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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Disaster Operations Specialist

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:13-0150-DOT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

USAID employees in current, permanent, competitive service positions.

JOB SUMMARY:

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 http://www.state.gov/g/tip

 

This Disaster Operations Specialist position is located in DCHA's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Response and Mitigation Division, (DCHA/OFDA/DRM). As the Disaster Operations Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible for serving as a technical expert across the USG on humanitarian policy issues, response strategy development and implementation, and coordination. Provides technical
expertise to Regional and Central Bureaus, as well as Missions, in designing and monitoring humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction policies, strategies, and programs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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Incumbent serves as the Disaster Operations Specialist providing services as a technical expert across the USG on humanitarian policy issues, response strategy development and implementation, and coordination;providing technical expertise to Regional and Central Bureaus, as well as Missions, in  designing and monitoring humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction policies, strategies, and programs;assessing program effectiveness for the improvement of complex program and management processes and systems encompassing difficult and diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of major programs in the domain of international humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction for USAID;recommending and participating in developing strategies for planning and implementing major OFDA regional and sectoral humanitarian assistance programs; determining if changes in objectives or emphasis are needed in organization functions;exercising a broad degree of independence and applies authoritative judgment in developing and maintain relationships with various stakeholders of the international humanitarian assistance community in the government, private industry, and or academic institutions;actively participating in humanitarian assistance and disaster response policy formulation, as it pertains to grant-making, funding, sectoral programming, and field coordination and response, and relief to development transitions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 responsibilities serving as a technical expert across the USG on humanitarian policy issues, response strategy development and implementation, and coordination. Providing technical expertise to Regional and Central Bureaus, as well as Missions, in designing and monitoring humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction policies, strategies, and programs.


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 – Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to preform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Planning and Evaluating – Determines objectives and strategies; coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors and evaluates the progress and outcomes of operational plans; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems.

Partnering – Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with widening range of stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.

Oral Communication- Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters atmosphere of open communication.

Written Communication – Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

 

EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation

Telework: www.telework.gov

Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (www.usajobs.gov)

-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 careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dorothy Hawkins
Phone: 202-712-1564
Fax: 202-216-3244
Email: dohawkins@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-216-3244

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

13-0150-DOT

Control Number:

342678400