U.S. citizens: Adaptation Policy Specialist

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The E3 Bureau is seeking to hire an Environment Officer (FL-0028-02) to support the Bureau’s engagement with multi-sectoral environmental issues and to advance development programs that conserve natural resources, promote economic growth, and address climate change.  This position is based in Washington, DC on the climate integration team within the Office of Global Climate Change in the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and Environment.  The team will be part of the Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Center of the future Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation.
The Environment Officer (FL-0028-02) will provide leadership and expert advice to Bureau and Agency management in the area of policy coordination in the intersection of environment and development.  This position is based in Washington, DC.
The Office of Global Climate Change (GCC) provides analytic and technical support to USAID Missions and host country counterparts as countries make the transition to self-reliance and grapple with the complex challenges presented by climate and environmental change. 
Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Support interagency and donor policy coordination on the subject of climate resilience and adaptation, an area of active interest to the G-7, G-20, and other international fora.
  • Engages and coordinates intra-Agency processes on climate resilience and adaptation strategy, budgeting, design, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and Agency review and reporting on climate resilience program activities, results, and outcomes.
  • Coordinates and leads Agency efforts to develop program and policy guidance for Missions and Bureaus through interpretation of Congressional appropriations directives and Administration and Agency policy and priorities.
  • Serves as expert advisor and technical authority on addressing climate risk and adaptation in Agency policies, strategies, and programmatic plans.
  • Acts as a liaison to advance integrated programs, linking adaptation to development objectives, such as sustainable landscapes, biodiversity conservation, energy security, gender equality and women’s empowerment, conflict, good governance and health.
  • Liaise at a technical level with other USG agencies, donor organizations, multilateral banks, PVOs, U.S. universities, and professional organizations to coordinate with USAID programs, policies, and approaches to climate adaptation.
  • Coordinates incorporation of research and evaluation findings into guidance and interventions within the sector.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance.
  • Must hold at least a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. environment, natural resource management, climate change, international development, agriculture, ecology).  Experience may be considered in lieu of education.
  • Possess at least five years of work experience, preferably in environment, natural resource management, climate change, international development, forestry, or a related field.  Preference for experience working in international development, in particular USAID experience.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage complex projects involving multi-year time frames and multiple staff.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical subject matter to non-technical audiences internal and external to the Agency.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and engage effectively in a team environment.
  • Must be able to travel internationally; up to 20 percent of the time.

 Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume/CV;
  • A short written statement of interest responsive to the qualifications and job duties and responsibilities, noting security clearance level (if applicable), and three relevant professional references; and
  • A DD214 and other veteran-status, if applicable.

Please submit your application to  .  Application submissions are requested by midnight EST on Thursday, September 26, 2019. 

To receive a more detailed position description, or with questions, please contact:

-- Collin Green, E3/GCC, (202) 712-4505, cgreen@usaid.gov