Job Overview


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.  

If you previously applied under vacancy announcement number 13-0144-DOT, you MUST reapply under this reposting to receive consideration. 

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


Within USAID, the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), brings together the wide-ranging technical expertise and global operational capabilities essential to crisis prevention, response, recovery, and transition efforts. The Bureau may establish a Crisis Working Group, led by the Assistant Administrator or a Deputy Assistant Administrator, for a specific crisis or political opening when increased DCHA coordination and management is needed to support high-level USAID and U.S. government engagement.

This Democracy Specialist position is located in DCHA's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG), Global and Regional Policy (GRP) team. As the Democracy Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating all of DCHA/DG activities, including rule of law, civil society, elections and political parties, and governance in the Europe and Eurasia region.


Incumbent serves as the Democracy Specialist in the Center of Exellence for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) on the Global and Regional Policy Team as an expert advisor, regional expert and technical authority on complex and precedent-setting DRG policy and program issues.

Participates in the development of strategies, plans, program guidance, and dissemination of research results for Agency-wide application and incorporation into DRG programs. Provides technical advice, guidance, and support to USAID Missions, NGOs, other USG agencies, and host countries on technical issues regarding the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of DRG programs. Serves as the DRG Center’s Regional Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia (EE) region, maintaining knowledge of EE-specific DRG issues and current events, and provides specialized expertise to USAID Missions and Bureaus, and counterpart organizations in the State Department and other USG agencies in designing and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs in the DRG area. Exercises a broad degree of independence and applies authoritative judgment in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the government, international donor community, host countries and elsewhere. Serves as the primary DCHA/DRG liaison with other USG agencies regarding the development of USG DRG strategies and programs, with particular emphasis on the EE region. Represents DCHA/DRG on interagency working groups that determine the allocation of USG resources for DRG.

Contributes to formulating Agency positions on research issues related to strategic  planning and measuring for results in the area of DRG and on impact and effectiveness of DRG interventions, with a focus on the EE region. Analyzes trends  with respect to the implications for DRG and makes recommendations for action to managers. Evaluates and manages centrally administered DRG programs/projects, particularly those related to broad strategy, policy, and planning issues, managing for results, and cross-sectoral interventions. Prepares concept papers and background analyses for new activities and drafts appropriate project documentation. Prepares or coordinates preparation of concept papers, project designs, reports, briefing papers, publications, training materials, and other documents related to DRG projects and issues.