Chief Data Officer

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 July 2020

Job Description

USAID’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a designated Senior Level (SL) position in the Bureau for Management (M), Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The M Bureau provides centralized program and management support services for the Agency and is divided into organizational units.


The CDO leads efforts to harness data from across operating units, implementing partners, and enterprise systems to support the Agency’s highest priorities, and maintains significant intra- and inter-agency coordination and representational responsibilities.

The CDO reports to and supports USAID’s Chief Information Officer and has authority and responsibility for data governance and full lifecycle data management at USAID. Per the Evidence Act, the CDO serves in a central leadership position. The CDO serves as the Agency’s senior strategist and operational expert in terms of instituting best practices in data science at USAID. This includes defining USAID’s policies and processes for data management planning, data collection, integration and interoperability, analytics, curation, and responsible data sharing and publication. Supporting the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the CDO also pursues strategic opportunities to harness new technologies to extract maximum potential and insight from USAID’s varied data assets.

The CDO serves as the Agency lead for USAID’s data strategy, policy, and enterprise data governance efforts. The CDO ensures that USAID policies and practices incorporate best practices in data management, encompassing all aspects of the data management lifecycle. The CDO applies sound business acumen to identify opportunities to reduce cost and effort associated with managing and deriving business intelligence from USAID’s data assets.

The CDO establishes strategic partnerships across USAID operating units, the interagency, private enterprise, and academia to advance the usage of data and to promote innovation in international development and humanitarian assistance.

USAID has initiated a series of major internal reforms in accordance with Executive Order 13781. The primary aim is to make USAID more efficient, effective, and accountable. To implement the objectives and strategic priorities of these reforms, the functionality and/or location o this position within the agency is subject to change to meet the needs of the mission.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status



Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance
  • May be required to file an OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure Form
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code “1” or “2” (see Required Documents)

Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement addressing each mandatory technical qualification (TQ) individually. Please ensure thorough understanding of application requirements located in the How to Apply section.

The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in this Senior Level position. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of experience for each of the TQs listed below. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Applicants who fail to provide this narrative statement, or any other required document, will be eliminated from consideration. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. EACH TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY, FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.


Eligibility for this position will be based on a clear and comprehensive response showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. Additionally, applicants must possess the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities listed in the Technical Qualifications below.

To qualify, candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have the required experience at a senior level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal government or equivalent) in the following job-specific Technical Qualifications. This vacancy requires that you MUST submit a narrative response to the Technical Qualifications statements below. If you do not submit this information by the closing date of the announcement, your application will not be considered.


You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications (TQs):

TQ1 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in the development and management of data strategy, policy, and governance. Such experience must also demonstrate ability to coordinate both internal and external efforts on data management and governance. Proven ability in the formulation of strategic information resources management plans in order to improve data quality and usability, facilitate data-informed research, ensure transparency and openness, protect sensitivities, and support organizational priorities.

TQ2 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in coordinating the efforts of a wide array of specialists who are dedicated to providing and supporting a comprehensive portfolio of data-related products and services, including data analytics, visualization, machine-learning, policy, risk management, and support for evidence-based decision-making. Ability to lead seasoned professionals, many of whom have a decade or more of experience and one or more advanced degrees, including PhDs, serving as economists, data scientists, statisticians, digital curators, and in other technical roles. Proven ability to mentor and train junior staff.

TQ3 - Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in data management and promoting its value within and outside the organization. Such experience will illustrate the incumbent’s ability to incorporate best practices in data management, encompassing all aspects of the data management lifecycle. Has applied sound business acumen to identify opportunities to reduce cost and effort associated with managing data assets. Solid experience in standardizing business processes that result in analytical products, reports, and visualizations to reduce duplicative effort and administrative burden. Experience with standardized taxonomies and ontologies of data in a major organization. The incumbent should have an established ability to build a broad internal and external awareness of an organization’s data assets and their analytical capabilities.

Required Documents

Please upload the following documents -

  1. Resume
  2. TQ Narrative Statement addressing each TQ
  3. Complete online Assessment Questions
  4. Copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; SF-50 must show your grade, step, AND tenure code “1” or “2”.
  5. If requesting consideration under any Veteran’s hiring eligibility, a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces of the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge
  6. If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
  7. Peace Corps letter, if applicable
  8. Noncompetitive Eligibility Verification Letter from former HR Office, if applying under Executive Order 12721

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