United States of America: Information Officer (Food for Peace – USAID)

Organization: Macfadden
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

Macfadden is seeking Information Officers 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.

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.

Key Accountabilities:
The Information Officer will draft and edit public and internal information products, monitor humanitarian events and food security issues in the assigned region, and support disaster response teams, both in Washington, D.C., and overseas as needed. Willingness to serve on occasional extended international deployments to disaster zones, including conflict-affected areas, is required. Demonstrates emotional intelligence, professionalism, and integrity in high-pressure work environments.

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 in Washington, D.C., and overseas; 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

• 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.


Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for mission critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, compliance and monitoring support, information management, and systems engineering and integration.

Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America’s food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems. We support our customers’ mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation’s most-treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services. With more than 225 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, with multiple client site operations worldwide.

How to apply:


Link to job posting: https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=1000

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.

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


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