Biosecurity Engagement Program Officer

Clearance Level
National Security Analysis
Washington, District of Columbia

REQ#: RQ105038

Travel Required: 10-25%
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

The Department of State’s ISN/CTR office manages the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP). BEP seeks to mitigate global biological threats by minimizing the access of terrorists and other nefarious actors to biological expertise, materials, and equipment that could be used to conduct biological attacks.  BEP programs along the following lines of effort:

•               Countering Insider Threat Access to Weaponizable Pathogens and Dual-Use Technology

•               Mitigating Biosecurity Threats from Emerging Technologies and Nontraditional Actors

•               Institutionalizing Biosecurity Best Practices for Long-Term, Sustainable Impact

•               Identifying and Disrupting Low-Effort Bioterrorism Plots

BEP works primarily in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, and also supports programs in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.  BEP leverages technical resources and experts from a network of U.S. government agencies, universities, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to meet its core objectives. 

GDIT seeks a candidate to serve as a Program Advisor at Department of State headquarters, who will be responsible for both programmatic and functional portfolios. For programmatic portfolios, the Program Advisor will develop, implement, and coordinate priority BEP and ISN/CTR office efforts, such as those outlines above, to advance U.S. policies pertaining to countering WMD and other proliferation threats. For functional portfolios, the Program Advisor will take on responsibilities in a variety of policy and financial areas, such as interagency and office budget-related efforts. To accomplish these tasks, the Program Advisor will work closely with a broad range of U.S. interagency stakeholders, foreign counterparts, and technical and policy experts.  Specific responsibilities will be determined by BEP and ISN/CTR leadership.

• The candidate must possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, diplomacy skills, project management skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.

• Knowledge and experience working in biosecurity, cybersecurity, and emerging and advanced technologies (e.g., drones, synthetic biology) is strongly preferred, but not required.

• Bachelors degree; advanced degree (Masters or higher) in a relevant policy or technical discipline is strongly preferred, and eight (8) years experience.

• International travel is required, and foreign language skills are a plus.

• The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area or willing to relocate to perform the stated duties.

• The candidate must be able to obtain or possess an active U.S. Government security clearance and must be willing and able to obtain SCI access.

This position requires being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022 or the start date, if after January 18. Individuals who work in or reside in Florida, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, or work outside of the United States may be excluded from this requirement.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.