NANA Regional Corporation Peace Process Advisor in Washington, District Of Columbia
Peace Process Advisor
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The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) is part of the Under Secretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) within the Department of State (DOS). CSO's mission is to anticipate, prevent, and respond to conflict. CSO shapes decisions and policy, builds and leverages partnerships, works in country alongside locals seeking change, and seeks to institutionalize this approach within CSO and the DOS. The Assistant Secretary of CSO acts as the Secretary of State's senior advisor on conflict and instability in fragile states. CSO strives to be agile, catalytic, and evaluative in all of its work in Washington and abroad to achieve impact in conflict and crisis settings. CSO quickly and cost-effectively prevents and responds to conflict through innovative analysis, programing, policy approaches, and flexible funding and staffing. The Bureau convenes governmental and non-governmental partners to collaborate with local actors and create the conditions for lasting change even after CSO completes its engagement. The Bureau is data-driven in prioritizing where to engage, analyzing conflict, designing programs, assessing results, and supporting policymaking.
Under this task order, the contractor will utilize his/her expertise in the political, cultural, and social dynamics of conflict environments, and to serve as a Peace Process Advisor within the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs, and Learning (APPL). Within CSO, APPL prevents and responds to violent conflict overseas through the effective application of analytical skills, operational capacities, and programmatic resources. APPL works collaboratively with CSO regional offices and partners achieve CSO’s Functional Bureau Goals and to deliver impacts at the operational and policy levels. In view of the fact that mass atrocities, political violence and violent extremism that occur during a peace process pose a fundamental threat to U.S. bilateral relationships and national security interests, CSO is committed to harnessing and utilizing its conflict prevention in-depth knowledge and practice to effectively negotiate and implement peace agreements for fragile nations that are designed to ensure they do not return to violent conflict.
The contractor will be a member of the CSO Peace Process Support and Elections Violence Team, sharing highly specialized knowledge and techniques as part of CSO’s work in DC and the field to mitigate destabilizing violence. In close coordination with CSO, the contractor will conduct conflict analysis, help develop conflict intervention strategies, support the execution of conflict intervention and programming initiatives, provide monitoring and evaluation of CSO initiatives, partner with local organizations, build and enhance local networks, provide field reporting, and help influence key actors. The contractor will provide expert strategic analyses, policy guidance and planning services for the organization that are focused on initiating and sustaining peace processes, including the governance dimensions of negotiations, power sharing arrangements, decentralization of authority and local governance and constitutional reform in countries and regions of priority interest to the Bureau, Department and its partner agencies in the U.S. Government (USG).
It is anticipated that the contractor will be involved in a number of different engagements during the course of the contract and will provide services throughout the full range of engagement design, implementation, and post engagement.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties may include the following:
Serve as advisor to CSO, regional bureaus, the NSC, office of the Under Secretary (J), and Embassies on matters related to electoral violence and electoral security.
Play key role in designing and implementing peace process, negotiation, mediation and governance functions that include horizon scanning for at risk country selection and analysis, planning
Contribute to APPL efforts to build the bodies of knowledge, tools, partnerships, and conduct direct engagement in support of peace processes, political transitions, mitigating and preventing electoral/political violence, and fostering stabilization
Guide development and institutionalization of Bureau's analytic framework and approach to supporting peace processes, political transitions, and preventing political violence in fragile states.
Conduct project research, policy analysis, and program assessments related to the initiation and implementation of peace processes and effective governance strategies
Conduct negotiations analysis on specific countries and provide recommendations to regional bureaus and embassies
Advise on political transition, peace processes, governance, negotiation and mediation policies and programs with CSO Regional Offices, DOS Bureaus and interagency counterparts.
Maintain network of USG partners, international organizations, bilateral partners, research institutions and NGOs involved in the advancement of peace processes and the promotion of effective governance in at risk states.
Receive, review and present peace process and governance data and information from these actors that enable CSO, DOS and the USG to develop effective programs and policies in these areas.
Contribute to the development of political transition, negotiation, mediation and governance training for CSO Regional Office staffs, officials in regional Bureaus, Foreign Service Officers deploying to at risk posts.
Additional duties may include the following:
Participate in field-based assessments of peace process or negotiations
Participate in the formulation and implementation of DOS and USG programs designed to foster rapid transitions to democracy in post-conflict states, and assist in the development of policies and programs that support transitional governments in their moves toward an increasingly democratic society.
Advise and/or assist with analyses, development and preparation of policy recommendations, and the development of approaches for peace process and stabilization operations.
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 and international partners.
With supervision, work through teams or work 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.
Interface with decision-makers, secure stakeholders, and attend meetings with Department officials and interagency working groups
Assist in cultivating partnerships with bilateral, multilaterals, the think tank and NGO communities to improve the impact of the bureau’s work and foster burden sharing.
Provide logistical, research and other support for strategy development sessions or planning efforts on conflicts in assigned countries or thematic areas.
Support elections violence assessments and research as needed.
Master’s Degree in the areas of international development, international affairs, political science, public administration or law.
Minimum 10 years’ experience in and demonstrated abilities in project research and management, policy planning and assessment, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs and policies related to international crisis program management
Understanding of peace process and conflict prevention theory and practice preferred.
In-depth knowledge based on experience working overseas in conflict areas supporting analysis and planning activities for the United States, foreign governments and international organizations;
Prior experience living or working overseas.
Experience working with members of the international community, especially bilateral and multilateral partners and civil society organizations.
Advanced knowledge of the U.S. foreign policy process, particularly as it relates to events, key trends, upcoming developments, and major socio-economic and political issues affecting countries in conflict and possibility of sustainable peace agreements
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.
Skill in planning, organizing and supporting team initiatives.
Ability to negotiate effectively with management to gain acceptance of recommendations which involve substantial resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the activity studied.
Ability to effectively communicate with senior authorities on key decisions and sensitive issues utilizing strong verbal and writing skills.
Ability to manage interpersonal relationships with and among contacts to promote policy priorities, support recommendations, build consensus and improve analysis.
Mastery of oral and written communication techniques sufficient to communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel; prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex or controversial issues.
Must have Secret Clearance
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Job: Program & Project Management
Primary Location: US-DC-Washington
Shift: Day Job
Req ID: TUV00925