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* 1.Knowledge of the Middle East and Africa**

Have knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles and/or practices of international relations, political science, area studies or a related academic discipline. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of the Middle East and Africa and their interrelationships with key political, economic, social and security issues.
  1. Have knowledge of the Middle East AND Africa including pertinent public policy issues. For example, independently conducted research related to the Middle East and Africa in a work setting, published research as a principal author in a peer-reviewed professional journal on the Middle East and Africa; completed doctoral or equivalent academic program in international relations, political science, area studies or a related academic discipline with a focus on the Middle East and Africa combined with some applied experience pertaining to a public policy issue; or equivalent experience.
  2. Have knowledge of the Middle East AND/OR Africa including pertinent public policy issues. For example, completed doctoral or equivalent academic program in international relations, political science, area studies or a related academic discipline with a focus on the Middle East and/or Africa, assisted with research related to the Middle East and/or Africa in a work setting, served as a contributing author to published research in a peer-reviewed professional journal on issues relevant to the Middle East and/or Africa, or equivalent work experience.
  3. Have knowledge of the Middle East OR Africa. For example, completed master’s or equivalent academic program; or served as a research assistant in the public or private sector or performed equivalent work related to Middle East or Africa.
  4. None of the above.


* 2.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 3.Ability to analyze public policy issues**

Applied knowledge of the Middle East and Africa to the analysis of public policy issues. Clarified policy questions, summarized alternatives, and defined their impact. Examples include: 1) identifying emerging issues, 2) evaluating legislative proposals, 3) evaluating budget/appropriations, 4) assessing public and private implications of government programs or regulations, 5) assessing alternative approaches to public policy issues, and 6) evaluating governmental organization and administrative procedures to accomplish program goals.
  1. Have experience conducting analysis on complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance in the public or private sector. For example, have published graduate-level research findings and in so doing, performed at least two of the above examples related to the Middle East AND Africa.
  2. Have conducted analysis on a public policy issue related to the Middle East AND/OR Africa. For example, completed research studies or projects, equivalent to a doctoral dissertation, as part of an academic program or in a work setting.
  3. Have conducted analysis on a public policy issue related to the Middle East OR Africa. For example, completed research studies or projects, equivalent to a master’s thesis, as part of an academic program or in a work setting.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 5.Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques**

Designed and utilized research and analytical methodologies and techniques pertinent to the Middle East and Africa. Applied these methodologies and techniques to the analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of complex public policy issues.
  1. Conducted research relevant to the Middle East AND Africa within the context of a public policy issue. This required knowledge of the data and their history, strengths, weaknesses, etc. The research involved the standard application of a few established techniques and methods. Interpreted results of research for use by audiences ranging from expert to layman.
  2. Conducted one research effort relevant to the Middle East AND/OR Africa. This required knowledge of the data and their history, strengths, weaknesses, etc. The research involved the standard application of established techniques or methods at a level equivalent to a doctoral dissertation. Interpreted results of research for peers.
  3. Participated in performing research relevant to the Middle East OR Africa, for example, through researching data and applying relevant established techniques or methods, playing an active role in conducting a research project equivalent to a master’s thesis, or completing coursework. Interpreted results or research for peers.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 7.Ability to write in a public policy context**

Wrote a variety of descriptive, background, and analytical reports, memoranda, and other documents on public policy issues.
  1. Prepared at least one comprehensive analysis of a public policy issue to the highest academic or professional standards, subject to technical review, such as a research study for a professional society or think tank, for a manager in the public or private sector, or for an academic degree. This product was related to the Middle East and Africa.
  2. Frequently wrote background or descriptive reports on public policy issues, such as papers for seminars or briefing materials for other professionals or managers.
  3. Wrote descriptive or background material for the purpose of clarifying situations or issues in an academic or office context, that was not disseminated to a broader audience.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 9.Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.

Conveyed analysis and information orally through briefings and presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain public policy issues. This includes targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.
  1. Occasionally presented analysis of public policy issues to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Examples include serving as a speaker or discussant on panels at seminars, professional conferences or workshops; serving as a teaching assistant in a public policy graduate program; or equivalent experience.
  2. Occasionally presented analysis of public policy issues in a structured setting to professionals in your field. Examples include discussing various policy options with peers, defending a doctoral dissertation, contributing at seminars or professional conferences, or equivalent experience.
  3. Presented public policy information or research in a structured setting to professionals in your field. Examples include presenting research to peers, defending a master’s thesis, participating in seminars or professional conferences, or equivalent experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 10.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 11.Ability to work collaboratively with others.

Led or participated in a research study or project on a public policy issue requiring collaboration with colleagues.
  1. Participated in a research study or major project in a work setting related to a public policy issue requiring collaboration from colleagues from more than one discipline within your own work unit or led a component of a collaborative research study or project on a public policy issue involving colleagues as part of academic program at the graduate level, or equivalent experience.
  2. Participated in a collaborative research study or project on a public policy issue involving colleagues within a single discipline.
  3. Participated in a collaborative research study or project unrelated to a public policy issue.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.