Chief of Operations

Washington D.C.
Mar 04, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Full Time

50% or less - Travels periodically to overseas posts to assess Peace Corps operations, programs and projects.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment"
  • Intelligence Background Information

    Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

    PC-1336 Form: Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed PC-1336 form, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person—not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person— and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

    If your intelligence connection involves the NSA, you (or, if the connection is with a family member, that person) must contact NSA’s Office of the General Counsel at 410-854-3910 before submitting this form to Peace Corps.

    Selective Placement Factor(s):

    This position has One (1) selective placement factor defined below:

    1.  Three (3) years’ worth of relevant executive leadership and management experience in developing or transitioning countries or in multicultural settings within the United States. Experience may be with local, state, or federal U.S. government, with an international or domestic NGO, or in the private sector.

    Examples of relevant professional experience include: held a senior level position such as Country Director, Executive Director, Regional Director, Chief of Party, CEO, Ambassador, or others in a complex organizational environment; experience leading and managing programs with an international focus or a focus on U.S. communities that are made up of a preponderance of culturally diverse members; experience providing strategic direction to complex programs; and experience that includes high level representational duties. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application. Failure to provide this information in your resume with date, month and years of service along with country of service will result in automatic elimination from competition.

    Specialized Experience:

    You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

    This vacancy is being announced at one (1) grade level:

    FP-1 (Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level) 

    Qualifying experience for the FP-1 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-2 or GS-14 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience in a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems; Experience in a range of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the management of agency programs. Experience planning, developing, staffing, and coordinating complex studies and overarching analyses related to the implementation of an agency's domestic and international programs; Experience developing and implementing collaborative approaches with internal and external partners and stakeholders to build coalitions and work on common agency program goals and objectives; Experience in providing oversight, formulation, and execution of an agency's budget, identifying and implementing programming and training initiatives, policies, programs and goals, and managing the provision of program support to domestic and overseas support offices; Experience coordinating and approving multi-year and long term work plans and reshaping programs as per changes in the agency's needs, budget requirements, legislative changes, and international requirements and policies.

    Time-in-Grade Requirements: Internal applicants and Federal employees who are currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

    This position has no Individual Occupational Requirements (Specific Education).

    Peace Corps Information  

    • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. PC employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale and employment is limited NTE 5 years.
    • Qualified internal applicants will be given first consideration.
    • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
    • National Service (e.g., volunteer) refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student).
    • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
    • Peace Corps is a drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
    • Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
    • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.
    Conditions of Employment  
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
    • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, you must sign a statement certifying your registration, or you must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • Prior Intelligence Activity or Related Work: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or related work or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.
    • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    • A one (1) year trial period is required.
    • This job has been identified as a testing designated position under our Drug-Free Workplace Program. Therefore, you must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. As an employee, you will be subject to random drug testing.
    • This is not a bargaining unit position.
    • This position requires the filing of a Financial Disclosure report.
    • Travel outside the continental United States is required.

    If you have questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact In the subject line, include the vacancy #, position title and closing date.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The following competencies will be evaluated in your application:

    • Leadership and Management
      • Manages organizational programs, operations, and resources; responds to emergencies; and represents the agency to national and international stakeholders. Knows and articulates Agency’s vision into strategies, management techniques, and program and management plans. Is up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views. Understands the organization's impact on the external environment. Makes (and perceives the impact of) well-informed, objective decisions, and delivers high-quality programs with commitment to continuous improvement. Commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals and manage change.
    • Organizational Performance Analysis
      • Knows methods for analyzing program, organizational, and mission performance. Knows approaches to assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs and projects. Can ensure compliance with Federal, Agency, and host countries’ laws, regulations, and guidance. Knows the organization's mission and functions; its social, political, and technological systems; and its programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
    • Strategic Thinking
      • Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the Agency in a global environment. Seizes opportunities and manages risks. Formulates effective strategies consistent with Agency’s business objectives. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
    • Innovation and Creativity
      • Develops new insights into situations; assesses conventional approaches and encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new strategies/programs/processes.
    • Policy
      • Can interpret, collaboratively develop, and enforce policies. Can manage up and down on policy implementation and advocate policy changes as required to enhance program performance and strategy application.
    • Stakeholder Management
      • Knows concepts, practices, and techniques used to identify, engage, influence, and monitor relationships with individuals and groups connected to a work effort; including those actively involved, those who exert influence over the process and its results, and those who have a vested interest in the outcome (positive or negative). Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.
    • Intercultural Competence
      • Continually refines effective and appropriate actions to foster equity and inclusion. Builds and maintains relationships with and among others in a range of complex, ambiguous situations. Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness; can effectively deal with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds; and is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

    Please note that a complete, accurate application is required for consideration. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist, which must support the self-assessment answers you provide. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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