Food Technologist
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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USAIDs headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. We are located right on the Federal Triangle Metro (Blue and Orange Lines). The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, Smithsonian Institution museums and the Washington Monument.

This position is located in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Food for Peace. (DCHA/FFP).

The incumbent will serve as an official liaison for FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process.

IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES, APPLY ALSO UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER, 13-0093-DOT.
KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizen or National
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 DUTIES:
The incumbent serves as an official liaison for USAID/FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with USDA, WFP, PVOs, industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process.

Provides specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise. As a recognized expert in the specialization area of food technology, provides information, advice, and consultation to government entities, federal agencies, private industry, and/or universities on unique and complex food technology and regulatory issues.

Assesses new commodities and the improvement of complex commodity research, development, testing, and approval process encompassing difficult and diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of the major programs related to USAID’s food aid. As an expert on commodity issues, participates in and makes recommendations to working groups to develop, test, and approve new products, and review and improve the policies and procedures for doing so.

Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management. Identifies and proposes solutions to management problems that are of major importance to planning program direction.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level to be considered at the GS-14. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include: Serving as an official liaison providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities; providing specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise in the area of food technology; planning and conducting technical reviews of precedent-setting professional studies, research, and/or analysis related to food aid commodities and designing and conducting a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management.

Basic Requirements:
Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

YOU MUST attach a copy of your transcripts to show you meet the Basic Requirements for this vacancy. If you do not attach a copy of your transcript, you will not receive consideration. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on your experience related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed if applicable.

If you are claiming veteran preference, you must submit the required documents.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics (KSAOC's) and Competencies by the closing date of this announcement: Please be advised that a narrative to the KSA's and Competencies are not required, but they must be displayed within your resume.

KSAs:
1. Knowledge of specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise related to

food technology.

2. Knowledge of nutrient and non-nutrient components in foods, the measurement of

biochemical indices of nutrient status, and dietary assessment methodology.

3. Knowledge of how to assess new food commodities and the improvement of complex

commodity research, development, testing, and approval process encompassing difficult and

diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of the major programs related to USAID’s

food aid.

4. Knowledge of how to write policies and procedures and how to conduct comprehensive

evaluations related to food technology.

Competencies:
Chemical Engineering

Manufacturing

Technical Competence

Planning and Evaluation

Oral Communication

Written Communication

Decision Making
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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 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 within 5 months of the closing date.

These are Drug 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.

ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation

Veterans' Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov

Telework: www.telework.gov

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

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