CBRNE Strategic Communications Officer and Planner

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 coordination and humanitarian assistance, geographic information systems, compliance and monitoring support, knowledge management, and systems engineering and integration.

Macfadden is proud of our long term partnerships with our clients and our goal is to always exceed their expectations. From rapid delivery of personnel and funds to the scene of a humanitarian crisis to the development of sustainable economic infrastructure; from compliance support to maintaining critical IT financial systems, Macfadden delivers results. We provide responsive, flexible and innovative approaches and technologies to help our clients succeed in their critical missions. With more than 200 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with multiple client site operations worldwide.

When you become a Macfadden employee-owner, you will be working with a team of competent, experienced professional who care deeply about your success. That’s what sets us apart and drives our commitment to our customers.

USAID/OFDA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) program seeks to save lives, reduce human suffering, and mitigate the economic effects of foreign disasters involving hazardous materials. The CBRNE Planner resides within USAID/OFDA’s Military Liaison Team (MLT).

Key Accountabilities:

This individual will work closely with other members of the Military Liaison Team (MLT) to assist in the drafting, development, and implementation of plans for OFDA CBRNE responses. This is a fixed-term assignment for a period of one year.

Essential Functions:

Planning and Coordination
• Convene and facilitate internal and external discussions regarding OFDA’s response plans for CBRNE events.
• Draft OFDA operational plans and external messaging for CBRNE response.
• Work with other federal agencies and other partners to determine what capabilities they can provide for an international CBRNE response.
• Recommend appropriate OFDA mechanisms to plan for and respond to CBRNE events, and put such mechanisms in place. Coordinate efforts to monitor and evaluate resulting agreements.
• Serve as a resource within OFDA on CBRNE issues, with responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring standard operating procedures and protocols for OFDA responses to CBRNE events.
• Develop OFDA response preparedness and capability for CBRNE to include cache monitoring, maintenance, and resupply plan.
• Working with the OFDA Training Unit, develop and implement OFDA training and exercises on OFDA’s CBRNE plans and protocols.
• Dialogue with the NGO community on increased awareness of CBRNE events in order to foster awareness and capability in these areas within that community.
• Serve as a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) member during an OFDA response to a CBRNE event.
• Periodic travel, e.g. travel to FOH facilities in Bethesda, MD and Atlanta, GA for meetings.

Education & Experience:

A bachelor’s degree with five years of experience in drafting operational plans for CBRNE response with on-the-ground disaster experience overseas, preferably with an INGO or UN agency. U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered for this position applicants must provide a cover letter explaining why they would be a good addition to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, referencing OFDA’s mandate, and how this position fits into their career development.

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.

The resumes can be forwarded to our website via the following link: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MACF&cws=1&rid=495


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