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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Gender Advisor

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:AID-14-0118-SS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014




Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map


All US Citizens that meet qualifications for this position.






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. For more information on USAID please click on the link:


This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, DC in the Bureau for Asia, Strategic Planning Office (ASIA/SPO).


If you are interested in applying, please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety and follow the instructions listed under "HOW TO APPLY". 


14-0118-SS is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of status candidates.


  • Not Required


  • 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 be required to serve a one-year probationary period


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You will analyze issues and recommend policy positions to be adopted with regards to gender issues.  Ensure policy analysis and participate in interagency and international forums, reconciling competing U.S. interests.  Ensure effective implementation of decisions and agreements.  Serve as the Asia Bureau lead on assigned projects, including the development and implementation of the Agency’s Women, Peace, and Security National Action Plan.  Implement the Agency’s Trafficking in Persons Action Plan.  Serve as principal advisor for the analysis, planning, budgeting, design, approval, justification, monitoring, implementation, and evaluation of USAID development programs of gender issues.

You will participate in inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels related to gender on special projects.  Resolve far-reaching operating issues and problems that change how the agency provides foreign assistance for gender programming.  Participate in boards and committees as a representative of USAID in dealing with gender policy matters. Prepare reports and/or written analyses regarding USAID policies and positions on difficult or complex matters as they relate specifically to women’s issues in Asia.


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In order to qualify at the GS-14 level you must meet 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

Example of qualifying specialized experience are as follows: Skill in applying new analytical developments, methodologies, and research findings to international gender issues. 

CTAP/ICTAP candidates may apply if well qualified.  Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors above the minimum level, which equates to a score of 88 or higher in the online assessment; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations. 

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet all education (if applicable), basic qualifications, and required competencies by the closing date of this announcement.

More than one selection may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement.


Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.  
Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following core competencies:

  • Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, & objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Written Communication – Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.  Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing.
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Oral Communication – Makes clear & convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively & clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters atmosphere of open communication.
  • Leadership - Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; adjusts approaches to suit different people and situations.
  • Technical Competence – Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations and policies related to specialized expertise, e.g., engineering, physical science, law, or accounting; maintains credibility with other on technical issues.
  • Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others; develops networks and coalitions; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions; build consensus through give and take.
  • Manages and Organizes Information - Identifies a need; gathers, organizes, and maintains information; determines its importance and accuracy, and communicates it by a variety of methods.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions; finds alternative solutions to complex problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments.

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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This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.


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:


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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 notify the agency contact name herein office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You will be provided an alternative application method. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods may 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 materials 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 daily, excluding Federal holidays. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (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.


Shawn Sanders
Phone: 202-712-5203
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.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as a part of the assessment process. 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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