Job Description

Job Summary

About the Agency

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.

Duties

As a Economist, the incumbent will be the Bureau technical expert in economics, formulates policy and programming guidance for strategic program planning for a major agency organization, such as a regional office or national program office. Analyzes, designs, implements, and evaluates policy reform and sectorial adjustment programs for countries, sub-regions, and the region as a whole, that focus on key agency priority areas within the economics, and economic development, area.  Advises field Missions and grantee organizations in the application of Bureau priorities and strategies to regional and country economic problems. Represents Bureau interests to senior-level and other host-government officials, as well as representatives of local private sector and NGO entities. Participates in monitoring the expansion of program initiatives throughout the region, their relationship to sectorial development constraints, and advises field missions and USAID/Washington on courses of action. Consults with appropriate internal and external organizations.  Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas, such as the assigned country or program areas in the economic sector. Activities include assessing gaps in applied research; interacting with PVOs/NGOs, bilateral and multi-lateral donors, other USG institutions, think tanks, Congressional staff, and others; assessing capabilities and identifying various organizations to serve as change-agents; and ensuring appropriate program/project documentation is professionally executed. Advises Office, Bureau and Mission staff on a variety of economic program/project issues.  Provides project development support on the design and implementation of Bureau portfolio, which includes a variety of sectorial projects. Leads the design and development of new economic and economic development, programs/projects, including initial reconnaissance of projects; preparation of scopes of work for feasibility studies; selection of study contractors; and review and approval of completed feasibility studies. Reviews program/project proposals for economic, financial, technical, social, and environmental soundness; and recommends or takes appropriate actions.  Evaluates data generated by other studies and serves as an advisor to top-level USAID officials concerning the adequacy, accuracy, and contribution to USAID programs. Makes decisions and recommendations on the basis of extensive economic analysis. Makes manageable, difficult, and complex concepts clear; promotes an understanding of the issues and facilitates problem resolution.  As described in the above duties, the incumbent will seek to leverage development funding through effective engagement with the private sector in the Asia region by utilizing GDAs, other similar public private partnerships; DCA credit guarantees and other related transactions. 

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system.  After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status."  You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

BENEFITS


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

Interagency Career Transition Program/Career Transition Program: This program applies 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 

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may noncompetitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For more information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to:http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#InterchangeAgreementsWithOtherMeritSystems

EEO Policy:  www.eeoc.gov/eeoc
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp
Disability: www.opm.gov/disability/mngr_3-13.asp
Veterans' Information:  www.fedshirevets.gov/
Telework:  www.telework.gov
Selective Service Registration: www.sss.gov/

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)

-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
1.    Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application.  You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS.  Or

 

2.    You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile.  Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy.  Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online."  Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.  
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

 

If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 

How You Will Be Evaluated

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable).  You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or 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 checked from previous employers may be disqualified.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position  If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
Qualified applicants will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Decision Making
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Economics
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Competence
  • Project Management
  • Written Communication
Note: Your answers to the assessment questions must be supported in your resume  If your answers are not supported in the resume, this may affect your eligibility for further consideration.

To preview questions please click here.

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional Appointment ONLY), and type of position occupied.  If applying as a reinstatement eligible, please submit your Resignation SF-50.
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter) For a detailed list of documents, click here
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • Peace Corps letter granting eligibility to apply for federal competitive status positions