Russia, Europe, and Near Asia Program Specialist
USDA Forest Service Office of International Programs


The Program Specialist will assist the Russia, Europe, and Near Asia Program Team to develop and manage projects across the region. The Program Specialist will be supervised by the Russia, Europe, and Near Asia Program Coordinator.

The Program Specialist will have the following responsibilities:

  • Explore and develop opportunities for the USDA Forest Service to work in new areas of the region, via partnerships with USAID, international NGOs, and in-country organizations and government agencies
  • Assess and identify technical assistance needs in the region in collaboration with host-country resource management agencies, non-governmental organizations, donor organizations, and the private sector
  • Develop new projects and activities in cooperation with Forest Service experts and international partners.  Recruit and identify Forest Service field expertise for projects, work with partners to leverage program funds and monitor and evaluate project implementation in the field.
  • Organize travel for USFS detailers and consultants, including completing and coordinating ticket purchases, visa processing, expense reports, and other relevant paperwork.
  • Develop and manage financial mechanisms such as grants, contracts, and other procurement mechanisms.  Responsible for budget preparation, monthly financial reports and other duties as assigned.
  • Coordinate logistics for technical assistance missions in natural resource management, brief qualified individuals on background and objectives of missions, write "Scopes of Works," and prepare relevant travel.
  • Monitor and ensure timely completion of administrative tasks, including database management, paperwork (photocopying and faxing), debit cards for invitational travelers, and budgeting.
  • Represent the USFS at donor meetings, technical reviews, field assessment missions, joint planning and monitoring and evaluation meetings, and USG inter-agency meetings.
  • Host delegations from the region during technical and courtesy visits to the U.S.


Position Requirements:

  • Advanced Russian language skills
  • Natural resources background
  • At least two years administrative experience
  • At least two years experience living/working overseas
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to travel
  • US citizenship


For additional information please contact Brad Kinder.

The successful applicant will be hired through as contractor but will work in the USFS IP Office based out of Washington DC.

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