Position Type: Social Science Research Analyst (full-time)
Location: Leavenworth / Kansas City, KS
Program: IDS International Social Science Research and Analysis
IDS International seeks a talented Social Science Research Analyst to support social science research conducted in the field in Afghanistan. IDS International is currently performing Social Science Research and Analysis in Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of clients within the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and non-governmental organizations. The Analyst will have sound technical skills, analytical ability, and a strong operational focus. They will work closely and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to set, enhance, track, and deliver upon research goals. They will collaborate on research methodology design, fieldwork and data collection management, data analysis and interpretation, research report composition, and client presentations. They will organize and maintain systems to monitor all stages and components of research projects. They will maintain data intake, records, and files. They will enact quality control/assurance procedures to ensure accurate and reliable results, performing routine reviews to surface issues for resolution by research leadership. They will assist in formulating and implementing short and long-range operational goals, including setting priorities, assigning responsibilities, establishing and maintaining timetables, and projecting future needs. They will maintain lines of communication with internal and external collaborators. Finally, the Analyst will provide scheduled updates on key programmatic activities. Our efforts are non-intelligence based and are focused on clients’ operational decision-making, enhancing operational effectiveness, and preserving a shared socio-cultural institutional knowledge through research and analysis.
Founded in late 2001, IDS is a national security consulting firm with both government and private sector clients. Since 2006, IDS has emerged as the leader in interagency, non-lethal, and “smart power” training. The US military has turned to our team of former senior-level defense, development and diplomacy officials to serve as the primary interagency/PRT trainers for maneuver units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Our team is responsible for creating and shaping state-of-the-art curricula, programs of instruction, training materials, and handbooks, all in the fields of counterinsurgency, post-conflict operations, civil-military relations, and non-kinetic operations.
IDS personnel have built a strong reputation for their unparalleled depth of multi-disciplinary expertise in the 3Ds - defense, development, and diplomacy. We maintain an extensive network of interagency and smart power experts who have recently served in complex operations environments. Many of our interagency subject matter experts (SMEs) have recently returned from senior-level assignments in Iraq or Afghanistan, working for organizations such as the Department of State, USAID, Army Civil Affairs, US military, NSC, NGOs, and the private sector. In addition, we maintain a pool of expert Afghan and Iraqi bilingual-bicultural trainers, advisers, and role-players; most are proficient in Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, or Arabic, as well as English.