Climate Smart Agriculture Advisor

Washington, District Of Columbia
Aug 21, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
Full Time

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NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST (Climate Smart Agriculture Advisor)

This is an excepted service, time-limited, term appointment for up to 5 years, with the possibility of renewals.

As the Climate Smart Agriculture Advisor, the incumbent will be assigned to the Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture (EGEA) team  in the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Africa.  The incumbent will serve as the EGEA team's senior technical and policy advisor on all matters of climate change and its interface with the agriculture sector.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Overseas travel to under-developed areas required


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


The employee will serve as a senior advisor providing technical backstopping and intellectual leadership to the agency on activities pertaining to efforts to strengthen agriculture and climate change worldwide. In this capacity, s/he will perform the following major, though not all inclusive, duties:

  • Provides expertise to USAID’s regional and central bureaus, host-country governments, private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and Missions in designing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs involving agriculture and climate change issues.
  • Provides technical and managerial guidance for research and analysis of issues related to agriculture and climate change. Coordinates incorporation of research and analysis findings into implementable interventions involving promoting new and innovative strategies for agriculture and climate change programs worldwide. Serves as technical liaison with other US Government agencies, donor organizations, multilateral banks, PVOs, U.S. universities, and professional organizations to coordinate their efforts with USAID programs, policies, and approaches relating to agriculture and climate change;
  • Analyzes, formulates, and develops ideas, concepts, and methodology for policies, procedures, and systems for designing, implementing and evaluating programs worldwide. Identifies best practices and develops alternative concepts and techniques for use in a variety of situations ;
  • Collaborates with Agency, government agencies, and development partners to identify agricultural and climate change issues and constraints that can be overcome by policy, legislative, or other initiatives. Provides recommendations on measures that provide co-benefits in terms of reducing emissions and increasing resilience of farming.  Prepares briefing materials and provides materials on successful programs, good practice recommendations, and analytical reports on agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies and programs.
  • Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad Mission areas.  Advises office, bureau, and/or Mission staff on a variety of measures that strengthen the ability of developing countries to stimulate agricultural production and productivity in the face of climate change. Provides programmatic backstopping and management on high visibility projects, consulting with professionals in various sectors. Advises head of operational unit on key issues/constraints to mitigation and adaptation to climate change as a part of program/project development;
  • Participates in geographic and/or central bureau review of agriculture and climate change activities, policy, and technical input. Assists developing country partners and Missions in carrying out analysis, feasibility studies, and project design proposals. Leads the design and development of climate change activities;
  • Oversees the preparation of project papers, project agreements, project authorizations, congressional notifications, and implementation letters related to agriculture and climate change activities. Initiates or coordinates evaluation of climate change activities;
  • Designs and/or manages the development of bureau and/or Mission specific strategic objectives (SOs) involving agriculture, climate change and food security, identifying actions related to program/project implementation, monitoring, and evaluating activities under established and/or proposed SOs;
  • Assists regional and/or central bureaus in advancing state-of-the-art agricultural production systems and their management; and
  • Designs and participates in broad assessments, program developments, and reviews of performance management systems.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including the following specialized experience and/or education requirements. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS - In order to qualify for positions in the 0401 job series applicants must possess one of the following:
A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or another closely related discipline that’s appropriate to the position. You must submit copies of your college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.


B. A combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must submit copies of your college transcripts and copies of your college transcripts. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.


In order to qualify for this position applicants must possess one year or more of specialized experience that was equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors and is typically gained in the same field as the position being filled or another very closely related field.

Applicants must show evidence in their resumes of possession of at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  • Experience designing, implementing, evaluating and monitoring programs involving agriculture and climate change issues;
  • Experience providing advice and guidance on programs, policies, and approaches relating to agriculture and climate change;
  • Experience designing, or developing specific strategic objectives involving agriculture, climate change, and food security;
  • Experience incorporating research and  analysis findings into implementable interventions promoting new and innovative strategies for agriculture and climate change programs; and
  • Experience leading or overseeing the work of others involved with implementing agricultural development and climate change programs
Failure to provide evidence of this specialized experience in your resume will result in an ineligible rating.