sudanKRL International is working Washington to boost the profile of embattled South Sudan, which has suffered six months of bloodshed during battles between forces loyal to the country's president and VP.

Riva Levinson's firm's advocacy program supports efforts to "consolidate peace, reconciliation and the development priorities" of President Salva Kir's government, according to its contract. It targets the US government, donor/philanthropic communities, NGOs and media.

The one-year contract is worth fees of $240K.

Before establishing KRL in 2007, Levinson was managing director at Burson-Marsteller's BKSH & Assocs., which is now Prime Policy Group. She's a long-time advisor to Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first woman chief of state.

Kir and rival politico Riek Machar met this month to negotiate a truce, but are now boycotting the talks.

Thousands have been killed and 1.3M people have been displaced since the outbreak began in December.

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, which makes it the world’s youngest nation.