Senior Policy Analyst

27 Aug, 2020


Senior Policy Analyst

Falls Church, VA

Project Overview:

Knowesis is seeking a Medical Counter Measures Senior Policy Analyst – CBRN to provided Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) Subject Matter Expertise in support of the Office of The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight (HRP&O). The MCM Medical Consultant will support a wide variety of MCM portfolio and preventive medicine responsibilities with subject matter expertise integral to Service members and beneficiaries, primarily concerning Department of Defense (DOD) policy development to ensure that safe and effective MCMs are available for Service members in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments.


Specific Tasks:

  • provide Medical Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), market research validation, or other special studies, review, and evaluation integral to the HRP&O medical countermeasures and requirements process
  • support the Government by reviewing and providing medical impact comments and recommendations on DoD AoA requirements related to pre-acquisition standards, process improvement, infrastructure, and market research, and provided technical expertise, adjudication, and interpretation of study plans and reports
  • support the government with coordinating interagency functions and briefing material of AoA studies and reports, and market research validation
  • provide consultative services that leverage information technologies, resources, analytical, and technical oversight and plans that enhance the effectiveness of Medical Counter Measures (MCM) business processes among DoD components
  • complete project analyses, reviews, interpretations, and recommendations of various Medical Counter Measures (MCM) portfolios related to past, current, and emerging chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, exposures, and infectious disease
  • provide the appropriate level of MCM support to verify, review, and analyze document data summaries, and spreadsheets from DoD, U.S. Government, non-U.S. government, private, and academic sources and make recommendations for action
  • maintain the historical Chemical and Biological Warfare Exposure Database (CBWE) supporting DoD and Veteran Affairs
  • review and analyze exposure records and other documents to ensure the information has been recorded in the CBWE database
  • provide consultative support to staff and stakeholders on the relationships and information exchanges of exposures identified to be considered for input into the database
  • develop briefings of the CBWE data as requested
  • support the government’s development of summary reports, and policy documents of MCM products (CBRN, Biosurveillance, etc.)
  • support the Program Directorate on DoD and other U.S. Government partner workgroups and subcommittees, providing the appropriate level of information, recommendations, and collaboration
  • advise on CBRN and emerging infectious diseases required to enable the Program Director to respond to requests of Congress, VA, General Accounting Office (GAO), Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG) and other U.S. Government agencies
  • develop and submit timely status updates on CBRN and emerging infectious diseases projects (to include relevant completed items, potential risks, issues, and MCM action items
  • provide the Government with the appropriate level of support to advise the government on CBRN and emerging infectious diseases supporting future MCM threat and immunizations development and life cycle planning for Service members
  • provide consultation support and advice to the government regarding medical policies dealing with CBRN preparedness, global terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and biomedical technology
  • advise the government on technical MCM matters and coordinate MCM activities or specific tasks to be performed in sufficient detail commensurate with timely, quality controlled deliverables needed in OASD(HA)
  • provide professional CBRNE and military operational insights to support the defense policy, immunizations, training and education, exercises
  • prepare reports, documents and position papers for the government to use in directing studies and analysis in support of chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear medical countermeasures recommendations to DHA and ASD(HA), and support efforts to analyze DoD biomedical defense requirements for vaccines, and other effective medical countermeasures, and post-exposure pharmaceuticals for treatment and training of medical personnel
  • develop and maintain a list of Military Health System procured medical countermeasures and support the client in risk management analysis
  • provide support to the government in identifying CBRN and emerging infectious diseases program evaluation and measurement techniques to evaluate operational program requirements and establish performance metrics to enable policy oversite
  • attend meetings to support the overall MCM mission and provide support with conducting policy meetings to include the review of medical countermeasures candidates
  • provide comprehensive support to the government in policy development, implementation and oversite of use of investigational medical countermeasures for force health protection following DODI 6200.02
  • provide support in policy revision, stakeholder communication and meetings, project management, and emergency use authorization submissions and implementation
  • provide a weekly report to the MCM government client on the policy development and implementation
  • develop prioritization methodologies and maintain an inventory of medical countermeasures for ASD-HA policy response
  • provide the Government with support to coordinate and manage the CBRN working group in coordination with the Joint Staff, Services and stakeholders to facilitate government SME input for strategic resource decisions
  • develop, gather and organize white papers and support the Government in the development, procurement and management of medical countermeasures

Experience and Skills


Bachelor’s Degree in Biodefense, Public Health, or National Security. Master’s degree preferred



Certifications relevant to the position are a plus



Position requires seven years of relevant experience which includes the following: experience in MCM RDA activities; experience with DOD, Department of Health and Human Services, or Department of Homeland Security pertaining to MCMs (e.g., Joint Staff, Military Services, Defense Health Agency (DHA) OSD, CDC, and VA); experience with DoD correspondence, instructions, directives and responses or reports to Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and/or Inspectors General; working knowledge of the Military Doctrine, Operations, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) framework.



  • sensitivity to and experience handling delicate material of sensitive content
  • ability to adjust on time-sensitive tasks in high-security events
  • ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • effective reasoning to identify and report problems to superiors and contribute to their resolution
  • tact and diplomacy in the presence of Executive/Senior DOD leaders
  • ability to utilize time management skills and multi-tasking capabilities
  • can handle multiple and parallel projects


Work Location: This work will be performed at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, VA. Approximately 30-40% of work will be conducted in both an Open Storage Secret (OSS) and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the client location.


Security: This position requires an active SECRET clearance or higher.


Other Requirements: Must be a citizen of the United States

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Job posted: 2020-08-27