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Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions provides support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget.

Pandemic Response and Health Staff Assistant Washington, DC (ID#13426)

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Office of Conservation and Water (OES/ECW) has a requirement for full-time support services as a Senior Technical Advisor on Conservation Crimes.

Provide a professional service employee to provide technical advice, support the administration and oversight of OES Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trafficking programs in coordination with ECW Full Time Employee (FTE) staff, and other related duties as outlined below. Wildlife trafficking generates tens of billions of dollars for transnational criminal organizations (TOCs) annually, robbing governments and local communities of their resource base and undercutting U.S. private sector international wildliferelated tourism. Illegal logging and associated trade (ILAT) costs the U.S. forest industry $1 billion a year in lost revenues, undercutting a sector that imports and exports over $73 billion, manufactures $200 billion in forest products, and employs almost 900,000 Americans. The position will strengthen the office’s engagement on illegal logging and associated trade (ILAT) and combating wildlife trafficking (CWT) in order to protect American security by addressing conservation crimes and improving natural resource governance.



  • Provide assistance and guidance for ILAT and CWT programs throughout the foreign assistance funding cycle, including drafting and processing congressional notifications, solicitation and award processes, drafting implementation work plans, conducting award and agreement management, including through closeout;
  • Maintain official award and agreement files for all assistance mechanisms commensurate with bureau and Department requirements, including proper documentation, reporting, communications, etc.;
  • Analyze work plans and progress and financial reports and draft written summations for GOR/AOR review and approval; Assist in coordinating interagency processes that include, among others: Commerce, Commerce/NOAA, DOI, DOJ, DHS/CBP, DHS/ICE/HIS, State/INL, Treasury, USAID, USDA/APHIS, USDA/FAS, USFS, USFWS, USTR, and the U.S. Council on Transnational Organized Crime.
  • Liaise with relevant Bureau, Department and interagency offices, as well as implementers and local and international stakeholders for program coordination and the management of ILAT and CWT programs;
  •  Assist in monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness in the implementation of grants, cooperative agreements and interagency agreements with key partners;
  • Provide advice on strategic guidance in building international platform to support effective coordination of ILAT and CWT programs through various implementing mechanisms;
  • Develop, with other DOS bureaus and offices, USAID, appropriate USG agencies, and external stakeholders, partnerships to advance U.S. interests on ILAT and CWT;
  • Draft memos or letters to principals within the Department, to other U.S. agencies, and to interested stakeholders.
  • Provide input into ECW contributions to Bureau strategic planning and performance reporting documents for ILAT and CWT foreign assistance funding, including but not limited to, Operational Plans, Bureau Strategic Plans, Bureau Resource Requests, Performance and Planning Reports, and Congressional Budget Justifications.


  • Working knowledge of the principles of program management and budgeting. Federal experience in this area a plus, but not required.
  • Understanding of the principles of U.S. foreign affairs including information sources, processes, and organizations, as well as initiatives to counter conservation crimes such as ILAT and CWT.
  • Skill in written and oral communication to prepare materials, present analyses, provide guidance, solicit information, and defend proposals.
  • Ability to function as part of a team as well as work independently.


 Controlled climate office environment.

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