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4 Nov 2020

Full-Time International Global Change Science Lead

RachelleRoberts – Posted by RachelleRoberts Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

This position is in the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP, or the Program) National Coordination Office (NCO), which ICF supports. ICF is one of the world’s leading climate consultancies. Our most valuable resource is our people, which is why we hire people that are passionate about advancing science and its use and why we place a strong emphasis on professional development.

The USGCRP coordinates and integrates global change research and supporting activities conducted by 13 Federal Agencies and Departments. The day-to-day activities and operations of the USGCRP are facilitated by the NCO, where we are responsible for promoting interagency coordination and integration of Federal climate and global change research programs and facilitating international cooperation. The NCO is in all-telework mode during the pandemic, expecting to return to in-person operations upon its resolution.

The USGCRP’s International Global Change Science Lead is responsible for coordinating and overseeing implementation, under the direction of Program leadership, of USGCRP’s interagency activities to promote international cooperation on global change research. This work includes a range of functions to help the Program coordinate Federal activities with those of other nations and international science organizations, and to foster the integration of international science activities into USGCRP activities as appropriate. The International Global Change Science Lead also serves as a member of our team supporting USGCRP’s science and research coordination portfolio.

Key responsibilities

  • Works with USGCRP leadership to identify and develop near- and long-term priorities for international engagement and cooperation. Briefs, develops options, and advises USGCRP leadership on international research activities and opportunities, fostering their integration across Program areas.
  • Coordinates the International Activities Interagency Working Group to advance USGCRP’s international priorities and facilitate cross-agency international activities.
  • Serves as the point of contact with relevant international and Federal entities, ensuring mutual awareness and acting as a liaison with USGCRP leadership and NCO staff.
  • Helps the Program coordinate Federal global change research activities with those of other nations and international science organizations, and fosters the integration of relevant international science activities into USGCRP activities.
  • Represents the NCO at selected international meetings. Provides briefing and staffing support to Program representatives at international meetings.
  • Partners with and advises NCO staff working on international science and research coordination activities in areas of their expertise.
  • Integrates the international context into the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Supports U.S. engagement with international global change assessment activities.
  • Contributes to planning and implementation of USGCRP’s major convenings and mandated products.


  • PhD in a relevant field, such as geosciences or environmental science, and 4 years of experience with international science, or a similar degree at the Masters level and no less than 8 years of international science experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and utilize scientific and technical concepts in support of program coordination.
  • Demonstrated skill in effective communications, written and oral.
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively in team settings.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally. Expected travel 5-10% of time, including 1-3 international trips per year, once travel is safe.

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Thorough understanding of principles and concepts of global change
  • science and issues.
  • Demonstrated expertise and knowledge of the international global change research landscape.
  • Ability to work independently, under guidance from NCO leadership and direct supervisor.
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating, prioritizing, and implementing elements of multifaceted tasks.
  • Demonstrated skill and awareness of working with politically sensitive issues domestically and in multicultural, multilingual, and international settings.
  • Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information, acting with integrity and exhibiting behavior that merits public trust and confidence.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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