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Program Analyst

Washington, D.C.

Job Description:
Kenjya-Trusant is seeking a candidate to fill the role of a Program Analyst to provide skilled analytical, advisory and administrative support to the planning, development, and execution of U.S. foreign policy goals pertaining to the office’s portfolios. The Analyst works with a team of 4-8 employees, depending on staffing levels. The Analyst reports directly to the OPA Deputy Director, and indirectly to the Office Director.     
Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:
Working under the direction of the Deputy Director and Office Director, the Program Analyst supports the OES/OPA office by:
  • Advising OES/OPA office leadership on policy issues within the office.
  • Serving as an advisor on his/her portfolio in bilateral and multilateral meetings as requested.
  • Managing marine scientific research administrative issues including the Research Authorization and Tracking System.
  • Providing office administrative support for U.S. participation in the Arctic Council and backup to OPA administrative personnel as needed.
Development and Design Support: U.S. Arctic and ocean foreign policy – Typical tasks
  • Assisting OES/OPA staff in the development, coordination and implementation of U.S. foreign policy regarding the Arctic region and the ocean portfolio of the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs.
  • Assisting in the development, coordination and implementation of U.S. foreign policy regarding marine science, including international scientific information exchange and international marine scientific research activities.
  • Preparing appropriate briefing papers, talking points, cables and other documents in support of Arctic and oceans policy efforts or in preparation for bilateral or multilateral meetings.
  • Performing research, draft correspondence, and prepare summaries, background material, position papers, reports and recommendations. Liaise with analysts in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) on intelligence reports and products related to the Arctic, Antarctic and other portfolios as needed.
  • Arranging for and representing the office, when requested, in Department meetings for his/her portfolio area; Serves as an advisor for office or Department principals at international and domestic conferences at the working level;
Implementation Support: Arctic and Marine Scientific Research – Typical tasks
  • In support of U.S. marine scientific research activity in foreign waters, the incumbent handles  the documentation, database management, implementation procedures and operational aspects of the U.S. Research Authorization and Tracking System (RATS), and ensures that clearance requests for marine scientific research activities comply with U.S. policy, foreign requirements and customary international law.  S/he works with U.S. missions abroad on arrangements with foreign governments regarding the conduct of scientific activities in the foreign exclusive economic zones and territorial waters, and provides training to new ESTH officers regarding vessel clearance procedures.  Additionally, the incumbent takes action to resolve issues and ameliorate unfavorable responses and unreasonable conditions imposed on U.S. marine scientific projects in foreign waters.  S/he maintains contact with other OES Bureau offices to ensure OES/OPA is aware of bilateral meeting dates and venues, and manages all web-based files regarding foreign-state application requirements, through regular updates and correspondence with U.S. embassy personnel.
  • In the course of serving as primary point of contact for U.S. post-cruise scientific data exchange, the incumbent tracks all post cruise obligations through regular maintenance of database and file tracking system; ensures timely data exchange through monthly reports to Chief Scientists and Ship Operators; and maintains contact with Science Officers at post to ensure proper handling of post-cruise data materials and application packages.
  • In support of U.S. and international cooperative Arctic research efforts as outlined under the Agreement to Enhance Scientific Cooperation in Arctic and other such agreements as are applicable to the U.S., the incumbent will serve as the primary point of contact in the Department for other U.S. agencies charged with facilitating foreign Arctic research or requesting such facilitation for U.S. researchers abroad, to include coordination with posts, relevant desk officers and other Department offices as appropriate.
Operations and Performance Management-Typical Tasks:
  • Performing such other related duties as may be required and assigned, and contributes to the Office's general responsibilities for law of the sea and ocean policy.
  • Providing program support to Arctic portfolio, to include managing travel, budget, planning and organizing meetings and conferences, and other duties as assigned.

Required Experience:
  • Have a minimum of a BA Degree, and:
  • Must have a Secret clearance and be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
  • Extensive knowledge of the issues, developments, and events affecting the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region and/or oceans and marine scientific research.
  • Knowledge of written and oral communication methods and skill in applying this knowledge is required.  
  • Experience relevant to researching and writing reports and memoranda under short deadlines.
  • Incumbent must be able to analyze political developments for their impact on Arctic and oceans issues and to provide policy recommendations.
  • Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of analyses. 
  • Ability to establish liaison at all levels throughout the Department of State and foreign policy communities to exchange information vital to both spheres of operation. 
  • Strong experience with standard software, including the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint), and demonstrated ability to work with other software to include database applications. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities. The ability to take a flexible, team-oriented approach to work.

Clearance Requirement –              SECRET with eligibility for TS/SCI     **Clearance must be in place at time of application** 

THE KENJYA-TRUSANT GROUP, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that was established in 2015 as a merger between The Kenjya Group, Inc. and Trusant Technologies, LLC. Our mission is to implement, support and protect the nation’s advanced technology systems, business processes and high-technology facilities. Working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, state and local governments, and commercial clients, Kenjya-Trusant provides cyber protection, information technology, engineering, construction management and acquisition support services. We are a small company with big company benefits, including Health, Dental, Vision, 401K, Bonus Potential, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Paid Time Off, and a culture of teamwork and continuous learning. Come grow with us!
The Kenjya-Trusant Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. If you require accommodations, please contact our Human Resources Department at (410) 740-4045.
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