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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Administrator
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AN923342

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service



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 in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.


The Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) is responsible for the Agency's external affairs, including both legislative and public affairs.  LPA serves as the central point of contact with Congress, the media, the development community, and the American people regarding the Agency's international development programs and policies.


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 For more information about USAID, visit



  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid


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The incumbent will serve as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Legislative Affairs, with responsibility for oversight and management of LPA’s legislative activities and functions, including serving as the Agency’s liaison with the key congressional committees.  Working with the Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs, the DAA ensures that USAID maintains continuous and close liaison with Members of Congress and congressional staff and committees to inform them about USAID programs and policies and to obtain their views on issues associated with USAID, which are then communicated to the Agency.  The DAA coordinates the functions of subordinate managers to ensure that all activities for legislative affairs are effectively and appropriately carried out in line with the Agency overall objectives as they relate to foreign assistance authorizing and appropriations legislation. He or she will provide oversight, advice and guidance to LPA's Congressional Liaison staff on the development and implementation plans for Bureau- and Agency-wide legislative strategies, ensuring that LPA prepares both personnel and materials to represent the Agency's position on issues before Congress.  As part of the inter-agency process, the DAA collaborates and coordinates the Agency views and sensitivities closely with the White House, National Security Council, Departments of State and Defense, and other federal agencies and departments.


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To qualify for this position, you must have one year of specialized experience performing executive level work that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance.  You would typically gain this experience by working within this field or a field of work that is closely related.  Such experience includes knowledge of both the legislative process and foreign assistance programs activities and principles sufficient to oversee the Agency’s legislative work.

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet all of the qualifications (I and II) listed below:

I. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ):  Applicants must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Your resume must demonstrate such experience and you will be required to address narratives within the assessment section of this job announcement. Work experience should be in or directly related to the work of the position and include the following:


TQ1.  Demonstrated executive-level, senior leadership experience working on or with Capitol Hill.   Experience should clearly demonstrate working for a Member and/or Committee with a major focus on foreign affairs and international development.

TQ2.  Demonstrated experience working in legislative affairs for a Federal agency or department with a major focus on foreign affairs and international development.

TQ3.  Demonstrated experience in formulating and executing international development related legislative strategies (including working with authorizing and appropriations committees).

TQ4.  Working familiarity with the Inter-Agency process and ability to coordinate legislative affairs activities with the White House, National Security Council, Departments of State and Defense, and other Federal agencies and departments. 


II. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the technical qualifications above, applicants must provide detailed narratives to support progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capabilities related to the skills and abilities outlined using the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):   

  • *ECQ 1 Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • *ECQ 2 Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • *ECQ 3 Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • *ECQ 4 Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to strategically manage human, financial, and information resources.
  • *ECQ 5 Building Coalitions - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizational to achieve common goals.



*Responses should summarize the applicant's experience in relation to the specific ECQ (noted above) and specific examples of accomplishments. Examples should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with result of your actions, policy initiative, and level of contact.  For each competency, you must describe an accomplishment which should include the following information: 

·    Situation - a general statement of the situation or circumstances surrounding what you accomplished/achieved.

·    Actions - a precise description of exactly what you did (activities you performed, duties, and responsibilities. 

·   Outcomes - a description of the outcomes (the direct or indirect results or long-term impact of your accomplishment).

·   The start and end dates of the time period during which the activities were performed.


Specific instructions for preparing your statement and definitions of these core qualifications are available at

You must submit narrative responses to the technical qualifications and ECQs by following the link to the assessment questionnaire. If you are not able to take the assessment online, you must upload your narrative responses addressing each of the technical qualifications and the ECQs (Each response is limited to 7500 characters). Please see the "How To Apply" section for further information on alternative methods to applying online. 


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who do not demonstrate that they meet the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are eliminated from further consideration. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you must address each of the above mandatory ECQs.


All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Once the application process is complete, a preliminary review of your resume will be made to determine if you are qualified for this position.  Qualified applicants will be evaluated by USAID's Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel to determine the "Best Qualified" applicants and will be based upon the degree to which you meet the ECQs. The ERB will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.  As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service, individual's executive qualifications must also be certified by a Qualification Review Board (QRB) convened by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omission may affect your rating. 


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Working for the USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Information on SES benefits can be found at:



This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 19, 2013 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 




·         Résumé

·         Responses to the Technical Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire

·         Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire (ECQ)*

·         Standard Form 50 (if you are a current SES employee)

             ·       Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Program must include a copy of their OPM

certification of eligibility. 


*Note: If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you do not need to address the ECQs. 

If you are unable to upload supporting document(s) online, you can fax them by completing the following:

1. Print out a Fax Cover Page @ and complete the required information. The Vacancy ID is 923342

2. Fax a Cover Page with each supporting document to 1-478-757-3144 by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 19, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.




Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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