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    This is an excepted service, time-limited, term appointment for up to 2 years, with the possibility of extensions. Excepted service positions do not afford competitive status.

    The Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD) within the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides technical assistance to developing countries. Within OCBD, the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDAD) develops and advances institutional capacity building, preparedness, and reconstruction programs in the program areas of rural development, natural resources management, and agricultural production and market systems, in partnership with developing countries and fragile states. Core program areas are post conflict and disaster assistance, agricultural market systems development, rural development, and natural resource management. Specific emphasis is oriented toward, but not limited to, administering and implementing Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programs under Participating Agency Service Agreements (PASAs).

    USDA (via FAS/OCBD/DRDAD) and USAID (via the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment [E3]) have signed a PASA to collaborate in the area of energy, global climate change, international environmental conventions and policies, microenterprise development, information communication technology, and urban programs.

    The incumbent will be assigned to the USAID/Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), Global Climate Change (GCC) Office. The USAID GCC Office is responsible for coordinating and reporting on implementation of USAID’s Climate Change and Development Strategy, coordinating with international organizations, donors, and processes that deal with climate change and development, and for providing thought leadership to advance climate-resilient, low emissions development through USAID efforts. The GCC Office coordinates with other US government agencies on climate change as well as other bureaus and offices at USAID to carry out its work.

    Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government would be expected to start at Step 1 for the grade selected.

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

    • Develop the agency’s strategic approach to programs and policies on sustainable landscapes, land use management, forestry, economic development, and low emission development to achieve USAID’s overall objectives.
    • Track complex and evolving scientific, economic and development literature, research, conferences and Congressional legislation on sustainable landscapes and land management and recommend refinements in USAID policies and programs accordingly.
    • Manage budgets and generates reports and products for senior USAID management and USAID budget and accounting processes. Lead and mentor staff in budget and activity management issues, including accruals.
    • Work with contractors and cooperators as COR and/ or activity manager to ensure timely delivery of high-quality deliverables on sustainable landscapes and related land use management development objectives.
    • Provide technical backstop for sustainable landscapes-related education, training and outreach.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with senior staff representing other land use executive, scientific agencies (USDA, DOI, EPA, State, Treasury, NOAA, NASA), international donors and foundations, private sector and environmental groups.
    • Serve as a senior advisor and mentor to junior staff on a wide range of issues relating to the implementation of ongoing technical capacity building efforts related to sustainable landscapes including land use management, forestry, economic development, and low emission development.
    • Mentor across cultures and disciplinary specialties, skillfully wielding influence where there is no direct line of authority, and provides rapid assessment of opportunities and constraints.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overseas travel will be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is 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/489475500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.