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Job Title:Health And Education Assistance Desk Officer (Pakistan)

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:PASO-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013




Full Time - Temporary Excepted Appointment NTE 13 Months




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


Open to all U.S. citizens.


This is a temporary position in the Pakistan and Afghanistan Support Office (PASO), which is a temporary organization within the Department of State. PASO was established to support executive departments and agencies in strengthening the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, enhancing the capacity of those governments to resist extremists, and maintaining an effective U.S. diplomatic presence in both countries.

Under this temporary appointment, compensation includes salary plus danger pay and post differentials paid at the rate of 35% each. Please see benefits section for specific details.


The position is assigned to the Office of the Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance (ASSIST) at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan. The Office oversees all U.S. Government (USG) non-military assistance provided to Pakistan including $1 billion in annual foreign assistance.


The incumbent serves as a Desk Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance with responsibility for providing policy oversight, reporting, and liaison for health and education related assistance programming. Health and education are two of five pillars of U.S. assistance in Pakistan, the others being energy, economic growth, and stabilization. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad.


 You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain a medical clearance
  • Must be able to obtain an ethics clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.


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  • Leads and represents the Office of the Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance on all matters involving health and education related assistance programming. Coordinates activities with other USG agencies conducting health and education programs in Pakistan with a particular focus on USAID, which implements the majority of programs in these areas.
  • Provides advice and assistance to assure that assistance project development and implementation efforts reflect U.S. development policy strategies and objectives.
  • Coordinates, tracks, and monitors ASSIST Office taskings throughout the Mission, including managing information flow, ensuring timely responses to correspondence and requests for information, and scheduling, recording, and reporting as required.
  • Serves as a point of contact and liaison on health and education assistance issues with other USG agencies and other donor organizations.
  • Cultivates contacts with other agencies, other donors, and the Government of Pakistan on areas related to assigned responsibilities.



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Knowledge of foreign affairs/international relations concepts, principles, methods, and practices to provide analysis and assistance on policy matters affecting USG assistance provided to the Government of Pakistan.


Knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy objectives in Pakistan to identify and report on developments and events affecting U.S. foreign assistance policy in the country.


Knowledge of USG economic and development programs and policies with regard to Pakistan.


Knowledge of health and education institutions and USG foreign assistance strategies in supporting these institutions. 


Previous development experience, preferably in the health and education sector.


SECURITY All candidates for employment must obtain a minimum of a Top Secret security clearance from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Even if the candidate has previously held a government security clearance or still holds one, the candidate must complete a Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86), a credit/consumer report release form, and two sets of fingerprint cards for adjudication by the Diplomatic Security Service. Full disclosure and candor is imperative when completing this paperwork. MEDICAL All employees assigned to or deployed to Afghanistan under Chief of Mission authority and working for agencies that participate in the Department of State Medical Program are required to receive a medical clearance from the State Department's Office of Medical Services (MED) before departure to post. Employees must be free of a medical or mental condition that would require follow-up treatment or care not currently available in Afghanistan or that may be exacerbated by service in Afghanistan. A review of vaccination status and update is also required. ETHICS Employees must receive an ethics clearance, which may require completing and executing the Executive Branch Public Financial Disclosure Form (SF-278). Ethics clearances are required to help ensure that employees do not violate, or participate in any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or standards governing ethical conduct for employees of the Executive Branch. Employees should read the Department of State's "Ethics Guidance for Prospective Employees Who Are Not Special Government Employees." If a SF-278 form is required as part of your application, a Termination Financial Disclosure Report must be completed upon your departure from PASO. The Federal ethics and conflict of interest laws and regulations are important tools intended to foster public confidence in government.

If clearances are not processed within 90 days, PASO may withdraw the offer.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume and your answers to the vacancy specific questions for this announcement. Errors or omissions in your responses to the online application may impact your score or result in you losing consideration for the job.

The review of your on-line application package is, generally, a three-step process. You will first be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements (e.g., U.S. citizen). A further review is conducted to determine if your background and/or education meets the qualification requirements described above. Your answers to the vacancy-specific questions and your resume are used to evaluate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for this position. The best-qualified candidates are then determined and referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Errors or omissions in your responses to the on-line application may impact your score or result in you losing consideration for the job.

If you are found to have rated yourself higher in the self- assessment than is supported by the information in your on-line resume, essay responses, and/or supporting documents, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from the best-qualified listing.

You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. To receive proper credit, you must show, on your on-line resume, the actual time spent in such activities (hours worked per week).

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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Applicants must submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following three-step application process: STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided. STEP 2: Answer the self-assessment questions. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the on-line job specific self-assessment questions. STEP 3: Submit all required documentation listed in the required documents section of this announcement to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of the announcement. Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources Office no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


All required documents listed below must be faxed prior to the closing date of this announcement, which is MIDNIGHT eastern time. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."

  1. If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214. If claiming 10 point preference, you also must submit an SF-15 (Application for 10 point Veteran Preference) and any other documentation required by that form.
  2. For further information regarding Veterans click here
  3. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
  4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, panel recommendations, etc.) with your application by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.
We regret that due to staffing limitations, PASO is not able to (1) provide potential candidates with more specific information on jobs or conditions of service than is available in this job announcement, (2) provide technical assistance with the application process, or (3) advise candidates on the status of their applications. Applicants will have the opportunity to obtain more information and submit required documentation if they are chosen for further consideration. Candidates with other questions may contact PASO as shown below.


PASO Recruitment
Phone: 202-776-8838
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Pakistan and Afghanistan Support Office
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process: 1. Upon receipt of your application. 2. Upon minimum qualification determinations. 3. After the certificate is issued. 4. After final selection is made. For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .

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