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Senior Advisor

U.S. Agency for International Development Washington, DC
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Senior Advisor


U.S. Agency for International Development


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/28/2019 to 09/04/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13 - 14

- ##### Salary

$99,172 to $152,352 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This
position is not in the bargaining unit.


1 vacancy in the following location:


Washington, DC 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible


- Duties

### Summary

**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 the Administrator (A/AID)**, at the **U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID).**

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

As the incumbent of this position, you will serve as the Senior
Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Deputy Administrator, and the
Administrator. You will be responsible for providing direct staff
assistance to the Chief of Staff on activities that directly impact
the overall operations, programs, and policies of the Agency.

As a **Senior Advisor**, your duties will include the following:

- Serving as a technical expert, providing advice and guidance in
areas that require extensive interpretation for a range of
potentially different and unrelated program processes and
methods; you will consult with all levels of management,
headquarters personnel, other Federal Departments and Agencies,
and foreign and commercial organizations;
- Playing a significant role in the formulation and implementation
of the Agency's policies, strategies, and programs in support of
USAID's mission;
- Investigating internal Agency matters for the Chief of Staff and
the Administrator to help resolve sensitive issues; you will
advise the Chief of Staff and Administrator about the factual
situation, and explain or resolve apparent conflicts in program
policies and objectives;
- Serving as a coordinator across the Agency and interagency to
initiate dialogue; generate policy recommendations,
interventions, and agency mechanisms; and undertake research
activities that will be politically and economically feasible to
support sustainable international development and efficient
operations within the international development-assistance
- Providing direct advice and guidance to senior Agency staff on
behalf of the Office of the Administrator (A/AID) to ensure
Bureaus or Independent Offices (B/IOs) are integrating
sustainability, innovation, and efficient use of resources in
Agency programs and policies;
- Initiating and coordinating agency-wide analysis efforts and
dialogue sessions to devise Agency international
development-assistance strategies, policies, and systems to make
sure projects are transparent, accountable, efficient and
results-oriented; and
- Advising on the Administrator's short- and long-term schedule
and planning, including for domestic and international travel.

### Travel Required

25% or less - Travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office,
but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent's time.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential

14 - The full performance level of this position is the GS-14 grade

- #### Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- United States Citizenship is required.
- Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy
- Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the
Selective Service.
- Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required

Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this
announcement. This means you must have served at least 52 weeks at
the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on
this vacancy announcement.

### Qualifications

**GS-13**; You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12
grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to
full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower
level for this position includes: *(a) reviewing and making
recommendations on various policy and operational issues,
particularly those that are of a sensitive nature or of interest to
an organization's leadership; (b) providing direct advice and
guidance to senior Agency staff to ensure that sustainability and
efficient use of resources are integrated in Agency programs and
policies; and (c) serving as the lead operational point of contact
and the primary channel of communication among the head of an
organization and other senior staff.*

**GS-14**; You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13
grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to
full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower
level for this position includes: (a) providing expert advice and
guidance on U.S. Government programs and operations and
Administration policies, and serving as a Senior Advisor on critical
policy decisions and other issues that are of significant interest
to the public and Congress; (b) enhancing and coordinating effective
working relationships across sectoral lines, by identifying
important areas of interaction and impact among programmatic areas
and ensuring an organization is managing its programs to gain the
greatest possible benefit from such interactions; and (c) developing
policies and procedures to assist in the development and maintenance
of relationships with various stakeholders in the U.S. Government,
private industry, non-profit organizations, and academic

Experience refers to paid and unpaid 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, relevant to the duties of the position to
be filled, including volunteer experience.

**CTAP **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 a score of **85 or higher;** 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.

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.

### Education

This position does not have a positive education requirement.
Therefore, ? **no transcripts are required**.

### Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives
overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With
headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational
development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and
trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training;
democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and
humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the
world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia,
Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle
East. 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 For more
information about USAID, visit

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

Moving and relocation expenses are **not** authorized.

*Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:*\_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster\_on\_Federal\_Hiring\_Policies.pdf.

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information.


Selective Service Registration:

It is the policy of the Government 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.
Information about an individual's employment experience will be
used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his
or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although
an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment
decision, including conduct 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 itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or
fitness determination.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

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) to determine if your answers to
the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. If your
answers to the online assessment questionnaire are not supported in
the resume it will affect your eligibility for further
consideration. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not
possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your
application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Candidates that are rated as **Highly Qualified** will be referred
to the hiring manager and **may** be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the
following competencies:

- **International Development Policies;**
- **Intra- and Interagency Coordination**
- **Administration and Management;**
- **External Awareness;**
- **Strategic Thinking;**
- **Written Communication;**
- **Oral Communication.**

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Sensitive Compartmented Information

##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- Resume showing relevant experience.
- **CTAP** Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate
documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation
notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of
proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of
function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit
documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance
rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or
equivalent, along with your application/resume package.
- If this position requires proof of higher education, you
must submit a copy of your transcript **(unofficial or
official) **or a list of courses that includes the following
information: name of accredited institution, grades earned,
completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be
used to meet the requirements. Please refer to
for more information. Please be advised that an **official
transcript will be required** if you are selected for the
- Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel
Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1"
(Career) or "2" (Career-Conditional), and type of position

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid
vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the
Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits
offered to most Federal employees
at USAID's headquarters is in
downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue,
N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue and Orange Lines. The
office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums,
and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court
are on site. You will be eligible for telework in accordance with
Agency policy.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must
complete this on-line 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 on-line poses an extreme
hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than
two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy
announcement. An alternative application method will provided upon
approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to
apply via alternative methods will not be granted.**

Please note that all required documents must be received by the
closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will
determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the
material received by the closing date.

**Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement**
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 your
application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online

**Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS**
-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 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

**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 Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector
website to complete the application process.

**Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online
If this is your first time on Treasury'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 "Next" button to 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.
You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish"
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 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
documents. 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:
**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've 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
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your
documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy
Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to

**Fax:** Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following
the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number
will be provided on the cover-sheet.
If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and
need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to
assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST.

### Agency contact information

### James Contreras

##### Phone

202-712-1234; Option 2

##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20523-0016
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment
system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the
supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best
qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for
consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the
outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job
offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background
investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable
suitability determination and a favorable **TOP SECRET/SCI** level
security clearance investigation and determination.

You may check the status of your application for this position at
any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking
on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via
email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your
contact information changes after the closing date of the
announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that
is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g.,
spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that
could affect your consideration for this position.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies 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.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

U.S. Agency for International Development

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