Policy Research Analyst – Job Ref: 59

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Policy Research Analyst

DutiesProvides policy research and reporting for the Political/Economic (P/E) Section, especially as lead for civil society; labor; and environmental, science, technology, and health (ESTH) issues, drafts several Congressionally-mandated annual reports, researches and drafts political and economic cables, collects and distributing within the interagency official biographies for senior Zambian officials, provides logistical support for events and VIP visitors, acts as Grants Officer Representative on numerous P/E-managed grants, and supplies other administrative support, as needed.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE:  Five or more years prior experience with political, economic, government, administrative, and/or research work is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge of the political and economic environment in Zambia. Familiarity with major political parties, labor movements, politicians, civil society groups, major social figures, media outlets, political and economic history is required.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Government, Economics or Media and Journalism is required.
LANGUAGE:  Level IV English is required (this may be tested). Level III in a major local language – including Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Chewa, or Tonga – is required.SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Extensive experience in Microsoft Office to include Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required. Ability to perform research using the internet is required. Telephone skills and etiquette required to engage interlocutors, make appointments, and maintain industry and government contacts. Presentation and public speaking skills are also required.EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Lusaka, Zambia may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
Other Information:
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

    1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
    1. AEFM / USEFM
    1. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a background security clearance. To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.
Required Documents:
Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

    • Residency and/or Work Permit
    • Passport copy
    • Degree with transcript
    • DD214 (if applicable)
    • Copy of Orders (if applicable)
    • CV
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
Next Steps:
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Lusaka, Zambia
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