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Air Quality and Mercury Program Analyst

Washington, DC
Competitive Innovations, LLC (CI) is seeking an Air Quality and Mercury Program Analyst to support the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Quality, Chemical Division (OES/E/ENV). The position procurement and program support for OES assistance programs, provide support for overall program coordination, and participate in trainings and briefings to disseminate information about foreign assistance programs. This is a full-time position located in Washington, D.C.
 
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Assist OES with the drafting of Operational Plans, Congressional Notifications and Performance and Planning Reports, especially for Chemicals, Air Quality, and Waste Division programs and program funding
  • Provide program coordination and technical advice regarding strategic planning, funding allocation, and program implementation
  • Based on consultations with program partners, USG agencies, and country representatives, provide advice to the Department of State on the allocation of funds in line with U.S. foreign policy priorities and the OES Air Quality and Mercury Program strategies
  • Draft documents notifying Non-Governmental Organizations and others of opportunities to apply for grant/cooperative agreements to implement Air Quality and Mercury Program project that support improved international air quality and implementation of the Minamata Convention
  • Organize application review panels to recommend recipients of grant/cooperative agreement awards
  • Prepare materials necessary to award grants/cooperative agreements, including minutes from review panels and action memos
  • Support Grants Officer Representative in carrying out the functions of analyzing outputs, reviewing programmatic progress, completing budget reviews, trouble-shooting, and reporting on grant progress
  • Coordinate and consult with funding recipients on all programmatic and technical matters that may arise
  • Facilitate coordination between program implementers and Embassy officers, USG agencies, host country interlocutors, and other program partners
  • Track grantees’ compliance with reporting obligations
  • Evaluate progress through email and telephone contact with grantees, as well as site visits
  • Help compile comprehensive progress reports and summaries of reports, including the status of indicators and success stories
  • Help compile comprehensive financial status (pipeline) reports for all mechanisms; and
  • Assist the Grants Officer and Grants Officer Representative with project close-outs
  • Provide advice to the Department of State to inform U.S. engagement on activities related to air quality and the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • Help to organize and provide support for U.S. interagency consultations and coordination on air quality and Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) activities
  • Maintain electronic filing systems for all grant awards
  • Work with the Grants Officer Representative to maintain the internal hub sites with resources for air quality and mercury issues
  • Respond to specific requests for information on foreign assistance programs from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Help compile project results, develop strategic plans for program outreach, and implement outreach events for the public, international organizations, and Congressional staff
 
Essential functions of this position include:
Domestic and foreign travel to conduct site visits
 
Minimum Qualifications:
 
  • Active Secret Security Clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in program administration, operating procedures, oversight and monitoring
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, policies, and regulations regarding administration of grants
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to prepare and present analysis, to provide recommendations and technical advice on proposals, and participate in meetings and discussions
  • Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a high volume, fast-paced work environment
  • Good facility with standard software, including the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint), and an ability to learn and work with other software, as well as database applications
  • Knowledge of research and analytical methods to validate, evaluate, and interpret information obtained from a variety of sources
  • The ability to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments with tight deadlines that often require coordination with other organizations
  • Experience with environment and/or development policy
  • Qualified candidates that are HUBZone residents, preferred (check your status here:  https://maps.certify.sba.gov/hubzone/map#center=39.828200,-98.579500&zoom=5)

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