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    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requires current Federal government civilian employees for 30 to 120-day deployment details to support ORR at facilities for unaccompanied children. Details will involve contact with migrant children and a variety of federal and non-federal entities, possibly including HHS, DHS, American Red Cross, and other Federal employees. This is a reimbursable detail. Travel, lodging and per diem will be provided by ORR. The detail is not a promotion opportunity.

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    Field Program Specialist (All grade levels will be considered)
    Responsibilities May Include:

    • Preferred Spanish proficiency as well as those familiar with indigenous dialects spoken in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and/or El Salvador.
    • Maintain line of sight and supervision of children.
    • Assess the needs of unaccompanied children in care.
    • Interview unaccompanied children in CBP custody and collect contact information for parents in home country and family members in the US.
    • Efficiently collect and provide information to ORR to enable the National Call Center to begin contacting parents and family members to expedite children's discharge to a US family member sponsor.
    • Assist CBP and ORR in identifying children requiring prioritization for placement based on vulnerable category or time in CBP custody.
    Please see the information below on how to apply to the HHS, ORR, UC Program.

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - Full time Detail (on location only - this is not a remote detail)

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Current Federal employees who have served with their current agency for more than 90 days and are no longer in a probationary period.
    • Employees in a good performance standing and have no current or pending disciplinary actions.
    • Possess a current background investigation.
    • Possess an HSPD-12 compliant identification badge (e.g., PIV, Military ID).
    • Must possess a DCSA background investigation containing childcare checks or complete an OFI Form 86C to begin a childcare background check prior to deployment.
    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Completion of the Supervisory Permission form.
    • Have a government issued travel card (preferred).


    • Spanish language proficiency preferred.
    • Possess organizational experience in planning, organizing, and prioritizing tasks.
    • Experience in problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities and ability to meet varying deadlines.
    • Effectively collaborate and communicate with varying levels of senior managers, staff members, and external groups.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to draft communications utilizing information from multiple sources.
    • Ability to prioritize and process information based upon context and situational awareness.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Work Hours:
    Detailees may be required to work evenings and/or weekends. Extensive overtime may be required. Appropriate premium pay rates will be used in accordance with Federal Pay regulations.

    Deployment and Duration of Detail:
    Deployments are projected to last 30 to 120 days; however, detailees may be able to serve for a shorter period if necessary. You may be asked to deploy within 48 hours of receiving all approvals.

    Facilities along the Southwest U.S. border area, specifically Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, and Ft Bliss. Locations will extend to other geographic areas according to the need.

    Childcare Vetting Check: An agency hiring an individual to work with children in some capacity will need to have the individual undergo a "Childcare" investigation, which includes specific checks, as directed by the Crime Control Act of 1990, originally codified at 42 USC 13041, transferred to 34 USC 20351. These checks would also need to be performed on existing feds if they have not previously had a Childcare investigation or Childcare checks included as part of their investigation. The law does allow an individual to work provisionally before the childcare background investigation is complete so long as the person is "within the sight and under the supervision of a staff person with respect to whom a background check has been completed."

    Salary Expenses
    HHS/ORR will reimburse agencies for all base pay, overtime, and premium pay incurred by employees while serving on interagency detail.

    Travel Expenses
    All travel expenses related to the detail will be reimbursed by HHS/ORR via IPAC (preferred). If agencies are not able to cover the cost of travel for their detailed employees until reimbursed via IPAC, HHS/ORR can alternatively arrange for travel on invitational orders.
    Travel will be paid in accordance with applicable government travel regulations. In most circumstances, detailees will need to have a travel card.

    Detailees would continue to be paid at their current rate of pay and with their current locality. Grade and step would not be affected.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Will consider all Federal employees from any agency at any grade who have approval from their supervisor.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    Please provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

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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

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    *To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    *Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

    Agency contact information

    Mid-Atlantic Services Branch


    Administration for Children and Families
    330 C St SW
    Washington, DC 20201
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    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking current Federal employees to assist with the Unaccompanied Children who have entered the United States. Interested candidates can submit application materials to serve on a voluntary detail (30 to 120-days) as a Field Program Specialist as part of the HHS, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Unaccompanied Children Program (UC).

    ORR's Unaccompanied Children Program provides a safe and appropriate environment to children and youth who enter the United States without immigration status and without a parent or legal guardian who is able to provide for their physical and mental well-being. ORR provides a continuum of care for children, including placements in ORR foster care, shelter, and residential care providers that provide temporary housing and other services to unaccompanied children in ORR custody. ORR and its care providers work to ensure that children are released timely and safely from ORR custody to parents, other family members, or other adults (often referred to as "sponsors") who can care for the child's physical and mental well-being.

    HHS is calling upon our Federal Agency family of exceptional public servants to lend support to this humanitarian effort through this detail opportunity.

    Next steps

    If the opening matches your skill set, an HR Specialist will coordinate with the appointed HR representative/supervisor from your agency to obtain the necessary approval for your detail. Once approval for the detail has been obtained, HR will coordinate a start date and contact potential detailees about next steps. If qualified and not immediately selected, you will be kept in the application pool as additional openings arise.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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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