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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Food Technologist

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:AID-13-0093-DOT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1382-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. - This position is Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All US Citizens and Nationals; no Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

USAIDs headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. We are located right on the Federal Triangle Metro (Blue and Orange Lines). The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, Smithsonian Institution museums and the Washington Monument.

This position is located in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Food for Peace. (DCHA/FFP). 

 

The incumbent will serve as an official liaison for FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process. 

 

IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES, APPLY ALSO UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER, 13-0093-DOT.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as an official liaison for USAID/FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with USDA, WFP, PVOs, industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process.

Provides specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise. As a recognized expert in the specialization area of food technology, provides information, advice, and consultation to government entities, federal agencies, private industry, and/or universities on unique and complex food technology and regulatory issues.

Assesses new commodities and the improvement of complex commodity research, development, testing, and approval process encompassing difficult and diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of the major programs related to USAID’s food aid. As an expert on commodity issues, participates in and makes recommendations to working groups to develop, test, and approve new products, and review and improve the policies and procedures for doing so.

Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management. Identifies and proposes solutions to management problems that are of major importance to planning program direction. 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level to be considered at the GS-14.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include:Serving as an official liaison providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities; providing specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise in the area of food technology; planning and conducting technical reviews of precedent-setting professional studies, research, and/or analysis related to food aid commodities and designing and conducting a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management.


Basic Requirements:

  1. Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.

    OR

  2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

YOU MUST attach a copy of your transcripts to show you meet the Basic Requirements for this vacancy.  If you do not attach a copy of your transcript, you will not receive consideration. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on your experience related to this position.  Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed if applicable. 

If you are claiming veteran preference, you must submit the required documents. 

 

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics (KSAOC's) and Competencies by the closing date of this announcement: Please be advised that a narrative to the KSA's and Competencies are not required, but they must be displayed within your resume. 

 

 

KSAs: 

 

1. Knowledge of specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise related to

    food technology. 

2. Knowledge of nutrient and non-nutrient components in foods, the measurement of

     biochemical indices of nutrient status, and dietary assessment methodology. 

3. Knowledge of  how to assess new food commodities and the improvement of complex

    commodity research, development, testing, and approval process encompassing difficult and

    diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of the major programs related to USAID’s

    food aid. 

4.  Knowledge of how to write policies and procedures and how to conduct comprehensive

     evaluations related to food technology.

 

Competencies:

 

Chemical Engineering

Manufacturing

Technical Competence 

Planning and Evaluation

Oral Communication

Written Communication

Decision Making  


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System.  You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/.   USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue and Orange Lines.  The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument.  A physical fitness facility and food court are on site.  You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date. 

These are Drug Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) 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. 

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized. 

ICTAP:  Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.  http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap 

EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation

Veterans' Information:http://www.fedshirevets.gov

Telework: www.telework.gov

Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.



HOW TO APPLY:

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The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)

-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury'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 "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 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 "Finish" 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 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. 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 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've 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 be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

 

If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent performance appraisal, (if applicable)
  • Supporting Veterans' documentation, (if applicable, DD-214, SF-15, Letter from Veteran Administration). 
  • Copy of Transcripts

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dorothy Hawkins
Phone: 202-712-1564
Fax: 202-216-3244
Email: dohawkins@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-216-3244

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

AID-13-0093-DOT

Control Number:

336797600