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Job Title:  Public Health Advisor
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  13-0226A-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, US  View Map
The announcement is open to current USAID employees, meaning, those who are on competitive civil service career or career-conditional appointments at USAID may apply.


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovation, 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. 

Bureau for Global Health (GH), Office of HIV/AIDS, Implementation Support Division (OHA ISD) is seeking a Public Health Advisor to become a part of a dynamic team of public health professionals.  As a Public Health Advisor you will serve in the Implementation Support Division and report directly to the Division Chief.  The Division provides technical and programmatic expertise in furtherance of the Agency's mission of developing strategies and programs that respond to US Government (USG), USAID, congressional compliance and budget priorities.   OHA ISD Staff and its programs incorporate innovations, best practices, and lessons learned to advance the goals of the Global Health Initiatives (GHI) and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).   You will primarily provide technical expertise in organizational development, change management, and institutional development as it pertains to advancing key concepts of country ownership of HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries.
For more information on the Bureau, please click on the following link:

If you are interested in this position you are encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement, and apply following the instructions listed under "How To Apply".


  • Must meet time in grade by the closing date of this announcement
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Position requires frequent travel to developing countries; up to 30%


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As a Public Health Advisor, in GH OHA ISD, you will:

  • Advise on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, develops policies, strategies, and plans for public health programs/projects for agency-wide application; provides specialized expertise to USAID staff and Missions in designing and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs in HIV/AIDS and related policy reforms and change management to enhance host country capacity to ensure sustainable programs in host countries.
  • Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate policy reform and change management, and institution capacity building for countries, sub-regions, and the region as a whole, that focus on key agency priority areas within the HIV/AIDS context and the broader public health arena; conceptualize new approaches to policy reform to increase the impact of USAID-supported interventions in support of country ownership with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs.
  • Coordinates with Mission technical staff working in the public health area on HIV/AIDS programs and provide them with assistance, guidance, and literature to promote change management, organizational development and acceleration of country ownership of HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Manage and evaluate major centrally managed grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts in the area of institutional capacity building, health systems strengthening, and change management to facilitate country ownership of HIV/AIDS/health programs.
  • Serve as an advisor in the development of strategic planning and partnership with host country governments, private sector and others in close collaboration with field Mission staff and OHA management.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-14 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:  provided technical and programmatic expertise for a international public health area related to HIV/AIDS prevention; served as a liaison with other organizations, or agencies while designing and managing projects and/or programs in pertaining to HIV/AIDS in developing countries; monitored and stayed abreast of policies, strategies and programs in HIV/AIDS and relayed policy reforms and change management to ensure sustainable programs in host countries; provided guidance for research on HIV/health reform; prepared HIV/AID country ownership concept papers and background analysis for new activities and drafted project design documents, project evaluation scopes and summaries, and other project documentation.

This position requires frequent travel to developing countries.  


BASIS OF RATING: Once the job announcement closes, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for the job. Those candidates deemed most highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.  If, after a review of your resume and/or supporting documentation a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may be eliminated from consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. 
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Public Health Administration and Management (HIV/AIDS)
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
Note:  Your answers to the assessments questions must be supported in your resume.  
To preview questions please click here.


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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package. You may explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at by clicking on the link: Federal Benefits

METRO ACCESS: This position is located at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, within close proximity to metro access.



WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO: Washington, D.C.'s historic monuments


DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Additional selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.

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This position is located at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC, within close proximity to metro access. 


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Applications for this position are being processed through this on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application this is your first time on USAID's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button. Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.  You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action) that shows your grade and step, that you are in the competitive service (box #34), and that your tenure is either career or career-conditional (box #24).
  • Form OGE 450 (an affidavit of financial disclosure) may be required.


Deborah Melton
Phone: 202-712-0949
Fax: 202-216-3345
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
2.07-033, RRB/ITC
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-216-3345


Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system.  After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

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