24JAN - Information Officer, USAID - Deadline: 12FEB

Organization Description

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through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most-treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.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.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

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. 

Job Responsibilities

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Upon the request of USAID/OFDA staff, gathering information for or participating in field assessments, meetings, and site visits overseas
  4. Preparing talking points, memos, PowerPoint presentations, official cables, and other correspondence
  5. Assisting with the preparation of agendas and briefings for USG officials interested in humanitarian issues

Job Requirements


  • 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


Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored Secret security clearance. Active Secret clearance preferred.

How to Apply

All application materials should be submitted via the following link: https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=1007


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

  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. Please submit documents as attachments to preserve formatting (PDF preferred). Do NOT submit any documents other than those requested. 


Only applications with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2017, will be considered; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.