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Job Title:  Supervisory Health Science Specialist
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AID-13-0006-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 Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, US  View Map

US Citizens or Nationals


"Since its 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 to support economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.The Agencyoperates 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 US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH), Office of Health Systems (GH OHS) is seeking a Supervisory Health Science Specialist (Office Director) to lead a team of professionals committed to international public health. As the Director you will report directly to the Deputy Assistant Administrator and you will be responsible for defining USAID's strategic priorities in Health Systems Strengthening. You will communicate and advocate for USAID's HSS agenda with other stakeholders from within and outside ofthe Agency. You will lead a 20 member office and strengthen the Agency's overall expertise in HSS. For more information on the job duties, please see the "Duties" section of this vacancy announcement. For more information on the Bureau for Global Health, please click on the following link:

Vacancy announcement 13-0006-DM is concurrently posted with an area of consideration of "Federal status eligibles".

If you are interested in this positionyou are encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement, and apply following the instructions listed under "How To Apply".


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Position requires travel to developing countries; up to 15%
  • May be required to serve a 1-year supervisory probationary period


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The following job duties were taken directly from the position description (PD):

  • Serves as the Agency's expert in the area of health systems, developing USAID's leadership in this field developing the field of HSS. Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generating policy recommendations, interventions, and agency mechanisms; and initiating research activities which will be economically feasible to support sustainable development within the international public health HSS area.
  • Leads Bureau for Global Health (GH) health system programming, prepares an overarching vision and mission statements that clearly express the direction and rationale for the Office and the Agency for medium and long-term programming; liaises with international organizations and other donor agencies to coordinate health system programming and resource management to ensure quality support for recipient countries.
  • Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. S/he works closely with the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Systems in areas of supervision and management; 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.
  • Explores and evaluates intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in the HSS sector. Seeks the latest substantive thinking in the HSS 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 international public health HSS area, being undertaken in the U.S. and abroad, and effectively applying results to USAID assistance programs in resource poor environments.
  • Undertakes background studies or analyses to carry out policy development responsibilities, including searches of professional literature, and review and assessment of research in the HSS sector; 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.
  • Enhances and coordinates effective working relationships across sectorial 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.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-15 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service.  Qualifying specialized experience includes: provided technical and programmatic expertise for an International Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) program with a focus on developing countries; managed and evaluated HSS projects and/or programs and supervised a staff within international public health programs; provided leadership by furthering and strengthening an organization's or Agency's expertise in HHS; defined activity implementation, policies, strategies and best practices to promote organization and/or agency-wide Health Systems Strengthening efforts; served in a leadership capacity collaborating with public and private sector agencies or organizations to further HSS goals, objectives as it related to International efforts in developing countries.

At the GS-15 level, applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement and the basic educational requirement described below:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of studying in an accredited college or university where the major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Note: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day. The transcript(s) must show that the basic educational requirement has been met. An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment.

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.

Completion of Form OGE 450 - Financial Disclosure.


CATEGORY RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran's preference. Generally, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager. For this scientific position, qualified veterans will be placed ahead of other applicants within the category to which they are assigned based upon the rating of their application. There are three quality categories: Gold (100-90), Silver (89.99-80), Bronze (79.99-70). The Gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

For further clarification of Veteran's preference please refer to the vet guide:

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

1) Public Health Administration and Management

2) Planning and Evaluating

3) Human Capital Management

4) Leadership

5) Technical Credibility

6) Problem solving

7) Oral Communication

8) Written Communication

Note: Your answers to the assessments questions must be supported in your resume. If your answers are not supported in the resume and described in your work experience, this may affect your eligibility for further consideration.

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 Federal employees by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., in Washington DC, within close proximity to the Federal Triangle metro station.  




TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS (TDPs) - This is a TDP 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.

SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. For more information click on the link:

RELOCATION OR MOVING Expenses: will not be considered or reimbursed.

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

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE:  If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.

For more information on veteran's preference please click on the link:

RELOCATION OR MOVING Expenses: will not be considered or reimbursed.

For more information click on the following links:

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation


People with Disabilities


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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 by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

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 SubmissionYou 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.
  • Supporting documentation if applying using veteranpreference eligibility (e.g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter)
  • transcripts (that show that 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 Pennsylvana Ave, NW
2.07-033, RRB/ITC
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 afavorable suitability determination anda favorable SECRET levelsecurity clearanceinvestigation and determination.

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