Job Overview


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. USAID employees must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, visit

The incumbent is responsible for providing classification services to managers and staff, assisting with the implementation of the automated classification systems; and participating in the formulation of policies or studies to test policy alternatives. The position reports to the Chief of the Classification Branch.
The incumbent of this position serves as a Human Resources Specialist (Classification) in Office of Human Resources, Civil Service Personnel Division, Classification Branch. Responsible for implementing full service classification operational support for an assigned portfolio of UASID’s bureaus and offices.  Also serves as lead providing training to staff on the basic policies, procedures, directives of position classification. In the role of lead, the incumbent provides technical review and oversight, and quality assurance, making sure that final establishment of position descriptions are in compliance with Office of Personnel Management Position Classification Standards. Advises management and employees within portfolio of organizational component assigned on the accepted principles and rules to be applied in analyzing complex individual position and organizational structure issues, such as resolving borderline pay category issues affecting large numbers of positions; applying broadly written guides to rapidly evolving professional occupations; or resolving highly contentious mixed series/mixed grade, interdisciplinary, or impact-of-the-person-on-the-position classification issues that have widespread internal and potentially external impact.


As a  Human Resources Specialist you :

  • Classify jobs and prepare necessary documentation for a variety of professional, administrative, technical, and clerical positions, such as positions classified by the General Schedule (GS) classification and other job grading systems. Provides expert and authoritative advice on difficult and complex classification issues and decisions with implications in major agency programs.
  • Provide agency managers with definitive interpretations of USAID's classification, compensation, wage administration, and position management procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines when the issues involved are new, highly controversial, precedent setting and/or involve more than one area of Human Resources policy.
  • Advises managers on full service classification and position management, work includes analysis and implementation of office reorganizations; conducts a variety of classification reviews, desk audits and prepares responses to classification appeals.
  • Issues guidance to clarify issues, resolve conflicting guidance, and/or to alleviate other potential or existing problems, such as those pertaining to competitive levels, bargaining unit status, and FLSA determinations
  • Serve as the agency-wide technical expert on classification, and position management programs, policies, or practices. Responds to Human Resources program issues where there is the potential for serious impact on USAID's mission, such as classification decisions or appeals that overlap the EEO or Labor Relations areas.
  • Serve as the agency technical expert on implementing and administering position classification programs at the agency level i.e. Classification Maintenance Reviews, Classification Surveys, Standards Review, Reorganizations, etc.  Leads staff in the accomplishments of other special projects and assignments. Acts as a consultant on program activities and objectives, priorities, identification of needs, resolution of problem areas, and other matters to assure classification accuracy, adherence to position management principles, and pay equity. Plans, coordinates, and conducts special studies of position classification policies and issues, such as the use of automated position classification systems.