Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is committed to detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse within the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to providing oversight of USAID, the OIG provides oversight of the U. S. African Development Foundation (USADF), the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (DE&IO) is a senior leader who will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that will support the OIG's efforts to define, understand, assess, foster and cultivate diversity. The incumbent will leverage best practices and resources across USAID OIG offices to promote a culture of inclusion where individuals from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities can thrive and be engaged. The DE&IO provides strategic and programmatic leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance diversity as a critical component of USAID OIG's mission.

The DE&IO reports to the Assistant Inspector General for Management (AIGM) and serves as the senior diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor to the senior leadership. The incumbent will lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive work environment. The DE&IO will also engage managers and staff to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at the OIG.

Strategic Leadership

The DE&IO will assess potential barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The incumbent will design training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increased awareness and support of equity and inclusion values and maintaining compliance with applicable laws. The DEI will also conduct and manage the OIG's workforce analysis and provide oversight of compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable requirements, including serving as the OIG's Title IX Coordinator. This includes facilitating and coordinating OIG strategic planning and prioritization in the areas of diversity and inclusion; conducting periodic climate surveys; and working collaboratively to develop and implement strategies and initiatives that advance a climate of diversity and inclusion and support the OIG's mission, vision, and goals.

Retention and Recruitment Program Development

The DE&IO collaborates with all OIG offices to develop strategic hiring and retention efforts to attract and retain a highly talented, diverse workforce. Drives diverse talent identification and retention strategies for managers and staff. Working with the Human Capital Division, develops and deploys initiatives that broaden the OIG's outreach to diverse, qualified candidates.

Education, Communication, and Outreach

Coordinates a wide variety of diversity programming for the OIG addressing all dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Plans and hosts brown bag sessions and community of practice events related to diversity and inclusion. Proposes and/or develops institutional programming related to diversity and inclusion, including employee developmental programs in areas such as cultural competencies, and cultivating and retaining future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Deploys and measures initiatives aimed at the promotion of diversity and cultural competence in the workplace.

Establishes effective modes of communication about ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the OIG. Creates and implements communications strategies and content management for training, web resources, social media, and print materials to support diversity inclusion and related initiatives. Serves as a spokesperson for the OIG on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Forms and cultivates strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations outside the USAID OIG to help further its diversity agenda.

Advice, Reporting, and Guidance

Serves as the senior advisor to the IG, DIG and senior leadership on initiatives and issues

related to diversity, equity and inclusion and OIG climate as it relates to staff and identifies opportunities for improvement. Ensures the development and communication of related OIG policies, standards, and procedures. Serves as an advocate, mentor and resource for concerns and issues related to diversity and inclusion. Collects, analyzes, monitors, and disseminates organizational data to benchmark and promote accountability for diversity and inclusion at USAID OIG.

Provides analysis of legislation and regulations related to equity and affirmative action. Serves as advisor and resource person for management and staff in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusions. As the primary point of contact, serves as the first point of contact for intake and investigation of concerns across the OIG to pertain to discrimination or harassment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overseas travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy.

To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either: (1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR (2) a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. Points are not adjudicated and preference is not applied under this type of appointment.

Interagency Career Transition Program/Career Transition Program (ICTAP/CTAP): This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to: . ICTAP/CTAP candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: An agency may noncompetitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below. For more information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to:


Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level or higher in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: positions that require the knowledge and understanding of cultural and social issues and the impact on the workforce; positions that provide technical expert diversity, equity and inclusion advice to higher level management; positions that require a knowledge of talent management, strategic planning, change management and implementation processes to include relating objectives, goals and initiatives to identified strategies.

Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade (TIG) requirements for the GS-15 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.


Education requirements in this grade level and series are not applicable.

Additional information

The U.S. Agency for International Development is a part of E-Verify. E-Verify provides an automated link to Federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of the social security numbers. Please note that travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Additional selections may be made from any certificate of eligibles that result from this announcement. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. TESTING DESIGNATED POSITIONS: These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) 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. SELECTIVE SERVICE:The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit . EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Telework People with Disabilities

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100. You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified. This position requires the following core competencies:
  • Technical Competence - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership and Management
  • Partnering
  • Influencing and Negotiating
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Note: Your answers to the assessment questions, which attest to your work experience, must be supported in your resume.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Status candidates Must submit a recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code 1 or 2, and type of position occupied.
    • Proof of government service documenting that you have met the time-in-grade requirements.
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities.
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP)Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    • If you are selected for the position, proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate or other acceptable documentation, may be required upon request).

  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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