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Job Title:  Democracy Specialist
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AID-13-0124-DOT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, US  View Map
All U. S. Citizens and Nationals.


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 Washington Monument.

This position is located in the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, within close proximity to metro access. The position is in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict & Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Governance & Rule of Law Team. The incumbent will be responsible for designing and implementing bilateral rule of law projects and programs in specific countries, and for providing strategic and technical support to atleast one of the Agency's four regional bureaus.   




  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Require the completion of a 1-year probationary period
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service


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The incumbent will be a Senior Democracy Specialist (Rule of Law) of the Governance and Rule of Law Team/Division. Serves as the senior expert on rule of law policy and program issues. She/he provides guidance and advice on Agency support for rule of law assistance around the world and is one of USAID's lead liaisons with the departments of State and Justice and the National Security Staff for rule of law issues. She/he works closely with senior U.S. and other government officials, other multilateral and bilateral donors, and partner organizations implementing rule of law and broader democracy programs worldwide.

The incumbent serves as an agency expert and coordinator for the development and implementation of evidence-based DRG policies, strategies, program designs, and technical assistance to USAID operating units as it relates to Rule of Law development programs. She/he also serves as a senior technical leader supporting country-specific DRG assessments, represents the DRG Center in providing Rule of Law technical assistance and will be required to manage centrally issued awards offering ROL development assistance to field missions. She/he serves on a “as needed” basis as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), Agreement Officer’s Technical Representative (AOTR) and/or Activity Manager for DRG Rule of Law projects, performing the full range of project management functions: prepares planning, authorization and implementation documents (e.g., their timely clearance and execution); monitors grantee and contractor performance and project progress to identify substantive or administrative problems, taking corrective action with respect to modifications in projects, initiates and reviews interim and final evaluations. 


She/he explores and evaluates intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in the Rule of Law sector. Seeks the latest substantive thinking in the 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 DRG Rule of Law area, being undertaken in the U.S. and abroad, and effectively applying results to USAID assistance programs. She/he is responsible for preparing reports, testimony for Congressional Hearings, language for Congressional Notifications, and other briefing reports related to Rule of Law development programs and issues for use by Agency, Bureaus, DRG Center, and other USG agencies as needed and directed by incumbents supervisor.


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In order to qualify at the GS-14 level you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:designing and/or implementing multiple rule of law programs;negotiating aspects of rule of law projects;experience with all elements of the project cycle from design through implementation and evaluation;developing and maintaining relationships with individuals from different backgrounds;communicating complex rule of law aspects to US and foreign audiences.  

There is no positive education requirement for this position.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



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.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following competencies by the closing date of this announcement.

Please be advised that a narrative to the Competencies are not required, but they must be displayed within your resume. 


Technical Competence

Influencing & Negotiating

Planning & Evaluation

Interpersonal Skills

Written Communication

Oral Communication


To preview questions please click here.


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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   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.


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

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

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to:

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


For more information please click on the following links:

EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation

Veterans' Information:


Selective Service Registration:


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. 


Relocation and moving expenses are not authorized.


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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 If 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 coversheet.


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Veterans' documentation, (e,g, DD-214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter) For a detailed list of documents, click here
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.


Dorothy Hawkins
Phone: 202-712-1564
Fax: 202-216-3244
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-216-3244


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.  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.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status."  You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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