Information Officer

Macfadden, Now Part of PAE

About the organization

Macfadden is now part of PAE. Founded over 30 years ago, Macfadden has provided federal agencies with critical on-the-ground support to U.S. government humanitarian missions around the world as well as financial and IT system support. Through program management, human resources services, financial management systems support, information technology solutions, knowledge management, travel coordination and communications support, Macfadden enables effective U.S. government humanitarian response to international disasters. Macfadden’s workforce includes approximately 300 employees primarily located in the Washington, D.C. area.


Macfadden, a PAE company, is seeking Information Officers to provide information support to USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) and USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. USAID/FFP and USAID/OFDA provide 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. 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 are required to write and edit a wide range of public and internal information products, as well as develop charts, graphs, and other visuals as needed.

Willingness and ability to serve on extended international deployments (up to 12 weeks or more at a time) to disaster zones, including conflict-affected areas, often on short notice, is required. Information Officers should expect to travel as much as 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.


Relevant master’s degree (international affairs, public health, emergency management, etc.)
2–4 years of work experience


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
Working knowledge of and interest in humanitarian issues

U.S. citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored Secret Clearance.

Application instructions


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

Cover Letter
Writing Sample
Please combine your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (instructions below) into one PDF or Word document and submit it through the online application system when prompted to upload a CV.

The writing sample must be an original briefing memorandum of 350 words or less for senior USG officials describing humanitarian conditions and response activities following a natural disaster in a specific country (outside the United States). The writing sample should be written in paragraph format and avoid use of bullets. Please include a word count at the conclusion of the memo.

Only applications with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 27, 2019, will be considered for the current hiring round; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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