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    Duties

    Summary

    The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is hiring an experienced faculty member to lead its work on Justice and rule of law by providing thought-leadership, organizing executive-styled academic programs for senior professionals, contributing to research and strategic thinking, and maintaining productive professional networks. The Africa Center is an academic institution within the U. S. Department of Defense that is funded by Congress for the study of security issues relating to Africa.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent leads the Africa Center's work on justice and rule of law by designing policy-relevant academic programs and engagement activities that provide context, promote understanding, establish professional networks and equip African security professionals to address insecurity effectively. Demonstrates intellectual leadership by contributing to scholarship and clearly articulating desired goals and anticipated impacts relating to the Africa Centers work on justice and rule of law. Responsible for: developing the Africa Center's rule of law portfolio of work; developing curricula for academic programs; designing and executing executive-styled academic programs for senior security sector officials; representing the Africa Center in scholarly and policy events; and producing research products in support of the Africa Center's goals.

    The incumbent conceptualizes, manages and coordinates the Africa Center's work relating to justice and rule of law. He/she identifies and articulates goals to maximize the Center's impact within the portfolio of work, develops and implements a strategy to attain goals and measure impact, and catalyzes professional networks and communities of interest.

    Develops, implements and evaluates assigned academic programs. Provides overall direction and management for assigned academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming. Assesses effectiveness via feedback from participants who, through written evaluations, determine the extent to which programs are meeting the desired objectives.

    Serves as advisor to individual participants or groups of participants during and after academic programs. Promotes careful analysis of complex security-related topics and the development of practical policy-oriented recommendations.

    The incumbent maintains a professional network and represents the Africa Center at conferences, functions, and events. He/she maintains professional relationships in order to solicit input to reinforce the quality of Africa Center programs. He/she attends relevant workshops, conferences, and other events that provide an interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that may contribute to the success of Africa Center programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    4

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    Fluency in French, Portuguese or Arabic Required

    Background or Security Investigation:
    This is a non-sensitive position which requires a background investigation.

    Background Check Requirement for Non-U.S. Citizens: To meet the security background check requirements non-U.S. Citizens applying to this position MUST have had residency in the United States for at least 3 years out of the past 5 years. The 3 years of residency may be cumulative and need not be consecutive.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, you must have:

    Earned a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field. Doctorate's degree preferred.
    University-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing, leading, and managing an executive-level Justice and Rule of Law Portfolio at a regionally accredited college or university.
    Professional or academic experience working on the African continent or in collaboration with African institutions. Demonstrated experience/ability to advise African leaders by explaining key Justice and Rule of Law concepts and exploring ways to apply them to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in African countries/organizations.
    Deep understanding of Africa's security challenges, trends, and priorities. Demonstrated experience providing direction and management for Africa-focused academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming.
    Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to justice, rule of law and contemporary and emerging African security issues (e.g., region-wide security trends; combatting violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
    Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Africa Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Africa Center programs.


    Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in national security policy development with governmental and/or non-governmental organizations.
    Established network of professional contacts, especially with senior civilian and uniformed actors engaged in Africa's security sector, African think tanks, universities, NGOs and strategic studies centers.

    CRITERIA REQUIRED FOR ACADEMIC RANK:

    Assistant Professor

    An earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
    A minimum of 3 years relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing, leading, and managing an executive-level Justice and Rule of Law Portfolio at a regionally accredited college or university.
    A minimum of 3 years of professional or academic experience working on the African continent or in collaboration with African institutions. Demonstrated experience/ability to advise African leaders by explaining key Justice and Rule of Law concepts and exploring ways to apply them to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in African countries/organizations.
    Deep understanding of Africa's security challenges, trends, and priorities.
    Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to justice, rule of law and contemporary and emerging African security issues (e.g., region-wide security trends; combatting violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
    Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Africa Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Africa Center programs.


    Associate Professor
    An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
    A minimum of 5 years relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing, leading, and managing an executive-level Justice and Rule of Law Portfolio at a regionally accredited college or university of which a minimum of 2 years must be at the graduate level.
    A minimum of 5 years professional or academic experience working on the African continent or in collaboration with African institutions. Demonstrated experience/ability to advise African leaders by explaining key Justice and Rule of Law concepts and exploring ways to apply them to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in African countries/ organizations.
    Deep understanding of Africa's security challenges, trends, and priorities.
    Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to justice, rule of law and contemporary and emerging African security issues (e.g., region-wide security trends; combatting violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
    Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Africa Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Africa Center programs.

    Professor
    An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
    A minimum of 8 years relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing, leading, and managing an executive-level Justice and Rule of Law Portfolio at a regionally accredited college or university.
    A minimum of 5 years professional or academic experience working on the African continent or in collaboration with African institutions. Demonstrated experience/ability to advise African leaders by explaining key Justice and Rule of Law concepts and exploring ways to apply them to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in African countries/ organizations.
    Deep understanding of Africa's security challenges, trends, and priorities.
    Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to justice, rule of law and contemporary and emerging African security issues (e.g., region-wide security trends; combatting violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
    Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Africa Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Africa Center programs.

    Education

    Education Requirement: There is no substitution of experience for education for this position.

    Additional information

    The Africa Center has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Africa Center employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

    Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. Africa Center uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions You must attach a separate document with answers to the questions listed below. The following questions will be reviewed by the Africa Center screening panel:

    1. Please describe your university-level experience designing, leading, and managing an executive-level Justice and Rule of Law Portfolio.

    2. Please describe your experience working on the African continent, advising program participants and/or African leaders on key Justice and Rule of Law concepts and how to apply to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in African countries and/or organizations.

    3. Please describe your ability to develop and execute Africa-focused academic programs through curriculum development, research and preparing course materials.

    4. Please describe your experience and ability to conduct scholarly and policy research and to publish scholarly articles relating to justice, rule of law and contemporary and emerging African security issues.

    5. Please describe your ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies/organizations and your ability to present on topics and engage in effective communicate to maintain professional networks.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
    2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other Supporting Documents
    The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
    1. SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
    2. If you claim Veteran's Preference, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) substantiating your claim.
    3. Other documents identified in the announcement.
    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

    It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Joel Schielie

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    DSCA - DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
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    Indianapolis, IN 46249
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    The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is hiring an experienced faculty member to lead its work on Justice and rule of law by providing thought-leadership, organizing executive-styled academic programs for senior professionals, contributing to research and strategic thinking, and maintaining productive professional networks.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Defense Security Cooperation Agency, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. ALL eligible applicants will be referred to Africa Center which will convene a board to review all of the applicants. Africa Center will contact the applicants directly they would like to interview. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

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