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Job Title:  Supervisory Medical Officer
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  13-0042-DM

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map

United States Citizens 


"Since it's founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives...

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. For more information on USAID please click on the link:

USAID remains at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and is responsible for providing over $6 billion dollars in funding since the inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, and for providing HIV/AIDS assistance in nearly 100 countries worldwide.  The Agency is a key partner in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is the largest commitment by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease, encompassing a 10 year $37 billion dollar multi-faceted approach to combating the disease around the world. 

The Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS is the cornerstone Division responsible for HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency.  For more information on the Bureau for Global Health please click on the link:   The Bureau for Global Health is recruiting a Medical Officer who will serve as the Division Chief of the HIV/AIDS, Technical Leadership and Research Division.  As a Medical Officer you will direct federal foreign aid medical programs and initiatives such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).   

Note:  These positions are being filled using 5 U.S.C., Section 3304 and 5 CFR Part 337, Subpart B, which is the OPM approved government-wide direct-hire authority.

If you are interested in this position, please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety and follow the instructions listed under "HOW TO APPLY".  

This announcement is being used to consider candidates who are eligible to compete under Federal merit promotion and external US Citizens candidates. 


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • 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
  • Must complete Form OGE 450, financial disclosure
  • Domestic and international travel to developing countries
  • Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy


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  • Supervises a group of employees with significant responsibility for guiding, directing, and supervising the work of other medical officers, health officers, nutritionists, nurses, social scientists, and various clinical and public health specialists, who are a part of their division; provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
  • Supports Agency-wide activities within the fields of HIV medicine, research, and international public health: reviewing and analyzing data; developing strategies, analytical models, and methodologies; providing medical expertise to support treatment and care programs; and, providing medical, clinical, and public health assistance and advice on sectoral issues.
  • Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate policy recommendations, interventions, and agency mechanisms; and initiate research activities which will be economically feasible to support sustainable development within the medical and medical science area.
  • Explores and evaluates intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in the sector; seeks the latest substantive thinking in the sector, from sources within and outside the U.S., relating such findings and knowledge to policies and programs of USAID.
  • Provides continuing coordination of review and evaluation of worldwide research on sustainable development within the medical science area, being undertaken in the U.S., and abroad, and effectively applying results to USAID assistance programs.
  • Provides direct advice and guidance to USAID Missions and senior Regional Bureau personnel, to ensure that sustainability is integrated in sectoral programs; enhances and coordinates effective working relationships across sectoral lines, identifying important areas of interaction and impact between program areas and ensuring that programs are managed to gain the greatest possible benefit from such interactions.
  • Plans, designs, and oversees execution of analysis and research needed to improve USAID and/or Mission understanding of policy and programming issues and problems. Develops policy/programming options, and recommends appropriate choices, on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of development problems, alternative actions, objectives, and consistency with overall U.S. domestic and international policy and law.
  • Performs backstopping duties within the Bureau for project managers whose activities are in related fields.
  • Initiates and coordinates agency-wide analysis efforts and dialogue sessions, for the purpose of devising Agency medical and medical science strategy, which assists Agency and LDC (Least Developed country) policymakers to channel funds and activities toward sectoral development goals; initiates and leads interdisciplinary task forces within and outside the U.S., or organizes and chairs seminars on sectoral problems, development projects, policies, and strategies, and identification of participants; monitors developments and literature with a view to bringing useful information to the attention of the Global Health Bureau, Regional Bureaus, and Missions.


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Basic Requirement -  Degree:  Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation.  A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.)

Graduate Training:  Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training.  (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.)  For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.  Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical programs under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics).  Such program are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.
  • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either  a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

In addition to the requirements above, for this GS-15 position - 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level that demonstrated ability to do significant medical research in a particular medical field.

This position does not involve patient care, however, a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States is preferred.

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the degree 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:

Travel:  The work involves approximately 30 intermittent trips to developing countries that may include the threat of uncontrollable risks of infection due to poor sanitation and the prevalence of communicable diseases, for some of which there are no effective immunizations or preventative measures.


Basis of rating:  This position falls under the government-wide direct-hire authority, granted by OPM, therefore all applicants who meet the basic requirement for the position will be referred for further review and consideration of the relevant expertise serving in an international HIV/AIDS public health program, in developing countries.  Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy.

You must submit a coverletter, resume and/or CV along with the other documentation listed under "Required Documentation" in order to be considered  for this position.  Your supporting documentation must clearly reflect specialized experience pertaining to each item listed below:

  1. Experience serving as an expert professional and/or technical consultant including quality assurance systems for international HIV/AIDS treatment programs and/or treatment evaluation studies in developing countries.
  2. Experience preparing complex regional or agency-wide policies and procedures related to HIV/AIDS treatment; developed program goals and plans for a significant public health systems.
  3. Experience representing an agency or organization before the U.S. Congress, or other high level national and international audiences.
  4. Experience meeting with officials from national AIDS control programs, in developing countries, to address issues and to exchange information regarding patient monitoring; utilizing knowledge of national and international regulatory bodies to assess, inform and make recommendations on patient monitoring practices.
  5. Experience providing date-to-day management of health projects and activities, including design, progress assessment and making programmatic recommendations.

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. 





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:


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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant 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 any job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue". You must answer all 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. 


  • Cover letter
  • Resume and or curriculum vitae showing relevant experience
  • Documentation showing the attainment of the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Medical License (although not required, preferred)
  • SF50 (most recent notification of personnel action), if current or former Federal employee


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


After a review of your application materials, we will update your applicant status online at   If you are moved forward to the next stage in the applicant process, you will be contacted by the Office.   If a tentative job offer is extended, we will also 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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