This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/561415900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. We operate in five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.Learn more about this agency
03/02/2020 to 03/01/2021
$70,009 - $111,493 per year
Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Officer generally spends the majority of their career assigned to the Agency's overseas missions and works in assigned developing countries with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).
Permanent - Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Tenure Board.
Full-time - Full Time Permanent
SFS - Advancement to Senior Foreign Service on a merit basis is possible for employees who secure tenure and satisfy the requirements of promotion boards.
BS 93 FS 04 MAR 2020
This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position. All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all the requirements for this position before applying.
USAID provides development assistance in close partnership foreign governments and their people, both directly and through a variety organizations including private voluntary organizations, universities, American businesses, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and others.
USAID Foreign Service (FS) Contracting Officers (COs) serve in Missions/US Embassies worldwide and are responsible for a wide range of activities throughout the Agency’s Program Cycle covering all USAID implementing activities. However, about 80% of the agency’s development assistance implementation is through Acquisitions (contracts) & Assistance (grants/cooperative agreements) mechanisms, and most of the day to day work centers on these mechanisms. As a result, well-developed expertise in USAID Acquisition & Assistance (A&A) tradecraft (i.e., the techniques, methods and technologies used in planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of development assistance) is mission critical and indispensable for ensuring effective planning, adaptive implementation, maximized development impact, and accountability. This is a highly specialized skill set that takes years to fully develop, is characterized by ongoing learning and professional development, and requires advanced proficiency in a variety of technical competencies (e.g., public procurement/government contracting, federal financial assistance, USAID A&A regulations and policies) and professional competencies (e.g., leadership, management, teamwork, interpersonal skills).
New FS CO’s go through a significant initial training regimen that begins with orientation in Washington and to complete required pre-deployment training and additional on the job training at their first overseas assignment. This training/orientation process leads to the issuance of a Contracting and Agreements Officer warrants in most cases just over a year after beginning their first overseas tour of duty, or approximately two years after initial onboarding.
*Key member of USAID Missions in-country development team supporting and/or leading various elements of the USAID program cycle, including strategic planning, project design, activity design, and activity implementation. Assists with strategic planning and project design by analyzing resources needed to effectively implement and manage technical assistance.
*Supports technical offices in understanding planning and design considerations. Supports the design of activities through which USAID projects are implemented. Analyzes activity requirements; recommends or requires, as appropriate, revisions to statements of work/activity requirement; and determines the appropriate type of acquisition or assistance instrument.
*Exercises warrant authority with independent judgement in selecting implementing partners and managing the processes leading to implementing partner selection. Develops, and administers solicitations leading to contracts, grants, and other agreements with individuals, firms, and institutions to carry out USAID financed activities. Ensures integrity and fairness throughout USAID Acquisition & Assistance processes. Leads technical evaluation process of proposals/applications for USAID funded projects. Leads selection of implementing partners, award monitoring and maintenance.
*Performs cost and price analysis and leads negotiations to determine fairness and reasonableness of proposed price/costs and budgets. Prepares records documentation to explain rationale and methods used in arriving at final cost recommended for award.
*Monitors contractor performance for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, delivery schedules, payment provisions, contract data reporting requirements, and satisfactory progress toward achieving contracted for results and deliverables. Engages with host country officials and implementing partners on a variety of implementation issues.
* Delegates authority for day to day implementation management to qualified agency staff and works through and with these officials in providing management oversight (monitoring) over implementing partner performance.
*Performs final closeout of assigned contracts/agreements; e.g., assures delivery, inspection and acceptance of contractual end items and that all administrative and reporting actions have been resolved before recommending final closeout of the contract. Continuously updates practices to incorporate changes in Agency policies, priorities, and initiatives.
*Develops self and other members of the Acquisition & Assistance workforce to assume increasing levels of responsibility and technical acumen within their respective roles.
Medical Clearance. A medical clearance or waiver for the applicant is required prior to being hired for this position. FS members must be able to serve at any overseas post or receive a waiver. Many facilities are remote, unhealthy, or have limited medical support. Therefore, each applicant must meet medical fitness standards or receive a waiver. Prior to being appointed to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and must be able to receive a medical clearance for worldwide availability or a waiver.
Education and Experience: A Doctorate level degree (PhD, JD) in a relevant area including business administration, public administration, law, banking, international affairs and/or political science, operations research, procurement and contracting or finance with an emphasis on commerce, trade, or materials management PLUS three (3) years of relevant work experience such as: government and/or commercial contracting or regulatory affairs, international development, finance with an emphasis on cost analysis and pricing, management consulting, or public and/or nonprofit administration WITH a minimum of two (2) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required.
OR a Master's level degree in a relevant area including business administration, public administration, law, banking, international affairs and/or political science, operations research, procurement and contracting or finance with an emphasis on commerce, trade, or materials management PLUS four (4) years of relevant experience such as: government and/or commercial contracting or regulatory affairs, international development, finance with an emphasis on cost analysis and pricing, management consulting, or public and/or nonprofit administration WITH a minimum of two (2) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required.
Overseas and diverse working environment includes: A) working and living in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe; or (B) working and living in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States. Such diverse work experience would be characterized by situations in which you were exposed to new cultures, learned foreign languages, encountered different behavioral norms and practices, coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts, or conducted public outreach and communications.
Contracting/Procurement - Some knowledge of various types of contractual modalities (contracts, grants, agreements, etc), techniques or negotiation and administration or regulatory requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations), is desired.
Adaptability and Flexibility - Ability to live in developing countries with difficult conditions such as harsh climate, isolation, civil unrest, low quality of local health care, security concerns, high pollution levels, and limited availability of employment opportunities for family members.
Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively. Permits others to express views. Writes clearly, succinctly, and in a professional manner appropriate for the intended audience. Produces written material within established timeframes that are thorough and factually accurate.
Information Gathering Analysis, and Problem Solving – Proven ability to locate and effectively analyze data or information, assess reliability and accuracy of information, accurately summarize findings and conclusions verbally or in writing appropriate to audience, network formally and informally into communities of practice that focus on the technical areas and portfolio of the officer. Ability to participate effectively in management of activities.
Customer Service - Proven ability to identify customers, both internal and external; develops and engenders customer-centric focus. Works with more senior officers to prioritize work. Meets established deadlines or negotiates them in the face of constraints.
Budgeting and Financial Management - Ability to evaluate program budgets to ensure accountability and results. Ability to masters USAID’s budgetary cycle and financial management procedures.
Consensus Building - Ability to present positions in non-confrontational way. Ability to act confidently and decisively within own purview. and support team consensus and moves to implement it.
Administration and Management - Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and production under pressure of tight deadlines and rigid time frames in difficult circumstances. Ability to resolve project performance challenges by engaging the implementing partner and technical counterparts to gather facts, determine remedies, and initiate remedial actions in order to find and provide a solution.
Decision Making - Ability to make sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
Influencing/Negotiating - Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; work with others towards an agreement; negotiate to find mutually acceptable solutions.
Collaboration – Ability to collaborate effectively with other USAID technical offices as well as other US government agencies within the Mission to proactively lead in areas that are oftentimes unclear and do not have a clear solution.
Cross Cultural integration - Ability to adapt and integrate with staff from other cultures, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Applicants must have an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate).
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements. Transcripts from any and all foreign educational institutions must be accompanied by an official Evaluation of Educational Credentials in order to be considered for the position. It is your responsibility to provide evidence that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States when applying. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Click on the following link for a list of accredited organizations (https://www.naces.org/members) recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded as part of the application. Failure to do so will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration. If you proceed past the initial application phase, official transcripts must be received by USAID from your university/institution during the final selection process.
Applicants who previously applied for this position and were interviewed will not be invited for another interview within a 12 month period.
Selective Service. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
Career appointments in the Foreign Service are covered by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, which requires an applicant to be 18 years old at time of application and which directs mandatory retirement at age 65. Given this mandatory retirement age and the fact that five years must be allowed to achieve tenure in the agency, there is an upper age limit of 59 at time of appointment to the Foreign Service.
Veteran's preference applies. Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) 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.
Foreign Language Ability. Foreign language ability has no effect on whether or not you are selected for an interview. However, to reach required tenured status, you must be able to achieve minimum proficiency levels in a USAID tenuring language. Candidates who demonstrate a predefined level of proficiency will be given the opportunity to test for bonus points that will be added to their final interview score. Testing will be conducted via telephone and/or in person.
USAID must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
BASIS OF RATING: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran's preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report relative to this position that show the degree to which you possess the required 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 checks from previous employers may be disqualified.
IMPORTANT: If you are found to have rated your self assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or any other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list.
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NOTE: We are aware some applicants are being directed during the application process to submit redundant documents. You are only required to submit the "Vacancy Level" documents: Resume, Transcript, SF-15 (if applicable), DD-214 (if applicable), and Miscellaneous (for any document you'd like to submit that doesn't fall under the category of the first four). The second request for "Registration Level" documents is the result of a technical error and can be ignored.
The following documents will be required for verification of eligibility before employment is offered:
• Proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate, passport, or other acceptable documentation).
• Official copy of college transcript of education used to qualify you for this position. For the initial application, only a copy of unofficial transcript is required.
• If claiming veteran’s preference you must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. Acceptable documentation may be: a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions; a "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed; OR a Standard Form 15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a SF 15. You may obtain a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting your level of disability for preference eligibility by visiting a VA Regional Office, contacting a VA call center or online. For more information on veteran’s preference and eligibility, visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/#content
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.
Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. If you do not already have an account with USAjobs.gov you will be prompted to create one. Only applications received through USAjobs.gov will be processed and reviewed. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
How to contact USAJOBS
Once you submit the form, USAJOBS will get back to you within one business day.
USAJOBS does not provide direct phone support. The contact us form will send an email to the Help Desk where you can ask for assistance by phone or email.
Step 1 - Create, or upload, a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS, or upload a resume or CV.
Step 2 - Apply Online. Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application. If this is your first time on USAID'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 "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission. You will upload a document. 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 "Finished" 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 5 - Submit Required Documents. You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload. 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.
You may upload supporting 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 have 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 CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Applications will be reviewed periodically and candidates selected per the Agency's staffing needs. You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which show that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered and references will be checked.
Steps to become a Foreign Service officer with USAID:
1. Candidates complete application
2. Highly qualified applications are referred to the Technical Review Panel (TRP)
3. TRP reviews applications and selects applicants to be invited for the interview.
4. Technical Selection Panel (TSP) interviews candidates.
5. Reference checks are conducted of TSP recommended candidates.
6. Successful completion of pre-employment process consisting of Security Clearance investigation,Medical clearance, receipt of official transcripts and acceptance of salary offer.
1. Ensure you meet all requirements.
2. If qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency when applying.
3. Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript.
4. Verify that application is completed and submitted.
5. Contact the help desk for technical assistance before the closing date of the announcement.
The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/561415900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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