Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist (0132)

Washington, D.C
Oct 29, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Washington, DC and Virginia area, in the Office of Security, Counterterrorism and Information Security Division (CTIS).

Announcement 20-0308-CRC is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of Status Candidates. You must apply separately to be considered under both announcements.

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The Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist position will be located in one of the following offices listed below:

1. Strategic Intelligence Branch: Responsible for assisting the Counterterrorism and Information Security Division Chief in overseeing USAID's all source intelligence analysis program. The incumbent leads an all-source intelligence analyst team responsible for analyzing threats to USAID humanitarian assistance and disaster relief programs. Strategic Intelligence coordinates tailored intelligence briefings for senior Agency leadership, provides geo-political threat briefings to USAID personnel traveling to critical threat areas and liaises with the Intelligence Community. In accordance with established analytic tradecraft standards, Strategic Intelligence also develops threat intelligence assessments on geo-political issues. The position is physically located at the USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C.

2. Counterterrorism Vetting Division: Responsible for supporting USAID vetting activities at the Terrorist Screening Center related to the requirements set forth in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 6 and HSPD 11. The incumbent supervises a team reporting directly to the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Security and will be responsible for assisting the Division Chief to ensure intelligence-based screening effectively mitigates risk to USAID programs. The incumbent will lead the conduct of intelligence related searches and compile identified information for evaluation, analysis and use in support of administrative or operational determinations. The incumbent will represent USAID in developing and maintaining viable working relationships with other stakeholders within the intelligence and foreign affairs communities. This position is physically located at the Terrorist Screening Center in Vienna, VA.

As a Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist, your duties will include:
  • Performing administrative and human resource management functions.
  • Evaluating work performance and provide feedback to others on their performance.
  • Reviewing, interpreting, evaluating, and integrating large volumes of intelligence data from multiple sources of broad interrelated geographical or functional fields.
  • Providing interpretation, intelligence analyses, and draft critical interagency intelligence assessments.
  • Assisting in the development and representation of the organization's position on controversial or disputed issues.
  • Planning, implementing, and maintaining databases to store and process technical or operational intelligence in one or more assigned areas.
  • Serving as spokesman at public meetings, formal and informal briefings, workshops, and press conferences, on extremely technical and complex program activities.
  • Developing analytical tools and methodologies to fill present gaps and prevent future gaps.
  • Initiating contact with personnel stationed overseas, other senior intelligence analysts, and experts in specialty fields to validate and ascertain reliability or information.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The work is performed primarily in an office setting, but may include travel, and field work.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - This position is at the Full Performance Level of GS-14


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

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


GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience 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 includes: (a) experience in a supervisory or team lead role managing a team of intelligence analysts who conduct all source intelligence research and analysis; (b) knowledge of the intelligence cycle, classified IT systems, intelligence research tools, intelligence processes, and Intelligence Community organizations; (c) ability to draft reports and brief senior level policy-makers on strategic intelligence issues impacting the U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security.

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 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 the District of Columbia, 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 and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's 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.

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 .

Telework: .

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) 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:
  • Intelligence Research, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Required Documents:
  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibility ( veterans' preference and Veterans Recruitment Appointment ).
  • If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs ).
  • 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. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent, along with your application/resume package.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial transcript) 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.
  • Please include a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and why you believe you would be a good fit (less than a page).

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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