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Macfadden, now part of PAE is seeking an Interagency Specialist. The Interagency Specialist will provide critical analysis on humanitarian and coordination issues, work closely with officials within the USG disaster response and humanitarian assistance community, organize high-level events, and serve as a key source of information on humanitarian issues pertaining to the interagency for the office. He/She will provide strategic insights to organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with other members of the office, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for key meetings and events.
The Interagency Specialist will track critical issues within the interagency community in support of OFDA and must have the ability to both multi-task and be detail oriented and results oriented. The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy objectives within a broad and complex environment. The work requires rigorous analytical and strategic thinking. The role requires the ability to work within a team structure with significant interaction with U.S. interagency representatives, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to provide support to OFDA’s position and perspectives from the humanitarian community.
Specific areas of responsibility include:
- Assist HPGE in fostering and advancing strategic interagency engagements and partnerships for OFDA.
- Serve HPGE as a resource to federal agencies about the USG’s approach to international humanitarian assistance, and work with HPGE to help federal agencies to determine what capabilities they can provide for international disaster response efforts.
- Support negotiations on mechanisms for partnerships, including draft Memorandums of Understanding and Interagency Agreements.
- Support preparation of presentations and briefings to interagency partners, as appropriate.
- Support coordination with other federal agencies to provide OFDA staff with briefings on federal capabilities.
- Support and convene interagency partners on key humanitarian policy issues and dialogues, including conceptualizing agendas and content for high-level events. Draft briefing materials for USAID principals.
- Supporting office planning efforts, in coordination with other teams and divisions.
- Support information exchange with interagency partners, including supporting Disaster Response Divisions in facilitating interagency coordination meetings and calls, as needed.
- Support OFDA at external interagency meetings, as requested.
- Maintain understanding of the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented in humanitarian situations, and provide guidance to other teams and divisions for how to navigate political landscapes.
- Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
- Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months; and
- As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus eight (8) years of experience working on interagency coordination, partnerships and/or policy engagement; domestic disaster response; and/or international humanitarian assistance.
Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus six (6) years of experience on interagency coordination, partnerships and/or policy engagement; domestic disaster response; and/or international humanitarian assistance.
• Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance as provided by USAID.
PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.
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