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Job Title:  PROGRAM ANALYST (YALI Program Management Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Foreign Agricultural Service
Job Announcement Number:  FAS-14-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 13, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014
Full-Time - Term
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
US Citizens, no prior Federal experience is required. 


About the Agency

This is an excepted service, time-limited term appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 5 years. 

This position is located in Washington DC, with some travel expected to sub-Saharan Africa. 

The selectee will serve as the Young African Leaders Initiative's (YALI's) Program Manager, providing a range of program management, monitoring, implementation, and evaluation services in support of the initiative. 

The selectee will work in the USAID's Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development, Youth and Education Division, to support YALI.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel expected to sub-Saharan Africa.


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Secret security clearance required as a condition of employment
  • Excepted Service, Schedule B Term appointment for up to 5 years


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The major, though not all inclusive duties of the position are as follows:

  • Serve as the Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) for the Washington Fellowship implementing mechanism, which has an estimated value of $24 million over a five-year period. Work with other institutional contractors, other implementers, YALI interagency teams and other partners to manage and implement YALI activities.
  • Assist YALI performance reporting efforts, including preparation and coordination of YALI input to reports requiring abroad understanding of USG programs, congressional mandates and topics of special interest to the Administration. Responsibilities also include responding to inquiries from the inter-agency, Congress, and external audiences.
  • Assist in providing advice, support and management for various aspects of monitoring and evaluation activities required from YALI, including input required in developing the periodic Performance Management Plans (PMPs), data quality assessments, Portfolio Reviews, Performance Plan and Reports, and assisting YALI teams in the field with the development of program and activity evaluation scopes of work.
  • Oversee the design and development of new activities, as well as modifications to existing activities, designed to support and strengthen opportunities for young African leaders to have an impact in the economic,(with emphasis on agriculture and agribusiness which are hallmarks of many African economies)civil and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. Working with YALI teamin the field, assures consistency with ADS 200 relating to activity design. Assures application of lessons learned from on-going project implementation to new project design.
  • Complete special activities, as assigned by the YALI Coordinator, which might include (but is not limited to) strengthening formal and informal lines of communications between YALI and the inter-agency group; enhancing effective ways of sharing information; supporting the development of partnerships; and identifying ways to streamline and expedite decision-making.


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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience that was equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that demonstrates that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in order to perform the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. 


*NOTE: Applicants must show evidence of possession of this specialized work experience in the work experience section of their resumes -  failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. 


Examples of this type of qualifying specialized experience include the following:

  •  Work managing or participating in the management of a specific program for an organization that required you to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to resolve issues/problems and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the program; 
  • Utilizing knowledge of the major issues, program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operations of an organization in order to make sound decisions when conducting the work;
  •  Applying analytical techniques and evaluation criteria in order to measure and improve the effectiveness and/or organizational productivity for a specific program; and
  • Work that required you to utilize good interpersonal skills in order to negotiate solutions to issues or disputed recommendations.


•  Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

•  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

•  Travel will be required, including occasional international travel to Sub Sharan Africa.


You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  •  Knowledge of the pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents that affect the use of program and related support resources in the area studied.
  • Knowledge of the major issues, program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operations of the organization.
  • Knowledge and skill in adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity.
  • Skill in conducting detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills in order to negotiate solutions to disputed recommendations.

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To view the application form, visit:


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•  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
•  Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
•  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically 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. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


Kathy L. Besser
Phone: 612-336-3352
Fax: 612-336-3548
TDD: 202-720-2600
Agency Information:
100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 501C
Minneapolis, MN,
United States
Fax: 612-336-3548


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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