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Job Title:  Foreign Service Attorney
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  2013-GC-01-MAB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$100,280.00 to $147,265.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 02, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
MANY vacancies - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens.



USAID is a key foreign affairs agency, formulating and implementing the President’s international development strategy. USAID carries out this mission in over 100 countries around the world as well as Washington, D.C. A position in the Foreign Service is more than a job - it is a career, and a commitment to public service through representing the United States overseas supporting its diplomatic and development missions.
Most postings are located at U.S. embassies and consulates, where Foreign Service attorneys advise on matters of U.S. and international law applicable to assistance programs and personnel overseas. The environment is fast-paced and exciting, with attorneys regularly facing highly complex and novel legal and policy issues arising from emerging international events and assistance priorities.
In furtherance of the mission of the Foreign Service, USAID offers a robust language and career skills training program, as well as opportunities for significant international travel. Attorneys enjoy a high rate of personal satisfaction and professional success within the ranks of USAID’s Foreign Service. The positions provide exciting opportunities to engage in a sophisticated practice of law in overseas settings while also engaging with local cultures and the broader U.S. embassy team.  
A Foreign Service career involves uncommon commitments and occasional hardships as well as unique rewards and opportunities. Attorneys serve most of their careers overseas at various USAID missions in developing countries at postings ranging from 2-4 years, after an initial 1-2 years in Washington, D.C. Attorneys should also expect to serve at least one 1-year tour in a Critical Priority Country (currently Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Sudan).


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Specialized Experience and Education (See Qualifications)
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Random Drug Test for Illegal Drug Use
  • Medical Clearance
  • Agreement to Worldwide Availability


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Foreign Service attorneys are leaders in Agency innovation and change. This entails crafting tailored solutions to new development challenges. Attorneys regularly negotiate and draft international agreements and other instruments which serve the foreign policy and international development interests of the United States. Their expertise is regularly and urgently needed when the U.S. Government responds to international crises and events, such as natural disasters or political changes. USAID attorneys serve as key advisors on a wide range of legal and policy matters, such as  project design and implementation, contracting and grant-making, public international law, investment and credit activities, and personnel and ethics matters. Attorneys have significant engagement with partner country governments, international organizations and both U.S. and foreign private entities.    


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See above.

Graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or foreign equivalent).

You must be a U.S. citizenmember in good standing of a bar in the U.S.  You must have a minimum of four years' experience in the practice of law in the private or government sectors. Prior overseas experience, especially in developing countries, and foreign language skills are highly desirable.  Corporate, transactional and/or government contracts experience is a plus.


You will be evaluated based upon your qualifications and the responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should cite specific examples of your experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
To preview questions please click here.


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USAID provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Officers serving overseas receive several additional benefits, including housing, utilities, K-12 education, travel costs, home leave, and additional allowances for most posts.
 USAID headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, D.C., at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building.  It is near metro lines and has a physical fitness facility.  EEO Policy Statement: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Veterans Information:


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. 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. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be case-by-case. Moving expenses are not authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment background investigation and medical clearance.  Eligible applicants will be asked to submit forms required for a security clearance and suitability determination for appointment to the position. The clearance process considers such factors as: registration for the Selective Service; failure to repay a US government-guaranteed student loan; past problems with credit or bankruptcy; failure to meet tax obligations; unsatisfactory employment records; violations of the law; drug or alcohol abuse; a criminal record; extensive travel; education; residence and/or employment overseas; dual citizenship; foreign contacts; immediate family or relatives who are not citizens of the United States and/or a foreign born spouse; or less than honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors, and coworkers. These investigations are conducted by USAID in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies. SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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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. 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.
Application Process
To apply for these positions, please e-mail 1) Resume/Cover Letter; 2)Transcripts; 3) Bar Form (in good standing); 4) DD-214 (Veterans Only); and 5) SF-50 (Former or Current Federal Employees) to by the closing date.
We will not accept hand delivered resumes.


  • Resume
  • Transcripts (Accredited U.S. Law School)
  • Bar Form (in good standing)
  • DD-214 (Veterans Only)
  • SF-50 (Former or Current Federal Employees)


Matthew Houle
Phone: 202-712-0644
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after a final decision has been made. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon satisfactorily passing the background investigation and obtaining the proper security clearance.

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