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Junior Research Analyst Washington, DC, ID16695

***Active Secret clearance required***

Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions provides support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget.

To support implementation of OMB and Congressional recommendations to improve program evaluations, R/PPR has an immediate need for one individual to serve on a long-term basis as a junior research analyst.


  • Assist in assessing the effectiveness of public diplomacy and public affairs programs, through the development of:
    • impact, process, and performance evaluations;
    • randomized control tests; and
    • stakeholder and user analysis.
  • Assist in the management and execution of monitoring and evaluation projects, including stakeholder engagement, evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and report development.
  • Travel to conduct fieldwork associated with monitoring and evaluation projects, including training of local partners, supervision of data collection, and other tasks.
  • Assist government staff with development and review of contracting documents for the procurement of research and evaluation services.
  • Communicate with colleagues, management, and other contacts outside the Department to gather and analyze information about public diplomacy programs;
  • Write reports, letters, presentations, public diplomacy performance measurement and evaluation strategies, and other documents with recommendations for management policies and activities;
  • Disseminate public diplomacy evaluation and performance findings, recommendations and strategies to Department senior officials, other decision-makers and key stakeholders, including OMB, NSC, Congress, GAO and DoD.
  • Regularly present evaluation results to public diplomacy practitioners, academics, and other interested parties through both formal and informal presentations;
  • Curate existing research from both USG and non-USG sources;
  • Provide consultation to public diplomacy practitioners on how to design, manage, and use evaluations to inform and improve programs that advance foreign policy objectives;
  • Develop and conduct training modules and courses for FSI, and other formal instructional opportunities, for public diplomacy practitioners on how to design and use evaluations;
  • Liaise with other evaluation professionals in the public, NGO/Foundation, and academic sectors;
  • Work with other Department of State evaluation units, including ECA, IIP, posts, and regional bureau public diplomacy offices;
  • Assist with budgeting, scheduling, and other planning tasks for the work unit.


  • Exceptional communication skills, with fluency in communicating user-centric design processes;
  • Ability to approach problems analytically and holistically, considering the individual problem and the impact on the larger system;
  • Ability to work on complex projects within a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to work flexibly and efficiently in a rapidly changing environment, exercising a balance between research rigor and client needs;
  • Demonstrated curiosity in continued learning and growth on the job;
  • Openness to critique (including from other disciplines), curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives, and experience or strong interest in collaborating closely with others;
  • Strong ability to focus on and understand the needs of clients, as well as build and maintain strong working relationships;
  • Five or more years’ experience designing and managing program evaluations and/or monitoring systems are required;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred. Training should reflect training in qualitative or quantitative research methods.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level;
  • Experience collecting qualitative or quantitative data in foreign countries , including selecting, training or supervising local research teams; overseeing translation of instruments, protocols, and other research materials; and administering instruments in English (or other language, as necessary);
  • Experience with performance monitoring for large-scale initiatives or for organizational-wide objectives, including developing performance indicators, establishing data collection business processes, creating data management practices; and creating monitoring reports; ;
  • Experience with Stata, R, or comparable statistical analysis software;
  • Familiarity with data visualization software such as Tableau or Gephi;
  • Experience managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, with milestones occurring over one to two years;
  • Experience drafting statements of work or proposals responding to requests for research projects;
  • Experience with traditional program evaluation methods, including but not limited to: focus group facilitation, content analysis, textual analysis, and network analysis, as well as familiarity with non-traditional techniques such as participatory evaluation, process mapping, and visual data analysis;
  • Experience conducting research on one or more of the following topics: development, education, media, nation branding, strategic communication, trust, public opinion, women’s empowerment, or youth;
  • Experience working with a major development research organization or on programs funded by major international development funders (e.g., USAID, DFID, World Bank) is a plus.


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