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Research Analyst

Washington, DC
Competitive Innovations, LLC (CI) is seeking a Research Analyst to support the U.S. Department of State, Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs (MLGA) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). The Research Analyst provides research, technical analysis, and advice to assist in the development and drafting of nomination packages for the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, as well as human rights assessments, security advisory opinions, and advisory opinions for human rights-related visa ineligibility determinations.  This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC.

  • Support the MLGA Visas/Sanctions Team in tracking initiatives and policy developments related to implementation of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, as well as human rights-related visa ineligibilities (including under the INA, 7031(c), Presidential Proclamations, and USC 1182(e)) within the Department of State and with interagency partners and external non-governmental organization (NGO) interlocutors.  Raise awareness about these authorities through engagement with other Department offices, embassies abroad, the interagency, civil society, and the Hill.  Advise on opportunities to expand the use of these authorities and adopt/institute innovative practices.  Draft related Congressionally-mandated periodic reports.
  • Monitor human rights abuses in assigned geographic areas of responsibility, including through classified and unclassified reporting channels, media sources, and NGOs. Conduct outreach and liaison work with relevant geographic bureaus and DRL regional desks, Consular Affairs, the Office of the Legal Advisor, and others.  
  • Develop cases – including by undertaking research (on open source and classified systems), preparing reports and analyses, and providing advice – regarding the actions of foreign government officials and others who may be involved in or responsible for the commission of human rights abuses, for use in making policy determinations regarding Global Magnitsky nominations and statutory visa ineligibilities.
  • Analyze human rights-related developments in assigned countries/regions and inform officers of the implications of such developments.
  • Provide support for DRL/MLGA human rights-related visa ineligibilities, human rights sanctions, and other immigration functions in one or more of the geographical regions (EAP, EUR, NEA, SCA, WHA, AF)
  • Draft and edit written products related to the state of human rights in assigned countries/regions, and provide periodic briefings to senior Department officials.
  • May also be asked to support other priority taskings as defined by the Team Lead or the Deputy Office Director.
  • Draft and review human rights assessments for seven authorities, including under the INA, 7031(c), Presidential Proclamations, USC 1182(e), and Global Magnitsky.
Essential functions of this position include: (as applicable)
  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Active Security Clearance: Secret
  • Bachelor’s degree plus one year of related work experience
  • Superior research, writing, and briefing skills
  • Demonstrated competence in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of information into coherent and cogent materials for Bureau leadership
  • Experience in U.S. human rights policies 
  • Experienced in planning, evaluating, guiding, tracing, analyzing and coordinated complex cases
  • Excellent teamwork and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Qualified candidates that are HUBZone residents, preferred (check your status here:  https://maps.certify.sba.gov/hubzone/map#center=39.828200,-98.579500&zoom=5)
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