Research Project Description
Emergency Coordinator Fellowship
Office of Emergency Operations
Office of Crisis Management
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring, MD
Two fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of Emergency Operations (OEO) within the Office of Crisis Management (OCM) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). OEO serves as the FDA’s focal point for emergency preparedness and response.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participants will be involved in coordinating and managing a wide variety of issues related to FDA’s emergency response activities, including, but not limited to, creating and reviewing documents related to emergency incidents, policies and procedures. Specific opportunities may include:
- Emergency Coordination: Providing interagency coordination and response to adverse events, food borne illnesses, injuries, product tampering, and man-made and natural disasters; representing OEO at federal, state and local levels, at foreign government meetings, and at workgroups on emergency preparedness and response; supporting and coordinating FDA response to emergencies involving FDA-regulated products; providing data analysis and evaluation to determine whether actions are or have been sufficiently comprehensive to address potential concern and to inform next steps; performing complex information data analysis, data assessment and data evaluation; assisting with FDA’s National Incident Management System/Incident Command System implementation program development; and serving as OEO’s Late Duty Officer on a rotating basis, which entails responding to calls related by the FDA Emergency After-Hours Call Center and preparing daily and weekly reports for FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)\Discovery: Reviewing incoming FOIA and court-ordered information requests to verify applicability and determine appropriate contacts; searching and extracting information from FDA’s incident management system and paper records; organizing paper and electronic records into defined categories; reviewing records to identify and eliminate duplicate information; reviewing documents collected to identify potential commercial confidential information and trade secret information; and identifying records for potential exclusion from records requests.
The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
- A Master’s degree in emergency management, public health, public administration, public policy or business administration received within the last five years. Candidates with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree are also encouraged to apply.
- Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, allied sciences (i.e., microbiology, chemistry, epidemiology, etc.) or engineering with relevant work to public health and related subjects.
- Knowledge in emergency management, emergency response and recovery, and emergency plan writing is desired.
How to Apply:
To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of FDArpp@orau.org. Please reference FDA-OCM-2014-0003 in all communications.