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Open Source Officer (Foreign Media Analyst)Needed
The Central Intelligence Agency seeks to fill a number of full-time Open Source Officer (OSO) positions. OSOs are the Intelligence Community's foreign media experts. They use foreign language and area knowledge to review and assess foreign open media sources, which include Internet sites, newspapers, press agencies, television, radio and specialized publications. OSOs collect intelligence from these media and deliver high-impact products to the U.S. foreign affairs community.
OSOs develop in-depth knowledge of a broad range of foreign media and apply this knowledge to identify trends and patterns and write analytical products. On occasion, they may translate text, audio, and video information and select materials from the media for translation by independent contract translators. OSOs research and analyze the media environment in a particular country or region and prepare media analyses that inform customers of subtle relationships and trends in the media.
We are seeking creative officers with a keen interest in foreign affairs, strong writing and analytical skills, a well-developed facility for reading and translating one or more of a broad range of foreign languages, and a working knowledge of the Internet. Many OSOs have lived in their region of interest and/or have formally studied the politics and history of a particular country or region.
Positions are in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, with limited opportunities for overseas travel and assignments. In addition to salary and benefits, OSOs are eligible to earn annual language 'bonus' pay based on in-house language proficiency testing. OSOs may also have the opportunity to take additional languages, area studies, and other relevant training.
Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in area studies, international relations, political science, economics, journalism, sociology, anthropology, counter proliferation or other liberal arts discipline
Advanced level foreign language reading and comprehension skills
Excellent English language skills
Strong critical thinking/analytic skills
Well developed Internet search skills As a part of the screening process, selected applicants will be sent a language proficiency test and will be asked to provide an analytic writing sample.
The following languages, or language combinations, with relevant area knowledge are being sought:
Central Asian & Russian
French & Arabic
German & French or Italian
Hebrew & Arabic
Hungarian & Romanian
Indonesian & Malay
Russian & Ukrainian
Requirements: U.S. citizenship is required; as is successful completion of a medical evaluation, polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. Must be willing to relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.