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Supervisory Education Program Specialist

U.S. Agency for International Development Washington, DC
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Supervisory Education Program Specialist


U.S. Agency for International Development


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/30/2019 to 09/13/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 15

- ##### Salary

$137,849 to $166,500 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:


District of Columbia, 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 located in the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington,
DC., in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of
Regional Sustainable Development (LAC/RSD).

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

This position is located in the Bureau for Latin America and the
Caribbean, Office of Regional Sustainable Development (LAC/RSD). The
Supervisory Education Program Specialist serves as the LAC/RSD
Education Team Leader. RSD's portfolio spans five development
sectors: Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance; Education; Health;
Environment, and Broad-Based Economic Growth. The incumbent leads
the Education team in providing technical support to USAID Missions
in the LAC region, analyzing regional education trends, and managing
centrally-funded, regional education programs. The incumbent leads
the Education team's participation in Agency, Bureau, and
interagency strategic planning, programming, and budgeting processes
and liaises with relevant stakeholders, both internal and external.
He/she serves as a senior-level technical expert and advisor to
Bureau management and USAID missions on education-related topics in
LAC. The incumbent supervises Education team staff, manages the
team's budget, and ensures appropriate planning and oversight of
regional implementing mechanisms.

As the Supervisory Education Program Specialist, your duties will

- Supervises a team of Foreign Service Limited (FSL) staff members
focusing on basic education, higher education, education policy,
workforce development and youth programming in the Latin America
and Caribbean region.
- Provides expert advice and guidance on international education
programs and policies which are of significant interest to the
public and Congress, with significant emphasis on the areas of
basic education, higher education and youth/workforce
development in LAC.
- Advises senior leadership in Washington and LAC Missions on the
application of USAID-funded assistance in education in order to
ensure coherence with USG and USAID Education Strategy,
Congressional interests, and USAID development assistance goals.
- Leads the LAC/RSD Education Team in providing virtual and TDY
technical support to 8 Missions with education programs in the
LAC region. These 8 USAID Missions include Peru, Guatemala,
Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti and
the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
- Advises the LAC Strategy and Program Office in establishing and
justifying education budget request levels for the LAC region,
including the allocation and use of funds for USAID Missions and
LAC regional programs in support of education development in the
LAC region.
- Manages LAC/RSD's Education Team's regional budget which
typically ranges from $8-15 million/year. Monitors expenditures
in support of programs and policies.
- Plans, designs, and implements regional programs that support
LAC Mission's bilateral education programming. This included
supporting regional contracts and agreements that encourage
evaluation, research and state-of-the art studies to synthesize
and disseminate lessons learned from bi-lateral education
programming to USAID education officers in the LAC region and
- Serves as a liaison between LAC/RSD and key stakeholders with an
interest in education development in LAC, including other USAID
Bureaus (e.g. E3, PPL, Global Development Lab), other USG
Agencies (Department of State, Department of Education,
Inter-American Foundation, Department of Labor), multilateral
development banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank),
the U.S. and local private sector, Non-government Organizations
(NGOs), Universities and others.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential

15 - Position is at the full performance level

- #### Job family (Series)

1720 Education 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.
- Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the
Selective Service.
- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
- You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

**Note:** Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be
supported in your resume.

**Screen Out Question:** Candidate must demonstrate proficiency in
speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. If you are referred to the
selecting official, you will be asked to provide proof of your

### Qualifications

**GS-15: **You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the
GS-**14** 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)managing a team of
education development professionals; (b) providing expert advice and
guidance to Agency leadership on international education programs
and policies with significant emphasis on the areas of basic
education, higher education, and youth/workforce development; (c)
planning, designing, implementing and evaluating international
education programs in developing countries; and (d) preparing,
justifying and/or administering the budget for an education program
or portfolio, including experience planning, administering and
monitoring expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs
and policies.*

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.

**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.

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 has a positive education requirement. You must meet
the following qualifications to be considered for this position:

#### Basic Requirements:

1. Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24
semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to
be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in
education courses.


2. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester
hours in a field related to the work of the position to be
filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in
education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional
education. The experience must reflect the level and kind
described in C below.


3. Four years of experience that demonstrated a thorough
understanding of the principles and practices underlying the
work of this series. This experience must have been of such
character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant
possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that
normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year
course of study in an accredited college or university.


4. At least 1 full academic year of professional teaching
experience. This experience is defined as full and primary
responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of
assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This
includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and
for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of
the students' success or failure according to established
criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor
without the authority to determine the students' success or
failure to meet course requirements does not meet this

### Additional information

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.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer **is** required.

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) and place you in one of three
pre-defined categories. These categories are "**Gold," "Silver," and
"Bronze."** However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must
support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or
your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "**Gold**"
category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and
**may** be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for
preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to
veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined
category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a
service-connected disability of **10% or more** will be listed at
the top of the highest quality category (**Gold**) depending on the
position and grade level of the job. **(You must provide proof of
disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration
showing disability percentage rating).**

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

- **Leadership and Management**
- **Managing Human Resources**
- **Interpersonal Skills**
- **Oral Communication**
- **Project Management**

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- Resume showing relevant experience.
- Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any
Veterans' hiring eligibilities (veterans' preference and
Veterans Recruitment Appointment).
- If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring
authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring
- **ICTAP** 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 transcript)** 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

#### 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, Silver, 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 notify the agency contact name herein office no
later than two business days prior to the closing date of this
vacancy announcement. You will be provided an alternative
application method. After this time, requests to apply via
alternative methods may 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
materials 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 competencies listed in the How You Will
Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click

-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 daily, excluding
Federal holidays.

### Agency contact information

### Carol M Tucker

##### Phone


##### 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 **SECRET** 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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