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    This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Transition Initiatives (DCHA/OTI).

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    The Supervisory Program Specialist (Division Chief)  is an Agency expert supporting international operational contingency programs, providing strategic direction and overseeing the work of an operations support division comprised of multiple teams in the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Operational Division teams provide a range of operations and program management support to ensure effective implementation of the Office’s mission. OTI’s operations are complicated by ever-changing needs of the Office’s mission to advance peaceful, democratic change in conflict-prone countries. This requires an agile organization that can take advantage of critical windows of opportunity in unstable environments to provide on-the-ground, fast, flexible, catalytic short-term assistance that promotes movement toward political and social stability and democracy. 

    As a Supervisory Program Specialist, your duties will include:

    • Exercising strong leadership within the Office, other parts of USAID and other Federal Departments and agencies to develop policy options for effective operational contingency programs.
    • Collaborating with high-ranking officials, such as other Department and Agency heads, Congressional staff, and executives of comparable private sector organizations. Serving as an expert on the most challenging operations issues related to programming in critical priority, crisis-prone countries providing technical advice on overall program operational processes and methods. 

    • Exercising decision making authority through the development and contribution of systems and business processes that ensure efficiency and rapid response, with wide latitude for exercise of independent judgment. 

    • Supervising and managing a group of supervisory and non-supervisory employees providing informal feedback, and periodically evaluates employee performance and recommends personnel actions as necessary.  
    • Planning the development and implementation of support functions for a major agency program of national scope and impact. Participates in the development and documentation of long- and short-range planning efforts. Makes recommendations on planning efforts that can be undertaken within existing resource levels and advises on the impact of efforts that require additional resources.

    • Preparing and contributing to reports and presentations on operations planning and implementation. Identifies and proposes solutions to management problems which are of major importance to planning direction. Updates and revises, as needed, operations management guides, including strategic planning and field operations materials.

    • Providing direct policy guidance to senior USAID management on the approach, content and duration of operations support for contingency transitional activities undertaken by the Agency. Exercising strong leadership within the Office, other parts of USAID, and other Federal departments and agenciesto  develop policy options for effective operational contingency programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required (less than 5%).

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    15 - Full Performance Level is GS-15

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