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    USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to
    the world’s most vulnerable people. 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. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.

    You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

    This position is in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, in the Office of Legislative Affairs (LEG), for the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA).

    Announcement 17-0070-JKC is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of Federal Status Candidates. You must apply separately to be considered under both announcements.

    LPA is responsible for managing the Agency's external affairs and provides central Agency focus and overall coordination for all aspects of legislative and public affairs matters for the Agency. LPA serves as the central point of contact with Congress, the media, interested stakeholders from the international development community, and the American people regarding the Agency's international development programs and policies. LEG maintains continuous liaison with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and committees to inform them about USAID programs and policies and to obtain their views on issues associated with USAID, which are then communicated to the Agency. For more information about the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, you can visit their webpage here.

    NOTE: The closing date has been changed to 01/09/2017.

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    At the full performance level, Congressional Liaison Specialist (GS-14) your duties will include:

    • Coordinating the preparation of testimony for Congressional legislative hearings, as the primary point of contact with relevant interagency and Congressional offices.
    • Keeping senior staff, General Counsel, and Bureau and Mission counterparts informed of any relevant legislative changes or increased activity. In this role, you will collaborate to help identify constituency development opportunities and joint ventures with such organizations that will further the Agency's legislative and public objectives.
    • Maintaining continuous personal contact with selected Members of Congress and their staffs for the purpose of gaining acceptance of legislative proposals and assessing their interest in and attitudes toward legislative and programmatic issues relevant to USAID. You will help Members of Congress and their staffs understand and accept USAID's policies and objectives by highlighting the benefits derived by both the host countries and the United States.
    • Developing and recommending congressional outreach efforts to promote USAID's mission, as appropriate.
    • Responding adequately on issues of a general or policy nature that requires familiarity with the Administrator's and the LPA Assistant Administrator's position with respect to these issues. Also, you will need to be well versed on the bilateral economic assistance programs funded by the international affairs budget (150 Account).
    • Managing Division input to develop annual budget documents, including materials for the Administrator's or other senior official's testimony on the President's budget request and the annual Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may vary depending on the needs of the Office, but will not exceed 25%.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All US Citizens - No prior Federal experience required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460736100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.