Foreign Service Population/Health/Nutrition (PHN) Officer (Backstop 50)
U.S. Agency for International Development - Many, LA

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking for dynamic, committed Population/Health/Nutrition professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of millions across the globe. We are an independent federal agency with a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster, or striving to live in a free and democratic country.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all the requirements for this position before applying. This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.

USAID's work in development joins diplomacy and defense as one of the three key pillars of our nation's foreign policy. USAID Foreign Service Officers are typically accorded diplomatic status when posted overseas. Our work supports long-term economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in more than 100 countries in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID works in close partnership with the governments and people in those countries, as well as with private voluntary organizations, universities, American businesses, other governments, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and other U.S. government agencies. Our Foreign Service Officers work alongside Civil Service employees and contracted staff in our offices in Washington, DC and overseas. USAID offers generous federal benefits that include health and life insurance; annual, sick and home leave; contributory government pension system; and while serving overseas, government-provided housing, shipment of household effects, and other support. To learn more about USAID and our current job opportunities, please go to .

USAID seeks the best-qualified professional candidates who are willing to make a long-term career commitment to the Foreign Service and international development. New entrants begin their careers in a formal training program which is followed by rotational on-the-job, Washington DC-based training for 12-18 months, which may include foreign language training. After completion of Washington training, new entrants are assigned to an overseas mission. This initial assignment is a directed assignment where the Office of Human Resources determines the optimal placement for the new employee, taking into consideration the employee's prior experience and family situation. After completing the initial posting, the employee enters USAID's competitive bidding system where all Foreign Service Officers express their preferences for follow-on assignments in line with bidding instructions. Critical Priority Countries (CPCs -- currently Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and South Sudan) are the Agency's highest priority for staffing. Assignments in all these countries (except Yemen) are for 12 months. All Foreign Service Officers should anticipate serving at CPCs multiple times during their careers.

New Foreign Service Officers have five years in which to earn tenure in the Foreign Service. Tenure requirements include foreign language proficiency and successful performance during at least three years in the agency, of which 18 months must have been on a permanent overseas assignment in one of USAID's field offices. Medical and security clearances must be updated.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Must have worldwide availability.

Must be between 18 and 59 years old at time of application.

Must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

PHN officers perform the following duties:
Design, implement and evaluate population/health/nutrition (PHN) programs in any of the following relevant areas: Primary health care, maternal/child health, population/family planning, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, and health system strengthening.

Cooperate with other US Government (USG) agencies in country, under the leadership of the US Ambassador, to ensure integrated US government strategies and programs to improve the health of the country’s citizens and to support achievement of USG foreign policy objectives.

Identify priority assistance needs in the PHN public health sector and decide how to invest USAID resources to address the public health sector needs identified.

Design projects and programs, with appropriate budgets, to meet the needs identified in the PHN public health sector.

Ensure the successful implementation of PHN projects, including managing procurement and human resources.

Monitor, evaluate, and report on the extent to which projects are achieving the purpose intended and results.

Advise senior Agency leaders on technical health policy and approaches.

Work with host country health officials in project design and implementation and negotiate with senior host country officials to improve outcomes.

Coordinate with international agencies, other donors, and NGOs to provide health sector assistance to the country.

Work in a developing country with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).

Education & Experience:
A Master’s degree in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health. Five (5) years of relevant work experience, with a minimum of four (4) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required.

OR a Doctorate level degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD) in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related Doctoral level degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health. Four (4) years relevant work experience, with a minimum of three (3) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment.

Relevant work experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following public health areas: primary health care, maternal health, child survival, population/family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, health systems strengthening. This may include work based in the U.S. on developing country health issues that involved substantial travel to the developing countries.

Examples of diverse domestic environment include: serving on an Indian reservation in the Public Health Service (e.g., Navajo reservation in Arizona), working on public health issues in rural areas (e.g., family planning/maternal child health service provision in Appalachia), working on a public health issue with underserved populations in an inner city (e.g., HIV at-risk populations in a U.S. inner city).

A set of unofficial transcripts must be provided by no later than the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. Transcripts from any and all foreign educational institutions must be accompanied by an official Evaluation of Educational Credentials in order to be considered for the position .

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.

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.

Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills – Shows courtesy and empathy to others; develops and maintains effective relationships; effectively deals with individuals who are difficult or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds cultures; is sensitive to individual differences.

Management - Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of development projects, including human and financial resource allocation.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises other on technical issues.

Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in respond to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.

BASIS OF RATING : Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran's preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report relative to this position that show the degree to which you possess the required 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. IMPORTANT : If you are found to have rated your self-assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or any other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list.
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WHERE ARE WE: USAID’s headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. We are located right on the Federal Triangle Metro (Blue and Orange Lines). The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, Smithsonian Institution museums and Washington Monument.

Current USAID Foreign Service career and career candidate employees are not eligible to apply to this announcement. Applicants who previously applied for this position and were interviewed will not be invited for another interview within a 12 month period.

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.

Career appointments in the Foreign Service are covered by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, which requires an applicant to be 18 years old at time of application and which directs mandatory retirement at age 65. Given this mandatory retirement age and the fact that five years must be allowed to achieve tenure in the agency, there is an upper age limit of 59 at time of appointment to the Foreign Service.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.

To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification Requirements. We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.

A transcript is required.

Veteran's preference applies. Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act.

Medical Clearance - A medical clearance for the applicant is required prior to being hired for this position. Foreign Service members must be able to serve at any overseas post. Many facilities are remote, unhealthy, or have limited medical support. Therefore, each applicant must meet medical fitness standards which are, of necessity, often more rigorous than those of other professions. Prior to being appointed to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and receive an unlimited medical clearance for assignment worldwide. After receiving a conditional offer of employment, each applicant is provided with instructions for the examining physician(s), which outline the precise requirements. Applicants living within a fifty-mile radius of Washington, DC, must have the medical exam performed by the Department of State Office of Medical Services. USAID considers the medical condition of eligible family members for assignment purposes. Therefore, USAID requires medical clearances for eligible family members before they can travel overseas to accompany an employee on assignment at US Government expense. Family members who, for medical reasons, cannot accompany an employee on an overseas assignment, are usually eligible to receive a separate maintenance allowance.

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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