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Job Title:  Health Science Specialist
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AID-13-0090-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, US  View Map

The area of consideration for this announcement is US Citizens and 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 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 US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH), Office of HIV/AIDS, Implementation Support Division (OHA ISD) is seeking a Health Science Specialist.   As a Health Science Specialist you will serve as a senior advisor working with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) team.  ISD is devoted to a range of activities both at the country level and at the Washington, DC, headquarters, that include program management of grants and cooperative agreements, country HIV/AIDS program assessments, program design, and evaluation of US Government (USG) sponsored international development assistance programs.  For greater detail on the job duties, please see the "Duties" section of this announcement.   For more information on the Bureau for Global Health, please click on the following link: Bureau for Global Health

This position is concurrently being announced under 13-0090-DM.  The area of consideration for that announcement is Federal Status Eligibles, meaning those who have eligibility to compete under Federal merit promotion. 

If you are interested in this position you are encouraged to read the vacancy announcement in the entirety and follow the instructions listed under "How To Apply". 


  • Must be a US Citizen and Nationals
  • 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 20%
  • May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period


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As a Health Science Specialist you will (taken from the position description):

  • Serve as a senior advisor working with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) team devoted to a range of activities both at the country level and at headquarters (in Washington, DC) within USAID on activities such as the program management of grants and cooperative agreements, in-country HIV/AIDS program assessments, program designs, and evaluation of USG-sponsored (United States Government) international development assistance programs aligned with the OVC programming guidance such as: 1) Child welfare workforce and systems strengthening. 2) The integration of OVC with prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV  and the broader HIV portfolio. 3) Capacity building of community and faith-based organizations (FBOs); and 4) Country ownership to ensure a sustained OVC response.
  • Participate on a team of technical experts who guide the conceptualization, program design, and identification of programmatic gaps, development of evaluation methodologies and documentation of HIV/AIDS programs and best practices, primarily focused on OVC-related programs. The technical assistance includes such programmatic areas such as, child welfare work force and systems development, food security and nutrition, and integration of OVC with PMTCT and broader child survival.
  • Support Agency-wide activities within the HIV/AIDS area serving as an expert analyst on studies or projects that have significant impact on an organizational initiative such as Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); review and analyze data; assist in the development of integrated program strategies; cross-sectoral implementation models; disseminate "lessons learned" as well as provide advice on local capacity building, and integrated OVC and child survival/nutrition programming.
  • Assist in the management of projects, and advise Office, Bureau, USAID mission staff serving in cooperating countries on health science programming issues, specific to HIV and OVC. The specialist consults with the senior Bureau for Global health management on key issues related to project development, implementation and inter-Agency coordination. 
  • Represent USAID and/or the U.S. Government at international meetings on HIV/AIDS.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to that of a GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.  Qualifying specialized experience includes: Served at an Organization, Agency or Division whose focus is the prevention of HIV/AIDs in developing countries and with a primary focus in orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT); analyzed, formulated, developed systems, procedures and methodologies for managing HIV/AIDS projects and/or programs in a developing country; participated in the design and evaluation of developing country HIV/AIDS projects and/or programs; managed activity implementation of an HIV/AIDS program in a developing country setting that ensured sustainable programs in partner countries; served as a technical resource providing input and feedback on current research related to developing country HIV/AIDS topics and specifically on OVC and PMTCT.

At the GS-13 level, applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement desribed above and the education 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:

Form OGE 450, Financial Disclosure may be required.

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


CATEGORY RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures for this scientific position. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality. Generally, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.  There are three quality categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze. The Gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

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

  • Public Health Administration (HIV/AIDS)
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Technical Competence
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Note:  Your answers to the assessments questions must be supported in your resume.  If your answers are not supported in the resume, 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 most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits.

METRO ACCESS:  Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center (RRB/ITC), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20523, within close proximity to the Federal Triangle metro station.




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: For clarification on veteran’s preference on scientific positions please refer to the vet guide:

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.  

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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 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
  • Supporting documentation if claiming veteran's preference eligibility (e.g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter)
  • transcripts (that show that the education 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 a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

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