Information Technology Specialist (NETWORK)

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Full Time


The United States Agency for International Development Office of Inspector General (USAID OIG) is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill a Information Technology Specialist (Network) position located in the Office of Management (M), Information Management Division (IM), Washington, D.C.

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As an Information Technology Specialist (NETWORK), you will:
  • Serve as an expert and technical authority on complex hybrid Microsoft Azure cloud and virtualized network environment with oversight responsibility to provide guidance for advanced system design, evaluation, implementation, and sustaining all network operations and systems.
  • Provide expert guidance in the architecture of Local and Wide Area networks (LAN and WAN) and command datacenters across various locations, as well as network telecommunications to include IP subnetting and DMZ design, Cisco Router and Switches.
  • Utilize a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Azure and )365 cloud technologies, VMware virtualization systems, ESX server provisioning, EMC storage Area Network (SAN), Exchange Online administration, Active Directory and network security services in order to provide expert guidance and advice to Director in the day-to-day management of network management and operations.
  • Apply Azure cloud-based and on-premise network monitoring tools to control the performance, utilizations and status of network critical resources.
  • Utilize Azure DevOps to support the progression of Information Technology projects and implementation efforts.
  • Administer and Monitor OIG's network for unclassified information for optimum security. Oversee the activities involved in quality resolution of complex technical issues.
  • Provide technical guidance for both government and contractor personnel providing analysis on existing, new and emerging automation technologies for both short and long term impact upon OIG customers and connecting automated systems.
  • Provide annual network design changes for budgetary and staff hour requirements to senior IT management for planning purposes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - International and overnight travel will be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
  • Designated and/or random drug test required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally.


To qualify for the GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 or higher in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Expert skill in utilizing Microsoft Azure Cloud Technologies, specifically within a Hybrid Network Environment (2) Expert knowledge of the architecture of Local and Wide Area networks (LAN and WAN) and command datacenters across various locations, (3) and, experience administering and monitoring agency network for unclassified information for optimum security.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements such as minimum qualifications, and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.

Additional information

IMPORTANT: If you are found to have rated your self-assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is a participant 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.

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 .

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:

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.

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation


People with Disabilities

OIG prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other non-merit-based factor.

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.

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

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, including volunteer experience.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for the position:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Network Management
  • Technical Competence
  • Problem Solving

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1", and type of position occupied. You can find this information in blocks 24 and 34 of your SF-50.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter). For a detailed list of documents, click here .
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here .
  • Proof of government service documenting that you have met the time-in-grade requirements (SF-50)
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if a current or recently separated Federal employee)
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation

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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