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Job Title:Health Science Specialist

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:AID-13-0138-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens or Nationals

JOB SUMMARY:

"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: www.usaid.gov.

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: http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/bureaus/bureau-global-health.

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). 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen or National
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period
  • Occasional travel to developing countries; up to 25%

DUTIES:

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  • 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position at the GS-15 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: provided technical and programmatic expertise for an International Human Nutrition Sciences Program with a primary focus on maternal and child health; managed and evaluated human nutrition projects and/or programs; implementation and stayed abreast of relevant policies, strategies and best practices that contributed to sustainable Human Nutrition programs and projects in partner countries; designed and/or conceptualized Human Nutrition programs/projects and reviewed relevant proposals for financial, technical, social and environmental soundness; acted as a liaison by collaborating with other international organizations and/or Agencies and/or leading scientists in the US and abroad by sharing technical and scientific expertise. 


Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of studying in an accredited college or university where the major study was in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. 

Note: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day. The transcript(s) must show that the basic education requirement has been met. An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment.

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link: http://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htmhttp://www.naces.org/aboutnaces.htm

This position requires occassional travel to developing countries where there may be exposure to moderate risk during program/project country visits.

If selected, you may be required to complete form OGE 450, affadavit of financial disclosure.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

CATEGORY RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran’s preference. For this scientific position, only candidates in the top-tier quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.   Qualified veterans will be placed ahead of other applicants within the category to which they are assigned based upon the rating of their application. There are three quality categories: Gold (100-90), Silver (89.99-80), Bronze (79.99-70). The Gold category represents the most highly qualified individuals.

For further clarification of Veteran’s preference please refer to the vet guide:

www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Public Health Administration
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Note:  Your answers to the assessment questions, that attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package. You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, within close proximity to metro access.  www.wmata.com

TRANSIT SHARE PROGRAM  

DAYCARE/FITNESS CENTER/FOOD COURT: in the building

WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO: Washington, D.C.'s historic monuments



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) 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. 

RELOCATION OR MOVING EXPENSES: Will not be paid.

CAREER TRANSITION PROGRAM: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may non competitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For more information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#InterchangeAgreementsWithOtherMeritSystems

Additional selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.

For more information please click on the following links:

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation

Telework

People with Disabilities  



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application this is your first time on USAID'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 "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 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 "Finished" 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 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. 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 supporting 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 have 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 CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.  You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 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 "Finished" 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.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Supporting documentation if applying using veteran preference eligibility (e.g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter)
  • Transcript(s) that show that the education requirements

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Email: dmelton@usaid.gov
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
2.07-033, RRB/ITC
Washington , DC
20523-0016
US
Fax: 202-216-3345

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:

AID-13-0138-DM

Control Number:

342781200