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Seeking Counter WMD Threats Biological Senior-Level Analyst - Washington DC 20006

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States


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Counter WMD Threats Biological Senior-Level Analyst - Washington DC

Full Time  Secret Clearance  TS/SCI Security Clearance

Counter WMD Threats Biological Senior-Level Analyst
Washington DC - Hybrid-position work permitting, up to 40%

EM Key Solutions/Cortek is seeking a Counter WMD Threats Senior-Level Program Analyst to support the Department of State's Biological Policy Staff in reducing threats from biological weapons, working with a high-impact team to shape and implement policy intersecting national security, international public and animal health, and the life sciences. We lead U.S. participation in implementing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), the treaty to ban an entire class of weapons of mass destruction. Multilateral efforts under the BWC umbrella include developing innovative approaches to strengthen treaty implementation, assessing and addressing risks and benefits of advances in life sciences, and strengthening international cooperation and preparedness response to a deliberate or suspicious outbreak. BPS coordinates the Department's efforts to implement the 2022 National Biodefense Strategy, represents the Department in interagency biosecurity policy discussions, and leads efforts to strengthen the United Nations' operational capability to investigate alleged BW use. The BPS works with a wide range of Federal departments and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and foreign partners on issues of regulation of laboratory biosafety and security, outbreak preparedness and response, investigation of potential biological weapons use, and oversight of dual-use research and rapidly advancing technologies such as gene synthesis and editing.

The Ideal Candidate will have primary responsibility for a portfolio of life science, international public health, and biosecurity policy issues (precise portfolio to be based on experience and interests), including researching emerging challenges and possible solutions, recommending courses of action, and representing the Department and the United States in a variety of interagency and international forums. This position is a crash course in how science and security policy is made and how to do so effectively - or an opportunity to bring those skills to bear on critical, complex issues. You will need to be able to juggle multiple competing priorities, communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) to various audiences, and assess and solve problems with technical, political, and interpersonal dimensions. You will work with an experienced, motivated team of scientists, diplomats, and negotiators. And interagency. A sense of humor is recommended but technically not required.

Provide expert advice to the BPS Director and senior Department officials and represent the Department in various interagency meetings.
Develop and coordinate guidance for and serving on, U.S. delegations to the BWC on an assigned set of issues/topics.
Represent the Department on interagency working groups to develop policy recommendations on key topics, including governance of high-risk research and commercial gene synthesis and implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy.
Develop and coordinate U.S. positions and support the implementation of strategies and policies on other issues within the portfolio.
Draft and develop products in support of office and Department leadership, including briefing checklists and talking points, background and issue papers, reporting cables, meeting notes, information, and action memos, strategies, press guidance and releases, speeches, and blog entries, as determined and assigned by the client.
Develop rapport and develop constructive relationships with a wide range of foreign and domestic stakeholders, including Department and interagency experts, to develop, synchronize, and support strategies, policies, engagements, and projects designed to prevent biological weapons and to strengthen global capabilities to prepare for and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, as determined and assigned by the client.
Balance and prioritize complex tasks with limited supervision and demonstrate initiative to develop solutions.

Required Qualifications:
M.A. or equivalent degree with four or more years of experience in nonproliferation, international public health, or terrorism-related field - OR eight or more years of experience in bioterrorism, agroterrorism, or outbreak response-related field, including team or project.
Leadership experience.
Strong analytical skills.
Must be able to write clearly, concisely, and rapidly and to adapt tone and content for different audiences.
Knowledge of/experience with interagency coordination processes is desirable.
Teamwork and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities are essential.

A Secret Clearance is required; a Top Secret is Desired with eligibility for access to SCI. Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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About EM Key Solutions:
Founded in 2015, EM Key Solutions, Inc. (EMKS) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) offering a broad range of services to support Federal Government enterprises in meeting their mission requirements and business demands. ​Relationships are key to EMKS! We adopt a customer-centric approach and proven management processes for every project we undertake. Through sound leadership and management principles, EMKS focuses on offering its clients the solutions they need to be successful at the most competitive rates throughout the project management lifecycle.