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SUMMARY

Candidate is a professional service employee that serves in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs/Office of Maghreb Affairs as an adviser and expert consultant to policymakers and others about counterterrorism, national security, and economic activities linked to political stability in various countries.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Counterterrorism work includes terrorist and counterterrorist organizations and activities in the region as they may affect the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests.

• Reads, analyzes, and advises policymakers and others using unfinished reports and finished analytic products produced by the intelligence and defense communities about terrorist groups that may attack the United States or U.S. interests in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Sudan. These groups include the Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS) branches in Libya (ISIS-L) and West Africa (Jama’a Nusrat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin) and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Maintains awareness of the organization, location, leadership, relationships, and interactions of these and other groups with each other, local society, and external leaderships.

• Liaises with the intelligence community to maintain and increase understanding of terrorist groups in the region, and alerts office and bureau leadership to developments that affect U.S. policy. Incorporates findings into advice and reports, and supports policymaker interactions with the intelligence community.

• Develops common understanding of situation in the region with U.S. Department of Defense elements, primarily Army Special Forces and Joint Special Operations Command personnel.

• Maintains awareness of and interprets U.S. Department of Defense Concepts of Operation (CONOPs) and Operation Orders (OPORDs) for policymakers and others to enable them to understand actions proposed by Department of Defense, and provides written and oral briefings of CONOPs and OPORDs to policymakers and others.

• Supports policymaker review of proposed national strategies and CONOPs, and advises policymakers of likely outcomes.

• Provides written and oral briefings about current military operations.

• Maintains understanding of U.S. CT policy and advises policymakers about same. Attends and at times participates in interagency meetings.

• Maintains awareness of capabilities and operating methods of U.S., allied, and associated forces and their adversaries.

• Reads, analyzes, and advises policymakers and others about foreign political, economic, and military activities in Libya as they relate to counterterrorism using unfinished intelligence reports and finished analytic products produced by the intelligence community.

• Collaborates with intelligence community and advises Department on intelligence collection priorities.

• Maintains understanding of social, political, economic, and climatological aspects of countries that affect terrorist organizations and counterterrorism operations.

• Advises and assists in the interagency process of designating individuals as terrorists and supporters of terrorism.

• The contractor will analyze intelligence and open-source reporting—and write reports based on his reading and analysis—that the Office of Maghreb Affairs will use in formulating its policy positions and recommendations. The contractor’s work will inform the Office’s decision-making, but the contractor will not have decision-making authority him/herself. The contractor is not likely to be involved in conducting feasibility studies.

• The contractor is unlikely to have access to confidential business information. The contractor will need access to other sensitive information, including intelligence on terrorism and security-related matters in Libya. The contractor will use this information to use as research for direct hire to draft reports that the Office of Maghreb Affairs will use in formulating policy positions and recommendations.

• The contractor will participate in conferences and roundtables where s/he but is not to be assumed to represent the State Department. The contractor’s participation will be for the purpose of expanding the Office of Maghreb Affairs’ understanding of issues relevant to Office responsibilities. The contractor will attend such conferences as a general participant only, not as a speaker or panelist.

• National security work includes U.S. efforts to address Libyan political reconciliation and so make Libya unavailable as a haven for terrorist organizations and a source of regional instability.

• Advises policymakers about the political, military, and economic situation in Libya and the potential for reconciliation and militarized interactions, including civil war. Develops and maintains understanding of the political, military, and economic situation in Libya, including involvement by international actors. Advises policymakers and serves as a consultant about possible outcomes of policy options.

• Develops and maintains understanding of U.S. policy in the region and as it affects the region, and advises policymakers about same. Participates in interagency and international meetings.

• Develops and maintains relationships throughout the U.S. intelligence community. Collaborates with elements of the intelligence community to develop common understanding of Libya and actors relevant to Libya and to produce finished intelligence products. Incorporates findings into advice and reports, and supports policymaker interactions with the intelligence community.

• Develops and maintains knowledge of military and paramilitary forces, and irregular armed forces in Libya, their leadership, organization, capabilities, and external support. Develops and maintains knowledge of security operations in Libya and the region by Libyan, U.S., and other forces, and advises policymakers of outcomes and consequences.

• Generates, updates, and maintains biographies of significant Libyan political, economic, and security figures.

• Attends conferences and academic engagements to increase office understanding of key issues, including comparative cases that increase broad knowledge of issues affecting and involving the area.

• May participate in the Technology Transfer Working Group.

• Economic work includes licit and illicit economic activities involving Libya, with a focus on smuggling networks.

• Develops and maintains knowledge, and advises policymakers and provides consulting activities about the domestic Libyan energy situation, including crude oil and refined product ownership, control, production, and use. This includes knowledge of international energy situation as it affects Libya.

• Develops and maintains knowledge and advises policymakers and provides consulting activities about crude oil and refined petroleum product smuggling involving Libya.

• Develops and maintains knowledge of Libyan economic and financial affairs and institutions.

• Develops and maintains knowledge about regional migration and illicit activities (e.g., fuel and arms smuggling).

EDUCATON AND EXPERIENCE

Develops and maintains expertise and provides advice and consulting activities by analytic work that incorporates Ph.D.-level skills in analysis and interpretation. Presents findings to policymakers and others.

SECURITY REQUIREMENT

This position requires a Top Secret Security Clearance.