Social Scientist (PSS 22-020) Washington, D.C. Requires: A Secret security clearance is required for this position (Clearance FAQs HERE)
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We are presently identifying two (2)candidates for the following position: Social Scientist (PSS 22-020). This candidate will work with Dept. of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DOS-INL) in Washington, D.C. on the Professional Services Support (PSS) contract.
The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department of State’s mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous, and secure world.
INL’s Office of Knowledge Management (INL/KM) seeks to continuously improve the design, implementation, and results of assistance aimed to improve criminal justice capacity abroad by providing programmatic and policy guidance, expertise, and training informed by experience and evidence. The position is located in the Division of Design and Learning (INL/KM/DDL), which focuses on program design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
A PhD in political science, economics, sociology, criminology, monitoring and evaluation, or a related field
Six to ten years’ experience in relevant field
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal regulations in regard to area of specific need
Demonstrated ability to work on projects and issues within overall policy guidelines
Demonstrated skilled in oral and written communication, sufficient to draft action and info memos, congressional testimony, press guidance and congressional and general correspondence
Knowledge of international narcotics and law enforcement issues
Knowledge of issues related to development, foreign assistance, politics and economy, sociology, anthropology, organizational development, and/or narcotics and law enforcement
Experience conducting mixed-methods research and analysis, including the development of research questions and design of measurement strategies
Experience teaching or collaborating with non-experts on the development of research questions and quantitative metrics
Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation with regard to the interpretation and application of social science analysis
COVID-19 Vaccination Required. *President Biden's Executive Order mandates all U.S. Federal employees and contractors providing services to the U.S. Federal Government who are working on or in connection with and U.S. Department contracts (subject to limited exceptions for disabilities or religious objections) to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Experience working in foreign assistance and/or social science research in developing countries
Experience using R, Python, or other statistical software for data analysis and visualization
Design, conduct, and present independent research, orally and in writing, to assess effects of INL programs using qualitative and quantitative methods from the social sciences, as appropriate. Data sources will include internal INL project performance data, publicly available datasets, data and reports available for purchase, and new data collected for a given research project
Analyze INL project performance data (statistical and textual) to identify strengths and weaknesses of the data needed for assessing project effectiveness, and advise accordingly to improve Bureau policies on design, monitoring, and evaluation, including drafting documents, and conducting analyses, feasibility studies, and strategy options
Design and supervise evaluations of INL programs in accordance with INL evaluation standards, including:
Design and/or review of research questions, in collaboration with INL program staff and/or project implementers
Design and/or review of research strategies, including data collection and methods
Design and/or review of survey questionnaires, focus group discussion guides, and sampling plans
Supervision and monitoring of data collection, potentially including field visits
Rigorous review and quality control of analysis provided by project implementers
Independent cleaning and analysis of monitoring and evaluation data; and
Written and oral reporting, including visualization of findings and recommendations for future projects, primarily aimed at a general audience of policymakers, but with preparation for engaging technical specialists as well
Conduct market research, develop inputs for government cost estimates, draft statements of work and other pre-award documents, prepare technical evaluations and associated documentation, participate as a technical advisor to a source selection board or as a nonvoting member of a source selection evaluation board, assist in the evaluation of a contractor’s performance, and work in a situation that might permit access to confidential business information
Design performance monitoring plans in collaboration with INL program staff and in accordance with INL project design and monitoring standards, and monitor data collection, modifying plans as needed to ensure best performance
Develop curriculum and teach project design, monitoring, and evaluation techniques to non-experts
Participate in and contribute to INL’s Monitoring and Evaluation Community of Practice and other forums related to project design, monitoring, and evaluation, potentially involving participation in situations where it might be assumed that participants are agency employees or representatives
Support broader project design, monitoring, and evaluation efforts as needed
This position has been designated as 100% telework within the Washington, DC locality. This designation does not guarantee telework privileges for the contractor employee; INL reserves the right to expand the requirement for in-person presence at the physical work location if the contractor employee is unable to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position remotely. INL may also require the incumbent to report to the physical work location additional days within a pay period as required to support office or program needs.
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
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