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Announcement Number:
AID-18-0108-CMT
Hiring Agency:
United States Agency for International Development
Position Title:
Program Specialist
Open Period:
06/14/2018 - 06/20/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0301 14
Salary:
USD $114,590 - USD $148,967
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is in the bargaining unit.
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
HCTM
202-712-1234
hr-helpdesk@usaid.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All US Citizens - no prior Federal service required
Security Clearance Required:
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
“Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives…”
Summary:
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.

This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Civilian Military Cooperation (DCHA/CMC). DCHA/CMC has the goal of aligning development and defense and leveraging the unique capabilities of USAID and Department of Defense to achieve better development outcomes in pursuit of U.S. national security goals and national values. 

You are encourged to read the entire vacancy announcement before submitting your application package. Your application package may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel 15% or less

Duties

As a Program Specialist, you will be responsible for:

  • Demonstrating and employing high level of analytical skill and ability to advise decision-makers. Serving as one of the Bureau's recognized experts on civil-military cooperation, analyzing a variety of issues relevant and critical to national security, development and operational support, across the Middle East and Central Asia.
  • Advising the senior managers and staff on civil-military program issues and problems and serve as principal advisor in bilateral and multilateral meetings where civil-military program issues are negotiated.
  • Serving as the Bureau's recognized civil-military expert, analyzing a variety of issues relevant and critical to policy development and operational support across the Middle East and Central Asia.
  • Planning and coordinating civil-military program implementation among multiple agencies, bureaus and posts. Independently developing and initiating briefings and follow-up meetings involving key officials from other bureaus, other agencies, Congressional staff or special interest groups.
  • Providing expert interpretations of complex and diverse civil-military material, documents, and references, to include Department of Defense-related policies, strategies, plans, authorities and appropriations.
  • Providing briefings and written proposals to top Bureau officials and serving as liaison with key bureau staff and with counterparts and experts in other bureaus and independent offices both within the agency, the Department of Defense and Department of State.
  • Serving as a primary interlocutor with Central Command and Special Operations Command Central, Special Operations Command, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff on policy, strategy, planning, operations and programmatic issues related to civil-military engagement across the Development-Defense community in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.
Key Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a top secret security clearance.
  • You will be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore,no transcripts are required.
    Evaluations:
    We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Gold,” “Silver,” and “Bronze.” However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (Gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. (You must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating).

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:     
    • Technical Credibility
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Oral Communication
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Written Communication
    Qualifications:
    GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: broad functional or specialized area of civil-military integration and planning procedures and techniques sufficient to develop standard operating procedures, manage the preparation of the unit's interagency and civil-military annual strategy; sufficient to apply wide range of qualitative and or quantitative methods for the measurement, evaluation, assessment, improvement, and implementation of complex programs, processes and systems of civil-military integration and interagency planning program/project; and skill and ability to liaison and demonstrate realistic assessment of the political and institutional environment as it relates to assessing civil-military programs and options.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

    ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

    A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/. USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue, Silver and Orange Lines. The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court are on site.  You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.
    Other Information:
    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
     
    These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
     
    Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:

    https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf

    EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement.

    Veterans' Information:  Veterans Information.

    Telework: https://www.telework.gov/.

    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

    Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

    Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
    Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

    Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
    -Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.
    -Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 3 - Apply Online
    Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
    If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

    Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 6 - Submit Documents
    You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or
     
    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy.  Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online."  Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.  
    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet. If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST.
    Required Documents:
    • Resume showing relevant experience.
    • CTAP, ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area.
    • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
    • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities (veterans’ preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act). (You must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating).
    • If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
    • Peace Corps letter
    Next Steps:
    Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable (TOP SECRET)  level security clearance investigation and determination.

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.