The Sovereign Challenge program is designed to provide multiple perspectives to bridge the gap between alternative modes of thinking and shaping relationships with a core network of foreign, defense, and law enforcement attaches. That involves engaging with diplomats, security experts and influential officials to address complex global problems. The Sovereign Challenge program works to maintain relationships grounded in respect, rapport, trust, and cooperation in order to promote the United States Government’s (USG) reputation and relevance within the international community.
Location: MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
Clearance: Must Have an Active TS/SCI Clearance
The Senior Public Diplomacy Adviser will assist the Sovereign Challenge Coordinator and the Sovereign Challenge Program Manager in all aspects of the program. The adviser will develop and collect applicable metrics for all engagements and events, ensuring quality and facilitating future planning for the program.
The Senior Public Diplomacy Adviser is also responsible for providing, maintaining and storing after action reports, concept papers, participant dossiers, lessons learned reports and other program data on government portals and websites.
Must have the ability to communicate verbally in Arabic and English with foreign Defense Attachés at language proficiency level 2.
Must have 2 years of experience as Political Advisor (POLAD) or Deputy POLAD/ Foreign Liaison Officer/Defense Attaché/Foreign Area Officer (in any GCC or Functional Combatant Command (FCC) to more fully comprehend Department of State (DOS) Public Diplomacy goals.
Must have experience in planning, executing and facilitating group discussions and produce tangible results to include analysis useful to USSOCOM Enterprise as demonstrated in previous facilitator group discussions/strategic forums.
Ability to do comprehensive research and produce innovative thought-pieces, topics and processes to further improve Sovereign Challenge as demonstrated in public or private publications
Project Management Professional Certification or 3 years demonstrated project management experience.
Must have 1 year experience using MS Office products including SharePoint, word, and PowerPoint on a daily basis.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."