Social Science Analyst - Program Evaluation

Washington, D.C
Jul 28, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


The Division of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of Department of Homeland Security is offering a Joint Duty Assignment. The detail will be filled at the successful candidate's current grade and salary level, though preferably at either the GS-13 or GS-14 level. This is an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively across the Department, support the expansion of DHS' evidence culture, and become familiar with PA&E's.
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The PA&E Evaluation Team is responsible for leading the Department's efforts to comply with certain requirements of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) and subsequent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance for federal agencies. The individual selected for this detail will work closely with the members of PA&E's Evaluation Team to conduct some of these activities. The incumbent will report to the Assistant Director for Evaluation.
  • Create and curate artifacts related to stakeholder engagement activities, and conduct such activities as directed.
  • Analyze and interpret qualitative information using appropriate academic qualitative and mixed methods, and plan such activities as directed.
  • Synthesize results of qualitative and mixed methods analysis into written documents and/or oral presentations.
  • Lead collaborative teams on the planning of rigorous evidence building (e.g., using various types of research, evaluation, and analysis) for DHS programs, policies, and regulations and coordinate efforts, as appropriate with other DHS stakeholders. This will require:
  • Planning for and engaging stakeholders, including facilitating stakeholder and other meetings, for purposes of establishing plans for rigorous evidence building;
  • Developing a description of a program design, such as a theory of change or logic model;
  • Determining what decision makers and what strategic or operational decision that evidence building must inform;
  • Identifying a key question(s) related to the theory of change or logic model that is appropriate to inform strategic or operational decisions;
  • Selecting the evidence building activity (e.g., from among various types of research, evaluation, and analysis), designs and methods, indicators to be measured, and potential data sources that are appropriate to address the question(s).
  • Enable others, including team members and other DHS stakeholders, to effectively engage with evidence planning activities and processes.
  • Provide technical assistance or training to internal and external audiences on evaluation methods, concepts, and tools.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Education or professional training in program evaluation or a related field (e.g., a social, behavioral, or economic science, public policy, implementation science) with concentration studies in program evaluation.
  • Work experience in the application of scientific theories, methods, and techniques to the planning and conduct of rigorous evidence building (e.g., applied research, program evaluation, and policy analysis) in support of decision-making for programs and policies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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