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Job Title:  PROG ANAL (Democracy, Rights, & Governance Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Foreign Agricultural Service
Job Announcement Number:  FAS B-2014-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014
Full-Time - Term
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Current Foreign Agricultural Service employees only.


About the Agency

This is an Excepted Service, term, time-limited appointment for up to 5 years, with the possibility of renewals. 

This position is located in the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development, Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Governance (AFR/SD/CPG) Division. 

In this position as the Program Analyst (Democracy, Rights, and Governance Specialist) the selectee will serve as an advisor, providing technical and intellectual leadership to the Agency on activities pertaining to democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) as they relate to development and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa. 




  • Occasional Travel
  • This position will require occasional domestic/foreign travel (less than 10%).


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Secret level security clearance is required as a condition of employment


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Following are the major, though not all inclusive, duties of this position:

Technical Assistance: This involves conducting or overseeing research and advising on concepts and methodology for promoting programs/projects which will support democratically oriented governmental structures/procedures at all levels and government/civil society interactions.

Strategy Development: Assists with design of the Africa Bureau's, Office of Sustainable Development, Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Governance (AFR/SD/CPG)strategies and work plans including results, indicators, and activities. Provides assistance in organizing and aggregating input for an annual program performance review. Works with the AFR/SD/CPG staff to develop and refine performance monitoring plans for stated objectives.

Field Support: Travels to the field periodically (an estimated three times a year) to advise on mission strategies and programming; to disseminate information on AFR/SD/CPG plans, issues, lessons learned; to gather information to inform technical leadership or test guidance developed by AFR/SD/CPG for relevance to missions; for oversight of contract performance; or to plan, facilitate or participate in workshops or training. Contributes to reviews of scopes of work from missions for procurement mechanisms to determine appropriateness for the contracts/grants and state of knowledge in those technical fields. Describes procedures necessary for buy-ins. Promotes (as appropriate), participates in, and helps plan and implement team planning meetings, debriefings, and report sharing.

Information Dissemination: Aggregates, analyzes, and disseminates lessons to the field and broader development community. Identifies means of improving the flow of information between AFR/SD/CPG and relevant USAID field posts. Serves as liaison with the USAID-financed institutional contractors with respect to information dissemination. Ensures that information required by program management in the form of reports, etc., from various sources is obtained in a timely manner. Assumes responsibility for disseminating selected important pieces of information to the field from USAID Washington via dissemination meetings for USAID personnel and contractor/grantees.

Liaison: Liaises with USDA agencies (such as the Cooperative State Research, Extension and Educational Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service) and reviews activities to identify and link successful models of community organization, improved transparency and communication and local participation to AFR/SD/CPG work and vice versa. Keeps informed of USDA policies and procedures relevant to PASA assistance to USAID. Informs USAID of issues and lessons arising from USDA developments. Coordinates activities and facilitates the flow of information to USAID missions and offices, and between USAID, USDA, contractors and the various other cooperating agencies and organizations. Identifies constraints to successful accomplishment of project objectives, and advises USAID project and contractor management of appropriate corrective actions. Provides analysis of unanticipated developments that relate to project strategy and objectives and recommends appropriate policy corrections as requested. 

International Conferences: Facilitates and designs with other colleagues' regional and national seminars, workshops, and conferences for USAID personnel and/or development partners. Contacts high level program officials and coordinates their participation, prepares handbooks and/or resource materials and coordinates evaluation of such events.


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Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications, as described below, by the closing date of the announcement.

FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: In order to meet the minimum qualifications required for this position applicants must have one year or more of specialized experience that was equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service and that demonstrates that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in order to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors and it is usually obtained in the same field as the position being filled or a very closely related field.

In order to qualify for this position applicants must show evidence in their resumes of  possession of at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  • Experience participating in the management, administration, and implementation of a Democracy, Rights, and Governance related program;
  • Experience providing advise and guidance to others in the field of democracy, rights and governance; and
  • Experience monitoring program or project activities to determine if objectives are being met and taking corrective action when needed;

*Note: There is no education substitution allowed for this grade level.

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.
  • Requires incumbent to obtain/maintain a secret security clearance


This is a Schedule B Direct-Hire Authority position in the excepted service. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official.  Before a certificate of eligible applicants is issued to the selecting official, applicant's resumes will be reviewed to ensure that they meet all of the minimum qualification requirements.  A numeric rating will not be used.

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.
  • 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.


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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.

  • A Resume that includes the following information is required: 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.
  • A DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) is required if you are 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: 612-336-3560
Agency Information:
100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C
Minneapolis, MN,
United States
Fax: 612-336-3560


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. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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