RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Conducts professional research and authoritative analysis used to develop strategies, plans, instructions and guidance for application and incorporation into international crisis operations policies, programs and/or operational functions.
- Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed authoritative analyses of complex program and/or operational functions and processes.
- Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex policies, program and/or operational functions and processes related to crisis operations work.
- Identifies and proposes solutions to problems that are of major importance to planning the direction for future international crisis programs and/or operational functions that have implications for foreign and national security policy.
- Managing, and coordinating with other entities, the prevention of, and/or protection from, and/or preparedness for, and/or response to, and/or recovery from and/or mitigation of intentional and/or unintentional crises, disasters, and conflicts.
- Assesses effectiveness or recommends improvement of program and/or operational processes and systems encompassing difficult and diverse issues that affect aspects of major international crisis operations programs.
QualificationsDescription of Organization: The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)
- 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.
- You may be required to serve a two-year probationary period if selected.
- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
provides global leadership and a strategic approach in humanitarian response, promoting human welfare, alleviating suffering, and providing the foundations for transformative change and self-reliance serving both national foreign policy interests and people in need of humanitarian assistance. 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 preparing for, responding to, mitigating, and preventing disasters.
The Office of Africa (AFR)
designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of human-induced and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience. AFR consists of five (5) geographic divisions: East Africa; Central Africa; Sudans; West Africa; and Southern Africa. These divisions are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through grants and cooperative agreements to non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international organizations (IO) including United Nations (UN) agencies; and to other partners. These divisions also oversee BHA AFR's nonresponse efforts in disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience, and humanitarian transition.The Office of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe (MENAE)
assesses, designs, and provides humanitarian assistance with our partners, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of, man-made and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience. Humanitarian experts based overseas, who coordinate with local authorities and USAID Missions, and in Washington, who coordinate with USAID Regional and Pillar Bureaus, manage funding and programmatic activities overseas implemented by NGOs; international organizations, including United Nations (UN) agencies; and other partners in the region for both natural disasters and complex emergencies. Applicants should identify their division assignment preferences, if any, in the cover letter of their application.The Office of Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean (ALAC)
assesses humanitarian needs, then designs and provides humanitarian assistance, including responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of human-induced and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience. To achieve these objectives, USAID humanitarian experts based overseas coordinate with local authorities and USAID Missions, while humanitarian experts based in Washington work with USAID Regional and Pillar Bureaus. The Office of ALAC consists of (3) three geographic divisions: Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, and South and Central Asia. These divisions are responsible for providing emergency humanitarian assistance through grants and cooperative agreements to: non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international organizations (IOs) including United Nations (UN) agencies; and other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee BHA's efforts in disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience, and humanitarian transition.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.
ORCombination 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.
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 humanitarian assistance program and policy matters,(b)
designing and monitoring highly complex program or policy options to international humanitarian emergencies; and(c)
serving in a leadership role on an organization's response teams to international disasters and directing the operations, coordination and 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 conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of international civilian humanitarian assistance programs.
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.Education
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 www.naces.org/members.php .