Job Overview


About the Agency

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is looking for people who want to work to improve foreign market access for U.S. products. FAS operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.

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.


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 teams in 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.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No