Chief Air Pollution Advisor / PhD Required / US Department of State

  • AQIWO, Inc.
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • Feb 01, 2017
Full time Air Quality Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Science/Engineering Management

Job Description

AQIWO, Inc. is a Native American owned and managed professional services firm headquartered in Northern Virginia. At AQIWO, we have a long history of supporting the US Federal Government. We currently hold a contract with the Department of State in Washington, DC. In support of this contract, we are seeking a Chief Air Pollution Advisor.

The purpose of this position is to retain an Atmospheric Scientist as a subject matter expert, informing the Department of State’s Office of Medical Services efforts to develop policy and direction in managing the effects of air pollution on our personnel and facilities overseas. This person will need to interface with other federal agencies; SHEM; and fellow DOS officials; to inform on the modification, definition and direction of the agency’s air pollution policies.

The Chief Air Pollution Advisor will:
  • Serve as a technical expert to the Medical Director, senior MED management, and additional relevant DOS offices and posts overseas, as appropriate.
  • Serve as a principal technical expert for the development, implementation, and dissemination of health messaging and policies related to air pollution for the Office of Medical Services.
  • Support the Designated Agency Safety and Health Official and chair of the Air Pollution Working Group, which is formed from a collection of offices (MED, Safety, Health & Environmental Management, Management Bureau’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation, offices within the bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, HR, Allowances, regional EX’s and regional desks, etc.) that meet to tackle air quality issues facing posts overseas.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to program offices within MED in dealing with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and other USG agencies related to air quality and health issues, as well as the relevant academic and non-governmental communities, such as the Health Effects Institute, and the World Health Organization.
  • As needed and as appropriate, interface with Embassies and consulates to provide technical expertise to those posts.
  • As needed and as appropriate, interface with technical experts from foreign governments on air pollution issues
  • Assist and inform the Department’s Epidemiologist in developing and implementing measures to assess possible impacts of air pollution the Department’s workforce over the short-and long-terms.
  • Maintain existing global databases on currently air pollution information available and search for additional new sources.
  • Research and contribute to policy development for addressing medical clearance issues related to air pollution overseas.
  • Contribute to the development of short and long term goals and programming for air pollution-related health issues, messaging, and training for MED.
The Chief Air Pollution Advisor to the Medical Director must be a PhD graduate of an accredited University program in the atmospheric sciences or a related program. Must have previous experience with public health policy and messaging to multiple types of populations in an international context. Should have previous experience with ambient air pollution measurements in highly polluted environments. 
  • PhD in environmental, air quality, public health, atmospheric science-related field is required.
  • Evidence of existing relationships and previous interactions with EPA, CDC, WHO, and leading academic experts in the field is required.
  • Previous experience in government positions highly desirable.
Necessary skill sets:
  • High level management skills to plan, develop, analyze and coordinate activities
  • Organizational skill to develop programs
  • Ability to work and communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing, using tact and finesse
  • Ability to meet and deal with all levels of personnel both in and outside of the DOS
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize
  • Knowledge of the techniques, principles, and practices of public speaking
The position involves the exercise of a very high degree of air pollution, health, and atmospheric science expertise. The population covered is unique in terms of background, in living situations as transients in a diplomatic, overseas setting and in terms of exposure to air pollution. The work encompasses a broad and largely undefined field. Decision support will require extensive research and analysis to define the nature and scope of problems and inform on the development of effective short and long term solutions by program office leadership.
International travel is to be expected.
The individual will be required to obtain and maintain a SECRET Security Clearance
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