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

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As a Program Specialist in the Office of Human Resources (OHR), you will provide communications, programming, budgeting, and portfolio oversight to the office's programs.

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

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.

DUTIES:
Analyzes program policy and guidance to assure consistent application.
Monitors and evaluates program performance according to program strategy.
Prepare reporting requirements including annual reports.
Assists in the identification of development assistance strategies.
Research issues in program processes and methods.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position at the GS-09 level, you must have:

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, that included performing program analysis; conducting background research necessary to develop program recommendations; communicating staff care policies and program to stakeholders; and preparing written program analysis reports and strategic planning documents; or 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., if related; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.

To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must have:

At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, that included analyzing a program's policies and operations for efficiency and effectiveness; assisting in the development of streamlined work processes, procedures, and programs in support of the agency's efforts at improved employee engagement; and assisting in identifying, facilitating, and executing staff care resources management requirements; or 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., if related; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.

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:
O nce 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.

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Gold, Silver, or Bronze.

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:

Communication

Resources Allocation and Management

Problem Solving

Program Analysis

Research Analysis 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 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.

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