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Job Title:  SERVIR Coordinator
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:  ARS-D13N-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$84,697.00 to $110,104.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 to Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bangkok ThailandView Map
United States Citizens


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*This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date through July 10, 2013.


Appointment Information: This is a TERM position, not to exceed 13 months.  This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years at the discretion of management without further competition.  Telework is available.  Relocation expenses may be authorized.


This position is administratively assigned to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Programs, Office of International Research Programs (OIRP). The incumbent is responsible for the management of the new SERVIR hub for Southeast Asia, coordination and communication among multiple participants within USAID and SERVIR's implementing partners, and representation of the SERVIR program in international settings. This position is based in USAID's Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) in Bangkok, Thailand.


For more information on SERVIR, click here:


The salary listed for this position is the base salary.  In addition to this salary, the incumbent will also receive a Cost of Living Allowance at the rate of 25% and a Post (Hardship) Differential at the rate of 10%.  The incumbent will be eligible for additional allowances related to Education and Living Quarters.  Additional information can be found here:  


The Office of International Research Program’s (OIRP) mission is to enhance the productivity, effectiveness, and impact of the ARS National Programs through mutually beneficial international research and development collaboration in agriculture and natural resources.  

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


The official title of this position will be: Science Advisor.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by an ANACI (Secret) background
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Travel: 2-3 nights/month


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The incumbent is responsible for a range of duties that focus on three categories - management of the new SERVIR hub for Southeast Asia; coordination and communication among multiple participants within USAID and SERVIR's implementing partners; and representation of the SERVIR program in international settings.  The incumbent:  

  • Serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in Bangkok at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) for the SERVIR-Southeast Asia Hub and guides the Hub in the development of work plans and performance management and monitoring plans.
  • Facilitates the use of SERVIR tools and products by USAID and its partners in Southeast Asia to improve development approach and impact.
  • Articulates the development benefits of earth observations and geospatial technologies to pressing development challenges.
  • Supports international efforts such as the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
  • Collaborates with the SERVIR Demand Contractor, which involves supporting the SERVIR Hub, as needed, by identifying demand for SERVIR tools and products in the region and linking it with the supply of those tools and products. The SERVIR Demand Contractor reports directly to the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) SERVIR Team.
  • Serves as a liaison with other donors as well as with other US Government agencies, for example, USDA, NASA, NOAA, USGS, EPA, NGA, State Department, and various entities of the Department of Defense; and representing the US Government with foreign counterparts, academic and research institutions, foreign space agencies, and private sector partners on the applications of geospatial information technologies.


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Basic Education Requirement:  

Applicants must possess the following:  

A. Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  

Additional Qualifications:

GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government.

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:  

  1. Knowledge of advanced concepts, principles and practices of climate change, environmental science, natural resources management, biology, or geography in order to serve as a technical expert on climate change in developing countries.
  2. Knowledge of the implementation, management, and evaluation of international development programs, including the application of science and technology to development.
  3. Knowledge of geospatial technologies and remote sensing applications in order to review and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of programs.
  4. Ability to serve as liaison and coordinate, develop and maintain relationships with multiple organizations, including US Federal agencies, international NGO's, academia, international development donors, and foreign ministries.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents).  Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.



You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements.  The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process.  Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria. 


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Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 898714.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   


The following documents are required:
  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)
  • Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking
Supporting documents (if applicable):
  • Veterans’ documentation (member 4 copy of DD-214, SF-15, etc.) 
  • Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility, if applicable
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable
If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.  

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.


Keli Martin
Phone: (301)504-1584
TDD: 202-855-1234
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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