Accenture Federal - Counterintelligence Data Specialist in Arlington, Virginia

Title: Federal - Counterintelligence Data Specialist Location: USA-Southeast Job Number: 00579191

Organization: Accenture Federal Services

Location: Washington D.C.

Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company that helps clients transform bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes. We serve every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Our 9,000 dedicated colleagues and change makers work with clients at the heart of the nation's priorities in defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and health to make a difference for the people they employ, serve, and protect.

Accenture Federal Services is seeking a Data Specialist with a unique expertise in various specialties including open-source analysis, cultural analysis, intelligence analysis, or language analysis. The individuals will be responsible for analyzing information, providing judgements, and making recommendations to support decision makers. The Data Specialist will apply foreign language skills, cultural knowledge, and subject matter expertise to understand foreign websites, social media outlets, traditional press outlets, adversary tools and tactics, and intelligence reporting. These efforts are essential to the success of the client’s ability to leverage subject matter expertise against adverse effects of propaganda and disinformation efforts of our adversaries which threaten U.S. national security interests. Data Specialists will contribute their unique expertise to conduct target development, cultural analysis, media assessment, all source intelligence analysis, and provide language comprehension. This unique expertise is essential to our ability to recognize and discover the propaganda and disinformation activities of our adversaries, attribute those activities to specific actors, to monitor the dissemination of those activities, and to evaluate the impact of those activities. This client work is performed through diligent use of scientific techniques for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Data Specialists will be required to perform across a variety of data sources including social media, traditional media, protected sources across the interagency, data available for purchase, and from GEC’s partners. Specialists will be required to use their skills and expertise to inform our operational efforts and ensure our effectiveness.

The Data Specialist is responsible for the research of a major geographical areas and/or technology issues with worldwide implications - synthesizes information from one or more sources to produce integrated analysis to inform or to provide decision advantage to senior decision makers. Individuals will apply knowledge of concepts and terminology, policies and directives, organizational missions, and functions. This opportunity requires experienced counter-terrorism skills, including a strong tradecraft and interpersonal skills, integrating analysis of disinformation and propaganda from state and non-state actors, especially ISIS. Propaganda and disinformation is a growing national security concern, making this position an excellent opportunity for individuals with background in regional or functional relevant national security issues to gain expertise with the counter disinformation and counter propaganda mission set. Experience with disinformation, propaganda, and/or recruitment strategies is required.

Role responsibilities include:

  • Plan, prepare, and present written and oral briefings to senior internal and external customers and analytic counterparts on significant intelligence issues; clearly articulate concepts to non-expert customers and tailor the product to correspond to customer needs.

  • Make disinformation and propaganda analysis / stories approachable in a way that allows customers to understand the significance of the information and identify opportunities to take action in the interests of U.S. national security.

  • Cultivate communities of interest and identify key internal and external sources of information that meet customer and self-derived needs.

  • Address analytic gaps across the client.

  • Cultivate, and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, experts, embassies, consulates, the U.S. interagency, policy committees, and foreign partners, as appropriate, and leverage these relationships to share information of interest.

  • Perform other unspecified analytical duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in subject matter area, or closely related discipline (Statistics, Analytics, Computer Science degrees); 4 years of relevant work experience in lieu of a Statistics, Analytics or CS degree.

  • 4 years’ experience in statistical analysis and data analytics tools (SQL, R, Stata, Python); Network analysis, machine learning tools and/or natural language processing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Counterterrorism experience highly preferred.

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills, including superior ability to think strategically.

  • Ability to effectively plan, research, develop, and author high-quality, complex analyses, studies, projects, assignments, and briefings on key U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives focused on a specific region or transnational issue for client consumers and senior policymakers.

  • Superior ability to apply knowledge of diplomatic, intelligence, military, and law enforcement organizations in order to provide tailored responses that meet customer needs.

  • Knowledge of analytic tradecraft and superior ability to communicate information and judgements to generalists as well as specialists.

  • Ability to produce analytic finished reports related to the subject matter issues.

  • Ability to lead and promote the development and use of a broad range of methodological tools and approaches to research, analyze, and present data.

  • Ability to support group decisions and solicit perspectives from coworkers.

  • Ability to promote information sharing practices across the client.

  • Ability to execute senior-level guidance in a fast-paced environment and accomplish strategic goals using metrics and other measures of effectiveness to track progress.

  • Interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving skills, negotiating, and resolving significant and controversial issues.

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment, and mentor junior colleagues.

  • Creative problem-solving skills and initiative in carrying out mission responsibilities.

An active security clearance or the ability to obtain one may be required for this role.

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

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