Job Overview


The position is located in the Bureau for Food Security (BFS),Agricultural Research and Policy (ARP).Incumbent provides scientific leadership, policy advice, and program management to BFS.  Oversees USAID involvement in bilateral and multilateral research programs including, agriculture, food security, and related natural resources areas, with direct responsibility for management of a portfolio of research activities annually exceeding $75 million.

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.  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
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As a Supervisory Agricultural Research Specialist, the incumbent serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate policy recommendations, interventions, and agency mechanisms; and initiate research activities, which will be economically feasible to support sustainable development within theagricultural and food security development area.  Explores and evaluates intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying  solutions to critical problems in agriculture and natural resource management that can drive income and nutrition gains in developing countries.  Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas, such as the assigned country or program areas in the agricultural and nutrition development sectors. Advises Office, Bureau and Mission staff on a variety of agricultural development program/project issues.   Leads the BFS/ARP/R Division comprised of technical advisors.    Advises senior Bureau management on key issues/constraints to program/project development.  Directs or participates in geographic and central Bureau review of proposed agricultural development  projects and programs, policy, and technical input.  The incumbent plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of employees, including PASAs, IPA, Jefferson and AAAS Fellows, and contractor grades up through GS-15.   Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.   Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.