Job Overview


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

US Agency for International Development (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 to support economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.  The Agency operates 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 more information on the Agency, please click on the link:

The Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, Nutrition Division, (GH HIDN NUT) is seeking a Health Science Specialist to become a part of a dynamic team of public health professionals who are at the forefront of an international public health program.  In this role you will report directly to the Division Chief and be responsible for seeking effective approaches to the solution of problems, and acquisition of new knowledge for improving human nutrition especially related to maternal and child health in developing countries.  For more information on the Bureau, please click on the following link:For more information on the Bureau, please click on the following link:

If you are interested in applying for this position you are encouraged to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety, and apply following the instructions listed under "How To Apply". 

Note:  Announcement number 13-0138-DM is concurrently open with this announcement.  The area of consideration for that announcement is Federal Status Eligibles, meaning, those who are on Federal career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service, or who have reinstatement eligibility, or who have eligibility under a special hiring authority (i.e. VEOA, Schedule A or Peace Corps, CTAP/ICTAP or interchange agreement). 


  • Supports Agency-wide activities in the human nutrition science area: reviewing and analyzing data; developing strategies, analytical models, and methodologies; and, providing assistance and advice on sectorial issues.
  • Serves as the Agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate policy recommendations, interventions, and agency mechanisms; and initiate research activities which will be economically feasible to support sustainable development in the human nutrition area.
  • Plans, designs, and oversees execution of analysis and research needed to fill knowledge gaps and to improve USAID and/or Mission understanding of policy and programming issues and problems. Calls on outside consultants to supplement his/her professional expertise as necessary.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates projects and centrally funded contracts (both research and general technical services). Develops and monitors a broad spectrum of food and nutrition projects, including but not limited to food fortification, dietary diversity, nutrition supplementation, infant and young child feeding, mother's nutrition, and food security and develops activities that will maximize the utilization of their results.
  • Maintains liaison and rapport with leading scientists and academic and other independent institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and international organizations which are potential resources for technical and scientific knowledge.
  • Chairs or participates in USG-wide special interest advisory, planning and steering committee meetings with top-level administrators, senior scientific and subject matter experts and others.  Leads or serves on committees charged with the review of federal policies and procedures that cross organizational lines. Delivers briefings on findings and recommendations.