Policy Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 December 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 17 February 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Macfadden, a PAE Company, seeks a Policy Specialist to support USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA). USAID/BHA provides humanitarian assistance for the U.S. Government (USG) in response to natural disasters, complex emergencies, and disease outbreaks, while also supporting longer-term activities that mitigate chronic humanitarian need and food insecurity. The Policy Specialist will provide dedicated support to USAID/BHA’s Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications through a variety of tasks that facilitate the office’s engagement with Congress, interagency and intra agency stakeholders, and humanitarian partner organizations.

Responsibilities of the Policy Specialist include but are not limited to the following:

Draft talking points, briefing memos, and other documents that clearly convey USAID/BHA’s policy priorities and programs for a variety of audiences. Track and analyze relevant legislation and monitor Congressional hearings and mark-up sessions. Prepare senior USAID officials for high-level interagency and Congressional engagements, including formal testimony, by drafting remarks, compiling background material, and supporting in-person preparatory sessions. Coordinate USAID/BHA’s written response to congressional queries. Coordinate closely with USAID representatives in other offices, including USAID’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, to message policy priorities. Participate in and take notes for meetings with interagency, intra agency, and international organization representatives. Support USAID/BHA’s engagement with the Government Accountability Office. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree / 8 years of experience, or Master’s degree / 6 years of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with Congress and/or U.S. legislative processes, with familiarity of U.S. legislation and/or policy regarding humanitarian assistance or food assistance preferred.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian issues preferred.


  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently but also function effectively as part of a team.

Ability to obtain and maintain a US Government issued Secret clearance for the duration of your employment. One of the requirements for a US Government Secret clearance is US citizenship. Only applicants who currently hold an active Secret or higher level security clearance or who are eligible to receive a Secret security clearance will be considered for this position.


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 combine your cover letter, resume, and writing sample into one PDF or Word document and submit it through the online application system when prompted to upload a CV.

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

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. Government, its allied partners and international organizations. As it enters its 60th year of business, PAE’s current portfolio includes capabilities in critical facility infrastructure, aviation, logistics, training, range operations and national security solutions, to support some of the most meaningful and exciting missions in the world.

Today, the approximately 20,000 members of our global workforce perform with excellence and dedication in roughly 60 countries, on all seven continents, in some of the world's most challenging regions. We attribute our success to the quality of our work and the integrity and high ethical standards that define our business operations. PAE is headquartered in Arlington, Va.

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