Program Analyst position with USAID. Deadline to apply February 10, 2012.
Job Title: Program Analyst (Vulnerability/Poverty Reduction)
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limit) Appointment
Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years
Opening Date of Announcement: 1/20/12
Closing Date of Announcement: 2/10/12
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be security cleared for assignment. This is an excepted service appointment not to exceed 5 years.
The Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDAD) is responsible for coordinating USDA participation in technical assistance, training, and development programs undertaken on behalf of developing nations. Specific emphasis is oriented toward, but not limited to, administering and implementing Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programs under Participating Agency Service Agreements (PASAs) and Resource Support Service Agreements (RSSAs), as well as agreements with other organizations and non-USAID countries.
This position is located in the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), Country Strategy and Implementation (CSI) Office, where the incumbent will serve as a Program Analyst (Food Security Adv). The CSI Office plays a critical role in shaping programs led by USAID Missions, supporting partner country processes, and leading communities of practice to help achieve the challenging Feed the Future goal of substantially and sustainably reducing global hunger and resultant poverty. The incumbent will provide specialized technical and logistical support to BFS/CSI. S/he will monitor and advance a broad range of programmatic efforts aimed at strengthening international food security through investments in technology and policy development and dissemination. Assignments are characterized by breadth of effort and involve several stages being pursued concurrently or sequentially with the support of others within or outside the immediate organization. The advisor will have to guide and direct the balance of many interests; utilize a wide variety of cutting-edge methodologies, and variables that often cross disciplinary lines and deal with individuals of varied cultures, levels of expertise and political persuasions. Provide leadership in guiding decisions to develop new and innovative approaches that promote the participation of very poor households in agricultural strategies, policies, and programs, and ensuring such programs are properly evaluated in terms of performance and their ability to achieve results and impact, in the promoting of lessons learned and the transfer of such lessons. Develop frameworks, strategies and initiatives with host country and other donor partners to reach consensus on approaches and to leverage resources in order to address issues that affect food security and poverty reduction.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, current resume, writing sample and a supplemental statement that directly and separately describes your abilities in each of the below listed required skills to: FAS-...wdc.usda.gov with the Subject: (OCBD-12-099)
Note: Applications that do not include a cover letter that directly and individually addresses the required skills will not be considered.
Basic Qualification Requirements: Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Required Skills: 1. Demonstrable expert knowledge of poverty reduction policies and familiarity with new approaches aimed at reducing poverty in improving food security. 2. Proven record of effective, team-based working relationship, from staff to policy-making levels, with a wide range of individuals and organizations, including technical experts and contractors, host country partners (public and private sectors), and international organizations. 3. Mastery in conceptual analysis, written and oral expression in order to work with U.S. interest groups, contractors and grantees, USAID Missions, USDA agencies and host country officials, to develop appropriate strategies and plans for poverty reduction, food security, and rural support services for vulnerable populations. 4. Extensive knowledge of USG requirements on foreign assistance, and USAID goals, policies and procedures. 5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross cultural situations in developing countries. 6. Demonstrated ability to communicate in a variety of circumstances with senior decision makers of the USG, other donors, and host countries. This includes successful experience with interpreting the concerns of senior officials into the design of economic analysis and conveying complex ideas resulting from economic analysis to the appropriate officials.
Direct all inquiries to:
Program Officer: Sarah Librea
Email Address: Sara...fas.usda.gov
Telephone: (202) 720-2018