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Bureau of CONFLICT AND Stabilization OPERATIONS (CSO)

(CT:ORG-560;   10-19-2020)
(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-503;   12-11-2018)

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, Strategy,& Communications; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 472.2  Deputy Assistant Secretaries

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

In addition to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, there are two other Deputy Assistant Secretaries who perform the following functions:

(1)  Set program goals and objectives, and monitor and direct the use of staff and other resources to achieve bureau priorities.  The Deputy Assistant Secretaries supervise offices and individuals as assigned by the Assistant Secretary;

(2)  At the Assistant Secretary’s direction, provide advice on U.S. strategy, policy and programs related to conflict prevention and stabilization.  The Deputy Assistant Secretaries assess and evaluate developments in these areas as they relate to U.S. foreign policy interests;

(3)  Coordinate policy with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and provide policy guidance to regional bureaus and embassies abroad.  The Deputy Assistant Secretaries meet with Congress, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to explain and build support for U.S. policy;

(4)  As designated by the Assistant Secretary, negotiate treaties, conventions, and agreements in areas of responsibility.  The Deputy Assistant Secretaries participate in interagency negotiations and implementation efforts, multilateral organizations, bilateral commissions, and representations to foreign governments and at relevant international meetings; and

(5)  Perform other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473  BUREAU OFFICES

1 FAM 473.1  Office of Partnerships, Strategy, & Communications (CSO/PSC)

1 FAM 473.2  Office of Communications, Policy, and Partnerships (CSO/CPP)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of Communications, Policy, and Partnerships (CSO/CPP) performs the following functions:

(1)  Enhances Congressional understanding of CSO’s mission through briefings, hearings, and reports.  Manages the bureau’s relationship with Congressional oversight committees.  Participates in developing and implementing strategies to obtain funding and authorities from Congress;

(2)  Coordinates, develops, and implements strategic initiatives in response to Front Office priorities, Administration polices, and Congressional mandates;

(3)  Leads and coordinates with the Interagency on CSO efforts to deploy stabilization advisors and implement the Stabilization Assistance Review, Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, fragile states programs, and other conflict prevention and stabilization initiatives;

(4)  Partners with foreign governments and multilateral organizations to enhance burden-sharing, garner support, and share best practices on conflict prevention and stabilization;

(5)  Conducts public affairs and social media outreach to increase support for and awareness of conflict prevention and stabilization; 

(6)  Develops and maintains strategic relationships with academic institutions, NGOs, think tanks, and the private sector to increase access to data and research and build momentum around conflict prevention and stabilization goals; and

(7)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.3  Office of the Executive Director (CSO/EX)

(CT:ORG-560;   10-19-2020)

The Office of the Executive Director (CSO /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;

(4)  In coordination with the Office of Design Monitoring and Evaluation (CSO/DME) and the Office of Communications, Policy and Partnerships,  (CSO/CPP), assists with the compilation, drafting, and submission of budget planning documents; and

(5)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.4  Office of Near Eastern Affairs (CSO/NEA)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of Near Eastern Affairs (CSO/NEA) reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions for the countries and region as a whole covered by the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs:

(1)  Provide regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Supports and advocates for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including: political instability, fragility, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism.  Supports 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)  Facilitates the design, implementation, coordination, and monitoring regional and country strategies and operations to address conflict and stabilization challenges (especially political instability, security sector stabilization, and 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 other CSO offices, determines 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)  Provides regional or country-specific expertise, and plays a leading role in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring critical initiatives consistent with the Department and bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country.  Support the bureau's thematic focus on political instability, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism, and serves as the primary liaison with the regional bureau;

(5)  Provides guidance to and coordinates support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the CSO/DME office, ensures accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and makes course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implements and performs 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)  Manages in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.5  Office of Western Hemisphere and European Affairs (CSO/WHA-EUR)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of Western Hemisphere and European Affairs (CSO/WHA-EUR) reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions for the countries and region as a whole covered by the State Department’s Bureaus of Western Hemisphere Affairs and European and Eurasian Affairs:

(1)  Provides regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Supports and advocates for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including political instability, fragility, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism.  Supports 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)  Facilitates the design, implementation, coordination, and monitoring regional and country strategies and operations to address conflict and stabilization challenges (especially political instability, security sector stabilization, and 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 other CSO offices, determines 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)  Provides regional or country-specific expertise, and plays a leading role in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring critical initiatives consistent with the Department and bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country.  Support the bureau's thematic focus on political instability, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism, and serves as the primary liaison with the regional bureau;

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

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the CSO/DME office, ensures accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and makes course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implements and performs 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)  Manages in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.6  Office of Advanced Analytics (CSO/AA)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of Advanced Analytics (Advanced Analytics) reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions:

(1)  Harnesses data analytics to enhance agile foreign policy decision making on issues related to conflict prevention and stabilization;

(2)  Develops and applies analytic and early warning tools in accordance with policy and national security priorities, to forecast violent conflict and potential atrocities against vulnerable groups;

(3)  Develops advanced analytic standards, methodologies, data, and tools to help CSO and its partners better understand conflict dynamics and  potential prevention and mitigation strategies;

(4)  Conducts deep-dive analyses of conflict dynamics to inform U.S. policy and programs.  Collaborates with other analytics offices and bureaus at State and the Interagency to develop and apply quantifiable metrics to measure program impact, tied to policy outcomes;

(5)  Applies analytic findings to identify courses of action at strategic, operational, and tactical levels.  Leverages conflict and stabilization knowledge and advanced technologies in order to rapidly identify key actors, information gaps, and windows of opportunity and effectively deliver CSO conflict and stabilization messages;

(6)  Disseminates analytic products (maps, forecasting indexes, negotiations modelling, deep dive analyses, and conflict story boards) to relevant stakeholders at State, DoD, USAID, Congress, and the interagency; and

(7)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.7  Office of African Affairs (CSO/AF)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of African Affairs reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions for the countries and region as a whole covered by the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs:

(1)  Provides regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Supports and advocates for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including political instability, fragility, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism.  Supports 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)  Facilitates the design, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of regional and country strategies and operations to address conflict and stabilization challenges (especially political instability, security sector stabilization, and 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 other CSO offices, determines 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)  Provides regional or country-specific expertise, and plays a leading role in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring critical initiatives consistent with the Department and bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country.  Supports the bureau's thematic focus on political instability, security sector stabilization and countering violent extremism, and serves as the primary liaison with the regional bureau;  

(5)  Provides guidance and coordinates support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the CSO/DME office, ensures accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and makes course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implements and performs 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)  Manages in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.8  Office of East Asian and Pacific, and South and Central Asian Affairs (CSO/EAP-SCA)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of East Asian and Pacific and South and Central Asian Affairs (CSO/EAP-SCA) reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions for the countries and region as a whole covered by the State Department’s Bureaus of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and South and Central Asian Affairs:

(1)  Provides regional and country-specific expertise in conflict analysis, and planning.  Supports and advocates for U.S. policy goals and objectives, as well as CSO priorities, including political instability, fragility, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism.  Supports 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 address conflict and stabilization challenges (especially political instability, security sector stabilization, and 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 other CSO offices, determines 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)  Provides regional or country-specific expertise, and plays a leading role in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring critical initiatives consistent with the Department and bureau support of U.S. policy goals for the region and country.  Supports the bureau's thematic focus on political instability, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism, and serves as the primary liaison with the regional bureau;

(5)  Provides guidance and coordinates support for deployed CSO employees;

(6)  Based on standards and methods devised and provided by the CSO/DME office, ensures accountability by measuring progress and effectiveness of deployed teams against specific goals set at beginning of deployment and other appropriate measures, and makes course corrections where necessary;

(7)  Implements and performs 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)  Manages in-country CSO operations including selection of team leader; and

(9)  Performs other duties as assigned.

1 FAM 473.9  Office of Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (CSO/DME)

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

The Office of Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation reports to a Deputy Assistant Secretary and performs the following functions:

(1)  Designs programs based on selected criteria and best practices and CSO’s key areas of expertise:  political instability, countering violent extremism, and security sector stabilization, in coordination with relevant CSO offices and the Department of State bureaus;

(2)  Provides research and analysis, and monitoring and evaluation of countering violent extremism, in collaboration with the Bureau of Counterterrorism and other bureaus within the Department;

(3)  Conducts targeted research and analysis, and produces reports on security sector stabilization that informs CSO programs and policies;

(4)  Devises and disseminates best practices in program design, monitoring, and evaluation.  Collaborates with the Office of Advance Analytics to create metrics to measure impact and success of programs tied to policy outcomes;

(5)  Conducts training, workshops, and conferences on program design, monitoring, and evaluation for bureaus and Interagency partners related to conflict prevention and stabilization;

(6)  Identifies, researches, and develops CSO methodologies and tool-kits, monitoring and evaluating their application by the U.S. government, tracking trends and patterns in conflict and methods in stabilization.

(7)  Provides subject-matter expertise on anticipating, preventing and mitigating conflict and instability, particularly political instability, security sector destabilization, and violent extremism;

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

(9)  Monitors and evaluates U.S. Government efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict and instability, particularly political instability in fragile states.  Collects, synthesizes, and disseminates lessons learned from CSO and other evaluations to inform ongoing and future work; and

(10) Performs other duties as assigned.


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

(CT:ORG-557;   09-24-2020)

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