Applications for this position close at midnight on January 4, 2019.
Job Type: Full Time, Contract
Years of Experience: 5+ Years
Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year
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 Team Lead, and in the absence or vacancy thereof, to the Acting Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. Department of State’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 Acting Deputy Coordinator is responsible for the Center’s countering state-sponsored disinformation (CSD) mission.
The incumbents will serve as a Counter State Disinformation (CSD) Officer in one or more of the following regional foci: Russia, Iran, China or the U.S. Counter Terrorism efforts. As CSD Officers, the Personal Services Contractors report to the Team Lead and work to implement strategies to identify, understand and counter foreign state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests. Incumbents must be able to combine an understanding of the interagency processes and State Department operations with a comprehensive understanding of the historical and political context of U.S. relations with one or more of the regional foci actors, and the use by one or more of those actors of disinformation and/or propaganda in the information space to advance their interests at the expense of the interests of the United States, its allies and partners.
The incumbent will:
- Guide the strategic planning and development of functional and cross-regional programs, coordinating overall budget, training, and administrative issues, and develop and manage a team framework.
- Work with US government (USG), private sector contracts, and foreign partners in support of strategic cooperation with these entities.
- Evaluate foreign partners’ efforts to ensure they are in the best interests of the USG by drawing on intelligence, diplomatic, and non-governmental information and analysis.
- Develop and maintain relationships with counterparts in other relevant department offices and bureaus.
- Coordinate the US interagency to identify and address disinformation overseas.
- Develop coordinated interagency strategies for addressing disinformation, identify USG elements that have capabilities which can assist in the the developed strategies, and then facilitate the delivery of such capabilities.
- Interact regularly with counterparts in the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council Staff to coordinate activities as they pertain to the Center’s mission.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.
- Formulate and implement policy and program recommendations.
- Prepare papers and briefing materials.
- Identify and analyzing key trends, policies and strategies.
- Develop and manage programs, including grant writing and document drafting.
- Lead a team(s) in developing and clearing strategies for meeting the GEC’s mission to coordinate, lead, and synchronize USG efforts to counter state actor as well as non-state actor propaganda and disinformation.
- Coordinate with other offices within the GEC to bring the whole of the Center’s capabilities to bear on identifying and addressing disinformation and propaganda and to minimize duplication of efforts.
- Facilitate relationships with offices and bureaus throughout the Department of State (DoS) to ensure that the GEC’s efforts fit into the Department’s broader strategies and efforts; maximize synergies; and, minimize duplication of efforts.
- Knowledge of misperceptions and misinformation about the United States and U.S. foreign policies prevalent in various parts of the world;
- Understanding of attitudes of various foreign audiences and their receptivity to different arguments and counter-arguments about issues of U.S. national interest;
- Knowledge of Department of State field operations, in particular the needs, concerns and limitations of U.S. embassies and consulates and their staffs;
- Ability to digest and distill into concise materials large volumes of information from a variety of USG, academic, think tank and other non-USG sources;
- Experience reviewing and evaluating program/project proposals and/or grant funding requests.
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 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 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 Diplomatic Security bureau.
Note: This is a Personal Services Contract. This is NOT a federal direct-hire position.
Vacancy announcement will close at Midnight on January 4, 2019
Annual and Sick Leave Benefits; Health and Life Insurance Reimbursement