Job Overview


This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (GC).  The Specialist will support the GC offices covering Legislation and Policy (LP), Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), Global Health (GH), and Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), (collectively, “pillar bureaus”) and the GC offices covering the pillar and regional bureaus, as well as other GC offices as time permits.

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


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This Paralegal Specialist position will be advertised at the GS-09/11/12 grade levels. To receive consideration at the GS-09/11 grade levels, please apply to vacancy announcement number 13-0121-ML.

As a Paralegal Specialist, the incumbent will assist with international transactions and bilateral agreements; support legal work relating to various program-related activities; provide research assistance to the lawyers; perform legal and other research and draft memoranda and other documents; provide support for the Agency’s rulemaking process, assist with intellectual property issues; work with the Paperwork Reduction Act; Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act; assist in document production/negotiations; provide support for the electronic knowledge management system; and research relevant law and policy and develop guidance for USAID’s staff on a wide variety of issues.  These issues arise from USAID’s foreign assistance programs, as well as relationships with contractors and grantees worldwide, and frequently involve complicated and unique facts and programs.