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    USAID's Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a designated Senior Level (SL) position in the Bureau for Management (M), Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO).  The M Bureau provides centralized program and management support services for the Agency and is divided into organizational units. 

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    The CDO leads efforts to harness data from across operating units, implementing partners, and enterprise systems to support the Agency’s highest priorities, and maintains significant intra- and inter-agency coordination and representational responsibilities.   

    The CDO reports to and supports USAID’s Chief Information Officer and has authority and responsibility for data governance and full lifecycle data management at USAID.  Per the Evidence Act, the CDO serves in a central leadership position.  The CDO serves as the Agency’s senior strategist and operational expert in terms of instituting best practices in data science at USAID.  This includes defining USAID’s policies and processes for data management planning, data collection, integration and interoperability, analytics, curation, and responsible data sharing and publication.  Supporting the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the CDO also pursues strategic opportunities to harness new technologies to extract maximum potential and insight from USAID’s varied data assets.

    The CDO serves as the Agency lead for USAID’s data strategy, policy, and enterprise data governance efforts. The CDO ensures that USAID policies and practices incorporate best practices in data management, encompassing all aspects of the data management lifecycle. The CDO applies sound business acumen to identify opportunities to reduce cost and effort associated with managing and deriving business intelligence from USAID’s data assets. 

    The CDO establishes strategic partnerships across USAID operating units, the interagency, private enterprise, and academia to advance the usage of data and to promote innovation in international development and humanitarian assistance. 

    USAID has initiated a series of major internal reforms in accordance with Executive Order 13781.  The primary aim is to make USAID more efficient, effective, and accountable.  To implement the objectives and strategic priorities of these reforms, the functionality and/or location o this position within the agency is subject to change to meet the needs of the mission.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance
    • May be required to file an OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure Form
    • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications below)
    • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
    • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
    • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required Documents)

    Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement addressing each mandatory technical qualification (TQ) individually.  Please ensure thorough understanding of application requirements located in the How to Apply section. 

    The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in this Senior Level position.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.  Applicants must provide detailed evidence of experience for each of the TQs listed below.  This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.  Applicants who fail to provide this narrative statement, or any other required document, will be eliminated from consideration.  Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit.  EACH TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY, FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION


    Eligibility for this position will be based on a clear and comprehensive response showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position.  Additionally, applicants must possess the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities listed in the Technical Qualifications below. 

    To qualify, candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position.  Candidates must have the required experience at a senior level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal government or equivalent) in the following job-specific Technical Qualifications.  This vacancy requires that you MUST submit a narrative response to the Technical Qualifications statements below.  If you do not submit this information by the closing date of the announcement, your application will not be considered.


    You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications (TQs):

    TQ1 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in the development and management of data strategy, policy, and governance. Such experience must also demonstrate ability to coordinate both internal and external efforts on data management and governance. Proven ability in the formulation of strategic information resources management plans in order to improve data quality and usability, facilitate data-informed research, ensure transparency and openness, protect sensitivities, and support organizational priorities.

    TQ2 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in coordinating the efforts of a wide array of specialists who are dedicated to providing and supporting a comprehensive portfolio of data-related products and services, including data analytics, visualization, machine-learning, policy, risk management, and support for evidence-based decision-making.  Ability to lead seasoned professionals, many of whom have a decade or more of experience and one or more advanced degrees, including PhDs, serving as economists, data scientists, statisticians, digital curators, and in other technical roles. Proven ability to mentor and train junior staff.

    TQ3 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in data management and promoting its value within and outside the organization. Such experience will illustrate the incumbent’s ability to incorporate best  practices in data management, encompassing all aspects of the data management lifecycle. Has applied sound business acumen to identify opportunities to reduce cost and effort associated with managing data assets. Solid experience in standardizing business processes that result in analytical products, reports, and visualizations to reduce duplicative effort and administrative burden. Experience with standardized taxonomies and ontologies of data in a major organization. The incumbent should have an established ability to build a broad internal and external awareness of an organization’s data assets and their analytical capabilities.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    Salary for SL positions vary depending on qualifications. 

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found 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); 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.

    Veterans' Information

    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: SSS.

    EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor: EEO.

    Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate: Policy.

    The selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    Effective March 18, 2016, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to individuals who are currently serving in or have previously served in (within the last five years) political positions, to include Presidential appointees with or without Senate confirmation, Schedule A or Schedule C political appointees, appointees serving in a political capacity under an agency-specific authority, and Non-Career SES employees in the executive Branch.  If you are currently a political appointee, or have been within the last 5 years, please indicate this in your resume.  Serving in a political position WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    A preliminary review of applications will be made to determine if minimum qualifications as defined in this announcement are met. Those meeting minimum qualifications will be referred to the Hiring Officer for further consideration.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or eliminate you from consideration.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    Please upload the following documents -

    1. Resume
    2. TQ Narrative Statement addressing each TQ
    3. Complete online Assessment Questions
    4. Copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; SF-50 must show your grade, step, AND tenure code "1" or "2".
    5. If requesting consideration under any Veteran's hiring eligibility, a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces of the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge
    6. If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs). 
    7. Peace Corps letter, if applicable
    8. Noncompetitive Eligibility Verification Letter from former HR Office, if applying under Executive Order 12721

    Document Upload - You may upload documents in one of two ways:

    1. Once you finish answering the Assessment Questions, 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 may select a document that you have already loaded on USAJobs. OR
    2. You may 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 have 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 return to USAJobs.

    You must review your application and uploaded documents to ensure your application is accurate and complete.  We cannot accept required documents after the announcement closes.

    If you have difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance, please email the help desk at hr-helpdesk@usaid.gov BEFORE NOON ET on the closing date.  The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am-4:30 pm ET.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. USAJobs Resume Builder resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must upload all of the required documents.

    To apply, click the “Apply Online” button in the announcement and follow the prompts to the Career Connector website. If you are unable to apply online, call or email the Agency Contact listed in this announcement BEFORE NOON ET on the closing date.

    Along with a resume, SF-50, and complete online Assessment Questions, provide narrative statements individually addressing each TQ, not to exceed three pages per TQ. Any page over the three page limit will not be considered in the minimum qualifcations review, and will not be provided to the Hiring Officer. The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the position. Keep in mind that each TQ is a unique qualification. Do not write “Refer to Resume” or refer the reviewer to any other part of your application to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to “See Resume” will be rated as incomplete. Additionally, applications that do not include narrative statements addressing each TQ separately will be rated incomplete.

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    United States Agency for International Development
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20523-0016
    United States
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    USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world’s most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's 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 Human Trafficking. For more information about USAID, visit USAID.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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