Program Analyst
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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As a Program Analyst in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of the Inspector General(OIG), you will plan, conduct or participate in high performance evaluations to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of OIG programs.

This position has full promotion potential to FS-1 (GS-15)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Inspector General is seeking a Program Analyst to serve at Regional Inspector General posts worldwide, which currently include: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cairo, Dakar, Manila, Pretoria, Haiti, Tel Aviv, and San Salvador. Candidates must agree not only to serve at any of the overseas posts, but also in Washington, D.C.according to the needs of the Foreign Service. The Foreign Service is more than a job - it's a career. As a member of an overseas team, you will not only help to accomplish the mission of the Agency but also will be a representative of your country to the people of other nations. A Foreign Service career involves uncommon commitments and occasional hardships, as well as unique rewards and opportunities. A decision to enter this career must involve unusual motivation and a firm dedication to public service. The Foreign Service strives to maintain diversity in the representation of gender, geographic region, race and ethnicity.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance
  • May be required to serve a one-year trial period.
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing.

DUTIES:
  • Participates in the development of project plans.
  • Analyzes agency programs to determine if programs are being managed in accordance with requirements.
  • Determine if programs are achieving intended results.
  • Develop findings and recommendations to improve agency operations.
  • Prepares sections of reports to agency managers.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for the FS-06/GS-09 level, applicants must have: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the FP-07 (or GS-07) level in the Federal service that included researching and compiling data for studies analyzing the effectiveness and efficiency of program support operations; preparing reports and correspondence for review by management; and providing administrative services for management, such as arranging travel, establishing files, or providing guidance to staff on recurring or well-established administrative policy questions/procedures; OR have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D; OR have some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and have more than one year but less than two years of education as described above. The computed percentage of the requirements must total at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (You must provide supporting transcripts)

To qualify for the FS-05/GS-11 level, applicants must have: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the FP-06 (or GS-09) level in the Federal service that included utilizing qualitative and/or quantitative methods to conduct studies on the effectiveness and efficiency of program support operations in meeting established goals; recommending improvements to regulations, policies, and program processes; monitoring the completion of work to ensure project deadlines are met; and preparing reports and correspondence for review by management; OR have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.; OR have some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and have more than two years but less than three years of education as described above. The computed percentage of the requirements must total at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (You must provide supporting transcripts)

To qualify for the FS-04/GS-12 level, applicants must have: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the FP-05 or GS-11 level in the Federal service that included developing, modifying, and implementing analytical techniques and evaluation criteria for measuring a program's effectiveness and productivity; developing comprehensive reports or program studies; briefing management on proposals to change operational processes; and collaborating with management staff in the development of project plans.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, 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 further information, click on foreign education .

Time-in-Grade : Career or career-conditional current and former Federal employees who select to apply under merit promotion procedures must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level of this position.

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.

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Applicants who meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for the position(s) to be filled will be placed into one of the three quality categories as defined in the following:

Gold - Applicants who demonstrate significant proficiency, experience, and training in all or most of the competencies for the position will be placed in the Highly Qualified/Gold category.

Silver - Applicants who demonstrate proficiency, experience, and training in all or most of the competencies for the position will be placed in the Well Qualified/ Silver category.

Bronze - Applicants who meet the minimum qualification required for the position, but demonstrates less proficiency, experience, and training as described in the higher quality categories, will be placed in the Qualified/ Bronze category.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:
  • Administrative and Management
  • Program Management
  • Program Analysis

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

BENEFITS: We are located in the beautifully designed Ronald Reagan Building (RRB) and International Trade Center (ITC), which is within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, and much more! The RRB is easily accessible to the Federal Triangle metro station (blue/orange line), has an on-site fitness center and day care center, a DC Visitor and Information Center, food court, and underground parking garage.

The USAID/OIG offers excellent, comprehensive benefits programs some of which may include :

· Comprehensive health and life insurance

· Competitive salaries

· Generous retirement programs

· Paid holidays, annual and sick leave

· Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules

· Paid employment related training and education

· Subsidized transportation (Metro check)

· Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degree, as applicable

· Incentives and awards, as appropriate

· Telecommuting, as appropriate

· Long Term Care Insurance is offered

· Flexible Spending Account is offered

· Thrift Savings Plan (401 K Plan)

BASIC BENEFITS OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE
  • Travel at Government expense of employees and their authorized dependents to and from posts of assignment in the United States and abroad.
  • Basic orientation at time of entrance on duty and subsequent in-service professional training before the first overseas assignment.
  • Group life insurance and health benefits programs.
  • Locality pay authorized under certain circumstances.

BENEFITS WHEN ASSIGNED OVERSEAS:
  • Travel expenses of employee and their authorized dependents to and from posts abroad, including shipment of personal effects.
  • Government quarters or housing allowance.
  • Cost of living allowance at posts where the cost of living is substantially higher than in Washington, D.C.
  • Salary differential, which is taxable, ranging from 5 percent to 20 percent of base pay at posts where there are unusual hardships.
  • Accrual of home leave at a rate of fifteen working days per year served abroad.
  • Paid round-trip transportation to a rest and recuperation area for employees and authorized dependents who are assigned to designated hardship posts.
  • Educational allowance for dependents under certain circumstances.
  • Limited coverage for emergency medical expenses of employees and authorized dependents.
OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans' 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. For more information on veterans' preference see www.fedshirevets.gov .

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. ( you must submit a DD214-member copy 4 ).

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must place you at an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures.

For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

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.

Other Information:

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Applicants must submit to drug testing and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.

Applicants must be willing to travel to a variety of overseas posts, some of which are classified as hardship posts.

Applicants must meet medical fitness standards which are more rigorous than those of most other professions. They must pass a thorough pre-employment medical examination, which for some applicants may include a cardiovascular stress test.

Applicants must be available for and willing to accept assignments throughout the world, including assignments to Washington, D.C. They must also be willing to travel frequently on short notice. In cases where both husband and wife are foreign affairs agency employees, both are expected to be willing to accept assignments to a post other than that of the tandem spouse in order to meet the needs of the Service.

Appointment :

In order to be eligible to receive a conditional offer of employment, applicants must have successfully completed the application assessment stages and have been placed on a rank-ordered list of eligible candidates. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate successfully completing the medical, security, and suitability stages. Candidates who are offered employment are given probationary appointments as Foreign Service career candidates for a period not to exceed five years.

A. Medical Clearance :

Foreign Service pre-employment hiring policy requires that candidates be medically cleared for worldwide assignment according to the needs of the Service. Family members are not required to obtain medical clearances prior to a candidate's entry on duty. However, family members must be medically cleared before they can travel at U.S. Government expense to the assigned overseas post. Family members who, for medical reasons, are unable to accompany the employee on an overseas assignment, may be eligible for a separate maintenance allowance. Medical examinations may be performed by a family doctor, in which case USAID will reimburse the candidate. Alternatively, the examination may be conducted at the Agency's medical facility in Washington, D.C.

B. Background Investigation :

Eligible candidates 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 U.S. 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, or a less then honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors and co-workers. These investigations are conducted by OIG Security personnel in cooperation with other federal, state and local agencies.

Tenure:

Foreign Service career candidates will be considered for tenure by a Tenuring Board after they have acquired a minimum of two years' overseas experience in the Service. Each career candidate is afforded two opportunities to receive tenure based on the Board's review of the employee's written performance evaluations which are prepared by a supervisor at least once a year. A career candidate who fails to perform satisfactorily may be separated at any time during their probationary period. Any employee who remains untenured after two reviews will be separated from the Agency at the end of the five-year probationary appointment. The appointment status of a career candidate who receives tenure will be changed from probationary to career.

The sole criteria for a positive tenure recommendation shall be the candidate's demonstrated potential, assuming normal growth and career development, to serve effectively as an FS officer over a normal career span, with potential for promotion to class FS-1. Serving effectively as an FS officer with USAID requires demonstrated knowledge and abilities in four broad skill sets, which includes technical and analytical skills (development assistance knowledge; information gathering, analysis, and problem solving; and written communication skills); resource management skills (managing human resources, reliability, and planning use of financial resources); teamwork and professionalism skills (cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity, adaptability and flexibility; and communication); and leadership skills (direction and vision, motivation, and professional development).

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