Job Overview


This is a Term Appointment not-to-exceed (NTE) 13 months.  The Agency has the option to extend the appointment up to the 4-year limit.  Individuals considering sabbatical opportunities/appointments are encouraged to apply.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government's official foreign assistance and development organization with a current program budget in excess of $7 billion, operating in more than 70 countries with assistance provided to over 120 countries.

This position is a scientific/technical (ST) position.  This position is in the competitive service and is not graded.  ST pay is commensurate with qualifications.  ST employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. 

Veteran's preference is not applicable to ST positions.

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.

The Chief Economist position is located in the front office of USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education & Environment (E3) and will report to E3's Assistant Administrator.

Occasional travel may be required, both domestic and international.

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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • Serve as a recognized authority, expert, and leader in advanced economic analysis.
  • Consult with Bureau for Policy, Planning & Learning (PPL) on key macroeconomic, sectorial, or microeconomic issues that arise in development and implementation of agency strategies, policies, analytic tools and practices.
  • Elevate the profile of and advocate the incorporation of rigorous economic analysis into project design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ensure quality control for key USAID economic analysis products.
  • Work with E3 senior economists to foster a culture of technical mentorship.
  • Represent USAID at conferences and events, domestically and internationally
  • Cultivate linkages with and outreach to economic research and analysis units at other federal government agencies, other donors, and academic institutions on development economics topics.