Information Officer/Specialist (USAID/OFDA), DC

Information Officer/Specialist (USAID/OFDA)

Location:Washington, DC
Job Code:839
# of openings:4


Macfadden is seeking several Information Officers/Specialists to provide information support to USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. USAID/OFDA provides humanitarian assistance for the U.S. Government (USG) in response to natural disasters and complex emergencies.  As part of a regional team based in Washington, D.C., or serving on disaster response teams in Washington or overseas, Information Officers/Specialists monitor and report on humanitarian conditions and response activities.  Information Officers/Specialists produce a wide range of public and internal information products and are required to conceive and design charts, graphs, and other visual aids. 
Willingness to serve on extended international deployments (up to eight weeks or more at a time) to disaster zones, including conflict-affected areas, often on short notice, is required.  Travel ranges from 30 to 50 percent of the year.  
Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills and have exceptional attention to detail.  Candidates must be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances and have the ability to work under tight deadlines in an extremely fast-paced and collaborative environment.  Foreign language ability preferred. 
Duties include but are not limited to:
  1. Collect and synthesize information pertaining to humanitarian emergencies and response efforts, and draw upon that information to draft, edit, appropriately format, and disseminate a wide range of internal and external information products in Washington, D.C., and overseas.
  2. Attend meetings in Washington, D.C., and in disaster zones and collaborate closely with information counterparts from other USG agencies, the U.N., and non-governmental organizations to ensure that all relevant humanitarian information is obtained and communicated to USAID/OFDA staff.
  3. Upon the request of USAID/OFDA staff, gather information for or participate in field assessments, meetings, and site visits overseas.
  4. Prepare talking points, memos, PowerPoint presentations, official cables, and other correspondence.
  5. Assist with the preparation of agendas and briefings for USG officials interested in humanitarian issues
  • Master’s degree in international affairs or related discipline
  • 2-4 years of work experience
  • Working knowledge of and interest in humanitarian issues
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Overseas experience
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and meet deadlines in a challenging, fast-paced environment
U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.
To be considered for this position, you must submit:
1.    A Resume
2.    A Cover Letter 
3.    A  Writing Sample
Please include as attachments to preserve formatting.  
The writing sample must be an original briefing memorandum of 350 words or less for senior USG officials describing humanitarian conditions and response activities in a specific country (outside the United States) following a natural disaster.  Please include a word count at the conclusion of the memo. 
Only applications with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2015, will be considered; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for mission critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, compliance and monitoring support, information management, and systems engineering and integration.
Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America's food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems.  We support our customer's mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.
With more than 225 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with multiple client site operations worldwide. 

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