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Job Title:  Supervisory Country Policy Advisor
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  14-0083-ML

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Friday, March 07, 2014
Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is in the bargaining unit. - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Status eligibles-a current or former federal employee of any department or agency in the Executive Branch who is not a temporary, time-limited employee or is reinstatement eligible.  This includes USAID employees on career or career-conditional appointments, individuals eligible for special appointing authorities such as VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, and individuals on Interchange Agreements with Other Merit Systems.


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  For more information about USAID, visit


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen or national
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electric Funds Transfer is required
  • May require a 1-year probationary period


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Leads several highly qualified experts in the technical division in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue with Agency's external audiences and Missions responding to stakeholder inquiries and requirements for information for assigned Region. The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Agency's highest level senior management on all aspects of the food security program for all countries under the incumbent's purview. Explores and evaluates intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in the assigned Region. Serves as the most knowledgeable spokesperson on country-specific issues with regard to food security. Provides direct advice and guidance to USAID Missions and senior Regional Bureau personnel, to ensure that sustainability is integrated in food security programs in assigned Region. Enhances and coordinates effective working relationships across sectoral lines, identifying important areas of interaction and impact between program areas and ensuring that programs are managed to gain the greatest possible benefit from such interactions. Provides expert advice and guidance on government programs and policies which are of significant interest to the public and Congress, e.g., the programs cut across or strongly influence all the agencies involved in Feed The Future (FTF) initiative.


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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes:knowledge on focus bilateral and regional food security activities for assigned regions and regional programs, serves as the convening Officer for meetings specific to any food security issues regarding their region, sub-region or country or regional institution.

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.  This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.  This requirement does not apply when applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) competitive appointing authority.  This allows veterans that meet the criteria below to apply to announcements open to Federal employees only.
To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either:

  • a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
  • a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.

Points are not adjudicated and preference is not applied under this type of announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Program/Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to:
Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may noncompetitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For mor information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to:


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable).  You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified.
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOC's) by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Knowledge of the laws, policies, and regulations of an administrative field sufficient to apply new theories and developments to problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods, and make decisions or recommendations that significantly change, interpret, or develop major public policies or programs.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of methods for the assessment and improvement of complex programs, processes and systems.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement programs, plans, and proposals involving substantial agency resources, or that require extensive changes in established procedures.

Please be advised that a narrative is not required, but the KSAOC's must be displayed within your resume. 
You will also be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Foreign Policy/International Development/Foreign Assistance Knowledge and Experience
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Laws, Policies, and Regulations
  • Leadership and Management (Higher Grades)
  • Project Management

To preview questions please click here.


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This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) 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.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized
EEO Policy:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
Veterans' Information:
Selective Service Registration:


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The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.
-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury'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 "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 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 "Finish" 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 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. 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 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've 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 Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.
If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1 or 2”, and type of position occupied.
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter) For a detailed list of documents, click here
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • Peace Corps Letter granting eligibility to apply for federal competitive status positions.


Client Care Team
Phone: 202-712-0460
Fax: 202-630-0056
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-630-0056


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.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps.  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.  

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