Information Officer (Humanitarian Reporting)

Published
August 1, 2020
Location
Washington, DC
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Information Officer (Humanitarian Reporting)

Macfadden is seeking Information Officers to provide information support to USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA).  USAID/BHA provides humanitarian assistance for the U.S. Government (USG) in response to natural disasters, complex emergencies, and disease outbreaks, while also supporting longer-term activities that mitigate chronic humanitarian need and food insecurity.  As part of a regional team based in Washington, D.C., or serving on disaster response teams in Washington or overseas, Information Officers monitor and report on humanitarian conditions and response activities.  Information Officers are required to write and edit a wide range of public and internal information products, as well as develop charts, graphs, and other visuals as needed. 

Willingness and ability to serve on extended international deployments (up to 12 weeks or more at a time) to disaster zones, including conflict-affected areas, often on short notice, is required.  Information Officers should expect to travel as much as 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 and overseas work experience are beneficial to the position. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and reporting on country-level and regional developments that impact humanitarian conditions
  • Collecting and synthesizing information pertaining to humanitarian emergencies and response efforts, and drawing 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; as well as lead on information products that reflect USAID/BHA’s resilience, risk reduction, and recovery work 
  • Attending meetings in Washington, D.C., and in disaster zones and collaborating closely with information counterparts from other USG agencies, the UN, and non-governmental organizations to ensure that all relevant humanitarian information is obtained and communicated to USAID/BHA staff
  • Upon the request of USAID/BHA staff, gathering information for or participating in field assessments, meetings, and site visits overseas
  • Work with geographic information colleagues and graphic designers to develop analytic and visual information products that support humanitarian response and reporting
  • Preparing talking points, memos, PowerPoint presentations, official cables, and other correspondence
  • Assisting with the preparation of agendas and briefings for USG officials interested in humanitarian issues

EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in a related field (international affairs or relations, public health, emergency management, public policy, etc.)*
  • Minimum of two years of full-time work experience

*Individuals who anticipate receiving a Master’s degree in the coming months are encouraged to apply

SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and meet deadlines in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in humanitarian issues

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To be considered for this position, you MUST submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Please combine your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (instructions below) into one PDF or Word document and submit it through the online application system when prompted to upload a CV.

The writing sample must be an original briefing memorandum of 350 words or less for senior USG officials describing humanitarian conditions and response activities following a natural disaster in a specific country (outside the United States).  The writing sample should be written in paragraph format and avoid use of bullets.  Please include a word count at the conclusion of the memo.

Only applications with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 31, will be considered for the current hiring round; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please note that the interview process will involve a writing test and an editing test.

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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