About the Agency
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 http://www.state.gov/g/tip.
The Office of Science and Technology (OST), aims to transform USAID into the global leader in development by pioneering scientific, technological and research-motivated approaches to traditional development challenges. The OST is one of the pillars of the USAID Forward reform agenda. The goals of the OST are to advance revolutionary, multi-disciplinary applied research; accelerate global understanding of complex development problems through data and analytics; create novel, transformative approaches for development, to accelerate development solutions; and catalyze global action to achieve sustainability and scale to improve efficacy of development practice and reduce cost.
As a Program Analyst (Prizes), you will: Serve as the Prizes and Challenge Director responsible for designing and delivering some prize competitions while coordinating, monitoring and evaluating agency wide efforts on prizes and challenges, responsible for building the Agency’s capacity to leverage Collaborative Innovation tools, such as prizes, challenges and competitions to more effectively source solutions from a broad range of solvers and achieve our development goals, and you also will serve as the lead advocate within the agency for Challenges and Prize competitions and will collaborate with others across the agency to ensure prize offerings and challenges address appropriate technology needs.