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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division is accepting applications under its 2019 Graduate Recruit Program for an Analyst in African Affairs. This position will be filled at the GS-09 level (see "Duties" below).

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    Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days beginning in the spring/summer of 2019. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon participants' performance and completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.


    CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process—from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

    CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.


    The Analyst in African Affairs will work on issues related to U.S. policy toward Africa. Applicants should have a solid education and professional background in U.S. political, security, development and/or humanitarian affairs in Africa. Professional experience in an African country is particularly valued, as is expertise related to Nigeria, Liberia, or other countries in West Africa.

    The analyst will provide objective public policy analysis and consultation on policies and issues related to U.S. political, security, development and humanitarian affairs in Africa for Members, committees, and staff of the U.S. Congress. The work includes locating/interpreting factual information; conducting research; preparing objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participating in team research projects and seminars.

    The ideal candidate will be enrolled in or graduating from a M.A. or Ph.D program and have experience and graduate coursework in African Studies, International Relations, or a related field. Proficiency in French or other relevant language skills are also valued.

    Strong presentation and writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, as well as attention to detail and skill with online databases are required.

    The analyst position carries promotion potential to the GS-15 level.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527973600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.