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  • Organization: Macfadden
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Mid
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-06

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US Policy Officer

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Macfadden/PAE seeks a Policy Officer to support USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP). USAID/FFP is a U.S. Government office that provides life-saving food assistance and supports longer-term development activities that mitigate chronic food insecurity. The Policy Officer will provide dedicated support to USAID/FFP’s U.S. Policy and Partnerships Team.

 

This position has been designated as a “tandem” position that, depending on the qualifications of the applicant, can be filled at the level of Policy Coordinator (minimum bachelor’s degree and 2 years experience) up to the level of Policy Specialist (minimum graduate degree and 6 years experience).

 

Please submit application package before 7/19, 11:59PM

 

Responsibilities of the U.S. Policy Officer

The Policy Officer will support USAID/FFP’s U.S. Policy and Partnerships Team through a variety of tasks that facilitate the team’s engagement with domestic stakeholders, including Congress, audit and oversight bodies, the private sector, and humanitarian partner organizations.

 

At the Policy Coordinator level:

Draft talking points, briefing memos, responses to congressional queries, and other documents, with supervision, that clearly convey USAID/FFP’s policy priorities and programs for a variety of audiences. Monitor Congressional hearings, NGO and think tank events, and other relevant forums. Support FFP’s private sector engagement efforts through participation in meetings, outreach efforts, and other activities. Support USAID/FFP to respond to government audits and investigations. Review UN partner reports and audits pertaining to USAID/FFP programming. Manage planning, outreach, and logistics for meetings and events. Oversee administrative tasks for the U.S. Policy and Partnerships Team, including preparing travel memos, facilitating clearances, and maintaining electronic filing systems. Other duties as assigned.

 

 

At the Policy Specialist level:

Draft talking points, briefing memos, responses to congressional queries, and other documents that clearly convey USAID/FFP’s policy priorities and programs for a variety of audiences. Track and analyze relevant legislation and monitor Congressional hearings and mark-up sessions. Support the development of policy guidance, recommendations, and proposals relating to humanitarian food assistance. Communicate U.S. policy positions and information to internal and external stakeholders. Support USAID/FFP’s private sector engagement efforts through participation in meetings, outreach efforts, and other activities. Coordinate USAID/FFP responses to government audits and investigations and support the Office’s engagement with oversight entities. Coordinate USAID/FFP working groups related to private sector engagement and risk management. Other duties as assigned. 

 

 

Education/Experience:

 

At the Policy Coordinator level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs or a related field.
  • At least two years of professional experience, including internships.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian or development issues and with Congress and/or other U.S. Government offices.

 

At the Policy Specialist level:

  • Master’s degree in International Affairs or a related field.
  • Minimum six years of professional experience, including internships.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. legislative processes, with familiarity of U.S. legislation and/or policy regarding food aid preferred. 
  • Familiarity with internal risk controls and/or oversight processes preferred.

 

 

SKILLS:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to manage large and multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work independently but also function effectively as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to manage large meetings and/or events.
  • Proven ability to coordinate with diverse stakeholders on complex projects.

 

 

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

To be considered for this position, you must submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter. The writing sample must be an original piece, of no more than 350 words (include word count at the end of the sample) on a topic relevant to this position. Please submit these items as one attachment in either a pdf file or Word document to preserve formatting. 

 

Only applications with a resume, writing sample and cover letter will be considered; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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