Health Science Specialist
50% or less - Up to 30% intermittent travel to and in developing countries.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.
SCREEN OUT QUESTION: You will be required to answer the following question in order to receive consideration for this position.
Do you have demonstrable experience in developing, implementing and/or strengthening Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programs related to HIV health programs in low- to middle-income countries?
You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.
GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience in developing, implementing and/or strengthening Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programs related to HIV health programs in low- to middle-income countries at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 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 include knowledge of new programmatic and implementation strategies, combined with planning, analysis and evaluation, administration, management and coordination of inter-agency international health programs; knowledge and understanding of Agency policies and USAID Mission operations; and skill in analyzing and interpreting complex legislation, program policies, and regulations.
GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience in developing, implementing and/or strengthening Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programs related to HIV health programs in low- to middle-income countries 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 include: expertise in health sciences, including expert knowledge of new programmatic and implementation strategies related to HIV/AIDS, combined with planning, analysis and evaluation; administration, management and coordination of inter-agency international health programs; and knowledge and understanding of Agency and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) policies and USAID Mission operations.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.
ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.
A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.
his position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, transcripts are required.
The education requirement: a 4-year degree where the major study was in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position. Please include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) that demonstrates that you meet the education requirement listed above prior to the closing date of the announcement. If you do not include this information prior to the closing date of the announcement, your application will be marked as incomplete unless you submit an SF-50 that shows you are currently or previously held a position in the 0601 job series.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world’s most vulnerable people. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:
EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement.
Veterans' Information: Veterans Information.
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Gold,” “Silver,” and “Bronze.” However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (Gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. (You must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating).
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
- Program/Project Management
- Technical Competence
- Planning and Evaluating
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
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