Sr. Social Scientist/Assessments SME – USFOR-A – Afghanistan – TS/SCI

Requisition ID: 20023419

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: International Posting
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Senior Social Scientist to join our Counter Threat Messaging Support Program (CTMSP) with experience working with a diverse team of linguists, analysts, and planners, to serve as the lead of a diverse research team and to achieve operational objectives for USFOR-A and USCENTCOM. Northrop Grumman has a need for social scientists with experience translating empirical research findings into USG policy relevant recommendations at the operational and strategic levels. Experience with information operations; (IO) supporting clients in the DOD and/or USG information research and analysis (e.g. public affairs, intelligence, law enforcement, diplomacy, broadcasting, and foreign affairs) are strongly preferred. The ability to work on a team in a collaborative environment is a requirement. The position is a deployed position supporting USCENTCOM and US Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) in Kabul, Afghanistan The successful candidate will be responsible for overall strategy, research tasking, data validation and program compliance management of IO activities for the contractor’s operations in Afghanistan including the following duties: Roles and responsibilities for this position include:
  • Serve as principal investigator for CTMSP Task 4 (assessments) research in Afghanistan, providing research design, oversight, and analysis.
  • Brief government leadership on key findings and measures of effectiveness / return on investment associated with Task 5 (multimedia) disseminations.
  • Develop, refine, or coordinate assessment and collection plans for planned and active MIST series in the CJOA being reported to IOCARS.
  • Develop, refine, or coordinate Series Assessment Reports (SARs) for all active series in the CJOA being reported to IOCARS on a quarterly basis. Continuously maintain a summary report of all SARs in the CJOA and disseminate as necessary.
  • Create, determine funding, and/or coordinate with stakeholders the collection of identified indicators through all available sources to assess approved MIST series in the CJOA.
  • Conduct basic statistical analysis of aggregated data received from contractors, other agencies, or collected by in-house means and produce summary reports of those data as necessary.
  • Work with Knowledge Manager to maintain and update the MISO Assessments Intellipedia repository on SIPR and JWICS with all existing MISO assessments, survey data, survey reports, and analytical intelligence reports as they pertain to conducting psychological and influence operations in the CJOA.
  • Update a designated Unified Assessment Management system database with current assessment information from supported MISO organizations or other reports
  • Prepares status reports, assesses project issues and risks and develops resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives.

  • Basic Qualifications: To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below: 1. Master's degree and 8 years of relevant experience or PhD with 4 years of relevant experience 2. Must possess a Master’s degree in Political Science / International Relations, Area Studies, Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, or other related social science field 3. Must have knowledge and experience in use of all Microsoft Office products 4. Must be willing and able to travel to Qatar and Afghanistan and as required by the program to both CONUS and OCONUS locations.  Note: These areas in Afghanistan are austere and hazardous 5. Must be willing to deploy for periods of 365 days in support of US Forces Afghanistan AOR, primary location, Kabul - Vance Compound (NVC), formerly Camp Sullivan. Inside the Green Zone 6. Must be willing to travel within the restraints and conditions of the Global Pandemic/COVID-19 7. Must possess a current U.S. Passport 8. Must possess a Current TS/SCI security clearance
    Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration: 1. PhD in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, social sciences  or BS + 14 years of experience, PhD + 9 years of experience 2. Concentration in statistical methods for social sciences 3. Joint intelligence or operational experience with US DoD Geographical Combatant Commands 4. Must possess statistical package expertise in IBM SPSS/PASW, R, STATA or even excel 5. Previous experience working the CENTCOM Afghanistan AOR as an individual contributor 6. Previous experience as a deployed social scientist
    Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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