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Crisis Operations Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

  • Agency-wide expert in a program, operational, and/or policy area of international civilian-led humanitarian response operations including managing, and coordinating with other entities on humanitarian response efforts.
  • Liaison to other USG Agencies, Congress, donors, multilateral banks, implementing partners, non governmental organizations (NGOs), and others on how to coordinate with USAID programs, policies and approaches related to the crisis operations.
  • May be deployed to international crisis locations to perform direct crisis interventions or support crisis operations, including on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), or serve on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs).
  • Advises Agency leadership and external stakeholders as appropriate on new developments, processes, procedures, and approaches; represents the Agency to external stakeholders, and articulates issues effectively reaching multiple audiences.
  • Exercises independence and good judgment in maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the international crisis operations community such as governments, the UN, NGOs, private industry, academic institutions, and others as appropriate.
  • Develops and coordinates strategies, plans, and/or guidance, and/or captures and disseminates analysis for Agency-wide application and incorporation into appropriate humanitarian operations programs, policy, 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) Providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate complex dialogue on international civilian-led humanitarian assistance program and policy matters.


(b) Designing and monitoring highly complex program or policy options to international humanitarian emergencies.


(c) Serving in a leadership role on an organization's response teams to international disasters and directing the operations, coordination and/or technical programs critical to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

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: Your resume must demonstrate experience coordinating, designing, implementing, or evaluating civilian-led international humanitarian response efforts.

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.

* Announcement Text was updated 7/19/2023 from:
Your resume must demonstrate experience coordinating humanitarian response efforts, engaging on policy issues, including the development of policy options, as well as conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of international civilian humanitarian assistance programs.

To reflect: Your resume must demonstrate experience coordinating, designing, implementing, or evaluating civilian-led international humanitarian response efforts.

This was due to administrative error; the changes made will not impact an applicant's overall rating.


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.

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 .

Additional information

USAID is an independent agency that provides foreign policy guidance to the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries worldwide to help support and promote U.S. foreign policy interests. USAID's mission is to help vulnerable populations worldwide by providing aid when crises occur, rights are repressed, and hunger, disease, and poverty limit opportunities. We maintain a commitment to providing a safe and respectful workplace, free from sexual misconduct, harassment, exploitation, and abuse. For more information about USAID, you can visit our website at . If you want to know more about human trafficking or ways to address it, visit .

Please note that the security clearance level requirement for this position may vary based on the nature and responsibilities of the job. Applicants will be informed about the required security clearance level prior to the interview being scheduled. Some positions may require a Top Secret security clearance, specifically those which require significant time spent overseas.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: At USAID, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission of creating a safer, healthier, more democratic, and more prosperous world. As such, we strictly prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace and all employment-related decisions. We encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses any form of discrimination or harassment to report it to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) or an EEO Counselor within 45 days from the date the discrimination was believed to have occurred. We do not tolerate workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, of any kind and will take appropriate action to address such misconduct before it becomes severe or pervasive enough to be unlawful. We are committed to fostering a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment for all our employees and to upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct. To learn more about the EEO Policy Statement, visit our website at

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 . Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about the Reasonable Accommodation Division, please visit our website at: .

Telework is allowed, see for more information. Selective Service Registration may be required, visit to learn more.

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