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Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program
Projected Positions

Instructions: Please carefully review the bureau position descriptions below. We have about 37 projected positions available. Our program will consist of rotational assignments and career development/training. Selections will take place in late-April, after which the Department of State will require the successful adjudication of a security clearance. The “Class of 2001” PMIs will enter on duty as a class in early-September.

 

NOTE: Please complete the bureau preference sheet to identify the bureau/s to which you wish to apply and submit it along with an updated copy of your resume.

Please ensure your resume is submitted to Danita Hickson, PMI Program Manager, not directly to the bureau. She will ensure that the bureau receives a copy of your resume.

Security Clearance Requirement

All of the Department of State’s PMI positions require the successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication of a security clearance. The security clearance process may take 3-6 months to complete, but can take longer if you have had extensive overseas travel, education, residence and/or employment or if there is a security, suitability, or medical issue to resolve. These issues could include a past history of drug or alcohol abuse, as well as a past history of credit problems. It is important to note that the presence of any of these problems will not necessarily preclude you from receiving a security clearance. It will, however, lengthen the time it will take to complete the clearance process.


U.S. Department of State

The Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. It is responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy, supporting American citizens overseas and managing the human and material resources that provide the platform for U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary of State is the President’s advisor on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad. The United States maintains diplomatic relations with about 180 countries at more than 250 diplomatic and consular posts. In addition to representing U.S. policy and interests at these posts, the Department also maintains relations with many international organizations. It is the primary provider of foreign affairs information used by some 60 federal agencies dealing with national security, intelligence, economic and commercial matters, or science and technology.


Projected Positions

Bureau of Administration (A)

Office: Executive Office (A/EX)
Position Title: Management Analyst
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Alicia Frechette, (202) 647-5908

The Management Staff is part of the Executive Office of the Bureau of Administration. A/EX is responsible for the financial, personnel and information resources management, analysis and reporting, and administrative service requirements for major bureau organizations. The Presidential Management Intern would report to the Chief.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Qualities sought: excellent writing, analytical and inter-personal skills; proficiency in the use of computer software; ability to work under pressure within deadlines; knowledge of current public administration trends and applications; and ease in dealing with people at all levels of the organization.


Bureau of Arms Control (AC)

Office: Office of Strategic Negotiations and Implementation (AC/SNI)
Position Title: Junior Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Ann Green, (202) 736-7345

The PMI will serve as a junior Foreign Affairs Officer. The junior officer participates in the development of U.S. strategic arms control policy and in international arms control negotiations, including talks on limiting or reducing strategic arms; helps develop U.S. policy for implementing commissions, including the START Treaty’s JCIC, the INF Treaty’s SVC, and the START II Treaty’s Bilateral Implementation Commission, once that Treaty enters into force; drafts related public affairs materials, and assists in performing other duties and functions assigned to the office. Some foreign travel is required.

Duties:

  1. The incumbent will be assigned as a junior foreign affairs officer with responsibilities in the full range of activities pertaining to the development of strategic policy and the negotiation and implementation of strategic arms control agreements with Russia and other countries.
  2. Participates in the interagency backstopping process for the START and, as required, INF Treaties; drafts negotiating instructions for U.S. delegations and prepares demarches to Russia or other countries on matters pertaining to strategic arms control negotiations or implementation.
  3. Serves as advisor to U.S. negotiating delegations in Geneva, Moscow or elsewhere as required.
  4. Drafts and comments on analytical papers pertaining to strategic forces policy and arms control.
  5. Drafts speeches, talking points, testimony and related materials for use by senior Department officials.
  6. Drafts public affairs/press materials on matters pertaining to strategic policy and arms control.

Office: Office of International Security Negotiations (AC/INS)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Ann Green, (202) 736-7345

This position supports the work of the Office in implementing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. In particular, the work focuses on the renewed effort to gain favorable reconsideration of the Treaty by the U.S. Senate, and the on-going work in building the international organization in the Vienna-based Preparatory Commission that will provide the multilateral verification and implementation regime. The Office also provides guidance and delegate support to the Geneva Conference on Disarmament, where negotiations of a fissile material cutoff treaty is the highest U.S. priority. A wide spectrum of other arms control issues, including the U.S. objectives of negotiating a ban on the transfer of anti-personnel landmines, are on the CD’s agenda. These and the complete range of arms control issues are also dealt with by the Office in supporting the annual United Nations General Assembly consideration of international security issues, and the UN Disarmament Commission. Other bilateral and multilateral meetings are also supported as assigned. A wide variety of tasks are carried out within the Washington interagency policy and backstopping communities.

The work is both of a political and technical nature, and accordingly persons with strong backgrounds in the social sciences, international relations, and/or in the physical sciences would be excellent candidates. An ability to think and write clearly is important. The work involves analysis, preparation of policy options, and implementation in Washington and the field.


Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA)

Office: Directorate for Visa Services
Position Title: Visa Specialist
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Adrienne Hatchett, (202) 663-2539

The Directorate for Visa Services is interested in recruiting a PMI with a legal background. The PMI would serve in the Visa Office and would have among his/her duties the following:

Analyzing legislation proposed or enacted by congress to determine its effect on the on-going visa adjudication and issuance processes of the US government.

Developing in response to requests from overseas posts or other US government agencies, advisory opinions on factual, legal and policy issues.

Preparing guidance to overseas visa issuing posts regarding visa adjudication and issuance policy. This guidance reflects current interpretations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, judicial decisions and statutory guidance.

Drafting guidance on visa matters for inclusion in the Foreign Affairs Manual.

Researching legal issues and assisting in preparing and presenting comprehensive legal briefings for dissemination with the Department of State, relevant U.S. Attorney’s offices, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other federal agencies.

Assisting the Department and the Department of Justice in preparing materials for use in response to legal challenges to US visa policies and procedures.

Maintaining liaison with pertinent bureaus of the Department of State, to include the Office of the Legal Advisor, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Customs Services, and many other federal agencies, especially those with a law enforcement responsibility. Such liaison relationships exist in order to obtain input from these bureaus or agencies regarding matters being reviewed or considered by the Directorate for Visa Services.


Projected Number: up to 10 positions
Location: Positions will be available at any of the 16 Passport Agencies, including Washington, D.C

Contact: Adrienne Hatchett, (202) 663-2539

Passport Management Development Program

The Department of State has 16 domestic passport offices that process more than 7.3 million passport applications each year. The Directorate for Passport Services is committed to developing a new generation of passport managers to work at both passport headquarters and in the field agencies. Most PMIs hired for this program (at least seven of the up to 10 positions sought) will serve initially as passport specialists. Those hired as passport specialist will:

Staff recruited as PMIs will, after serving as passport adjudicators, be eligible for rapid promotion into more senior positions. Such positions include:

Passport positions also offer the opportunity for mobility with the United States at the 16 passport agencies as well as assignments to headquarters positions in Washington.

As many as three Passport Management Development Positions will also be established in the Washington headquarters of the Directorate for Passport Services. These positions will offer exposure to the full range of passport management responsibilities including:


Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Kumiah Harrison, (202) 647-2906

The PMI will serve in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Coordinates, monitors, evaluates and analyzes policy and technical issues related to democracy, human rights and labor. Responsible for a wide-range of international democracy-building issues. Preparing briefing papers and talking points for international meetings in coordination with other officers in DRL and with other bureaus and agencies.


Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS)

Position Title: Management Analyst
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Nicole Pilkus, (202) 663-0026

DS is charged with formulating and directing policy on security programs worldwide to provide a secure environment for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy. The Executive Directorate is the supporting element for that mission. The work is fast-paced and requires a highly motivated, self-starting individual with excellent written and oral communication skills. The incumbent will act as a primary point of contact for many matters. The ability to make decisions and directly oversee several on-going projects is essential.

These positions will initially be located in the Executive Directorate (DS/EX) or the Office of Administration (DS/EX/OA), where the incumbent will spend six months working as a Management Analyst. Various projects will be assigned according to the employee’s interests and the needs of the Bureau. These projects may include: drafting correspondence, briefing materials or background papers, performing space analyses, legislative research, facilities management, staffing studies, personnel management, project planning, and team leader responsibilities.

After the incumbent has gained a general understanding of the Bureau’s organization and mission, s/he will move into a more specialized position as of the following:

  1. Personnel Management Spec. GS-9/12 Personnel Management Division (PMD)
  2. Computer Specialist GS-9/13 Management Systems Division (SYS)
  3. Program Analyst GS-9/13 Policy and Planning Division (PPD)
  4. Budget Analyst GS-9/12 Financial Management Division (FMD)
  5. Procurement Analyst GS-9/12 Administrative Services Division (ASD)

Rotations through different areas of the Division will ensure that the PMI gains a broad range of experience, while at the same time develops expertise within his chosen administrative area. One four-month rotation to another Bureau within the Department of State or to another government agency will be available as an additional means of gaining skills and perspective.

Duties

  1. PMD coordinated personnel and human resource management services for the Bureau including position classification, recruitment, pay and benefits, and EEO compliance. Personnel Management Specialists are the point of contact for all employees and line managers and provide advice and guidance to all levels of management on personnel matters. This position also requires extensive dealings with the Bureau of Human Resources.
  2. SYS provides management and computer systems expertise for the support of automated systems for the Bureau, including policy issues in the dynamic information resources arena of the Department. As a Computer Specialist, the incumbent would plan, design, and implement computer systems and software, to include network administration and equipment analysis. The PMI may lead studies on communications systems, reviewing data such as peak load and circuit capabilities.
  3. PPD participates in a wide range of issues relating t security policies, facilitates the work of interagency committees, councils, and working groups, and maintain liaison with other agencies and organizations on security matters. Program analysts are involved in the compilation, analysis, and presentation of the Bureau’s five-year plan as well as the yearly Bureau Operational Planning System.
  4. FMD prepares budget requests and financial plans for the Bureau and participates in decisions on resource allocations for the various programs and offices within the Bureau. Budget Analysts review segments of the budget request to ensure accuracy and adherence to budget instructions. The incumbent would also monitor the use and rate of expenditure of budgeted funds, and would prepare financial reports.
  5. ASD provides the Bureau with logistical support in areas such as contracts, procurement, fleet management, travel, and space management. Writing statements of work, steering contracts through the approval process, and procuring various services for the Bureau are all the responsibility of the Procurement Analyst. Management controls and regulatory compliance are also important aspects of this position.

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB)

Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Scot Marciel, Deputy Director (202) 647-9792

Office of Monetary Affairs (EB/IFD/OMA)

Incumbent would enable OMA to respond to greatly increased debt workload by (a) working with existing Paris Club officer to draft C-175 negotiating authority memoranda, draft and clear bilateral debt agreements, collect, synthesize and report U.S. creditor agency debt data to the Paris Club, and monitor Brooke and 620q sanctions (note: the workload in these areas has expanded so greatly that one officer is no longer sufficient), (b) replace the existing Paris Club officer during the latter’s expected 4-6 month rotation out of OMA in late 2001, and (c) work with the Treasury Department to ensure implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) debt initiatives. Workload permitting, incumbent would also have primary responsibility within EB for money laundering and for covering financial regulatory issues (liaison between regional bureaus and Treasury/Fed) with which the Department increasingly has to grapple.


THIS POSITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Office of Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy (EB/PAPD)


THIS POSITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

International Communications and Information Policy, Office of Strategic Planning/Satellites


Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Bruce Williamson (202) 647-7677

Office of Economic Sanctions Policy

This position is located in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Economic Sanctions Policy (EB/ESC/ESP). The office handles issues and the decisions on foreign policy trade control policy and implementation arising from various laws, (e.g. Trading with the Enemy Act and others.) The laws administered by the Treasury and Commerce Departments, control U.S. exports to United States embargoed countries and to many other countries for weapons nonproliferation, chemical and biological weapons precursors, human rights, counter terrorism, and regional stability and foreign policy reasons.

MAJOR DUTIES

As a Presidential Management. Intern, the incumbent assists on a variety of sanctions' issues. The Deputy Office Director will serve as the first line supervisor over this position.

1. LIAISON AND NEGOTIATION: Establishing a liaison and negotiating with offices within

the State Department in order to reach a unified DOS position which is conveyed to the Treasury and Commerce Departments.

2. EXPLAINING OFFICE POSITION ISSUES AND DEFINING: Responding to oral and written inquiries concerning areas of responsibility from the public, Treasury and Commerce Departments, from the Hill, and from within the State Department.

3. DRAFTING CORRESPONDENCE: Drafting correspondence concerning economic sanctions, for signature by the Assistant Secretary,-Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office Director, and Deputy Office Director.

4. BRIEFING PRINCIPALS: Briefing the Office Director and/or Deputy Director on: international and domestic events as they concern EB/ITC/EWT1s export control function; internal USG changes that affect foreign policy export control; and the positions of other State Department officials who also handle export control issues.

5. ATTENDING MEETINGS: Attending office staff meetings, where pertinent

information is received from and conveyed to the Director and Deputy Director. Where networking is necessary in order to reach a consensus or to facilitate information exchange, incumbent may be called upon to attend meetings in other bureaus or interagency meetings.


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Linda Wray, (202) 619-4205

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) plans and administers the U.S. government’s cultural and educational exchange activities abroad. Through Fulbright scholarships, Humphrey Fellowships, international visitor and professional exchanges, English teaching, private sector initiatives and other programs, ECA works to enhance understanding of the U.S., its culture, people and policies in other countries and to increase American’s understanding of foreign cultures and peoples.

An internship in ECA provides experience in “public diplomacy” – the involvement of American and foreign publics in our nation’s international relations, and the latest addition to the Department of State’s diplomatic tools. The PMI would rotate through the major programs of ECA: International Visitors, Academic Programs, and Citizen Exchanges. PMI assignments would be tailored to the skills and interests of the PMI, but would be similar to the following. In International Visitors (IV) the PMI would program mid-to-high level foreign government officials during their three-four week stays in the U.S. The PMI would work with the visitors, embassy and contract agency to plan and develop their programs. In Academic Exchanges, which handles the Fulbright, Humphrey, Muskie, Samantha Smith and other scholarship programs, PMI would administer a scholarship program for a geographic region. The office of Citizens Exchanges focuses on special projects and funding of private sector initiatives. The PMI would evaluate proposals, liaise between the private sector and embassy, handle grants and overview programs. Following the rotation period, the PMI would choose one office for his/her permanent position.


Bureau of European Affairs (EUR)

Office: Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Christine Elder, (202) 647-5116 or Phil Frayne (202) 647-6925

This position is located in the Press and Public Diplomacy section of the European Bureau, where the incumbent would serve as a Public Outreach Officer, acting as an official representative of the Bureau with public groups, the media and other constituencies. The incumbent would implement the Bureau's electronic outreach programs, including the Bureau's website and electronic dissemination of information to the public and selected policy and opinion leaders. This position would be responsible for the preparation of drafts of public speeches and statements for front office and other senior Department officials and direct the approval process for public appearances, speeches and articles by Bureau officials and U.S. ambassadors in Europe. Furthermore, the incumbent would manage public affairs programming for visiting U.S. ambassadors, including interviews, speaking engagements and other meetings.


Office of International Information Programs (IIP)

Office: Office of International Information Programs

Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contact: Linda Wray, (202) 619-4205

The Office of International Information Programs (IIP) is the principal international strategic communications service for the United States foreign affairs community. Newly formed in the Department of State, IIP designs, develops, and implements a wide variety of strategic public diplomacy initiatives, using Internet and print publications, traveling and electronically transmitted speaker programs, and information resource services. These efforts reach – and are created strictly for – key international audiences, such as the media, government officials, opinion leaders, and the general public in more than 140 countries around the world.

IIP’s programs and services are specifically designed to articulate U.S. government policies and actions, and present American society in all its complexity. They promote key issues such as democratic society, rule of law, free market economics, independent judicial systems, open and fair electoral systems, independent media. They also address key international issues as they arise, from arms proliferation and drug abuse to the global environment and human rights.

IIP prides itself on using cutting-edge technology and strategic alliances to operate as effectively as possible. As a reinvention laboratory, IIP is organized around a team based management structure comprised of three offices:

The PMI would be assigned to the front office working on new initiatives and developing public diplomacy strategies for other bureaus and agencies. S/he would also work on one of the thematic (political security, economic security, democracy and human rights, society and values, and global issues and communications) or geographic teams (Europe, Africa, East Asia, Near East and South Asia, and Western Hemispheric Affairs) handling the full-range of information products. Responsibilities could include writing for the Washington File or Electronic Journals, programming speaker overseas, arranging digital video conferences, and designing or updating web pages. In IIP the PMI would experience working in one of the government’s reinvention laboratories where flexible teams, reduced supervisory layers and cutting-edge technology are the operating norms. Following the rotation period, the PMI would be assigned to one of the teams according to his/her interests and skills.


Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)

Office: Office of Geographer and Global Issues (INR/GGI)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer – Geographer and Global Issues
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Sherri Sprigg, Division Chief, 202-647-5887
Annette Hales, INR PMI Coordinator, 202-647-7333

The PMI selected for this position will serve as an analyst in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues (INR/GGI). The Office is responsible for all matters involving worldwide geographic concepts making critical assessments and analyses of geographic and global phenomena as related to and in support of the formulation of foreign policy. The PMI will provide senior policy-makers with current intelligence analysis and long-term assessments of trends and patterns relating to war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity world-wide. The PMI will provide analytical support to interagency working groups focused on atrocities prevention and serve as editor of the month bureau publication, “War Crimes and Atrocities Monitor.” The PMI will represent the views of the Office, Bureau, and the Department in inter-office, and other agency meetings, as well as coordinate sessions and conferences. The PMI will also assist in the coordination of atrocities and genocide monitoring with senior policy-makers, numerous agencies involved in intelligence and foreign policy analysis, and private sector experts.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation will be developed with the assistance of the supervisor and Office Director.


Office: Office of Intelligence Coordination (INR/IC)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer – Intelligence Coordination
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Michael Kirby, Director, 202-647-7679
Richard O’Brien, INR/IC, 202-647-6945

The Office of Intelligence Coordination (INR/IC) serves as the focal point of contact in the Department of State for ensuring policy review of sensitive counterintelligence and law enforcement activities. The office coordinates the issuance/denial of visas to persons believed to be a threat to US national security and manages the counter-terrorism and counter-crime watch-list databases that provides timely support to US consular and immigration officers charged with keeping known and suspected terrorists and serious criminals out of the US. The PMI will report to the office director. He/she will work closely with two coordination officers who will provide guidance and introductions to contacts within the Department and other intelligence agencies. The PMI will learn how to work within the Department and with other agencies to further the national security by enhancing our counterintelligence law enforcement posture. The PMI will learn to use “all source information” (open sources, diplomatic reporting, clandestine human and signal intelligence) to prepare concise, timely reports for Department principals. This position affords an unsurpassed opportunity to learn the interagency workings of the USG’s counterintelligence apparatus as it applies throughout the world.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring IC officer and the IC office director.


Office: Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia (INR/REA)
Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – Russia and Eurasia
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: John Evans, Office Director, 202-647-5642
John Williams, Division Chief, 202-647-9186

The PMI selected for this position will serve as an analyst in the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia (INR/REA). Specific responsibilities will be assigned on the basis of Office needs and the PMI’s interest and experience. The PMI will report to the Office Director and undertake a series of projects related to political issues in the geographic area of Russia and Eurasia. The PMI will work with issues which may include Russian national politics, State Duma, Federation Council, the development of political parties, and the Russian court. The PMI will learn to use “all-source” information (open sources, diplomatic reporting, clandestine human and signals intelligence, imagery) to prepare concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses of both front-burner and over-the-horizon challenges to US policy for the Secretary and other Department principals. This position affords an unsurpassed opportunity to learn the use of intelligence sources and methods, enhance analytical skills, and gain insight into the societies and politics of the countries covered by this Office.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring REA officer.


Office: Office of East Asia and the Pacific (INR/EAP)
Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – East Asia & the Pacific
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Paula Causey, INR/EAP (202) 647-1339
Annette Hale, PMI Bureau Coordinator, 202-647-7333

The PMI selected for this position will serve as an analyst in the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (INR/EAP). Specific responsibilities will be assigned on the basis of the Office needs and the PMIs interests and experience. The PMI will report directly to the Office Director and undertake a series of projects related to political trends in East Asia. The PMI will backstop country analysts and engage with other offices in INR, particularly those addressing social and political developments in the region. Area of specialization includes China, Northeast Asia, or Southeast Asia. The portfolio may cover specific country developments or regional trends and relationships. The PMI will learn to use “all-source information” (open sources, diplomatic reporting, clandestine human and signals intelligence, imagery) to prepare concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses of both front-burner and over-the-horizon challenges to US policy for the Secretary and other Department principals. This position affords and unsurpassed opportunity to learn the use of intelligence sources and methods, enhance analytical skills, and gain insight into the societies and politics of the countries in East Asia.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring EAP officer.


Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – Intelligence Resources
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Elissa Pitterle, INR/IRE (202) 647-3895
Annette Hale, PMI Bureau Coordinator, 202-647-7333

The PMI selected for this position will serve as a project officer for the Support of the Diplomatic Operations program. This will require coordination and tracking of projects designed to enhance intelligence support to diplomacy and diplomatic operations. The PMI will provide logistical and administrative support for ongoing projects and identify new technologies in the private, military and intelligence communities for adaption to the diplomatic operations process. The PMI would also participate in the Intelligence Community activities on behalf of the Office which will cross all disciplines in support of diplomatic operations, foreign policy goals and deterrence of threats to national security, working closely with policymakers on requirements, collection, policy, strategic planning and activities.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the officer.


Office: Office of Analysis for Europe (INR/EU)
Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – Europe
Projected Number: 2
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Bowman Miller, Office Director, INR/EU (202) 647-8052
Harry O’Hara, Division Chief, (202) 647-9289

The PMIs selected for position will serve as an analyst in the Office of Analysis for Europe (INR/EU). One PMI will have an interest and background in the European Union, with particular emphasis on its role as a world economic actor, source of development and aid funding, its evolution as related to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and in its focus on specific areas. Familiarity with economic issues and trends would be helpful. Another PMI will be devoted to analysis of United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland issues, both foreign policy and domestic. Much of this analysis would center around British issues, related to UK-EU affairs, in British attitudes toward European defense and NATO, and in the role of smaller states in the European Union. The PMI will learn to use “all-source information” (open sources, diplomatic reporting, clandestine human and signals intelligence, imagery) to prepare concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses of concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses of both front-burner and over-the-horizon challenges to US policy for the Secretary and other Department principals. This position affords an unsurpassed opportunity to learn the use of intelligence sources and methods, enhance analytical skills, and gain insight into the societies and politics for Europe.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring EUR office.


Office: Office of Economic Analysis (INR/EC)
Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – Economic Issues
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: David Moran, Office Director, INR/EC (202) 647-2186
David Konkel, Division Chief, (202) 647-3317

The PMI selected for this position will serve as an analyst Research in the Office of Economic and Analysis (INE/EC). The Office is responsible for research and analysis of economic issues, developments, actions, and events affecting US foreign policy. Specific responsibilities will be assigned on the basis of the Office needs and the PMIs interest and experience. Duties will include preparing economic in-depth reports based on daily monitoring of all-source intelligence material, analyzing data and writing reports that are distributed to policymakers. The PMI will learn to use “all-source information” (open sources, diplomatic reading, clandestine human and signals intelligence) to prepare concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses of front-burner and over-the-horizon challenges to US policy for the Secretary and other Department principals. This position affords an unsurpassed opportunity to learn the use of intelligence sources and methods, enhance analytical skills, and gain insight into international economics.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring EC office.


Office: Office of Economic Analysis (INR/IAA)
Position Title: Intelligence Research Specialist – Western Hemisphere
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Gerard Gallucci, INR/IAA (202) 647-2229
Annette Hales, PMI Bureau Coordinator, (202) 647-7333

The PMI selected for this position will serve as an analyst in the Office of Analysis for Inter-American Affairs (INR/IAA), whose responsibilities encompass all of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. The PMI will serve as primary INR analyst of political developments for most of the countries of Central America, the precise portfolio to be determined on the basis of the Office needs and the PMIs interests and experience, and as backstop analyst for additional countries in the region. As part of the analytic team, the PMI will share in responsibilities for frequent periodic briefings of high-level officials within the Department; work directly with desk officers in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau and functional bureaus responsible for human rights and other transnational issues, and have the opportunity to participate, as INR’s representative, in a variety of inter-agency Intelligence Community fora. The PMI will learn to use “all-source” information (open sources, including Internet, diplomatic reporting, clandestine human and signals intelligence, and imagery) to research and prepare concise, insightful, timely, and policy-relevant analyses for both current and over-the-horizon challenges to US policy for the Secretary and other Department Principals. Research and professional development opportunities will also include travel to the region, subject to funds availability. The PMI will be supervised by a Division Chief who will also serves as mentor for the PMI and provide both general guidance and introductions to counterparts on the relevant country desks, in other intelligence agencies and in the NGO and academic communities. The position affords an unsurpassed opportunity to learn the use of intelligence in the policy process, enhance analytical and communications skills, and gain insights into the societies and politics of Western Hemisphere countries. Knowledge of countries in the region, and of a language, or languages, of the region is desirable.

Early in the two-year PMI tour, the person selected for this position will develop a plan for at least one rotation that entails project-related work in another office. That rotation should be developed with the assistance of the sponsoring INR/IAA officer, typically the relevant Division Chief.


Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO)

Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: Only 1 of the following positions will be filled.
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Linda Roots, (202) 647-3885

Office of Policy, Public and Congressional Affairs

The Office of Policy, Public and Congressional Affairs (IO/PPC) is one of nine constituent offices within the Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. This office provides public outreach and strategic planning support to the Department's ongoing effort to advance U.S. interests through multilateral diplomacy within the United Nations and other international bodies. IO/PPC is requesting a PMI to support the full gamut of its public outreach activities, but to focus primarily on NGO liaison activities.

Major duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Qualities sought: Superior oral and written communication skills, outgoing/energetic personality, interpersonal sensitivity, intermediate computer literacy including Internet and basic graphic programming skills, ability to work effectively under deadline pressure and to assume increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy in a complex and fast-paced environment.


Office of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations

The Office of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations (PHO) is part of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. PHO plays a lead role in interagency decision making on UN peacekeeping and sanctions programs, including the Iraq "Oil for Food" program, the UN's largest humanitarian operation. PHO is requesting a PMI to focus on implementation of the Iraq sanctions regime.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Qualities sought: strong interpersonal and analytical skills, excellent writing skills, enthusiasm, computer skills, the ability to work under deadlines and take on increasing levels of responsibility in a fast-paced, politically complex environment.


UN Economic and Development Issues

The Office of Economic and Development Affairs in the Bureau of International Organizations (I0/EDA) manages U.S. participation in UN development agencies and the negotiation of international economic issues in UN organizations. Over the next two years the office will direct U.S. participation in five major global conferences on subjects ranging from financing for development to the rights of children. IO/EDA is requesting a PMI to assist in policy development and coordination for such conferences.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Helping develop and implement policies and negotiating strategies for U.S. participation in UN global economic and development negotiations, including high-level global meetings such as those currently planned on children, financing for development, the least developed countries, housing, and food security.

Helping coordinate the inter-agency process in connection with UN economic and development negotiations and conferences.

Serving as a member of the U.S. delegation to UN economic and development negotiations and conferences, including the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.

Qualities sought: good organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills; the ability to articulate and defend U.S. policy clearly in an international context; adaptability and high energy; comfort with Internet based information retrieval.


Bureau of Nonproliferation (NP)

Office: Executive Office (NP/EX)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Ann Green, (202) 736-7345

The Bureau of Nonproliferation supports the Secretary and the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security in leading U.S. efforts to prevent and impede the proliferation of weapons and mass destruction, their delivery systems and conventional arms. The Bureau office’s consist of Foreign Service, Civil Service, and military personnel.

The incumbent is an action officer, and is responsible for advising on, administering and/or performing research or other professional work in the formulation of WMD nonproliferation policy.

Within overall plans developed at higher levels, drafts background papers, briefing papers, action memoranda, talking points, press guidance, correspondence, analytical reports, and other documents. Assists Bureau in developing and implementing policies to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons, including supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), implementing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), securing nuclear materials in the NIS, disposing of stockpiles of fissile materials, advancing civil nuclear cooperation under safe and sound conditions, promoting nuclear safety, and promoting effective protection, control, and accounting of nuclear material worldwide; curb the nonproliferation of chemical and biological weapons and missiles; and promote restraint in transfers of conventional arms, including through enhanced foreign export control practices. The individual will also assist in pursuing regional and bilateral initiatives and negotiations, including with respect to Russia, China, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Korean Peninsula, designed to reduce proliferation pressures and destabilizing arms acquisitions.

This position may require some foreign travel.


Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental And Scientific Affairs (OES)

Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Kumiah Harrison (202) 647-2906

The PMI will serve in either the Environment or Oceans directorate of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The PMI applies knowledge of pertinent professional subject matter, public policy issues, knowledge of the executive /legislative decision making process and knowledge of programs or organization and activities. The PMI will act as a junior member of the office, receiving work assignments from the Deputy Director or designate and will work on assigned projects.


Bureau of Public Affairs (PA)

Office: Office of Regional Press Outreach (PA/RPO)
Position Title: Public Affairs Officer
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: (202) 647-0793

The mission of the Office of Regional Press Outreach is to broaden awareness and usage of the Department of State as a primary resource for information by regional, national and specialty media.

The PMI would serve as part of a team of Public Affairs Officers, each of whom serves as a proactive link to the media, initiating all forms of interviews and informal briefings on key foreign policy programs and initiatives, as well as disseminating op-eds, fact sheets, transcripts and other information of use to national, regional and specialty media. The PMI also would recommend and arrange media opportunities for senior department officials, including Secretary of State, during travel throughout the United States.

The PMI would have lead responsibility for outreach activities for one of the following domestic regions: (1) Northeast, (2) Midwest, (3) West, (4) South, and (5) DC/National. The Office of Regional Media and Press Outreach also has officers responsible for outreach to information technology media and educational and cultural affairs media.

Most, if not all, of the responsibilities described above require close coordination with senior officials within the Bureau of Public Affairs, such as the Deputy Spokesman, as well as senior officials in other bureaus and, at times, the White House Press Office, National Security Council Press Office, and other agencies.


Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM)

Office: Office of Plans, Policy & Analysis (PM/PPA)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Projected Number: Only 2 of the following positions will be filled.
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Steve Costner (202) 647-8130

The Office of Plans Policy and Analysis in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/PPA) is responsible for developing and implementing policy on security assistance programs, defense trade, critical infrastructure protection, and small arms/light weapons (SA/LW). PM/PPA is requesting a PMI to focus on responsibilities for small arms/light weapons policy and diplomacy.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Help plan, develop, and implement policies and programs on SA/LW.

Work with other State Department bureaus and USG agencies in crafting, coordinating and implementing USG policy on SA/LW.

Represent bureau, Department and USG at regional and international seminars and workshops, and in bilateral meetings.

Provide expert support for international negotiations, including follow-on activities to the 2001 LIN Conference on SA/LW.

Prepare background papers, guidance and reporting cables, and other documents often with short turnaround times.

Work with State acquisitions, NGOs and contractors, as well as foreign governments, to manage PM funds supporting SA/LW destruction efforts worldwide.

Qualities Sought: An interest in international security issues and international negotiations, high energy and enthusiasm, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work on multiple tasks under deadline in a fast-paced environment.


Office: Office of Plans, Policy & Analysis (PM/PPA)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Steve Costner (202) 647-8130

The Office of Plans, Policy and Analysis in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/PPA is responsible for developing and implementing policy on, inter alia, security assistance programs, strategic defense planning, defense trade, critical infrastructure protection, small arms/light weapons, and theater missile defense. PM/PPA is interested in hiring a PMI who will be responsible for developing and promoting policies in one or more of these areas.

Duties:

Qualities Sought:

Strong writing and analytical skills desired.


Office: Office of Contingency Planning and Peacekeeping (PM/CPP)
Position Title: Foreign Affairs Officer
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Ron Ladnier (202) 647-0622

The Office of Contingency Planning and Peacekeeping is the lead office at the State Department for political-military planning for potential and real-time contingencies as described in PDD-56, Managing Complex Contingency Operations. PM/CPP works closely with the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the interagency community to integrate planning efforts toward a common objective in complex operations. They also represent State at the NSC-led Contingency Planning IWG and are a key member of the Peacekeeping Core Group.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Political-Military Contingency Planning

Develops frameworks for complex contingency planning efforts in area of responsibility as described in PDD-56; Collaborates with counterparts at State, Defense, the Joint Staff, and other Agencies in working-level group tasked to develop, coordinate, or modify plans for peacekeeping and other international security operations; Analyzes and redresses disconnects and gaps in interagency planning; Prepares draft plans for approval by Principals and Deputies Committees; Prepares final plans for consideration of partner states and international and regional organizations; e.g., UN, OSCE, NATO, etc.

Regional Early Warning and Assessment

Tracks and analyzes developments in area of responsibility with the potential to develop into complex contingencies, in order to prepare positions and options for the Contingency Planning IWG and consideration by the DC; Monitors ongoing complex contingency operations in area of responsibility to provide political-military expertise to Department, to develop Office knowledge-base of such operations, and to develop transition plans as appropriate; Clears on draft Department documents in area of responsibility.

Governance and Demilitarization Expertise

Develops functional expertise in governance and demilitarization issues and provides this expertise to planning efforts ongoing in all regional areas; Maintains ongoing contacts with non-governmental organizations involved in issues dealing with governance and demilitarization.

Doctrine Development and Support

Contributes both regional and functional expertise to doctrinal development efforts in the areas of complex contingencies and peacekeeping; Provides training, as needed, on PDD-56 and areas of expertise; Participates in after-action reviews (AARs) and lessons learned exercises to improve overall understanding of and performance in complex contingencies; Participates in training events to improve the Office's knowledge-base.

Drafting, Briefing, and Administrative Support

Drafts briefing memos, options papers, talking points, and other papers in support of Bureau, and Department principals for interagency policy-level meetings, bilateral engagements, official visits, and other events as needed; Briefs Front Office on significant developments in area of responsibility; Serves (on rotational basis) as Political-Military representative on Task Forces; Provides administrative support to the Office.

Qualities sought: A willingness to learn excellent writing skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, impromptu speaking skills, and solid analytical skills.


Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)

Position Title: Foreign Affairs Specialist
Projected Number: 1
Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Elizabeth White (202) 663-1044

The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has primary responsibility for formulating U.S. policies on population, refugees, and migration, and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs. The migration part of PRM’s mandate has increased in importance in the past several years. Migration has become a significant policy area in U.S. multilateral diplomacy. There are more than 120 million migrants in the world today. People move for many reasons: e.g., war and civil conflict, the desire for economic improvement, family reunification and environmental degradation.

U.S. policy on international migration focuses on the human rights of migrants, protection for asylum seekers, opposition to uncontrolled and illegal migration, an encouragement of the rapid integration of legal migrants. The Bureau works closely with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and with relevant international organizations -- the International Organization for Migration and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees -- to advance U.S. policy goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent serves as a foreign affairs specialist under the supervision and guidance of the senior officers with the Office of Policy and Resource Planning. The incumbent:

Qualifications: Spanish language fluency required.


Rotations

PMIs may have the opportunity for up to two 4-month rotations within the State Department or to other federal agencies if they are relevant to their career development and if the primary supervisor supports the assignment.

Agency Guidance

The Department of State will participate at the PMI Job Fair. Interested candidates should plan to visit the Department’s booth for application procedures, to pick up the most recent materials on available positions and submit their resumes. As schedules permit, bureau representatives will be available to discuss specific assignments and conduct interviews.

The Department of State’s screening/selection process is very intensive and time-sensitive. Our security clearance process may take 3-6 months or longer to complete. PMIs will enter-on-duty as a class in early-September 2001.


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