Full Job Description
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This position is located in the Washington, DC Commuting Area in the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This advertisement is being used to fill positions in both geographical and the technical program quality office.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. The purpose of foreign aid should be ending the need for its existence, and we provide development assistance to help partner countries on their own development journey to self-reliance – looking at ways to help lift lives, build communities, and establish self-sufficiency.
BHA provides life-saving humanitarian assistance—including food, water, shelter, emergency healthcare, sanitation and hygiene, and critical nutrition services— to the world’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people.
As a Supervisory Humanitarian Assistance Specialist, your duties will include the following:
Serving as a key member of a leadership team responsible for a Division that supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level;
Serving at senior levels across the U.S. Government as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate complex humanitarian dialogue;
Exploring intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in humanitarian assistance;
Serving as the primary liaison on humanitarian issues with persons and groups both inside and outside of the organization to include senior staff at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, Congress, the United Nations, host governments and Private Voluntary Organizations;
Participating in the development and documentation of long- and short-range planning efforts with senior leadership in connection with humanitarian assistance, transformative change and self-reliance; and
Making recommendations, as a technical expert, on program and management planning humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts that can be undertaken within existing resource levels.
Occasional travel - Travel may vary depending on the needs of each individual bureau or office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent's time.
15 - These positions have reached their full performance level.
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship is required.
Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
If you have no prior Federal experience or are selected under Delegated Examining procedures, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
If you choose to apply under Merit Promotion procedures and are a current Federal employee, you must meet Time-in-Grade requirements. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability, or other worker characteristics basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.
The Selective Placement Factor: Your resume must demonstrate experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of civilian international humanitarian assistance programs.
GS-15 - You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 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: a) providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate complex dialogue on international humanitarian assistance program and policy matters; b) designing and monitoring highly complex program or policy options to international humanitarian emergencies; and c) serving in a leadership role on an organization’s response teams to international disasters and directing the operations, coordination and technical programs critical to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
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.
CTAP/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.
This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, no transcripts are required.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's 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.
If an HR Specialist determines that you are among the best-qualified applicants for these positions, your application will be shared with multiple hiring managers for consideration. By submitting your application to this advertisement, you agree to have your application shared for similar positions within USAID.
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.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:
EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement.
Veterans' Information: Veterans Information.
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 You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you are found to be amongst the best-qualified candidates and referred to the hiring manager for further consideration, you may be required to complete a written assessment.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
After the advertisement closes, a subject matter expert 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. If your resume does not reinforce your responses to the online assessment questionnaire, it will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens) procedures, these categories are Gold (90 points or more), Silver (80-89 points), and Bronze (70-79 points). 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 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).
Under Merit Promotion (Status Candidates) procedures, we will refer all candidates we rank as Highly Qualified to the hiring manager. They may invite the referred applicants for an interview.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
International Humanitarian Assistance
Leadership and Management
Influencing and Negotiating
Human Capital Management
Planning and Evaluating
Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness, National security
Resume showing relevant experience;
If you are a current Federal employee and choose to have your application considered under Merit Promotion procedures, you must submit the most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional), and type of position occupied
Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibility (veterans’ preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act).
If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an 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. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent, along with your application/resume package.
If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your transcript(unofficial transcript) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and the 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal 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.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This job is open to
Individuals with disabilities
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
USAID is using this vacancy announcement to recruit under the following areas of consideration: a) All U.S. Citizens (no prior Federal experience required); and b) Status Candidates (on career or career-conditional appointments), including former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, those eligible for CTAP; ICTAP, VEOA; special hiring programs under a non-competitive appointment authority; Executive Order 12721, and individuals on interchange agreement with Other Merit Systems.