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Job Title:  Health Science Specialist
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  14-0008-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
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
Current USAID Agency employees only, meaning, those who are currently on competitive civil service career-conditional or career appointments at USAID.


"Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives..."

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works closely with other USG agencies on this initiative in more than 90 countries.  USAID is also a key player in the Global Health Initiative, which seeks to shift the focus of USG assistance from Agency and disease-specific programs to a more integrated and synergistic approach across all aspects of Global Health. 

This USAID position is located in the Bureau for Global Health, the Office of HIV and AIDS, Technical Leadership and Research Division (GH OHA TLR).  As a Health Science Specialist you will play a key roll within a Division that is responsible for providing technical, research, and programmatic expertise to help the Agency and its Missions to develop strategies and programs that respond to USG, USAID and congressional compliance and budget priorities.  You will provide technical expertise in all aspects of research including implementation sciences research, problem solving and development of best practices for HIV and AIDS programs in developing countries.  You will work in collaboration with interdivisional teams promoting sustained HIV and AIDS programs in prevention, care and treatment, cross-sectoral work, including integrating HIV and AIDS specific applications with broader health sector approaches.  
For more information on the Bureau for Global Health, 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
  • May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period
  • Frequent travel to developing countries; up to 30%


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As a Health Science Specialist in GH OHA TLR, you will perform the following major duties:

  • Develop policies, strategies, and plans for health science programs/projects for agency-wide application.
  • Provide specialized expertise to USAID staff, Regional Offices and Missions in designing and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs in HIV and AIDS and related policy reforms and change management to enhance host country capacity for sustainable programs.
  • Advise USAID Missions, Regional Offices and host-country governments on the most effective approaches to HIV and AIDS programs and articulate the benefits of interventions to effectively reach specific target audiences.
  • Provide technical and managerial guidance for worldwide research including implementation sciences research to promote long term sustainable change.  Coordinate the incorporation of research findings into implementable interventions within the sector.
  • Serve as a liaison between USAID and other USG agencies involved in HIV and AIDS programs in developing countries. Attend conferences and meetings, for the purpose of professional and scientific interchange; establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues and institutions.
  • Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate and monitor 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 AND AIDS context and the broader health science arena.


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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 public health area related to HIV and AIDS prevention in developing countries; served as a liaison with other organizations, or agencies while designing and managing projects and/or programs in pertaining to HIV and AIDS in developing countries; monitored and stayed abreast of policies, strategies and programs in HIV and AIDS and relayed policy reforms and change management to ensure sustainable programs in host countries; provided guidance for research on HIV and AIDS health reform; prepared Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Applications (RFAs), conceptualized new activities and relevant ideas and strategies and other project documentation.

Degree requirement: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of studying in an accredited college or university where the major study was in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.  

Note: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted as a part of this application by the closing day. The transcript(s) must show that the basic education requirement has been met. An official transcript will be required prior to an appointment.

If you currently or previously appointed in the 0601 (Public Health) job series, a copy of your SF50 that shows that you are or were in the job series will satisfy the education requirement.  However, you must be a USAID employee with career or career-conditional tenure to apply to this announcement.  

FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the basic educational requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link:
This position requires occasional travel to developing countries where there may be exposure to moderate risk during program/project country visits.

If selected, you may be required to complete form OGE 450, affidavit of financial disclosure.


The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Technical Competence
  • Program Administration and Management (Public Health)
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
 Note:  Your answers to the assessment questions, that attest to your work experience, 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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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); the document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" (career) or "2" (career conditional appointment), and type of position occupied
  • Transcript(s) that show that the education requirements have been met


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.  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.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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