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Supervisory Crisis Operations Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

  • Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members while observing workers' performance metrics; and provides guidance and counsel to staff related and administrative matters;
  • Promotes Agency Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) goals and objectives;
  • Conducts organizational strategic planning, including identification of resources and expertise and aligns organizational and overall Agency international crisis operations goals and objectives;
  • Researches, analyzes and develops strategies and plans for formulating and implementing international crisis operations policies, programs or operational functions, and develops detailed implementation plans ensuring goals are achieved;
  • Advises appropriate Agency leadership and external stakeholders on new developments, approaches, and articulates the benefits of interventions to effectively reach multiple audiences; and
  • Identifies and proposes solutions to problems that are of major importance to planning the direction for future international crisis programs and/or operational functions.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. The security clearance level requirement for this position may vary based on the nature and responsibilities of the job.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a two-year probationary period if selected.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.


Basic Requirements:

The first step in the evaluation process requires meeting Basic Requirements, Specialized Experience, and Selective Placement Factor stated below. Please refer to the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for further details. Ensure that all relevant experience is clearly stated in your resume and unofficial transcripts are submitted to verify your education level.

To qualify for this position, you must meet one of the following requirements:

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

Specialized Experience:

GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 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) advising and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders (federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, host country representatives, or private sector organizations) on the development and management of operations or policies for an international assistance organization supporting political transition, stabilization, or humanitarian relief working in crisis environments; (b) providing technical leadership and management supervision necessary to support rapid response activities for an international assistance organization working in crisis environments; (c) applying your expertise in international affairs and crisis operations to research and implementing best practices, policies, and procedures for rapid response operations or programs; and (d) developing and monitoring comprehensive strategies and evaluating and modifying programs or operations for agile crisis operations response.
Please note that qualifying specialized work experience may have been gained through a variety of activities, including residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other foreign work experience. Make sure to document your experience thoroughly in your resume.

Selective Placement Factor:

This position has a Selective Placement Factor, which is a skill, knowledge, ability, or other characteristic essential for the job's satisfactory performance. The Selective Placement Factor represents the minimum requirements for this position and is a prerequisite for appointment. Applicants who do not meet the Selective Placement Factor are ineligible for further consideration.

Selective Placement Factor: Experience working within a rapid response international assistance organization where the mission focuses on political transitions and stabilization, community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, or humanitarian response.

Experience includes both paid and unpaid activities, such as volunteer work through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work provides training and experience that can translate directly to paid employment. Qualifying experience, including volunteer experience, that aligns with the duties of this position will be considered.


Review the Basic Requirements of this vacancy announcement for education requirements. Unofficial transcripts are required at the point of submission since these positions do have a minimum education requirement. An official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.

If you have received your education at a foreign college or university, you may use it to meet the education requirements as long as you can demonstrate that the foreign education is similar to that you would have received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. You must provide such evidence with your application. Find a list of accredited organizations recognized for interpreting foreign education credentials at .

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