Research Analyst

Full Time
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Posted 7 months ago

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC (Telework Subject to Approval)

SCOPE: The Maasai Groups Research Analyst will support the Visa/Sanctions Team Lead. The personnel will work closely with counterparts on the DRL regional desks, in the geographic bureaus, Consular Affairs, the Office of the Legal Advisor, and the interagency to coordinate and implement U.S. Government and bureau policy on human rights sanctions and human rights-related visa ineligibilities. The personnel  will demonstrate competence in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of information into coherent and cogent materials for Bureau leadership. Superior research, writing, and briefing skills are a core requirement for this position.

Required to provide advice, research, technical analysis, and written materials related to the preparation of nominations and assessments for human rights sanctions, as well as visa processing, implementation of human rights-related visa ineligibilities, and other immigration functions (asylum, removals, parole) to the DRL/MLGA office.


All TMG employees will need to meet the requirements set forth in Executive Order 14042 and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance requiring all covered contractor personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Contractors must show proof of CDC Covid-19 vaccination record card.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Active Secret Clearance
  • 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 by FTE officers in making policy determinations regarding Global Magnitsky nominations and statutory visa ineligibilities. 
  • Analyze human rights-related developments in assigned countries/regions and inform FTE officers of the implications of such developments. 
  • Draft and edit written products related to the state of human rights in assigned countries/regions, and provide periodic briefings to senior Department officials. 
  • Travel as needed to U.S. diplomatic posts in assigned countries/regions in order to research and build human rights-related nominations, evidentiary packages, and/or assessments; and to conduct training on relevant visa restrictions and sanctions authorities.

These positions may require handling confidential information in an appropriate manner. Customer interactions must be handled with diplomacy and tact. Individual must be able to gauge the customer’s technical ability and communicate with them in appropriate technical or non-technical language.

DECISION MAKING/JUDGEMENT: This position involves projects and/or assignments requiring considerable decision-making authority regarding procedures, plans, and schedules. Although there are sometimes problem-solving guidelines for problems, there are no existing procedures or instructions for those problems. Ability to work independently or in a team setting is necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Needs the ability to use a keyboard to enter and retrieve data.
  • Must be able to lift 5-20 pounds.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • Local travel and possibly CONUS/OCONUS travel may be required.







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