Health Science Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

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 to support economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. The Agency operates in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. 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 more information on USAID please click on the following link:

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH), Office of HIV/AIDS, Implementation Support Division (OHA ISD) is seeking a Health Science Specialist . As a Health Science Specialist you will serve as a senior advisor working with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) team. ISD is devoted to a range of activities both at the country level and at the Washington, DC, headquarters, that include program management of grants and cooperative agreements, country HIV/AIDS program assessments, program design, and evaluation of US Government (USG) sponsored international development assistance programs. For greater detail on the job duties, please see the "Duties" section of this announcement. For more information on the Bureau for Global Health, please click on the following link: Bureau for Global Health

This position is concurrently being announced under 13-0090-DM. The area of consideration for that announcement is Federal Status Eligibles, meaning those who have eligibility to compete under Federal merit promotion.

If you are interested in this position you are encouraged to read the vacancy announcement in the entirety and follow the instructions listed under "How To Apply".
  • Must be a US Citizen and Nationals
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Position requires travel to developing countries; up to 20%
  • May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period

DUTIES: As a Health Science Specialist you will (taken from the position description):
  • Serve as a senior advisor working with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) team devoted to a range of activities both at the country level and at headquarters (in Washington, DC) within USAID on activities such as the program management of grants and cooperative agreements, in-country HIV/AIDS program assessments, program designs, and evaluation of USG-sponsored (United States Government) international development assistance programs aligned with the OVC programming guidance such as: 1) Child welfare workforce and systems strengthening. 2) The integration of OVC with prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and the broader HIV portfolio. 3) Capacity building of community and faith-based organizations (FBOs); and 4) Country ownership to ensure a sustained OVC response.
  • Participate on a team of technical experts who guide the conceptualization, program design, and identification of programmatic gaps, development of evaluation methodologies and documentation of HIV/AIDS programs and best practices, primarily focused on OVC-related programs. The technical assistance includes such programmatic areas such as, child welfare work force and systems development, food security and nutrition, and integration of OVC with PMTCT and broader child survival.
  • Support Agency-wide activities within the HIV/AIDS area serving as an expert analyst on studies or projects that have significant impact on an organizational initiative such as Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); review and analyze data; assist in the development of integrated program strategies; cross-sectoral implementation models; disseminate "lessons learned" as well as provide advice on local capacity building, and integrated OVC and child survival/nutrition programming.
  • Assist in the management of projects, and advise Office, Bureau, USAID mission staff serving in cooperating countries on health science programming issues, specific to HIV and OVC. The specialist consults with the senior Bureau for Global health management on key issues related to project development, implementation and inter-Agency coordination.
  • Represent USAID and/or the U.S. Government at international meetings on HIV/AIDS.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to that of a GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Qualifying specialized experience includes: Served at an Organization, Agency or Division whose focus is the prevention of HIV/AIDs in developing countries and with a primary focus in orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT); analyzed, formulated, developed systems, procedures and methodologies for managing HIV/AIDS projects and/or programs in a developing country; participated in the design and evaluation of developing country HIV/AIDS projects and/or programs; managed activity implementation of an HIV/AIDS program in a developing country setting that ensured sustainable programs in partner countries; served as a technical resource providing input and feedback on current research related to developing country HIV/AIDS topics and specifically on OVC and PMTCT.

At the GS-13 level, applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement desribed above and the education requirement described below:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of studying in an accredited college or university where the major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Note : Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day. The transcript(s) must show that the basic educational requirement has been met. An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment.

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link:

Form OGE 450, Financial Disclosure may be required.

Multiple selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: CATEGORY RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures for this scientific position. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality. Generally, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager. There are three quality categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze. The Gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are necessary for this position:
  • Public Health Administration (HIV/AIDS)
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Technical Competence
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
Note: Your answers to the assessments questions must be supported in your resume. If your answers are not supported in the resume, this may affect your eligibility for further consideration.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS: Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits .

METRO ACCESS: Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center (RRB/ITC), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20523, within close proximity to the Federal Triangle metro station.



OTHER INFORMATION: DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: For clarification on veteran’s preference on scientific positions please refer to the vet guide:

SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit .

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) 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.

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