Special Assistant

Washington, DC
Work Type: On-Site
  • Job Category: Office & Administrative Support
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: Able to Obtain Secret
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: TUV03062

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Job Summary:

Tuvli, an Akima company, is hiring for a Special Assistant to support our DoS client located in Washington, DC.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Handles logistical preparations for international climate negotiations which require coordinating with embassy personnel and conference support specialists - and prepares for meetings with the interagency community in advance of negotiating sessions.

  • Supports the climate negotiating team during international negotiating sessions and in the U.S. between sessions. This includes arranging meetings; tracking developments on key issues; contributing to internal deliberations; note-taking; drafting reports, read-outs, and talking points; and preparing briefing materials.

  • Acts as an EGC liaison with other officials within the OES Bureau, the Department of State, other federal agencies, embassies and posts, and organizations outside the U.S. government.

  • Drafts documents, reports, and talking points related to climate change, including position and briefing papers, decision memoranda, draft international agreements, diplomatic, congressional and other correspondence, resolutions, telegrams, summaries and assessments. Drafting must be done with minimal guidance and supervision, often under short deadlines and must be of high quality.

  • Supports OES/EGC’s organization of climate-related workshops and meetings.

  • Is a member of the Climate Action Officers team, serves as an OES/EGC contact for posts and embassies, and backstops other team members when needed.

  • Supports the participation of OES/EGC principals in meetings with country counterparts to further office priorities.

  • Manages the OES/EGC Director’s meeting schedule and arrangements, serves as a note-taker in high-level meetings, and performs short-term and special projects for the Office Director and/or Deputy Director.

  • Supports EGC’s bilateral and regional engagement, with a focus on specific countries/regions under the direction of EGC’s bilateral coordinator. This includes identifying climate ambition-related objectives and developing expertise for given countries; supporting development of diplomatic strategies for given countries or regions; and coordinating with relevant desk and post officers and interagency counterparts; drafting papers and talking points.

Determination of the content and application of policies and regulations is inherently governmental and must be performed by government employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in International Relations, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics, Business, Communications, or other relevant field).

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to distill complicated technical and policy issues.

  • Ability to work under pressure with short deadlines, determine priorities without frequent guidance, and quickly learn and navigate complex organizational structures.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including policymakers, representatives of other governments, business leaders, and members of the non-governmental community.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly, and persuasively and draft high-quality written materials in a large range of formats.

  • Ability to learn quickly the complex organizational structure of the Office of Global Change and its relationships with other State Department offices and federal agencies.

  • Ability to work well in a multi-cultural team environment, including commitment to and comportment in line with principles of equal employment opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a Secret security clearance.

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