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. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
With the establishment of the U.S. Global Development lab (Lab), the position will be moved to that organization with no change in duties and responsibilities. For more information go to: www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/science-technolog-and-innovation
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 Supervisory Program Analyst, you will lead the Grand Challenge for Development initiative. The Grand Challenge is about doing development differently and focusing global attention on a specific problem – a problem that has not been solved with traditional approaches. With a Grand Challenge, we marshal new ideas, engage new actors and advance innovative solutions from around the world. The initiative focuses on solutions that are grounded in science and technology, and are robust, cost-effective, and scalable.