Program Officer - Development, Security, and Cooperation

Washington D.C.
Jan 10, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time



The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The mission of Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) is to help improve public policy, understanding, and education in matters of science, technology, and health with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, workforce and the economy. The division is particularly charged to identify and build synergy among the disciplines and issue areas, and to promote interaction among science, engineering, medicine and public policy. The division includes a range of standing committees and boards concerned with the vitality of the research enterprise in the US and abroad. In that connection, the units of the division focus particularly on the interaction of key institutions central to science and technology policy, on the standing of US research around the world and cooperation with Science & Engineering bodies in other countries, on the mission and organization of federal research activities, and on the sources of future manpower and funding for research.


PGA’s Development, Security, and Cooperation (DSC) unit builds on the National Academies’ long experience and special knowledge of the technical and policy challenges facing developing, transitional, and advanced industrial societies. Many of DSC’s programs address broader aspects of security, such as reducing conflicts by opening dialogues and relationships with isolated countries. They also deal with energy, food, health, water, and human resource aspects of security, stability, equity, and social progress. DSC was created to build on the National Academies’ extensive engagement in: geographical programs, especially with the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, China, and India; programs to assist developing countries in building and using their science, engineering, and medical capacities; and programs to advise and assist the U.S. Government in its development assistance.




The temporary Program Officer will be responsible for managing a complex grant program that funds scientific collaborations between the Middle East and the U.S. This program seeks to build international scientific research and higher education capacity.




1. Manages a portfolio of approximately 30 research grants, ensuring that grantees are advancing towards their project objectives and are compliant with grant terms, such as budget regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.


2. Organizes the peer review process for over 100 research proposals, in a wide variety of scientific fields. This will include contacting prospective reviewers, assigning reviewers to proposals, and managing review panel meetings. Review panel meetings may be held virtually, in-person domestically, or in-person in the Middle East.


3. Assists in supervising one or more senior program assistants.


4. Serves as the primary program liaison with U.S. government sponsors and partner country points of contact. This liaison work will include submitting mandatory reports and leading regularly scheduled calls, Skype meetings, or direct video conferences (DVCs).


5. Maintains program outreach materials, such as the website and flyers, in compliance with internal procedures and the sponsor’s branding and marking guidelines.


6. Leads and/or participates in the organization of program events located in Washington, DC and internationally. The organization of these events will require drafting agendas, inviting participants, coordinating venue and travel logistics, and providing onsite support.




Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to manage and develop projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies’ departments, and external constituents through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents.

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