USGCRP was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to develop and coordinate “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
In consultation with White House officials and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR), USGCRP's Executive Director ensures that the Program meets all mandated requirements, which are summarized in the table below.
Such representatives shall be high ranking officials of their agency or department, wherever possible the head of the portion of that agency or department that is most relevant to the purpose of the title described in section 101(b).
The National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment coordinates interagency activities relevant to environmental research and policy, domestically and internationally. The Committee on Environment encompasses several subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (the steering body for USGCRP) as well as other subcommittees with which USGCRP works closely.
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), which consists of representatives from 16 agencies, departments, and offices across the Federal Government, is charged with enhancing scientific monitoring of and research on local, regional, and global environmental issues in the Arctic.
Through the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), the U.S. supports cooperative, international efforts to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). GEOSS is being developed through the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a partnership of 80 countries, the European Commission, and nearly 60 international organizations.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is a federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate and integrate global change research activities across the Federal Government and facilitate international cooperation on global change research. Available positions are based and operated out of USGCRP’s National Coordination Office (NCO), located in Washington, DC. NCO is currently supported by ICF, which oversees all recruiting processes.
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.
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 Master’s 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.
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.
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