Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

As a Human Resources Specialist, you will:
  • Advise management in identifying, attracting, and retaining a diverse workforce.
  • Identify and address complex human capital issues related to recruitment and placement objectives, processes, techniques, and methodologies.
  • Perform research, analyze findings and develop recommendation to improve recruitment and placement support for the organizational human capital management plan.
  • Develop and deliver briefings, project papers, status/staff reports and correspondence on a variety of recruiting matters.
  • Responsible for the full range of Foreign Service external placement and recruitment duties for which proactive recruiting strategies are needed.
  • Review policies to evaluate effectiveness and/or prepare recommendations to change policy within specialized HR areas. Identifies key policy issues and develops operating policy, procedures, and guidance pertaining to recruitment, staffing and compensation that requires consideration of the impact of changes made in various program and support services area.
  • Apply a wide range of HR concepts, regulations and practices in the areas of classification. (Such as proper structure of organization, analyze and classify positions, explain standards, classification decisions, complaint and appeals process, etc.
  • Apply a wide range of HR concepts, principle, laws, regulations and practices in the areas of recruitment and placement.
  • Consult with managers, supervisors, employees, etc. to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, etc. on various HR functions. Use of current HR database systems to query, retrieve and analyze information. (Such as HRconnect, EPIC, NFC, etc.)
  • Use of HR examining systems for recruitment and placement - USA Staffing to include wage grade. Studies and advises managers and supervisors on staffing requirements, resources, and problems in assigned offices involving a high degree of complexity.
  • Advise management on recruitment strategies, sources, special programs, recruitment, relocation, and retention incentive programs.
  • Develop long and short range staffing plans to meet forecasted mission requirements, human capital losses, changes in critical competencies, availability of candidates, career development patterns, and reorganization proposals.
  • Provide guidance on merit system principles, prohibited personnel practices and use of valid selection criteria, and other approaches that may help in staffing the organization and in improving employee productivity, morale, and retention.
  • Execute recruitment, placement, RIF, and related programs for assigned organizations. Takes appropriate steps/actions to appoint, promote, detail, reassign, demote, transfer, RIF, etc., in accordance with established policies, regulations.
  • Research qualifications/ skills needed to conduct job analyses with subject matter experts to distinguish well qualified applicants, the ability to learn the job in reasonable periods of time. Analyzes and classifies individual position descriptions.
  • Determine the correct classification by comparison to existing standards related to the work, and prepares necessary evaluation statements.
  • Determine the responsibilities and extent of authority of the position in relation to other positions, which may seem to overlap.
  • Explain the standards, classification decisions, impact of designated duties on classification, and complaint and appeal procedures to employees, supervisors, and operating officials or managers.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before onboarding with the agency, if after November 22.
  • Designated and/or random drug test required


Specialized Experience:
To qualify for the GS-13 grade level
, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Creating assessments and vacancy announcements using federal human resources information systems; (2) applying Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Processing Personnel Actions to code requests for federal personnel actions; (3) determining applicant qualifications and issuing referrals; (4) ensuring federal priority placement program guidelines are adhered to when filling vacant positions; (5) interpreting and applying federal civilian recruitment and placement laws, regulations, policies, and practices to provide advice and guidance to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants; (6) analyzing and resolving uncommon pay, federal recruitment, and placement issues; and (7) providing technical advice and quality control review to lower graded human resource specialists.

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 to the Silver Category or higher Category; 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, transcripts are not 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 worldwide, 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

There are limited circumstances in which an exception to the federal workforce vaccination requirement may be obtained. If you are not able to get vaccinated due to a medical condition, you should contact to request an exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

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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It is the Government's policy 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. USAID will use information about an individual's employment experience only to determine their qualifications and assess their relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including behavior 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 be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.