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Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AN1190788

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,000.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 25, 2014 to Thursday, September 11, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Top Secret/SCI


 The United States Agency for International Development

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. 

This Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) position is located in the Bureau for Africa (AFR) at USAID Headquarters in Washington, DC.   The Africa Bureau comprises over 35 bilateral and regional programs with approximately $6.2 billion annually in USAID-managed budgetary resources (both program and operating expenses).  The Africa Bureau implements programming under the direction of the Joint Regional Strategy, consistent with the Presidential Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa, that is centered on four overarching and complementary goals:  Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Improving Governance, and Protecting Human Rights; Spurring Sustained Economic Growth, Trade, and Investment; Advancing Peace and Security; and Promoting Opportunity and Development.  This includes support provided to the African Union, supporting implementation of Presidential Initiatives through movement of program and OE funding to the field; providing support for implementation of USAID Forward reforms, and communicating USAID's work in Africa more strategically and effectively to external audiences.

USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct and information on this effort can be found at For more information about USAID, visit




  • 50% or Greater
  • Domestic and International Travel Required


  • No


  • US Citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • One year probationary period may be required
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Position requires incumbent to file Form OGE-278


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As a DAA, you will serve as a primary advisor to the Assistant Administrator, in AFR on overall policies and issues with respect to AFR's administrative, personnel and operating expenses.  You will provide expert advice and guidance to Office and Mission Director's in the formulation of USAID priorities ad subsequent allocation of operational expenses and personnel resources.  Other duties include:

  • Serve a primary agency advisor on various programs and events associated with the economic development with respect to Africa's resources.
  • Responsible for the direction and management of large-scale agency programs and operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including members of Congress, executives from other legislative and executive agencies, major corporations, and distinguished members of the public.
  • Counsel senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of USAID.
  • Advise on appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Supervise a subordinate staff of senior managers and officials at multiple levels of USAID performing programmatic tasks.
  • Serve on interagency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and programs.
  • Perform human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.


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Applicants must demonstrate that they meet all of the qualifications (I and II) listed below:



TQ 1:  Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience designing, managing and leading a range of resource allocation processes, policy-setting exercises and development cooperation programs, in areas such as Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Improving Governance, and Protecting Human Rights; Spurring Sustained Economic Growth, Trade, and Investment; Advancing Peace and Security; and Promoting Opportunity and Development.

TQ 2:  Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in analyzing, framing and implementing policies in complex inter-agency and international environments in order to advance U.S. Government foreign policy objectives, such as proposing solutions to emerging crises and responding to evolving political dynamics.  Include successful experiences in presenting and advocating policy positions in inter-agency fora and with Congress, as well as engagement with the press and other domestic/international stakeholders.  


II. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): MANDATORY -Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP), you must address the Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Please provide detailed narratives to support progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capabilities related to the skills and abilities outlined using the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)


  • *ECQ 1 Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • *ECQ 2 Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • *ECQ 3 Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • *ECQ 4 Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to strategically manage human, financial, and information resources. 
  • *ECQ 5 Building Coalitions - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizational to achieve common goals.


Please provide a narrative for each Technical Qualification (TQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ).  The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES.  Please keep in mind that each TQ and ECQ are unique qualifications.  Do not write "Refer to Resume" or refer the reviewer to any other part of your application to explain your answer.  Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to "see Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

*Responses should summarize your experience in relation to the specific TQ and ECQ (noted above) and specific examples of accomplishments.  Examples should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with result of your actions, policy initiative, and level of contact. 

Your ECQ narrative statement should be written in the Challenge/Context/Action/Results (CCAR) model format, as provided by OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications.  ECQs should focus on relevant and recent experience, education and training accomplishments within the last 10 years.  Refer to OPM's guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the CCAR model, and examples of good qualifications statements at, guidetosesquals_2010.pdf.  Additional information ECQs is available at


You must submit narrative responses to the TQs and ECQs by following the link to the assessment questionnaire. If you are not able to take the assessment online, you must fax your narrative responses addressing each of the technical qualifications and the ECQs (each response is limited to 7500 characters). 


Please see the "How To Apply" section below for further information on applying online and alternative methods to the online application.  

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. 


Once the application process is complete, a preliminary review of your resume will be made to determine if you are qualified for this position. Qualified applicants will be evaluated by USAID's Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel to determine the "Best Qualified" applicants and will be based upon the degree to which you meet the ECQs and the Technical Qualifications (TQs). The ERB will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration. As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the Senior Executive Service, individual's executive qualifications must also be certified by a Qualification Review Board (QRB) convened by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Working for USAID offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Information on SES benefits can be found at:



This position may be eligible for telework, in accordance with Agency policy.

Veteran's Preference: Veterans preference does not apply to positions within the Senior Executive Service

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position.


The selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144. (Vacancy ID is: 1190788)

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include it with any supporting documents that you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, technical qualifications, ECQs, SF-50, etc.) to the same fax number above. Please ensure that you review the required document section to ensure that you have faxed all required documents and read the above instructions thoroughly. All application materials must be submitted by the closing date of the job announcement.


Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying online.


  • Résume
  • Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Responses to the Technical Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire
  • Responses to the Executive Core Qualifications Online Assessment Questionnaire (ECQ)*

*Current Career Senior Executive Service appointment, Eligible for Reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, and Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, must submit  one of the following:


  • Notification of Personnel Action/Standard Form (SF) 50 – showing career status in the SES
  • Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility


*Note: If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved and certified by OPM, you do not need to address the ECQs. You must still address the Technical Qualifications, provide your resume and complete the responses to the occupational questionnaire.




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PLEASE NOTE:  DO NOT SUBJECT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Extraneous materials will not be considered.  Only those materials listed above will be considered.

You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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