Job opening for humanitarian UAV research project manager

Interesting new job listing at the New American Foundation:

New America’s International Security Program (ISP) is looking for a Project Manager to join our team in Washington, D.C. to support our efforts to create a primer on the development potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This booklet will serve as the definitive point of reference for this information and as a handbook for NGOs interested in using drones for their work in development, anchored in property rights. The primer will also draw out regulatory and policy concerns around the issues, such as risks in using UAVs, privacy concerns, and competition in certain markets with established businesses, such as aerial photographers, who might have an interest in introducing laws to limit UAV use.

In addition to editing and/ or writing the primer, the project manager will work with expert contributors who will furnish case studies and chapters for inclusion in the primer and also convene a group of experts in the field who will lay out the industry’s best practices for using UAVs across a broad range of activities in varied geographic contexts. The project manager will also work with a team of researchers to develop an online, interactive database of known instances of UAV use for development and property right uses globally that will accompany the primer.


  • The project manager will work closely with New America’s International Security Program (ISP) and Open Technology Institute (OTI) to look at both the benefits and potential downsides involved with using UAVs in a development setting.
  • The project manager will be responsible for ensuring all project deliverables are completed in a timely manner, as well as writing sections of the primer, as well as editing and compiling the primer. This individual will also review and edit shorter articles, based on the book’s chapters, for placement in a variety of media outlets.


  • Experience as a project manager for similar projects, ideally in a policy research or NGO environment. The role requires someone who is persistent, resourceful, imaginative, able to work well under pressure. The ideal candidate will be able to coordinate and interact well with numerous experts in the field in order to solicit their input into the project.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of development processes, regulations, and concerns, particularly with regard to property rights, as well as the non-military uses of UAVs.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.

This position will be a one-year contract, with the potential for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Please submit your resume, a cover letter depicting your experience and interest and three (3) professional references.  

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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Comment by Quadzimodo on November 3, 2014 at 1:54am

Patrick Meier is based in Washington, DC and would appear to be a perfect candidate for this role, should he be interested in pursuing it.  He has a PhD (no idea if it is in a related field), has done work with the Humanitarian Technology Network and founded the Humanitarian UAV Network. He maintains a comprehensive blog on the subject, can certainly demonstrate interest in and knowledge of the development of regulations and processes and has written plenty on the subject.  Writing and communication skills are excellent.

Comment by Patrick Meier on November 3, 2014 at 7:06am

Many thanks Quadzimodo, I'm already involved in this Handbook project : )


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