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Job Title:  PROG SPECLST (YALI Alliance Builder Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Foreign Agricultural Service
Job Announcement Number:  FAS-14-0006

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 of no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 5 years.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alliance Builder Specialist will lead development strategies to build partnerships and agreements among private and public sectors as well as civil society to increase the capacity of young African leaders. The selectee will work in the USAID's Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development, Youth and Education Division, to support YALI.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • 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 specific duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identifying potential alliance partners and developing relationships that may lead to future alliances in key areas of priority to YALI and conducting due diligence research on proposed alliance partners.
  • Working with USAID’s General Counsel and agreement/contracting officers to facilitate the formal agreement process.
  • Coordinating with the Office of Education and Cultural Affairs,Department of State, and USAID missions to coordinate efforts and best practices on alliance building.
  • Representing USAID in regional and international fora to promote public-private alliances around YALI.
  • Assisting in training YALI staff in Washington, USAID staff in the field and partners on best practices for building and managing alliances.
  • Providing training and information to USAID staff and partners on alliance building for YALI.
  • Managing an alliance-building team of USAID staff who work together to share contacts, tips, approaches and alliance activities in order to mitigate challenges faced by staff.
  • Creating and managing tools that recognize excellent alliance-building efforts at the mission, region and bureau levels.


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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience as identified by grade level.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level  or higher that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in order to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is typically in the same field or a field that is closely related to the work of the position. 

Examples of this type of specialized experience include:

  • 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;
  • Work that required you to build relationships across organizations and with external entities in order to accomplish program and agency goals and objectives; and
  • Work that required you to use strong interpersonal skills in order to negotiate  to resolve conflict and recommend solutions to disputes.



Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • Position may be eligible for telework.


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 and skill in applying analytical techniques and evalluation crtiteria to measure and improve program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity.
  • Knowledge of the major issues, program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operiaotns of the organization.
  • Knowledge of the pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents that affect the use of program and related support resources for a specific area.
  • Ability to build partnerships across organizations and with external entities.
  • Ability to utilize interpesonal and negotiating skills to resolve conflict and to recommend solutions for disputes.

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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  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • 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).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • This is a bargaining unit designated position.


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

  • 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 that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

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).


Human Resources
Phone: 612-336-3352
Fax: 612-336-3548
Agency Information:
100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C
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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