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Job Title:  Program Specialist (Planner)
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  14-0216-DOT

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
Monday, June 30, 2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014
Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. - This position is Permanent.
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
Status eligibles-a current or former federal employee of any department or agency in the Executive Branch who is not a temporary, time-limited employee or is reinstatement eligible.  This includes USAID employees on career or career-conditional appointments, individuals eligible for special appointing authorities such as VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, and individuals on Interchange Agreements with Other Merit Systems. 


About the Agency

This position is located in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Civilian Military Cooperation, Plans and Policy Division(DCHA/OCMC/PPD).

The incumbent will serve as a Program Specialit (Planner)  providing expert analyses on a variety of issues relevant and critical to policy development and operational support. Plans and coordinates program implementation among multiple agencies, bureaus and posts. Plans, directs, and execute liaison operations for critical agency-wide programs, with national or international implications.

If you wish to be considered under Delegated Examining procedures, please also apply under vacancy announcement number, AID-14-0216-DOT for consideration. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a 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/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • Maybe required to serve a 1-year probationary period.


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The incumbent will serve as Program Specialist (Planner) plannning, directing, and executing liaison operations for critical agency-wide programs, with national or international implications;demonstrates and employs high level of analytical skill and ability to advise decision-makers;advises the senior managers and staff on program issues and problems and serves as principal advisor in bilateral and multilateral meetings where program issues are negotiated;Serve as the Bureau's recognized expert, analyzes a variety of issues relevant and critical to policy development and operational support;Plans and coordinates program implementation among multiple agencies, bureaus and posts;independently develops and initiates briefings and follow-up meetings involving key officials from other bureaus, other agencies, Congressional staff or special interest groups;provides expert interpretations of complex and diverse guidance material, documents, and references;provides briefings and written proposals to top management officials and serves as liaison with key staff members and with counterparts and experts within the agency and with the Department of Defense and Department of State;



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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level to be considered for the GS-14. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower grade levels for this position includes:plannning, directing, and executing liaison operations for critical agency-wide programs, with national or international implications.

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.  This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.  This requirement does not apply when applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) competitive appointing authority.  This allows veterans that meet the criteria below to apply to announcements open to Federal employees only.

To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either:

  • a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
  • a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.
Points are not adjudicated and preference is not applied under this type of announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Program/Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to:



We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the work experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the Competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified. 

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following Competencies by the closing date of this announcement: Please be advised that a narrative to the Competencies is not required, but the Competencies must be displayed within your resume. 

Technical Credibility-Understands and appropriately applies knowledge of USAID policy, functions, programs, and activities to design and implement training programs designed to meet USAID education and training requirements as it relates to Civ-Mil Cooperation, gained through intimate experience working within operating environments shared by military, humanitarian and development actors.

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.

Influencing/Negotiating-Ability to persuade others, build consensus, and gain cooperation from USAID, the interagency community and DoD stakeholders on issues related to Civilian Military Cooperation, gained through intimate experience working within operating environments shared by humanitarian and development, and military/combatant actors.

Oral Communication- Understanding of the differences in policy and reality that affect USAID’s development work in USAID-DoD shared space. 

Written Communications- Ability to drafts clear and convincing written products on detailed and technical issues for senior USAID and DOD audiences.

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. 

This is a Drug 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.


ICTAP:  Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. 

EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  

Reasonable Accommodation

Veterans' Information:


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 contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will 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 material 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. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional Appointment ONLY), and type of position occupied.  If applying as a reinstatement eligible, please submit your Resignation SF-50.
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (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.


Dorothy Hawkins
Phone: 202-567-4968
Fax: 202-216-3244
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-216-3244


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.  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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