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The CLIMB Program



The Cross-functional Logistics Internal Mobility Building (CLIMB) Program is a three-year developmental program designed to attract and establish a cadre of cross-functional journeyman level Logistics Management Specialists in the complex area of logistics management. The program combines on-the-job rotational assignments, formal classroom training, and developmental assignments.

The program will develop and provide cross-functional knowledge, skills, and experience needed in the Department of State's logistics/supply chain management operations. Selected participants are required to be actively involved in performing the day-to-day activities, and working a minimum of one-year each in the logistics offices of Acquisitions Management (AQM), Operations Management (OPS), and Program Management and Policy (PMP). If opportunities are available, participants may be involved with overseas Foreign Service logistics professionals when opportunities are present such as GSO Conferences, Property Assistance Visits (PAVs), and ILMS Training. Travel is not a requirement of this program.

The program objectives are as follows:
 • Enable A/LM to infuse the organization with best logistics practices;
 • Address strategic objectives for succession planning;
 • Implement a strategy for growing a pool of cross-functional resources within the organization; and 
 • Support the learning and growth perspective in the A/LM balance scorecard.

Applications are currently not being accepted for the CLIMB Logistics Management Specialist positions. When announced, positions will be posted on the OPM website at

For further information about the CLIMB program, please contact LaVetta Nicholson-Turner, Program Manager, Office of Logistics Management, Professional Development Branch on 703-875-4992.

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