Senior Advisor

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 27, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Full Time


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This position is located in the USAID Annex, 500 D Street, SW Washington, DC in the Bureau for Management, Office of Management Service, Overseas Management Division (M/MS/OMD), at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government's official foreign development organization. USAID operates in approximately 100 developing countries and plays a vital role in advancing U.S. national security, foreign policy, and the war on terrorism. The Senior Advisor for Management Bureau, Management Services Office, Overseas Management Division (M/MS/OMD) serves with broad overall responsibility for the oversight and administration of critical programs and operations impacting the entire Agency. The position is primarily responsible for the direction and management of large, agency wide programs such as the Interagency Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) program, USAID Alternate Service Provider (ASP) program, the Capital Security Cost Sharing (CSCS) program which is related to facility construction and maintenance overseas and advising on other critical functions such as mission openings/closings and the development of agency wide initiatives to lower operating costs, improve operating efficiencies, and effectiveness. M/MS/OMD is the focal point for USAID's overseas management support, and the conduit between USAID/W bureaus and independent offices, all our overseas presence locations and the interagency on management support issues. M/MS/OMD conducts long-term planning for Agency overseas facilities and field logistic and management support requirements.

As a Senior Advisor, your duties will include the following:
  • Performs analysis of ICASS, ASP and CSCS programs on a regular basis throughout the year to ensure compliance to operating standards. Initiates studies to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs throughout the course of a year. Develops innovative approaches to resolve the frequent problems of a novel nature which occur within these programs. Leads agency wide monitoring and evaluation efforts related to these programs to facilitate constant learning and improvements in operations as well as establishing new goals, measures, and objectives for maximum program effectiveness. Makes recommendations to senior leadership in the M Bureau and the Administrator, that often serve as the basis for new systems, legislation, regulations, or programs.
  • Develops long-range program plans, goals, objectives, and milestones for evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of these major agency programs. Evaluates factors such as cost-effectiveness, attainment of program goals and objectives, and compliance with pertinent legal and regulatory guidelines.
  • Works closely with Mission Directors and other senior USAID managers overseas to direct the development of new and/or revised policies, procedures, standards and guidelines governing designated overseas management/administrative support activities. Conducts research and technical and policy analysis of overseas management support problems and/or issues and prepares formal recommendations for decisions by senior
  • Performs functions as sole representative and voting member for USAID at interagency working sessions related to the ICASS, ASP and CSCS programs. Produces analysis and supporting documentation during the interagency sessions identifying potential solutions and/or improvements to interagency systems,processes, tools or technical approaches. Plays a leading role on the interagency working group to explore all options and initiatives to improve operations for all within the ICASS, ASP and CSCS programs. Presents findings and recommendations for global improvements to interagency senior officials for ratification and implementation.
  • Leads the development and implementation of studies and instruments to measure the progress toward programmatic goals established by this position or in consultation with Agency, interagency senior leaders and Congressional staff. Improves and monitors the effectiveness of programs and processes using valid performance measurement principles and tools. Conducts analyses and quantitative studies to support decision making and development of programs, as appropriate, to improve upon the management of overseas government resources.
  • Manages all activities related to USAID's ASP program. This includes the development and establishment of operating guidelines by positions. Oversees and directs the full, annual lifecycle budgeting and collection process with over 50 customer agencies. Creates the budget submission timeline, reviews budget submissions for appropriateness, provides guidance to missions on the provision and delivery of management services,
    oversees collections for services provided throughout the year and follows up with customer agencies as appropriate to ensure timeliness of payment and the ongoing liquidity of the working capital fund for the ASP program. Ensures that subscription to services MOUs and reimbursable agreements are all obtained from customer agencies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent's time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position is at the full performance level.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required Documents)
  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.

You must meet the Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. To meet these requirements, you must have served at least 52 weeks.


GS-15-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 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:
  • serving as an agency advisor on ICASS, ASP and CSCS programs in addition to other management services related initiatives and programs.
  • developing and implementing outreach strategies designed to reach and engage customers in technology transfer.
  • conducting studies of program/organizational efficiency and productivity and recommending changes or improvements in organization, work methods, and procedures

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.

CTAP / 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 a score of 85 or higher; 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.


This position does not have a positive education requirement; therefore, no transcripts are required.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. 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 For more information about USAID, visit

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.

M ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies: .

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement .

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information .

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Selective Service Registration: .

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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) to determine if your answers to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. If your answers to the online assessment questionnaire are not supported in the resume it will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Candidates that are rated as Highly Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
  • Technical Competence
  • Customer Service
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

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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

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • CTAP ; ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" (Career) or "2" (Career-Conditional), and type of position occupied.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities ( veterans' preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act ). If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs ).
  • Peace Corps letter

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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