1 FAM 470 

Bureau of CONFLICT AND Stabilization OPERATIONS (CSO)

(CT:ORG-432;   10-31-2017)
(Office of Origin:  CSO)

1 FAM 471  ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CONFLICT AND STABILIZATION OPERATIONS (CSO)

1 FAM 471.1  Responsibilities

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO):

(1)  Is the Secretary of State’s senior advisor on instability, conflict and stabilization;

(2)  Formulates and implements policies and proposals, and provides policy counsel at decision-making levels on conflict prevention, response, and stabilization policies and programs under the overall direction of and in coordination with the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights (J);

(3)  Leads the development of a unique brand of conflict prevention and mitigation analysis, programming, and operations in coordination with relevant Department bureaus and other agencies;

(4)  Works with other U.S. Government agencies to strengthen the U.S. Government’s analysis and planning to conduct operations that prevent political violence, atrocities, and the spread or emergence of violent extremism.

(5)  In coordination with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H) and relevant functional and geographic bureaus, engages with the U.S. Congress, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foreign governments, international/regional organizations, the private sector, and the public on conflict prevention, response, and stabilization capabilities and operations;

(6)  Directs the strengthening of staff expertise to serve as an early warning, analysis, planning and monitoring capability for conflict prevention and response for the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB), as well as the Department, Chiefs of Mission, and other USG agencies;

(7)  Supervises the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (CSO/P) and

(8)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 471.2  Organization

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

An organization chart of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) is found in 1 FAM Exhibit 471.2.

1 FAM 471.3  Authorities

(CT:ORG-432;   10-31-2017)

Authorities for this subchapter include:

(1) State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2651a(c)(1)), providing general authority for appointment of  Assistant Secretaries;

(2) Delegation of Authority 293-2, dated October 23, 2011 regarding the authorities of Assistant Secretaries;

(3)  Public Law 110-417, Title XVI—Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management; and

(4)  Other authorities, as appropriate.

1 FAM 472  DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARIES

1 FAM 472.1  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (CSO/P)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (CSO/P) performs the following functions:

(1)  Performs the duties of the Assistant Secretary in the absence of the Assistant Secretary;

(2)  Advises the Assistant Secretary on formulating policy, establishing goals, integrating operations, and implementing programs, as applied to CSO’s areas of conflict expertise – preventing political violence and mass atrocities, and countering the emergence or spread of violent extremism;

(3)  Exercises lead oversight and policy management responsibility for the integration of the bureau’s conflict prevention, and stabilization operations, deployments, and programs;

(4)  Maintains close working relationships with the leadership of the Department’s regional and functional bureaus, identifying suitable opportunities for CSO to help bureaus and chiefs of mission deal with conflict prevention, response, and stabilization;

(5)  Works closely with the Department’s functional bureaus, USAID, DOD, and other agencies to ensure integrated operations;

(6)  Serves as the bureau’s point of contact with the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (F) to determine proper levels of program funding for CSO and to ensure that conflict prevention, response, and stabilization programming is  fully integrated with the objectives of other Department bureaus and U.S. Government partners;

(7)  In coordination with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H), engages with the U.S. Congress on conflict prevention, response, and stabilization operations and programs;

(8)  Supervises the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European Affairs; and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for African, East Asian, Pacific and South and Central Asian Affairs; the CSO Executive Director; and the Director, Office of Partnerships, and Strategic Communication;

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 472.2  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European Affairs (CSO/NEA and WHA-EUR)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European Affairs performs the following functions:

(1)  On the basis of analysis and lessons from CSO Offices of Analysis, Planning, Programs, and Learning (APPL 1 & 2), works with senior Department leadership, National Security Council, regional and functional bureaus, and Chiefs of Mission to design CSO operations to support broader U.S. policy goals for the Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European regions.  Provides leadership and direction of regional analysis, planning, programming, and learning related to the U.S. Government’s efforts to anticipate, prevent and respond to violent conflicts within countries and regions; 

(2)  Advises the Assistant Secretary and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (CSO/P) on analytic, planning, operational, monitoring, evaluating and learning goals and objectives.  Facilitates in the design, implementation, and support of regional and country plans to counter violent conflict;

(3)  Monitors and directs the use of staff and other resources to achieve bureau operational priorities.  Ensures that monitoring and evaluation programs inform future activities;

(4)  Prioritizes field activities utilizing analytic frameworks;

(5)  Develops resource and strategic plans.  Recommends the use of program funds to enhance the effectiveness of overseas engagements; 

(6)  Oversees the APPL-1 Office and works closely with the Office of Partnerships and Strategic Communication (CSO/PSC) to integrate bilateral, multilateral, civilian-military, nongovernmental, and other partners into all stages of the operations;

(7)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 472.3  Deputy Assistant Secretary for African, East Asian, Pacific and South and Central Asian Affairs (CSO/AF and EAP-SCA)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for African, East Asian, Pacific and South Central Asian Affairs performs the following functions:

(1)  On the basis of analysis and lessons from CSO Offices of Analysis, Planning, Programs, and Learning (APPL 1 & 2), works with senior Department leadership, National Security Council Staff, regional and functional bureaus, and Chiefs of Mission to design CSO operations to support broader U.S. policy goals for the African, East Asian, Pacific and South and Central Asian regions.  Provides leadership and direction of regional analysis, planning, programming, and learning related to the U.S. Government’s efforts to anticipate, prevent and respond to violent conflicts within countries and regions; 

(2)  Advises the Assistant Secretary and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (CSO/P) on analytic, planning, operational monitoring, evaluating and learning goals and objectives. Facilitates in the design, implementation, and support of regional and country plans to counter violent conflict;

(3)  Monitors and directs the use of staff and other resources to achieve bureau operational priorities.  Ensures that monitoring and evaluation programs inform future activities;

(4)  Prioritizes field activities utilizing analytic frameworks;

(5)  Develops resource and strategic plans.  Recommends the use of program funds to enhance the effectiveness of overseas engagements; 

(6)  Oversees the APPL-2 Office and works with the Office of Partnerships, and Strategic Communication (CSO/PSC) to integrate bilateral, multilateral, civilian-military, nongovernmental, and other partners into all stages of the operations, and;

(7)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473  BUREAU OFFICES

1 FAM 473.1  Office of Partnerships and Strategic Communication (CSO/PSC)

(CT:ORG-432;   10-31-2017)

The Office of Partnerships and Strategic Communication (CSO/PSC) performs the following functions:

(1)  Works with conflict prevention, response, and stabilization offices of partner governments and multilateral organizations to develop headquarters and field-based coordination strategies to ensure that CSO activities are coordinated with other programs in countries of interest.  Develops and maintains strategic relationships with other U.S. Government agencies, Congress, foreign governments, multinational organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector. These relationships advance CSO efforts to expand its outreach, deepen its expertise, and draw on outside resources in pursuit of its essential conflict and stabilization operations in at risk nations;

(2)  Develops strategies with regional Bureaus that are designed to integrate new and emerging partners into early warning assessments, planning and operations, and coordinates CSO’s activities with NGOs, Diasporas, and other non-traditional actors in the execution of conflict and stabilization operations.

(3)  Oversees the management of the Bureau’s relationship with its Congressional oversight committees.  In coordination with CSO/P/EX, participates in the development and implementation of strategies to obtain sufficient funding and authorities from Congress.

(4)  Develops and puts into operation public-private guidelines and mechanisms for collaborating in conflict prevention and response with the private sector;

(5)  Provides public affairs and outreach functions for the bureau.  Formulate, execute and evaluate communication policies, strategies and activities for the Bureau that are focused on garnering support, expertise, and cooperative planning in concert with CSO stakeholders; and

(6)  Coordinates the activities related to the recruitment and maintenance of the Civilian Response Network (CRN), a group of subject-matter specialists who share specialized conflict and stabilization knowledge and experience with the Bureau on a short-term basis.

1 FAM 473.2  Office of the Executive Director (CSO/P/EX)

(CT:ORG-432;   10-31-2017)

The Office of the Executive Director (CSO/P/EX) performs the following functions:

(1)  Provides financial management and budget support for all CSO operational and programmatic resources;

(2)  Provides domestic administrative management and support activities within the bureau, including administrative policy development, human resources management and services, information systems management, procurement, property management, travel, logistics, security, management analysis and evaluation, and contracting;

(3)  Serves as CSO’s internal controls manager, establishing internal management controls and conducting periodic vulnerability assessments; and

(4)  In coordination with the APPL Offices and the Office of Partnerships and Strategic Communication (CSO/PSC), assists with the compilation, drafting, and submission of budget  planning documents; and

(5)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.3  Office of Near Eastern Affairs (CSO/NEA)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Regional Offices report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and perform the following similar functions, but for different regions of the world:

(1)  Provide regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Support and advocate for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including:  preventing mass atrocities; countering violent extremism; and preventing political violence.  Support senior-level CSO deliberations with the regional and functional bureaus, USAID, National Security Council Staff, and diplomatic posts over the objectives and design of country operations;

(2)  Facilitate the design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of regional and country strategies and operations to prevent atrocities and political violence and to counter violent extremism, in coordination with relevant functional bureau(s) and on the basis of requirements identified by the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and/or Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and requests from regional bureaus, ambassadors, and others;

(3)  Based on the analysis, subject matter expertise, and learning provided by the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL), determine staffing requirements of CSO regional initiatives in conflict prevention, response, and stabilization operations in coordination with the relevant regional and functional bureaus, chiefs of mission, and other partners, where appropriate;

(4)  Provide regional or country-specific expertise, and play a leading role in the planning, development implementation, coordination and monitoring of critical initiatives consistent with the Department and Bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country, and to support the bureau's thematic focus on atrocities prevention, countering violent extremism, and preventing political violence; 

(5)  Provide guidance to and coordinate support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the APPL offices,  ensure accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and make course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implement and perform oversight with respect to foreign assistance program funds allocated to CSO, including any remaining 1207 program funds allocated under section 1207 of the FY 2006 National Defense Authorization Act;

(8)  Manage in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.4  Office of Western Hemisphere and European Affairs (CSO/WHA-EUR)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Regional Offices report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and perform the following similar functions, but for different regions of the world:

(1)  Provide regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Support and advocate for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including:  preventing mass atrocities; countering violent extremism; and preventing political violence.  Support senior-level CSO deliberations with the regional and functional bureaus, USAID, National Security Council, and diplomatic posts over the objectives and design of country operations;

(2)  Facilitate the design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of regional and country strategies and operations to prevent atrocities and political violence and to counter violent extremism, in coordination with relevant functional bureau(s) and on the basis of requirements identified by the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and/or Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and requests from regional bureaus, ambassadors, and others;

(3)  Based on the analysis, subject matter expertise, and learning provided by the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL), determine staffing requirements of CSO regional initiatives in conflict prevention, response, and stabilization operations in coordination with the relevant regional and functional bureaus, chiefs of mission, and other partners, where appropriate;

(4)  Provide regional or country-specific expertise, and play a leading role in the planning, development implementation, coordination and monitoring of critical initiatives consistent with the Department and Bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country, and to support the bureau's thematic focus on atrocities prevention, countering violent extremism, and preventing political violence; 

(5)  Provide guidance to and coordinate support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the APPL offices,  ensure accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and make course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implement and perform oversight with respect to foreign assistance program funds allocated to CSO, including any remaining 1207 program funds allocated under section 1207 of the FY 2006 National Defense Authorization Act;

(8)  Manage in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.5  Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (CSO/APPL–1)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Offices of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL -1 and 2) report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries and perform the following similar functions:

(1)  Provide research, analysis and expertise that helps CSO and its partners clarify its understanding of conflict; types of violence; their defining characteristics, factors which mitigate or contribute to conflict, and corresponding programmatic and diplomatic approaches.

(2)  Provide research and analysis in support of horizon scanning and early warning to help the bureau manage its portfolio and identify and prioritize places at risk and key conflict issues to investigate further or raise within the Department.

(3)  Identify, research, and incubate the development of CSO policies, methodologies, and tool-kits, and their application by the rest of the bureau, for prioritized thematic issues, areas of expertise and corresponding unique and distinct types of programming and field activities.

(4)  Provide subject-matter expertise on topics critically important to U.S. Government efforts to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.

(5)  Develop and maintain the bureau’s capacity to conduct and apply structured analytics methods that fuse empirically-supported models of conflict and decision making from social sciences with big-data and computing power to unearth insights about conflict and instability and forecast conflict and crisis outcomes.

(6)  Develop and support the application of analytic standards, methodologies, and tools to help CSO and its partners better understand specific conflicts and the suitability of potential prevention and mitigation strategies and interventions.

(7)  Develop, capture, maintain, and disseminate best practices and tools for:

(a)    Undertaking analysis of the causes and sources of conflict,

(b)    Undertaking planning and strategy development, and

(c)    Designing, implementing, and monitoring programs and diplomatic activities in support of U.S. Government goals to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.

(8)  Work with other offices in CSO to plan and allocate program funds in support of conflict prevention, response, and stabilization objectives

(9)  Conduct and manage evaluations of CSO and, where appropriate, U.S. Government efforts to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.  Collect, synthesize, and disseminate lessons learned from CSO and others evaluations to inform ongoing and future work.

(10) Work with regional offices and CSO’s training POC to establish a learning environment that promotes communities of practices around core CSO functions and areas of interest and ensures CSO personnel receive training and mentoring to necessary to meet bureau goals.

(11) Compile, organize, and make easily available information on conflict prevention, response, and stabilization and provide dedicated research staff able to respond to priority information requests;

(12) Perform other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.6  Office of African Affairs (CSO/AF)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Regional Offices report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries,       and perform the following similar functions, but for different regions of the world:

(1)  Provide regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Support and advocate for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including:  preventing mass atrocities; countering violent extremism; and preventing political violence.  Support senior-level CSO deliberations with the regional and functional bureaus, USAID, National Security Council, and diplomatic posts over the objectives and design of country operations;

(2)  Facilitate the design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of regional and country strategies and operations to prevent atrocities and political violence and to counter violent extremism, in coordination with relevant functional bureau(s) and on the basis of requirements identified by the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and/or Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and requests from regional bureaus, ambassadors, and others;

(3)  Based on the analysis, subject matter expertise, and learning provided by the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL), determine staffing requirements of CSO regional initiatives in conflict prevention, response, and stabilization operations in coordination with the relevant regional and functional bureaus, chiefs of mission, and other partners, where appropriate;

(4)  Provide regional or country-specific expertise, and play a leading role in the planning, development implementation, coordination and monitoring of critical initiatives consistent with the Department and Bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country, and to support the bureau's thematic focus on atrocities prevention, countering  violent extremism, and preventing political violence; 

(5)  Provide guidance to and coordinate support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the APPL offices,  ensure accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and make course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implement and perform oversight with respect to foreign assistance program funds allocated to CSO, including any remaining 1207 program funds allocated under section 1207 of the FY 2006 National Defense Authorization Act;

(8)  Manage in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.7  Office of East Asian and Pacific, and South and Central Asian Affairs (CSO/EAP-SCA)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Regional Offices report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and perform the following similar functions, but for different regions of the world:

(1)  Provide regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Support and advocate for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including:  preventing mass atrocities; countering violent extremism; and preventing political violence.  Support senior-level CSO deliberations with the regional and functional bureaus, USAID, National Security Council, and diplomatic posts over the objectives and design of country operations;

(2)  Facilitate the design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of regional and country strategies and operations to prevent atrocities and political violence and to counter violent extremism, in coordination with relevant functional bureau(s) and on the basis of requirements identified by the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and/or Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and requests from regional bureaus, ambassadors, and others;

(3)  Based on the analysis, subject matter expertise, and learning provided by the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL), determine staffing requirements of CSO regional initiatives in conflict prevention, response, and stabilization operations in coordination with the relevant regional and functional bureaus, chiefs of mission, and other partners, where appropriate;

(4)  Provide regional or country-specific expertise, and play a leading role in the planning, development implementation, coordination and monitoring of critical initiatives consistent with the Department and Bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country, and to support the bureau's thematic focus on atrocities prevention, countering  violent extremism, and preventing political violence; 

(5)  Provide guidance to and coordinate support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the APPL offices,  ensure accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and make course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implement and perform oversight with respect to foreign assistance program funds allocated to CSO, including any remaining 1207 program funds allocated under section 1207 of the FY 2006 National Defense Authorization Act;

(8)  Manage in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.8  Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (CSO/APPL–2)

(CT:ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

The Offices of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning (APPL -1 and 2) report to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries and perform the following similar functions:

(1)  Provide research, analysis and expertise that helps CSO and its partners clarify its understanding of conflict; types of violence; their defining characteristics, factors which mitigate or contribute to conflict, and corresponding programmatic and diplomatic approaches.

(2)  Provide research and analysis in support of horizon scanning and early warning to help the bureau manage its portfolio and identify and prioritize places at risk and key conflict issues to investigate further or raise within the Department.

(3)  Identify, research, and incubate the development of CSO policies, methodologies, and tool-kits, and their application by the rest of the bureau, for prioritized thematic issues, areas of expertise and corresponding unique and distinct types of programming and field activities.

(4)  Provide subject-matter expertise on topics critically important to U.S. Government efforts to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.

(5)  Develop and maintain the bureau’s capacity to conduct and apply structured analytics methods that fuse empirically-supported models of conflict and decision making from social sciences with big-data and computing power to unearth insights about conflict and instability and forecast conflict and crisis outcomes.

(6)  Develop and supports the application of analytic standards, methodologies, and tools to help CSO and its partners better understand specific conflicts and the suitability of potential prevention and mitigation strategies and interventions.

(7)  Develop, capture, maintain, and disseminate best practices and tools for

(a)    Undertaking analysis of the causes and sources of conflict,

(b)    Undertaking planning and strategy development and

(c)    Designing, implementing, and monitoring programs and diplomatic activities in support of U.S. Government goals to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.

(8)  Work with other offices in CSO to plan and allocate program funds in support of conflict prevention, response, and stabilization objectives

(9)  Conduct and manage evaluations of CSO and, where appropriate, U.S. Government efforts to prevent and mitigate atrocities, violent extremism, and political violence.  Collect, synthesize, and disseminate lessons learned from CSO and others evaluations to inform ongoing and future work.

(10) Work with regional offices and CSO’s training POC to establish a learning environment that promotes communities of practices around core CSO functions and areas of interest and ensures CSO personnel receive training and mentoring to necessary to meet bureau goals.

(11) Compile, organizes, and make easily available information on conflict prevention, response, and stabilization and provide dedicated research staff able to respond to priority information requests;

(12) Perform other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 474  through 479  unassigned

 


1 FAM 471.2  
BUREAU OF CONFLICT AND STABILIZATION OPERATIONS (CSO)

(CT: ORG-381;   11-10-2015)

Title: CSO Organizational chart - Description: Organizational chart for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations