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  • Organization: Macfadden
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Mid
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Conflict prevention
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-26

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Information Officer

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Macfadden is seeking an Information Officer to provide information support to USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Information Officers provide information support to USAID/FFP by monitoring and reporting on humanitarian conditions and response activities, with a focus on situations involving food insecurity, as well as longer-term development programs, and producing a wide range of public and internal information products.

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.


Key Accountabilities: The Information Officer will draft and edit public and internal information products, monitor humanitarian events and food security issues in their assigned region(s). Must demonstrate emotional intelligence, professionalism, and integrity in high-pressure work environment.


Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Collect and synthesize information pertaining to food security crises and response efforts, and draw upon that information to draft, edit, appropriately format, and disseminate a wide range of internal and external information products; deliverables include, but are not limited to, fact sheets, talking points, memos, PowerPoint presentations, official cables, briefing materials, and other correspondence

2. Collaborate 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/FFP staff

3. Gather information for or participate in field assessments, meetings, and site visits overseas, at the request of USAID/FFP staff

4. Support USAID Disaster Assistance Response Teams/Response Management Teams, as required

5. Other duties as assigned



Master’s degree in international relations or related discipline

2-4 years of professional related work experience, including internships


Skills Requirements:

Working knowledge of and interest in humanitarian issues, particularly those related to food security

Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills

Overseas experience

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.


Physical Requirements


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.


This position description reflects Macfadden’s assignment of essential functions; nothing in this job description restricts the Company’s latitude to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



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

1. A resume

2. A cover letter

3. A writing sample

The writing sample must be an original briefing memorandum of 350 words or less for senior USG officials describing humanitarian conditions and response activities for an international food security crisis. Please include a word count at the conclusion of the memo. Please include each document as a separate attachment to preserve formatting (PDF is preferred). Please do not submit any documents other than those requested, if you do your application will be considered incomplete and therefore not considered.


Only applications with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 26th, 2019 will be considered; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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