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Job Title:Chief of Programming Unit

Agency:Peace Corps

Job Announcement Number:DPC13-A0078-KC

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

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$100,280.00 to $147,265.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time - Term




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, Dist of ColumbiaView Map


United States Citizens


Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2011, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the Programming Unit of the Office of Overseas Programming Support (OPATS) of the Peace Corps. The Programming Unit focuses on ensuring quality of overseas programming by building overseas staff capacity to effectively engage in project design and management to include site development, maintaining host country partnerships, training design and evaluation, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. The Chief of the Programming Unit supervises a team of program specialists with expertise in the following disciplines/sectors: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Food Security, Gender, Literacy, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition, and Youth in Development. OPATS specialists are advisors who have technical backgrounds and have experience with the Peace Corps. The Chief of the Programming Unit reports to the Director of OPATS.
Leads the Programming Unit, made up of a dynamic group of highly qualified technical specialists, to identify, promote, implement, and develop high quality programming and training materials and guidance that establishes Peace Corps as a center of excellence in the field of international development. Coordinates the dissemination and encourages the use of best practices in programming in the sector or CSPP areas. Advances the use of new technologies and platforms to communicate and distribute content expertise to staff and Volunteers through the promotion of communities of practice and other means.
Leads the unit through collaborative and strategic planning process to analyze and design how the agency can be most effective in the development and implementation of Peace Corps projects and programmatic priorities. Organizes and prioritizes the work of the teams so that each can respond to current and emerging needs of the field in an effective and efficient manner.
Represents the unit in various policy and decision-making meetings throughout the agency; works to streamline and coordinate annual processes across offices and units. Works closely with other agency offices in order to assure timely resolution of operational problems and to establish procedures and/or policies, which bring long-range improvement to the Agency's programming operations worldwide.
Supervises and manages programming staff who provide technical and programmatic support to over 75 countries worldwide. Carries out performance reviews and implements performance improvement plans; recruits, interviews, and hires new staff; coaches, mentors, and provides orientation to new and existing staff members; identifies areas and opportunities for professional development; implements strategies to improve communication, teamwork, and increase morale.

Works with sector teams to identify, develop, maintain, and promote formal and informal relationships with partner organizations, both governmental and non-governmental to support Volunteer work in the field and raise the profile of Peace Corps as an agency. Represents the unit at workshops, brown bags, working groups, and policy discussions as well as presents at key conferences and events about Peace Corps work. Provides oversight, leadership, and guidance for new and continuing partnerships.

Builds relationships and works with Region and headquarters senior staff to identify and address programming, sector, and technical needs for field staff and Peace Corps Volunteers. Promote the talents, skills, and expertise of the Program Support Unit staff with overseas posts, Regions, and other PC staff. Collaborates with a wide range of Peace Corps staff and departments to enhance and leverage the work of OPATS in support of the mission and goals of the Peace Corps. Represent OPATS on working groups, task forces, and standing committees. Accepts delegations of authority in the absence of OPATS Director.

As a member of the management team within the Office of Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS) works closely with other managers, the Chief of Training, the Chief of Evaluation, Chief of Knowledge and Learning, Chief of Overseas Professional Development, and the Director of OPATS.


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Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to provide program management advice and assistance.

Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions.

Ability to meet and deal with others in performing supervisory or leader work.


I have experience managing international development programs for a global organization.


Qualifying experience for the FP-02 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-03 or GS-13 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples are providing expert analysis and advice on complex program issues; managing special projects for major office or program issues of broad impact; or managing special cross cutting initiatives or task force groups to accomplish programmatic goals.

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You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months (5 years). Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Qualified internal applicants will receive first consideration.

If you are a current Peace Corps employee, you must select "I am a federal civilian employee" in the Eligibilities section of the application. You must also select "Peace Corps" as your Employer Name. An incorrect response may result in your being found ineligible for this vacancy.

This announcement has been extended until 4/22/2013.

If you have engaged in intelligence activity or related work, you may not be eligible to apply for positions at Peace Corps. Please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

If you are claiming Veteran's Preference you must attach your supporting documents to receive your preference points. For more information please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.

Both online and offline application assistance can be obtained by contacting the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or or by clicking on the "TECHNICAL SUPPORT" button while working in the automated system.
When completing your Avue application online, you will receive a pop-up warning message after 45 minutes.  It is strongly recommended that you save your data often, and turn off your pop-up blocker in order to receive any system time-out warning. 

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.

Familiarity and/or experience with diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics within the workplace preferred.

If you are a current federal employee and are interested in reemployment rights as explained below, you should discuss your options with your employing agency.

An employee of any (federal) agency who accepts, with the consent of the head of that agency, a limited appointment in the Foreign Service under section 309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3949) is entitled, upon the expiration of that appointment, to be reemployed in that employee's former position or in a corresponding or higher position in that agency.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, the Peace Corps Human Resources Office will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents before your rating becomes final. This quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your application and work history information.

Applicants submitting documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Peace Corps, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

If you have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, please contact our American Diversity Program office at 202-692-2139. You can send an email to or

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; and training and development opportunities. Employees located in the United States may also receive subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, and a family/worklife program.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

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

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming 5-point Veteran's Preference, a DD-214 must be submitted with your application. To receive 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15 and an official statement, issued in 1991 or later, from the Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. This documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement; failure to submit will disallow the additional points for preference being added to your score.

This position is excluded from provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

A 12-month trial period is required.


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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


See Other Information.


Avue Help Desk
Phone: 8004070147
Fax: 2535739869
Agency Information:
Peace Corps
1111 20th Street NW
Office of Human Resources
Washington, Dist of Columbia
Fax: 2535739869


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