Human Resources Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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As a Human Resources Specialist in the Office of Human Resources, Training and Education Division, you will plan, administer, and evaluate the agency's career development and career counseling programs; managing activities impacting and supporting these programs; and, you will serve as a Career Counselor providing the full range of general educational and career development counseling to USAID employees.

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 in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle 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 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship or national
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • May be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.

DUTIES:
  • Provides internal consulting services and training workshops to employees and/or management in the areas of organizational development, management development, and individual/employee development.
  • Designs materials and forms for career counseling services.
  • Consults employees on career planning and implementation.
  • Develops reports on career counseling activities, including internal consulting, training and planning activities.
  • Identifies ways to improve or enhance current human resources services.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GS-13: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service, consulting managers on organizational development, management development, training and long-range planning; evaluating and writing reports on career counseling services; and delivering career development counseling to employees, assessing their capabilities and educational needs.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:

Gold - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

Silver - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Bronze - Meet the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.
  • Career Counseling
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following Link: View Assessment Questions

BENEFITS: Working for the USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx .

This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, you must submit the appropriate documentation (e.g., DD214, VA letter, etc.).

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified. Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.

For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp 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 http://www.sss.gov/ .

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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