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Research Analyst – Washington DC (ID#15130)

Candidate must be eligible to obtain a Secret level clearance post hire. 

Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions (CNMS) is committed to delivering innovative solutions to solve its clients’ toughest problems, whether it be in the next state or around the world. CNMS utilizes the most qualified teams to support each client’s mission, providing responsive, strategic and innovative paths forward. CNMS makes it a priority to build personal, business relationships with each client and to consistently go above and beyond their expectations.


The position will support implementation of OMB and Congressional recommendations to improve program evaluations.


Includes the following:

  • Assist in assessing the effectiveness of public diplomacy and public affairs programs, through the development of impact, process, and performance evaluations, randomized control tests, and stakeholder and user analysis.

  • Assist in the management and execution of monitoring and evaluation projects, including stakeholder engagement, evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and report development.

  • Travel to conduct fieldwork associated with monitoring and evaluation projects, including training of local partners, supervision of data collection, and other tasks.

  • Assist government staff with development and review of contracting documents for the procurement of research and evaluation services.

  • Communicate with colleagues, management, and other contacts outside the Department to gather and analyze information about public diplomacy programs.

  • Write reports, letters, presentations, public diplomacy performance measurement and evaluation strategies, and other documents with recommendations for management policies and activities.

  • Disseminate public diplomacy evaluation and performance findings, recommendations and strategies to Department senior officials, other decision-makers and key stakeholders, including OMB, NSC, Congress, GAO and DoD.

  • Regularly present evaluation results to public diplomacy practitioners, academics, and other interested parties through both formal and informal presentations.

  • Curate existing research from both USG and non-USG sources.

  • Provide consultation to public diplomacy practitioners on how to design, manage, and use evaluations to inform and improve programs that advance foreign policy objectives.

  • Develop and conduct training modules and courses for FSI, and other formal instructional opportunities, for public diplomacy practitioners on how to design and use evaluations.

  • Liaise with other evaluation professionals in the public, NGO/Foundation, and academic sectors.

  • Work with other Department of State evaluation units, including ECA, IIP, posts, and regional bureau public diplomacy offices.

  • Assist with budgeting, scheduling, and other planning tasks for the work unit.

  • Performs other job related duties as required.


No supervisory or management authority.


A Bachelor’s Degree is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred. Training should reflect training in qualitative or quantitative research methods.  Five or more years’ experience designing and managing program evaluations and/or monitoring systems are required.  Experience working with a major development research organization or on programs funded by major international development funders (e.g., USAID, DFID, World Bank) is a plus.


  • Exceptional communication skills, with fluency in communicating user-centric design processes.

  • Ability to approach problems analytically and holistically, considering the individual problem and the impact on the larger system.

  • Ability to work on complex projects within a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to work flexibly and efficiently in a rapidly changing environment, exercising a balance between research rigor and client needs.

  • Demonstrated curiosity in continued learning and growth on the job.

  • Openness to critique (including from other disciplines), curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives, and experience or strong interest in collaborating closely with others.

  • Strong ability to focus on and understand the needs of clients, as well as build and maintain strong working relationships.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.

  • Skilled in collecting qualitative or quantitative data in foreign countries including selecting, training or supervising local research teams; overseeing translation of instruments, protocols, and other research materials; and administering instruments in English (or other language, as necessary).

  • Knowledge of performance monitoring for large-scale initiatives or for organizational-wide objectives, including developing performance indicators, establishing data collection business processes, creating data management practices, and creating monitoring reports.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Stata, R, or comparable statistical analysis software.

  • Knowledge of data visualization software such as Tableau or Gephi.

  • Skilled in managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, with milestones occurring over one to two years.

  • Skilled in drafting statements of work or proposals responding to requests for research projects.

  • Knowledge of traditional program evaluation methods, including but not limited to: focus group facilitation, content analysis, textual analysis, and network analysis, as well as familiarity with non-traditional techniques such as participatory evaluation, process mapping, and visual data analysis.

  • Skilled in conducting research on one or more of the following topics: development, education, media, nation branding, strategic communication, trust, public opinion, women’s empowerment, or youth.


 Work will be performed in a climate controlled office environment.


With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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