Secretary
U.S. Agency for International Development - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC in the Bureau for Asia, Office of the Assistant Administrator (AA/ASIA).

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. 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 .

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:
You will exercise exclusive control over the supervisor's calendar, with complete authority for time commitments. Schedule meetings and make arrangements such as preparing agendas, notifying participants, and arranging luncheons and similar matters. Develop background information and compose drafts of introduction and speeches to be presented at various meetings by the supervisor. Ensure that commitments made at the meetings and conferences are addressed. Advise the supervisor of important office matters that arise during his/her absence.

You will read incoming correspondence, publications, regulations, and directives that may affect the organization. Determine the ones that can be acted upon personally and takes necessary action. Obtain clarification of instructions from originating offices or appropriate focal points on own initiative. Bring significant items in reports, files, and correspondence to the supervisor's attention. Establish control records on incoming correspondence and action documents, following up on work in-progress to ensure timely action.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS- 08 level in the Federal service. This experience could have been gained in the military, public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: Coordinating the work of the office with the work of other offices and for recognizing the need for such coordination in various circumstances;

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.

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:
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.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

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.

Customer and Personal Service - Provide advice and guidance to co-workers, agency employees or external customers. Ability to apply the principles and processes for providing customer and personal service.

Written Communication - Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing.

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 and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions; finds alternative solutions to complex problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments.

Administration and Management - Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and production.

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.

Note: Your answer 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 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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