Strategic Communications and Policy Planning Assistant

  • Job Tracking ID: 512454-586879
  • Job Location: Bogota, COL
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: August 11, 2017
  • Years of Experience: Any
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Apply type: application



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Job Description:

Pending Award ** 

Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is in search of a Strategic Communications and Policy Planning Assistant to support the Department of State in Bogota, Columbia

The Advisor is responsible for drafting regular and ad hoc reports and responses to Congressional inquiries, and assisting with public diplomacy programs. The Advisor will work closely with the Embassy Public Affairs Section to identify, analyze, and summarize foreign news and public opinion trends in the country or region that relate to INL operations and Mission Colombia policy, programs and activities.

The INL Strategic Communications and Policy Planning Advisor advises and assists the Policy Division Chief with the following:

  • Coordinate and draft INL Bogota’s submission for all annual strategy/resource reports, such as the Mission Resource Request (MRR), Performance Plan and Report (PPR), Integrated Country Strategy (ICS), the Congressionally-mandated International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) and Major Drug Trafficking and Producing Countries list (Majors List).
  • Draft other regular and ad hoc reports, as requested, managing the extensive clearance process, and mastering any required software reporting systems.
  • Work with the INL Management Officer to ensure that financial data is sufficiently incorporated into all reporting requirements.
  • Assist with the Strategic Communications portfolio for INL Bogota, which communicates INL goals and accomplishments in our efforts to stop the flow of illegal drugs to the United States, restore security and rule of law, and implement justice system reforms.
    • Assist with the coordination of international cooperation and training activities, as well as police training, specifically focusing on messaging concerning the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan.
    • Track and coordinate various tasks, assignments, or requests for information from Washington or the Embassy Front Office to deliver quality written products and briefings on time.
    • Work effectively under pressure, within short time constraints, and during times of rapidly developing events.
    • Coordinate strategic messaging for media on behalf of all INL programs, in coordination with the Public Affairs Section at the Embassy and INL/PAPD.
    • Research, develop, and maintain fact sheets for all INL Bogota programs. Oversees Strategic Communication "one pagers" to INL to ensure linkages between performance metrics and program outcomes.
    • Provid advice and assistance in the preparation of weekly and monthly INL reports, responses to Congressional inquiries, press inquiries, and fulfillment of other reporting requirements.
    • Support liaison efforts with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on policy issues.
    • Support State Department, Congressional and other visiting officials as required.
    • Maintain security awareness and properly handling classified and controlled items and information.

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution AND demonstrated six (6) years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated four (4) years related experience in the fields of public affairs, policy, political science, or journalism.
  • Demonstrated three (3) years of experience with bilateral or multilateral assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in:
  1. Drafting reports/documents, annual budgets, and strategic plan submissions;
  2. Planning, strategizing, implementing and reporting on projects;
  3. Drafting analytical briefing papers, memoranda, letters, and reports for review and/or signature by senior-level officials; and
  4. Coordinating and working closely with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, United Nations and/or international community on security sector development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with host-nation counterparts, departments, and ministries to further program objectives, in a timely and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated superior negotiating, interpersonal, and managerial skills.
    • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English (4/4) and Spanish (3/3) communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, development and management, and foreign assistance.
  • Demonstrated experience working in Colombia or other Latin American countries on law enforcement and counternarcotics.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly for the Department of State.
  • Active Secret Clearance

Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.