Senior Program Officer/Program Officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio)
The Nuclear Threat Initiative is seeking a Senior Program Officer (or Program Officer) to join the Global Biological Policy and Programs team. This position will report to work in our DC office (see additional organization-wide policies below for current guidance based on the COVID-19 pandemic).
NTI is a non-profit whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity.
The NTI | bio team’s mission is to reduce biological risk and enhance global biosecurity. We are working toward this goal by: promoting concrete actions to reduce risks posed by advances in biotechnology; identifying gaps in the capacity of individual countries to mitigate high-consequence biological events and motivating governments and other stakeholders to fill them; developing novel approaches for curbing potential catastrophic outcomes from a high-consequence biological event; and working to strengthen national biosecurity capacity in countries around the world.
This position will be primarily focused on supporting the Global Health Security Index, a benchmarking and assessment of 195 countries and their capacities related to national level health security.
This position is based in our DC office. Teleworking up to 2 days per week may be permitted, as managed and approved by the program lead.
The Senior Program Officer/Program Officer reports to the NTI Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible for providing project management, research and analysis, event planning and logistics, and administrative support to the NTI | bio team and NTI senior staff.
Global Health Security Index Project Responsibilities
- Evaluate and assist in the evolution of the GHS Index framework through interactions with the Expert Panel, literature review, and community outreach.
- Provide GHS Index data review, analysis, and quality control and assurance.
- Support development of health security-relevant findings informed by GHS Index data for print reports and online publications.
- Brief GHS Index findings to high-level and expert stakeholders across various sectors and regions
- Maintain project timeline, knowledge management, and budget documentation.
- Draft and edit internal memos, briefing documents, and meeting notes.
- Conduct research on monitoring and evaluation of global practices and tools as well as biosecurity-related policy issues by reviewing primary and secondary literature in the life sciences, applied sciences, public policy and related fields.
- Contribute to development of strategic communication materials such as presentations, external correspondence, et. al.
- Identify opportunities for engagement and collaborate with global, regional, and non-government organizations, the scientific community, industry, and the public.
- Assist with scheduling in-person and virtual meetings and teleconferences for NTI | bio leadership and staff.
- Provide logistical support for NTI | bio meetings and events, including arranging participant travel, booking conference venues, ensuring appropriate supplies, and preparing printed materials.
- Travel with NTI program and senior leaders to provide support for NTI | bio during meetings, conferences, and other events as requested.
- Assist with preparation and management of grant proposals and reports.
- Perform other duties and support projects as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biosecurity, international affairs, public policy, public health, or a related field).
- 5-7 years of analytical, research, and/or project support, including in biology/biotechnology, international security, global health, or international affairs.
- Strong analytic, research, writing, and communication skills with keen attention to detail.
- Experience supporting senior leaders, government officials, and/or policy makers on health security, public health, or national security issues, to include development of policy briefings, talking points, and stakeholder outreach.
- Experience developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and analyzing primary and secondary literature to develop findings and recommendations.
- Ability to provide both administrative and substantive support to advance programmatic objectives.
- Able to prioritize and monitor multiple tasks while maintaining detailed attention to project management responsibilities.
- Proficient at developing strategic communication materials designed for diverse sets of stakeholders.
- Commitment to strengthening global biosecurity and familiarity with key biosecurity concepts.
- Experience engaging international stakeholders on health security issues.
- Ability to travel internationally. The position will require regular domestic and international travel. (Note: NTI is currently operating under a limited essential travel only policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements.
Additional Organization-wide Policies:
Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTI office is open on a voluntary basis for employees. We anticipate a full return to the DC office in the first part of the year. We will give employees at least one month’s advance notice prior to the full re-opening. After the office is fully re-opened, teleworking up to 2 days per week may be permitted, as managed and approved by the program lead.
In accordance with NTI’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated, unless a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs is requested and approved.
NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. The NTI | bio program works to reduce biological risks and enhance global biosecurity. We are working toward this goal by: promoting concrete actions to reduce risks posed by advances in biotechnology; identifying gaps in the capacity of individual countries to mitigate high-consequence biological events and motivating governments and other stakeholders to fill them; developing novel approaches for curbing potential catastrophic outcomes from a high-consequence biological event; and working to strengthen national biosecurity capacity in countries around the world.
NTI is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit is prohibited by NTI policy. Specifically, NTI bases its employment decisions upon the needs of the organization and the individual merit of applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.