Program Analyst
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. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. For more information on USAID please click on the link: www.usaid.gov

This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, DC in the Bureau for the Middle East, Office of Iraq and Arabian Peninsula Affairs (ME/IAPA).

If you are interested in applying, please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety and follow the instructions listed under "HOW TO APPLY".

13-0151-SS is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of status candidates .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a US Citizen or National
  • If born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Services
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • May require a 1-year probationary period

DUTIES: You will review and recommend to the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the bureau, assistance programs for postwar Iraq and other Arabian Gulf countries (including Yemen), considering economic, political and social situations and performance of recipient country.

You will advise Bureau and mission staff on critical and sensitive program and project issues. Advise senior Bureau management on key issues and constraints to program and project development. Represent the Agency’s position on USAID reconstruction efforts at meetings of other bilateral and multilateral agencies. Coordinate with ME/Iraq desk officers on all aspects of coordination, oversight, and communication with ME/IAPA.

You will conduct studies encompassing extremely large, difficult, and diverse projects for a major agency component. Establish short- and long-range program goals, develops detailed plans for implementing them, and oversees implementation of the goals in subordinate organizations. Determine if adjustments or changes in objectives or emphasis are needed in organization functions. Recommend and/or puts into action organizational or process changes.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify at the GS-13 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are as follows: Applying a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems; planning, organizing, and directing team study work to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the desires of the activity studied.

More than one selection 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. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veterans preference. Generally, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager. For this professional position, qualified veterans will be placed ahead of other applicants within the category to which they are assigned based upon the rating of their application. There are three quality categories: Gold (100-90), Silver (89.99-80), Bronze (79.99-70). The Gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

For further clarification of veterans preference please refer to the vet guide: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

This position requires the following core competencies:
  • Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Self-Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
  • Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Manages and Organizes Information - Identifies a need; gathers, organizes, and maintains information; determines its importance and accuracy, and communicates it by a variety of methods.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization’s mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
  • External Awareness - Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.
Note: Your answers to the assessment questions, that attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume.

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

OTHER INFORMATION: TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS (TDPs) - This is a TDP 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.

RELOCATION EXPENSES - are not authorized.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.

SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. For more information click on the link: http://www.sss.gov/

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

ICTAP/CTAP: These hiring mechanisms apply 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. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . ICTAP/CTAP candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

SECURITY INVESTIGATION: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment background investigation. Eligible applicants will be asked to submit forms required for a security clearance and suitability determination for appointment to the Foreign Service. The clearance process considers such factors as: registration for the Selective Service; failure to repay a US government-guaranteed student loan; past problems with credit or bankruptcy; failure to meet tax obligations; unsatisfactory employment records; violations of the law; drug or alcohol abuse; a criminal record; extensive travel; education; residence and/or employment overseas; dual citizenship; foreign contacts; immediate family or relatives who are not citizens of the United States and/or a foreign born spouse; or less than honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors, and coworkers. These investigations are conducted by USAID in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies.

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