Job Overview

Summary

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking for committed Program and Project Development professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of millions across the globe. We are an independent federal agency with a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster, or striving to live in a free and democratic country.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all the requirements for this position before applying. This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.

USAID's work in development joins diplomacy and defense as one of the three key pillars of our nation's foreign policy. USAID Foreign Service Officers are typically accorded diplomatic status when posted overseas. Our work supports long-term economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in more than 100 countries in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID works in close partnership with the governments and people in those countries, as well as with private voluntary organizations, universities, American businesses, other governments, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and other U.S. government agencies. Our Foreign Service Officers work alongside Civil Service employees and contracted staff in our offices in Washington, DC and overseas. USAID offers generous federal benefits that include health and life insurance; annual, sick and home leave; contributory government pension system; and while serving overseas, government-provided housing, shipment of household effects, and other support. To learn more about USAID and our current job opportunities, please go to www.usaid.gov.

USAID seeks the best-qualified professional candidates who are willing to make a long-term career commitment to the Foreign Service and international development. New entrants begin their careers in a formal training program which is followed by rotational on-the-job, Washington DC-based training up to 12-18 months, which may include foreign language training. After completion of Washington training, new entrants are assigned to an overseas mission. This initial assignment is a directed assignment where the Office of Human Resources determines the optimal placement for the new employee, taking into consideration the employee's prior experience and family situation. After completing the initial posting, the employee enters USAID's competitive bidding system where all Foreign Service Officers express their preferences for follow-on assignments in line with bidding instructions. Critical Priority Countries (CPCs -- currently Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and South Sudan) are the Agency's highest priority for staffing. Assignments in all these countries (except Yemen) are for 12 months. All Foreign Service Officers should anticipate serving at CPCs multiple times during their careers.

New Foreign Service Officers have five years in which to earn tenure in the Foreign Service. Tenure requirements include foreign language proficiency and successful performance during at least three years in the agency, of which 18 months must have been on a permanent overseas assignment in one of USAID's field offices. Medical and security clearances must be updated.

Duties

Works in a staff capacity, assists in all aspects of the “Program Cycle” from strategic planning to implementation and achieving to monitoring and evaluation to policy formulation. Implements, with regular guidance and supervision,  policies, practices, and procedures based on a demonstrated understanding of development theory, USG development and foreign policy priorities , USAID policies and guidance and the legislative framework governing foreign assistance and USAID in particular. Engenders critical thinking within the Mission and the interagency that examines assumptions and fully explores alternatives in plans, operations, and resources.  

Advises and guides strategic planning including the work of technical and Development Objective teams on strategic analysis and results frameworks. Understands and applies Agency strategy guidance including strategic planning and analytical requirements to create sound development hypotheses and results frameworks with clear causal linkages and corresponding indicators at different levels.  Promotes collaboration by technical and functional teams in the strategy development process, including collaboration with host country and inter-agency priorities. 

Assists in the design and development of projects and activities based on approved Mission strategy and results framework. Demonstrates an understanding of project development and corresponding analytical requirements and how to apply them. Has adequate knowledge needed to participate on Project Design Teams and apply Agency policy, directives, and sector strategies regarding project design. Promotes technical team collaboration in the project development process.
Provides expertisefor budgeting of foreign assistance resources. Demonstrates and applies an understanding of budget cycle and resource management processes including legislative requirements to optimally align program budget resources with strategy and policy objectives. Implements project-level multi-year budgeting processes that reflect all resources required to implement a project.  Prepares annual reports and analyses related to the budget cycle, Receives and processes budget allowances and coordinates with technical teams regarding funding requirements. Analyses budget data in order to propose budget solutions to pipeline issues, changes in the country context, USG priorities and programmatic performance. 

Supports and advocates for donor coordination and strategic engagement to leverage development resources with external partners, including non-traditional partners. Applies a basic awareness of alternate and novel sources of funding, and is able to identify potential for funding from non-traditional sources. Demonstrates and applies knowledge of aid and development effectiveness principles and supports donor coordination and assists in US government interagency coordination to achieve common USG objectives.  

In support of the Operating Unit monitoring, evaluation and learning agenda, applies a basic understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles, associated USAID policy and guidance, and USAID’s agenda for learning and research for development. Plans, budgets and manages monitoring and evaluation activities.  Monitors and assesses program performance, progress and follow-up from portfolio reviews. Assists technical offices to design data-quality assessments, project and activity monitoring and evaluation plans and to determine indicators to be reported. Applies a basic understanding of reporting requirements and formats through preparation of planning, budgeting and performance reporting documentation. Assists in applying learning to project design and implementation.

Assists and coordinates outreach and communication with various external entities including the Embassy of Public Affairs Section and LPA/W to support development and foreign policy objectives. Advises and assists technical teams on how to align to align communications products and branding and marking plans with development objectives, key messages and Agency policy. Complies and maintains USAID outreach materials and assesses need for additional materials such as program descriptions, success stories, country sheets, and web based social media tools. Demonstrates the ability to articulate Agency policies and US foreign policy, communicate well with people at all levels and effectively facilitate discussions and/or meetings.

Assists in gathering and analyzing information and data for performance reporting; programming and performance-based budgeting; and program/policy coordination with other donors and USG agencies.
Assists in providing staff support to the Mission Director on the application of development paradigms and aid and development effectiveness principles with host country and international partners on matters of broad USG interest.

Researches, extracts, and assembles information that supports project learning and recommendations or the work assignments of higher-grade specialists.

Participates in assignments that involve review and analysis of information. Analyzes complex factual information and data, such as interrelated but conflicting data, using standard analytical techniques and abstract principles. Adapts non-structured guidelines and instructions to complete work assignments. Analyzes specific project/program issues or problems and provides analyses to higher-grade specialists for action.

Provides direct and indirect support to mission offices to ensure compliance with USAID program policies, rules, and regulations, to facilitate program implementation.