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Crisis Operations Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

  • Manages international political transition crisis operations, including identifying potential risks and developing interventions that mitigate potential threats;
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to promote U.S. foreign policy and national security interests;
  • Develops strategies and policies in international assistance crisis operations utilizing extensive field experience managing political transition programs in multiple conflict environments;
  • Analyzes and evaluates complex information, including international political, economic, and socio-cultural factors, to identify potential risks and develop interventions that align with U.S. foreign and national security policies and strategies;
  • Analyze political transitions, advise senior leaders, provide recommendations and assessments for decision-making, resource allocation, budget requests, program and strategy development;
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in foreign governments, NGOs, and multilateral organizations that support U.S. initiatives and national security policies, strategies, and development; and
  • Identifies and proposes solutions to problems towards planning the direction of future international crisis programs and/or operational functions that have implications for US foreign or national security policy, strategy, programs, and budgets.


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 these positions 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-15: You need at least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience refers to full-time work, while part-time roles are considered on a prorated basis. Qualifying specialized experience includes:
  • Extensive field experience managing complex political transition programs in multiple conflict environments;
  • Providing expert advice to and leading negotiations with senior officials on international political transition crisis operational or technical issues and policies;
  • Representing, negotiating, and convincing senior government and stakeholder officials in one or more operational and/or technical sectors critical to the delivery of civilian-based international rapid response assistance;
  • Leading, convening, negotiating, and coordinating with international, interdisciplinary, and interagency groups and senior officials within and outside the U.S. in programs, policies and strategies impacting key foreign policy priorities related to political crisis operations; and
  • Assessing the effectiveness of processes and procedures related to the implementation, management, and operations of international rapid response programs/projects for a civilian-based international assistance donor response organization working in crisis environments.
  • 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 in conflict environments, including field experience managing multiple country programs and headquarter experience providing strategic guidance.

    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.

    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 .

    Electronic fund transfer is required for selected candidates. We do not cover moving or relocation expenses.

    Equal Employment Opportunity: USAID is an equal opportunity employer, providing reasonable accommodations for applicants or employees with disabilities. For help with reasonable accommodations, please contact the Reasonable Accommodation Division in the Office of Civil Rights at .

    Telework is allowed, see for more information.

    Selective Service Registration may be required, visit to learn more.

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