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Job Title:Supervisory Social Science Analyst (Division Chief)

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:12-0134-DM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Month


Friday, September 21, 2012 to Friday, October 05, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Status eligibles, meaning, a current or former employees of any department or agency in the Executive Branch who is not a temporary, time-limited employee or who has reinstatement eligibility.  This includes USAID employees on career or career-conditional appointments, individuals eligible for special appointing authorities such as VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, and individuals on Interchange Agreements with other merit systems.  


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

US Agency for International Development (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 to support economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.  The Agency operates 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 more information on USAID please click on the following link:

The Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Policy, Evaluation & Communication Division (GH PRH PEC) is seeking a Supervisory Social Science Analyst to lead a dynamic team of public health professionals who are at the forefront of an international public health program.  In this role you will serve as Chief of the Division, responsible for senior advisory services and for serving as the principal analyst in the areas of family planning and reproductive health, which the Division is responsible.  You will bring to bear sound social, economic and political science methodology.

Announcement number AID-12-0134-DM is open concurrently with this announcement with an area of consideration of  "US Citizens and Nationals".

If you are interested in applying for this position you are encouraged to read the vacancy announcement in the entirety, and apply following the instructions listed under "How to Apply". 


  • Must meet time in grade by the closing date of this announcement
  • If born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • Travel; up to 2-3 weeks per year both domestic and international


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  • Provides sound scientific, demographic, economic, social, cultural and political guidance to develop, utilize, and promote the utilization of methods, standards, criteria and mechanisms for the development of adequate population and reproductive health policies and the understanding of the complex relationship between development and population dynamics.
  • Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised; establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system; observes workers' performance.
  • Conceives and develops overall strategy and implementation plans in terms of program direction and priorities of action for the Division's Agency-wide responsibilities, and directs the worldwide policy development efforts of the Agency's family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program; plans, develops, and implements social science program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas of the Bureau for Global Health, particularly in the collection, analysis and use of data, policymaking and program planning, and behavior change and community norms that result in improved reproductive and health outcomes in developing countries.
  • Coordinates or supervises the coordination of all FP/RH program support in the Policy, Evaluation, and communication (PEC) functional areas, including work managed by USAID/W staff and USAID mission staffs; develops and implements guidelines for FP/RH program support of social science research; develops or supervises the development of multi-disciplinary social science research projects and programs in cooperation with universities, research institutions, government planning bodies, and foundations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Undertakes, carries out, participates in, or directs high-level ad hoc assignments or advisory services at the request of appropriate USAID or State Department officials in complex analyses of current programs; such efforts require participation with and involvement in the preparation Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Reviews, Global Health Initiative strategies, Country Development Coordination Strategies, and similar undertakings.
  • Prepares or supervises the preparation and dissemination of research information and findings and the preparation of position papers with a view to influencing the development of population policy, behavior change communication programs, data analysis, and evaluation in developing countries; prepares scientific papers for presentation at professional and scientific meetings of relevant professional meetings, such as the Population Association of America, American Public Health Association, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and similar national and international organizations.


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In order to qualify at the GS-15 level you must have one 1-year of specialized in the Federal service, or the equivalent, at the GS-14 level.  The specialized experience requirement is defined as follows:  Served as a senior advisor and/or principal analyst relative to the functional area of family planning and reproductive health, in developing countries; supervised teams while performing the administrative and human resources management functions necessary to manage a staff of individuals who also perform functions related to the same functional area of family planning and reproductive health, in developing countries; developed organization, division or agency strategies and implemented programs, program plans and set priorities, relative to family planning and reproductive health in developing countries; served in an advisory position at the international global health level to promote family planning and reproductive health in developing countries.  

In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicants must also meet the basic education requirement described below:  

  1. Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  -OR-
  2. Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.  -OR-
  3. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

Transcripts must be submitted with your application.  Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected for the position, you will need to submit an official copies before being appointed.

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link:

Multiple selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.

Domestic and international travel will be required for the purposes of participating in policy discussIons, to monitor projects, and to provide support to countries.  See "Key Requirements".

If selected for the position, you will be required to complete Form OGE 450, Financial Disclosure.


We will us a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:   Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100.  You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by your work experience, and the training you report on relative to this position that shows the degree to which you possess the 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.  

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the selecting official. For more information on VEOA or on any of the veterans eligibility appointment mechanisms, please click on the link: 

This position requires the following core competencies:

  • Social Science Program Management
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Leadership
  • Technical Competence
  • Research
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Note:  Your application materials must attest to how you meet the specialized experience and education requirement, and that you possess the required competencies necessary to perform the work of this position.

To preview questions please click here.


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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits.

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, within close proximity to metro,  access. 



WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO: Washington, D.C.'s historic monuments 


DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: 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. 


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:

Additional selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may non competitively 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:

For more information please click on the following links:

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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us no later than 12 (noon) ET, on the closing date date of the announcement.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application this is your first time on USAID'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 "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 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 "Finished" 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 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. 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 supporting 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 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 CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.  You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 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 "Finished" 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. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action)
  • Veteran's documentation, if claiming veteran's hiring authority eligibility such as VEOA, please submit the DD214, and SF15, if applicable, to the preference you are claiming
  • Transcripts which show the educational requirement has been met


Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
RRB/ITC, Room 2.07-33
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-216-3345


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.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps.  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.

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