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Job Title:  Democracy Specialist
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  13-0125-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
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 03, 2013
Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

USAID employees in current, permanent, competitive service 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.  

We operate in four regions of the world:  Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.  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


Within USAID, the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), brings together the wide-ranging technical expertise and global operational capabilities essential to crisis prevention, response, recovery, and transition efforts. The Bureau may establish a Crisis Working Group, led by the Assistant Administrator or a Deputy Assistant Administrator, for a specific crisis or political opening when increased DCHA coordination and management is needed to support high-level USAID and U.S. government engagement.

The Democracy Specialist position is located in DCHA's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG).... He/She will provide strategic and technical leadership, advice, and support for the implementation of the Local Solutions (LS) initiative as well as other democracy, human rights and governance and cross-sectoral programs to the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance as well as other parts of the Agency.


  • Relevant experience (See Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to maintain a security clearance.


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Incumbent serves as the Democarcy Specialist in the Office of Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. Serves as an expert advisor and technical authority on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, develops policies, strategies, guidance and plans for democracy, human rights, governance and democratic development, projects and programs for agency-wide application and incorporation relating to local capacity development and reform and DRG integration, particularly with respect to civil society’s role in development assistance contexts. Serves as a technical liaison with other USG Agencies, donor organizations, multilateral banks, PVOs, U.S. universities, and professional organizations to coordinate their efforts with USAID programs, policies, and approaches in the sector.

Provides expert advice and state of the art technical assistance and support to Missions, PVOs/NGOs, and partner countries on incorporating research and best practices into the design, implementation, management and evaluation of democracy strategies and programs relating to local capacity development and reform and DRG integration, particularly with respect to civil society issues in development assistance contexts. Leads the design and development of new democracy, human rights and governance programs/projects, including initial reconnaissance of projects; preparation of statements of work for assessments; selection of assessment teams; and review and approval of completed assessments.

Provides leadership and direction in implementing training programs of major size and complexity.  Serves as the Cross-Sectoral Programs (CSP) lead curriculum development expert on local capacity development and DRG integration.  Considers various differences among client Missions and the types of factors that influence the implementation and design of training programs and projects.  In addition to surveying the needs of field staff, provides leadership and expert advice in areas of training and facilitation to DRG and LS staff, Regional and Pillar Bureaus, especially those working on Presidential Initiatives. Provides expert analysis to senior management on how to better incorporate democracy, human rights, and governance principles and best practices in proposed Agency-wide training programs.  Develops long-range program plans, goals, objectives, and milestones for evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of major agency local capacity development training programs and initiatives. 


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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next grade level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience at GS-13 level for this position includes responsibility for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating democracy, human rights and governance projects and programs in support of USAID goals and objectives; providing strategic and technical leadership, advice, and support for the implementation of the Local Solutions (LS) initiative as well as other democracy and governance programs to the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance as well as other parts of the Agency.

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.  This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  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 is not required, but the competency must be displayed within your resume. 

Technical Competence-Depth of work experience in civil society capacity development sector with emphasis on applying such knowledge to international development work. 

Influencing/Negotiating-Examples of significant/ or large civil society capacity development programs or work where they had to persuade others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their opinions in order to help the group/team find mutually acceptable solutions.

Planning & Evaluating-Examples of how they organize their work in regard to leading a team or project that involves multiple completing demands and competencies. Organizes work, sets priorities and determines resource requirements; determines short or long term goals and strategies to achieve them.

Interpersonal Skills-Demonstrates through past work experience that they have an ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships/relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations;is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Written Communication-Provide examples that demonstrates ability to effectively communicate about civil society capacity development problems/issues/ideas/information in a succinct, highly professional and organized manner.

Oral Communication-Demonstrated ability to expresses information orally to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; experience speaking to large groups, and to high level officials.

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Your continued employment with USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package You may explore the major benefits by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits.


This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date. 

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) 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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The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that ALL required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (

-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury'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 "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 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 "Finish" 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 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. 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 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've 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 Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.


If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional Appointment ONLY), and type of position occupied. 
  • Most recent performance appraisal

If you do not submit ALL of the above documents, you will not receive further consideration.


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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