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USAID is the world's premier international development and humanitarian agency and a catalytic actor driving development results, saving lives, alleviating human suffering and reducing the impacts of disasters worldwide. 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.Learn more about this agency
04/04/2023 to 05/17/2023
$67,122 - $121,648 per year
FS 4 - 5
Many vacancies in the following location:
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.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).
Yes—Moving and relocation expenses are authorized for individuals who are not current federal employees with a duty location within the Washington D.C. area.
3 - Senior Foreign Service
BS-70 Humanitarian Assist
All U.S. Citizens, no prior Federal experience is required.
This is a Foreign Service Announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.
We operate in five regions of the world: Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. The Agency also leads and coordinates the U.S. government's humanitarian assistance efforts overseas.
USAID responded to 74 disasters in 64 countries in Fiscal Year 2022, ensuring that aid reached people affected by natural disasters and slow-onset crises such as droughts and conflicts. The myriad of contexts in which USAID is currently responding - reflect the increasingly complex and multifaceted nature of humanitarian emergencies today - includes unprecedented global food insecurity in Yemen, the Horn of Africa, Madagascar, and Northern Nigeria; intractable complex emergencies in Ukraine, Syria, Bangladesh/Burma, and Venezuela/neighboring countries; and the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Turkey. We also continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and support the USG's overseas COVID-19 response.
The establishment of USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) in 2020 united the staffing, expertise and financial resources of USAID's offices of Food for Peace (FFP) and U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and enabled the creation in 2021 of a new Humanitarian Assistance professional job code (BS 70) for the Foreign Service. In so doing, USAID strengthened its ability to respond to the magnitude, complexity, and protracted nature of today's emergencies as well as to capitalize on opportunities to link humanitarian, resilience, development, and peace-building work.
BHA's dedicated professionals, working in Washington, DC and in many overseas missions and embassies, lead USG humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of, and bolster resilience of most vulnerable populations in times of crisis and help to build the continuum to long-term development outcomes through early recovery and risk reduction programs. Aligned with this goal, USAID is undertaking a recruitment effort as outlined in this solicitation to hire BS 70 Humanitarian Assistance Officers at the FS-04/05 levels.
Successful candidates must be available to work in any country in the world where USAID has a presence. Here is the link to the current list of countries.
Duties include but are not limited:
Whether in a leadership role, or under the direction of other members of USAID, and regardless of foreign or domestic assignment, FSOs working in BS-70 have the following major duties:
Technical Support: Serve as a technical resource for foreign assistance activities in the areas of humanitarian response and food assistance, identifying needs and appropriate response options for disaster situations and opportunities to integrate BHA efforts with those of other operating units in the Agency.
Assessment: Support activity design and implementation, strategy development and situation analysis within the sector by researching, reviewing and analyzing data and making recommendations on the basis of evidence and analysis of political and humanitarian trends and contexts.
Strategy: Assist in developing, coordinating and managing country, regional and global strategies for BHA funding, advising on U.S. policy for humanitarian contexts and implementing concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing programs in the humanitarian response and food assistance sectors.
Program and Activity Management: Coordinate and/or participate in program development, implementation and performance monitoring. Coordinate assigned activities with other USAID Bureaus and Offices, the Department of State, other USG agencies, other donors, and the private sector.
Managing Grants, Contracts and Cooperative Agreements: Develop and manage financial instruments (Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, and Grants) with local, U.S. or international organizations providing assistance to beneficiaries requiring business skills to manage relationships with implementing partners and other Agency partners whether directly as an Agreement or Contracting Officer's Representative or as an Activity Manager..
Representation: Act as USG representative in formal and informal settings related to the position and as a member of the diplomatic community.
Leadership: Build, motivate and guide diverse teams in both steady-state and emergency response contexts to execute all the above activities.
Relevant experience must be in assessment, response implementation, monitoring and evaluation directly related to (domestic or international) disaster response, humanitarian assistance, food assistance, climate change adaptation, migration or conflict.
Relevant diverse experience: The applicant will need to demonstrate the diverse experience is relevant to the Humanitarian Assistance Officer's duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or use of a foreign language; whether the experience resulted in the applicant encountering new and or different cultures and practices; and whether the applicant coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts or conducted public outreach and communications."
Overseas and diverse working environment includes serving or working in an overseas context or in an economically disadvantaged domestic community (such as an inner city or Indian reservation) for the minimum number of years required, performing work directly related to the advertised Foreign Service Officer position, in which you experienced new cultures, learned foreign languages, encountered different cultures and practices, and/or coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts; and must have been achieved by the close of the announcement date. The applicant will need to demonstrate this experience is relevant to the Humanitarian Assistance Officer's duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or use of a foreign language; whether the experience resulted in the applicant encountering new and or different cultures and practices; and whether the applicant coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts or conducted public outreach and communications."
Volunteer experience includes relevant unpaid as well as paid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience, that meets the criteria as defined under "relevant work experience".
CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.
The following skills are critical for success as a Humanitarian Assistance Officer:
Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Writing: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner.Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills: Participates constructively in a team of diverse backgrounds and skill sets, working collaboratively towards achieving a common goal or to complete a task.
Cultural Competence - Demonstrates cross cultural knowledge or skills.
Management: Ability to plan, coordinate and execute development and humanitarian projects, including human and financial resource allocation.
Problem Solving: Identifies problems; assesses accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations.
Leadership: Influences, motivates and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions or to leverage funds and advocate for humanitarian principles.
Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, comprehends and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises other on technical issues.
Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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, this may eliminate you from the list of those referred for an interview.
Relevant majors include international development studies, disaster management, migration studies, international relations, public administration or management, geographic area studies, or a social/behavioral science with a specialization related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk recovery, humanitarian crisis management, food and nutrition security, or other sectors and specialization relevant to humanitarian assistance.
FS 05: Applicant must have a Master's or Doctorate degree in a relevant functional area PLUS three (3) years of relevant experience WITH two (2) years of relevant diverse experience.
FS-04: Applicant must have a Master's or Doctorate degree in a relevant functional area PLUS four (4) years of relevant experience WITH three (3) year of relevant diverse experience
We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements including the education and experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, you will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the relevant education and experience you report and the degree to which you possess the required competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. A technical review panel of subject matter experts will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire to verify qualifications. USAID will invite candidates for an interview based on the competitiveness of the overall application package.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries worldwide, 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 and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse, and adhere to USAID's 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.
USAID Foreign Service Officers generally spend the majority of their careers assigned to the Agency's overseas offices (known as "missions") in countries with a variety of challenges including low development status, political unrest, civil war and humanitarian crisis.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) 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.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
Moving and relocation expenses are authorized.
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It is the Government's policy not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. USAID will use information about an individual's employment experience only to determine their qualifications and assess their relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including behavior during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
USAID is committed to equal employment opportunity; therefore, reasonable accommodations are available to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodation Division in the Office of Civil Rights at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about the Reasonable Accommodation Division, please visit our website at: https://www.usaid.gov/careers/reasonableaccommodations.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the education and experience qualifications. Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veterans preference points are applied, if applicable.
USAID's Foreign Services has a Reverse grading structure where the lower grades are the more senior grades, e.g. The grade 04 is the more senior grade than the grade 05.
We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions).
Veteran's preference. Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act. If you are claiming a disability, you must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating.
To claim veteran's preference, you must provide acceptable documentation of your preference eligibility. Acceptable documentation include:
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 must 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
A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
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.
Announcement BS-70 Humanitarian Assist is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of Status Candidates. You must apply separately to be considered under both announcements.
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this online application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Our Office will provide an alternative application method upon approval of the hardship notification. After the advertisement has closed, we will not grant requests to apply via alternative plans.
Please note, we must receive all required documents by the closing date via online or alternative methods. We will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.
Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11906745)
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section, where you will see the areas upon which an HR Specialist or Subject Matter Expert will evaluate your application.
Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated qualifications section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click here.-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the OPM's USA Staffing website to complete the application process.
Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on OPM's USA Staffing website, the system will prompt you to register by answering questions about your eligibility for Federal employment. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.
Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review, and you may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, our system will then direct you back to USAJOBS, where you can confirm that you correctly submitted your application, and you can track your application status.
Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your records. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
You must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below to apply for this position.
You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement's closing date to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you must create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
Our automated system will take you to the online application you must complete to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and apply.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/717463600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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Our Mission: On behalf of the American people, we promote and demonstrate democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. In support of America's foreign policy, the U.S. Agency for International Development leads the U.S. Government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.
BHA's team of dedicated professionals, working in Washington, DC and in many overseas missions and embassies, leads USG humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of, and bolster resilience of most vulnerable populations in times of crisis and helps to build the continuum to long-term development outcomes through early recovery and risk reduction programs.