United States of America: Information Officer (USAID/OFDA)

Organization: Macfadden
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 13 Nov 2016

Macfadden is seeking Information Officers 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 monitor and report on humanitarian conditions and response activities. Information Officers produce a wide range of public and internal information products and are required to conceive and develop charts, graphs, and other visuals as needed.

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:

  • 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
  • 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/OFDA staff
  • Upon the request of USAID/OFDA staff, gathering information for or participating in field assessments, meetings, and site visits overseas
  • 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

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
  • 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.

How to apply:

Link to job posting: https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=965


To be considered for this position, you MUST submit following documents (please include as individual attachments to preserve formatting, PDF preferred:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 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 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 November 13, 2016, will be considered; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not submit any other documents other than those requested.

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