Full Job Description
This duty station of this position is the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, serving in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Technical Services Division (OAPA/TS).
USAID plays a vital role in the United States's national security strategy to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda and to prevent its capacity to threaten the United States. USAID programs in agriculture, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, energy, health, and infrastructure provide Afghans and Pakistanis with the tools, technical support, capacity building and institutions for stability, economic development and security in the region.
As a Senior Population and Health Development Officer, your duties will include the following:
Leading the development and support of USAID assistance programs in the health sector of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and particularly with the intersections and synergies between health and other development sectors (i.e. education, democracy, agriculture, economic growth, etc.);
Articulating the importance of improved health outcomes, and developing and identifying innovative strategies to promote and utilize these assistance investments that facilitate USAID's overall development objectives in these two critical countries;
Promoting these concepts within USAID and the larger development community; and while working primarily for OAPA is expected to participate in assignments crossing organizational lines;
Serving as the Bureau’s point of contact on life sciences vetting while strengthening ongoing institutional review and oversight of life sciences research;
Identifying potential dual use research and mitigate risks where appropriate; and
Monitoring and managing activities of implementing partners, including serving as a Contracting/Agreement Officer Representative (C/AOR), by taking the initiative in contributing ideas, offering technical direction and leadership, analyzing options, suggesting corrective measures, and offering informed opinions based on technical expertise and knowledge.
25% or less - Up to 25% intermittent travel to and in developing countries.
14 - This position has reached its full performance level.
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
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.
You will have to serve a one year probationary period.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.
NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time you submit your application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will NOT be accepted once the vacancy closes.
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: a) providing strategic direction and guidance on international public health and health sciences program development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and operations; b) providing public health briefings to the most senior levels of the legislative and executive branch on topics relevant to U.S. or allied nation’s national security;; and c) developing projects devoted to health science strengthening.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position requires a selective factor that is in addition to the qualification requirements noted above. Your resume must demonstrate experience performing institutional oversight and analysis on dual use research in the life sciences. Research that encompasses a legitimate scientific purpose, the results of which may be misused to pose a biologic threat to public health and/or national security
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/ICTAPcandidates 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 a score of 85 or higher; 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 has a positive education requirement. Therefore, transcripts are required.
The education requirement: a 4-year degree where the major study was in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position. Please include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) that demonstrates that you meet the education requirement listed above prior to the closing date of the announcement. If you do not include this information prior to the closing date of the announcement, your application will be marked as incomplete unless you submit an SF-50 that shows you are currently or previously held a position in the 0601 job series.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, 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 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 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.
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.
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 predefined 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 predefined 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:
Public Health Administration
Planning and Evaluating
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness, National security
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.
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 eligibilities (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).
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
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
All U.S. Citizens. No prior Federal experience is required.