and milestones. This includes capturing data on project inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes, and impact indicators.
- Compiles S/CCI implementer performance data and aligns with the SGI Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and SGI-Ghana Joint Country Action Plan (prior familiarity not expected).
- Delivers presentations or briefings on all aspects of projects, participates in all phases, milestones, and final project reviews, and identifies project documentation requirements or procedures and all related project elements to technical, non-technical and executive audiences by managing communications and executing communication plans.
- Provides senior management with authoritative advice and recommendations on deficiencies in achieving established goals, issues of interests to current projects, and requirements with respect to conformance to applicable laws and other regulatory guidelines.
- Keeps S/CCI team informed of SGI projects’ status and actively identifies opportunities to enhance impacts through strategically tying efforts together with activities in other portfolios within S/CCI or the wider Department of State.
- Develops and maintains direct contact with Department counterparts and interagency colleagues on the progress of the SGI-Ghana Cyber activities.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators.
- As may be required during crisis situations, the candidate must be prepared to remain on duty or come into the office during other than normal duty hours.
The contractor should have the following skills:
- Basic to advanced project management skills, including financial monitoring, risk management, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Ability to prioritize work among many competing items.
- Ability to solve problems with direction from Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators’ direction.
- Ability to work with professionals from different cultures.
- Ability to use DoS computer systems including Microsoft Office applications, e2 travel system, and knowledge of SharePoint.
- Superior verbal skills to communicate project portfolio and status of projects in a clear concise manner both orally and in writing and to brief diverse audiences including senior level management on GRP projects and initiatives.
The contractor shall provide the following deliverables:
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- Regular calls/meetings to coordinate and de-conflict activities among S/CCI implementers, SGI Focus Area teams and SGI Monitoring and Evaluation team.
- Monthly financial reports for S/CCI implementers.
- Quarterly reports capturing and synthesizing work by S/CCI implementers and aligning progress to the SGI Monitoring Framework (using indicators and key questions to analyze implications of activity progress) and the SGI-Ghana Joint Country Action Plan.
- Semi-annual report and points for delivery at the SGI-Ghana Steering Committee Meetings, including, activities and progress to date, obstacles encountered, activity plans for the upcoming 6-month period.