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Job opening: Intelligence Research Specialist

Salary: $117 962 - 153 354 per year
Published at: Mar 27 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined. This position is located in the Washington, DC Commuting Area in the Office of Security, Counterterrorism and Information Security Division at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


Evaluate large volumes of information and screen, synthesize, and translate it into strategically relevant intelligence to provide decision-advantage to USAID leaders. Provide intelligence briefings for USAID leadership and produce products, threat assessments and intelligence reports on broad, exceptionally complex or highly sensitive issues that affect USAID missions. Provide accurate, thorough, timely, and usable intelligence analysis for the Africa geographic region while demonstrating use of sound analytical tradecraft, proper data sets and methodologies. Advance inter- and intra-agency coordination and collaboration to collect and/or share information of intelligence value to fill information gaps. Liaise with other intelligence analysts and experts in specialty fields to coordinate information requirements, provides assistance in developing community intelligence reports. Provide intelligence support for USAID missions for routine and emergency matters and promote effective working relationships with key stakeholders.


  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Security/SCI clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.


Specialized Experience: GS-13: In addition to the Education requirement and Selective Placement Factor, you MUST have one year of specialized experience is required that is equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position include: a) Providing senior officials with all-source intelligence analysis for the Africa region to focus on strategic analysis of issues that affect national security; b) Employing established data analysis techniques to evaluate all-source information to reach analytical judgments in accordance with documented standards for analytic tradecraft; AND c) Liaising with counterparts in other intelligence agencies or organizations to fill intelligence gaps, to explore ideas and alternative perspectives, gain insights or generate new ideas on issues relevant to the agency or organization. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience. CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training. A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


This position does not have a positive education requirement, therefore, transcripts are not required.


  • Address Office of Security 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20523 US
  • Name: USAID HR Help Desk
  • Phone: 202-712-1234 X2
  • Email: [email protected]


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