Job Overview


"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:

The Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Research, Technology, and Utilization Division (GH PRH RTU) is responsible for providing strategic direction, technical leadership and support to field programs in population, voluntary family planning and related reproductive health.  It manages international programs that advance and apply state-of-the-art technologies, expand access to quality services, promote healthy behaviors, broaden contraceptive availability and choices, and strengthen policies and systems to address family planning and reproductive health needs in developing countries.   GH PRH RTU is seeking a Health Science Specialist to work under the direction of the Division Chief and who will further the efforts of the Division.  Please see the major job duties described under the "Duties" section of this announcement.   For more information on the Bureau For Global Health please click on the following link:

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 13-0225-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). 


As a Health Science Specialist in GH PRH RTU you will:

  • Provide technical guidance and leadership for program development, review and coordination in research on contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies conducted through USAID-supported grantees and contractors (cooperating agencies). 
  • Review research proposals submitted for USAID funding and make recommendations that are accepted as authoritative with respect to the qualifications of the investigators and the design, methodology and budget of the proposals submitted/reviewed.  Consult with potential grantees/contractors regarding technical design and organization of proposed programs/activities and recommend alternatives when needed.
  • Monitor ongoing grants and contracts to assure that grantees and/or contractors are implementing programs/activities in accordance with scientific and ethical standards.
  • Serve as one of the Agency's primary resources in providing up-to date and authoritative information on research undertakings in the U.S. and abroad in the areas of reproductive biology and contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies development, including technical, programmatic, cultural, political and policy aspects.
  • Represent USAID in technical and policy discussions with leading scientists and officials of scientific institutions in the public, private and commercial sectors in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Brief senior U.S. and developing country policymakers and program managers on contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies, research and development of improved and new methods, and programming issues related to these technologies.
  • Perform on-site visits to research facilities including those located in developing countries.  Serve as an Agency representative on expert technical committees to assess the scientific quality and validity of ongoing biomedical research, and to plan future approaches and priorities.