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Job Title:  Social Worker, GS-0185-13
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AN845877

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, July 09, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and Noncompetitive Candidates


As a Social Worker, for the Office of Human Resources, Staff Care Unit, you will counsel employees and their eligible family members providing guidance in matters which may require specialized medical and/or mental health treatment.

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 in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.

This vacancy announcement has been extended to July 19, 2013.


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 information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit For more information about USAID, visit


This position may require travel to developing countries, supporting Missions, our workforce and their eligible family members during critical incidents, high threat posts and direct social work practices in cases with the most complex and challenging problems.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • May be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy


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  • Provides behavioral and mental health services to Agency staff members and eligible family members on a broad range of personal and work related issues.
  • Serves as a technical expert assisting employees with medical and/or behavioral health issues in high stress environments such as high threat posts.
  • Establishes a referral system with medical and social service back-up support for troubled employees and their families.
  • Plans, organizes and coordinates briefing and information exchanges with USAID workforce.
  • Works collaboratively across the Agency, with the USAID Staff Care Center and the United States Department of State (DOS), and across cultures.
  • Responds/deploys to USAID location worldwide.
  • Implements and evaluates behavioral health programs and policies to ensure effectiveness and efficiency for mental health treatment.
  • Ensures that behavioral/mental and medical services are delivered in accordance with established professional guidelines, requirements, and standard protocols.
  • Represents the USAID Staff Care Program.


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You must possess the BASIC REQUIREMENT of this position:

A Master's Degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (You must submit transcript at time of application submission)


You must also possess the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS of this position:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service that included providing social work counseling on behavioral and mental health services to an Agency's workforce in the United States, and those assigned in international development and humanitarian assistance settings including those assigned to high threat environments; working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams to promote corporate program objectives; and participating in the assessment and monitoring of a behavioral health program.

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, 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 further information, click on foreign education.

Time-in-Grade: Career or career-conditional current and former Federal employees who select to apply under merit promotion procedures must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level of this position.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.


If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

Application of Veterans' Preference:  Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

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

·         Crisis Counseling

·         Behavioral Health Counseling

·         Program Management/Development

·         Oral Communication


To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following Link: View Assessment Questions


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Working for the USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.


Veterans' 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 veterans' preference see

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position.  To be well qualified the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must place you at an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures.

For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

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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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 19, 2013 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 




Required Documents:

  • Your Résumé
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • College Transcripts (transcripts must show the Basic Requirement degree listed in this announcement at the time of application)


Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

  • Veterans' Preference documentation (Copy of DD-214 provided must show type of discharge/character of service).
  • Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing Tenure code 1 or 2 and Position Occupied code 1 (if you are a current or former Federal service employee).
  • OF-306 Form (  If applying online, upload to Miscellaneous in Application Manager. This form is being collected as part of the background/suitability process and applicants are asked to submit this form at time of application. If an applicant does not submit the form at time of application, the agency may request it at a later time during the application process. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documentation· Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation


Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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