Deputy Assistant Administrator

Washington, D.C
Jul 05, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Full Time

The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) provides global leadership in humanitarian response, by saving lives, alleviating suffering, and lessening the impact of disasters while providing the foundations for transformative change and self-reliance. BHA fulfills USAID's role as the lead U.S. Government Agency for responding to emergencies and disasters overseas with both food and non-food emergency assistance, as well as providing a holistic approach to USAID's programming across the spectrum of disaster response, early recovery, resilience, and risk reduction.

The Office of the Assistant to the Administrator (AtA/BHA) provides strategic and humanitarian policy guidance, directs and supervises Bureau activities, oversees key management and programmatic functions, provides senior-level advice and coordination on emergencies, and engages in the international humanitarian system to further USG humanitarian priorities.

The incumbent has delegated authority and assists the AtA in managing the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance with direct oversight and administration for two offices (TBD) within the bureau. The DAA coordinates the functions of subordinate managers to ensure that all activities effectively further the mandate of the bureau, including USG and Agency policy, program effectiveness, implementation challenges, fiduciary risk, management concerns, personnel management, and other Agency strategic objectives and priorities. The DAA provides advice and guidance to Office Directors on the development and implementation of plans to systematically improve efficiency and effectiveness of Agency operations, programs, and initiatives and employs other parts of the Agency and inter-agency in furtherance of bureau objectives. In fulfilling duties, the DAA coordinates with USAID leadership across the Agency, U.S. inter-agency counterparts, other donors, and implementing partners.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret Clearance.

Position requires incumbent to file OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure.

May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants MUST possess progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the competencies outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of experience for each of the ECQs and TQs listed below. These ECQ and TQ statements will assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to refer to the selecting official. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY ECQS AND TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

**If you can claim Noncompetitive status-you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB)-you are not required to respond to the ECQs. However, you MUST submit supplemental statements addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs), and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.


You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Core Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.

This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Core Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Core Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.

This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Core Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Core Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating.

The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.


You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ1 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience administering and directing all facets of humanitarian assistance programming, based on extensive knowledge of humanitarian policies, programs, and authorities. Humanitarian assistance for this purpose encompasses food and non-food emergency response, early recovery, resilience, and risk reduction/preparedness. Experience must demonstrate ability to articulate strategic humanitarian assistance vision, alignment of resources with humanitarian policy and USG priorities, building humanitarian partnerships for optimal impact, and in-depth knowledge of appropriate humanitarian assistance programming interventions based on context and needs.

TQ2 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience developing/negotiating, coordinating, and representing USG humanitarian assistance policy, priorities, and programs within complex U.S. inter-agency and international environments in order to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives related to humanitarian assistance. Experience should demonstrate success presenting and advancing humanitarian policy and initiatives, forging cross Agency and inter-agency collaboration, as well as effective engagement and representation with senior representatives in Congress, other donor organizations, implementing partner institutions, and the press corps to advance the USG policy agenda.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Headquartered in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries and play a critical role in promoting 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 expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees 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 Human Trafficking . For more information about USAID, visit USAID .

COVID-19 Vaccination : To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Veteran's Preference: Veterans preference does not apply to positions within the SES. OPM FAQ

Selective Service : Male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.

EEO Policy Statement : The Federal Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation: USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.