Personal Services Contractor
U. S. Department of State
Job Type: Full Time, Contract
Years of Experience: 5+ Years
Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)
Number of Positions: Two
THESE ARE NON-PERMANENT POSITIONS. INCUMBENTS DO NOT ACQUIRE COMPETITIVE OR EXCEPTED SERVICE STATUS FROM THESE POSITIONS.
The positions report to the Chief of the Science and Technology (S&T) team of the U. S. State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC). The Global Engagement Center operates under the broad policy direction of the White House, National Security Council and Interagency leadership.
The incumbents serve as Data Scientists responsible for leading and integrating quantitative and qualitative analysis to contribute to the GEC's mission. As data analysts with disinformation, propaganda, and/or recruitment strategies, along with strong tradecraft and interpersonal skills, the positions are excellent opportunities for analysts with background in relevant national security issues to gain expertise with the counter disinformation and counter propaganda mission set.
The incumbent will:
- Report directly to the GEC Chief of Science & Technology. The Chief will exercise general control over the work of the incumbent. The supervisor will establish the overall objectives for the incumbent and communicate relevant policies and priorities established at higher levels.
- Synthesize information from one or more sources to produce integrated analysis to inform or to provide decision advantage to senior U.S. Government (USG) decision makers.
- Apply knowledge of concepts and terminology, policies and directives, organizational missions, and functions.
- Plan, prepare, and present written and oral briefings to senior internal and external customers and analytic counterparts on significant intelligence issues; clearly articulate concepts to non-expert customers and tailor the product to correspond to customer needs.
- Make disinformation and propaganda analysis / stories approachable in a way that allows customers to understand the significance of the information and identify opportunities to take action in the interests of U.S. national security.
- Cultivate communities of interest and identify key internal and external sources of information that meet customer and self-derived needs.
- Address analytic gaps across the U.S. Government.
- Cultivate, and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, experts, embassies, consulates, the U.S. interagency, policy committees, and foreign partners, as appropriate, and leverage these relationships to share information of interest.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in subject matter area, or closely related discipline.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.
- Analysts must have a minimum of four (4) years' experience in roles that demonstrated:
- Analytical and critical thinking skills, including superior ability to think strategically.
- Ability to effectively plan, research, develop, and author high-quality, complex analyses, studies, projects, assignments, and briefings on key U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives focused on a specific region or transnational issue for USG consumers and senior policymakers.
- Superior ability to foster technology communities across the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Government interagency, the GEC’s broader coalition of nations, industry partners, content producers, and others.
- Superior ability to provide technology leadership through information exchanges, working groups, mentorship, training, and other engagements.
- Superior ability to apply knowledge of diplomatic, intelligence, military, and law enforcement organizations in order to provide tailored responses that meet customer needs.
- Knowledge of analytic tradecraft and superior ability to communicate information and judgements to generalists as well as specialists.
- Ability to produce analytic finished reports related to the subject matter issues, either as senior analyst, lead analyst, or as a manager of analysts.
- Ability to lead and promote the development and use of a broad range of methodological tools and approaches to research, analyze, and present data.
- Ability to engage in special projects or novel efforts across the GEC mission, supporting the core tenets of agility and innovation, including the development of tools and operational prototypes, or modification of existing platforms, to meet the goals and requirements of the GEC S&T team and wider partnerships across other GEC teams, other U.S. Government organizations, or GEC external partners. This may include software development, social program development, data collection strategies and implementation, machine learning training and execution, develops actions on cloud infrastructures, basic system administration, or other technical actions.
- Ability to lead and manage programs in the fields of journalism, diplomacy and technology, such as tech camps on combatting disinformation, development of new technologies for use against disinformation, and/or initiation of journalistic training capabilities.
- Ability to support group decisions and solicit perspectives from coworkers.
- Ability to promote information sharing practices across the USG interagency.
- Ability to execute senior-level guidance in a fast-paced environment and accomplish strategic goals using metrics and other measures of effectiveness to track progress.
- Interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving skills, negotiating, and resolving significant and controversial issues.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment, and mentor junior colleagues.
- Creative problem-solving skills and initiative in carrying out mission responsibilities.
Why Work For Us?
The mission of the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center is to “direct, lead, synchronize, integrate and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining or influencing the policies, security, or stability of the United States and United States allies and partner nations.” Be a part of our mission to address this emerging and serious national security challenge.
Salary & Overseas Allowances
In addition to the incumbent’s base salary, he/she will be eligible for overtime pay if approved by GEC leadership.
Annual & Sick Leave
The individual selected will earn annual and sick leave in accordance with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations, which starts at 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period. The employee will be paid for federal holidays that fall within their regularly scheduled tour of duty. Those entering on duty with prior military service and/or federal civilian service can credit their years of service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form and/or SF-50 for consideration for higher annual leave accrual rates.
Health & Life Insurance Reimbursement
Personal Services Contractor may be provided a maximum of up to seventy-two percent (72%) against actual costs of their annual health and life insurance premiums. Eligibility for reimbursement requires evidence of enrollment in a qualifying health insurance plan and proof of actual payment of the associated health insurance premiums.
Government Furnished Property
The Department of State will provide the professional service employee with a computer workstation and access to existing applications (e.g., e-mail, MS Office Suite, etc.), adequate office space, and telephone service. The Department will also provide printers, faxes, and copiers. Telephones may only be used in accordance with Federal Guidelines and Standards to conduct Department of State (DoS) related business. Government furnished computer equipment and use of office equipment (such as faxes, copiers) will be provided.
The Department will provide computer storage space on the Department’s unclassified network to host the professional service employee deliverables. All deliverables (e.g., documented procedures, customized software, applications and enhancements) are the property of the Department of State and will be returned to the Department of State upon completion of the support services.
Domestic and/or international travel may be required of the incumbent personnel assigned to this task order. All travel will be on an as needed basis, and must be authorized and coordinated, in advance, pending availability of funds. No more than a few days of travel per year are expected.
The incumbent shall be responsible for arranging their travel. All travel is receipt reimbursable in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations. All travel arrangements must comply with the GSA allowances for per diem and lodging rates.
Period of Performance
The period of performance will be one year from contract award with 4 one year option periods.
The GEC shall have perpetual rights to all raw data and deliverables resulting from work performed under this content
How to Apply:
Please apply through Monster and submit the following as three separate attachments:
1) Cover letter
3) A list of at least three professional references
Failure to submit a complete package may disqualify the applicant from consideration.
You will be evaluated against the requirements outlined in this announcement, so the resume and cover letter should demonstrate that you meet the required qualifications listed above to undertake this position.
The GEC expects to screen and interview candidates within 30 days of close of announcement. ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONTACTED. Offers of employment will be dependent on ability to obtain security clearance through the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Note: This is a Personal Services Contract. This is NOT a federal direct-hire position.
Vacancy announcement will close at Midnight on April 22, 2019
Annual and Sick Leave; Health and Life Insurance Reimbursement