IT SPECIALIST (INFOSEC)
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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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.

This position is located in the Bureau for Management's, The Chief Information Security Officer Staff (M/CIO/CISO). This office is responsible for overseeing and executing USAID’s information systems security program. M/CIO/CISO is responsible for Security policy and implementation oversight, developing IT security policy promoting enterprise security technologies and best practices, implementing and managing security and intrusion detection tools, and monitoring and evaluating security performance.

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: A referral list will be issued after the following cut-off dates: March 15, 2013, April 15, 2013, May 15, 2013, June 15, 2013, July 15, 2013, August 15, 2013, September 15, 2013, October 15, 2013, November 15, 2013, December 15, 2013, and January 15, 2014. This announcement may close at any time once all positions are filled. 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/Electric Funds Transfer is required DUTIES:
Ensures or participates in esnuring, the confidentiality, intergity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.

Evaluates, acquires, configures, and uses software intended to ensure that automated systems are secure from unauthorized use, viral infection, and other problems that would compromise sensitive information in terms of confidentiality, integrity, and availibiity, or would compromise other aspects of overall system security.

Performs surveys, studies, and evaluations to measure and improve program operations and results.

Provides advice and guidance, including interpretations, opinions, or decisions, regarding programs or policies. Consultations involve assessment of program or policy conditions, phenomena, or anomalies. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS- 07 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS- 09 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basi

Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: Extensive knowlege of, and skill in applying: IT concepts, principles, methods, and practices; the mission and programs of customer organizations; the organization's information security infrastructure; performance; management/measurement methods, tools, and techniques; systems testing and evaluation principles, methods, and tools; IT security aprinciples and methods; requirement analysis principles and methods; Commercial Off Shelf products and components.

IT Security

Problem Solving

Customer Service

Oral Communication

Interpersonal Relationships

CTAP/ICTAP candidates may apply if 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 above the minimum level, which equates to a score of 88 or higher in the online assessment; 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.

All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions

Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

GS-11 (or equivalent); Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet all education (if applicable), basic qualifications, and knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOC’s) by the closing date of this announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified.

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 and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
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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 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

EEO Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Veterans' Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi

Telework: www.telework.gov

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

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