Foreign Service Crisis, Stabilization and Governance Officer (Multiple Vacancies)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 April 2020
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Job Description

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. We operate in five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.


- Serves as a technical resources to foreign assistance activities in the areas of humanitarian response, food assistance, stabilization, democracy, human rights and governance.

- Supports activities within the sector by researching, reviewing and analyzing data and providing assistance and advice on sector issues.

- Assists in coordinating and managing strategies, policies, concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing programs in the crisis, stabilization, democracy, human rights and governance sectors.

- Analyzes constraints to development, both sector-wide and country-specific, and recommends courses of action.

- Coordinates program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans. Coordinates assigned activities with other USAID Bureaus and Offices, the Department of State, other USG agencies, other donors, and the private sector.

- Develops and manages financial instruments (Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, and Grants) requiring business skills to manage relationships with implementing partners and other Agency partners.

- Acts as USG representative in formal and informal settings related to the position and as a member of the diplomatic community.

- Participates and assist in the development of plans and programs for technical assistance, strategic planning, and other activities within the sector.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Officer generally spends the majority of their career assigned to the Agency’s overseas missions and works in assigned developing countries with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).

Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have worldwide availability.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS security clearance.
  • Must be between 18 and 59 years old at time of application.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Writing: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner.

Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

Management: Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of development projects, including human and financial resource allocation.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises other on technical issues.

Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in respond to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.


Education & Experience:

FS-05: Applicant must have a Master’s, or Doctorate degree in a relevant functional area PLUS three (3) years of relevant experience WITH two (2) year of relevant diverse experience.

FS-04: Applicant must have a Master’s, or Doctorate degree degree in a relevant functional area PLUS five (5) years of relevant experience WITH three (3) year of relevant diverse experience.

Relevant majors are international relations, public policy, public administration or management, government, or a selected social/behavioral science with a specialization related to humanitarian crisis management, food security, conflict resolution and management, political transition, democracy, human rights or governance.

Relevant experience must be directly related to democracy, human rights, governance, food assistance, humanitarian assistance or conflict.

Relevant diverse experience includes: (1) working and living in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe or (2) working and living in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States. The experience in (1) and (2) above must have been achieved by the close of the announcement date. The experience must be for a minimum of one year, for applicant that have a master’s degree. The applicant will need to demonstrate the diverse experience is relevant to the Crisis, Stabilization, and Governance Officer’s duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or use of a foreign language; whether the experience resulted in the applicant encountering new and or different cultures and practices; and whether the applicant coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts or conducted public outreach and communications.”

NOTE: We are aware some applicants are being directed during the application process to submit redundant documents. You are only required to submit the “Vacancy Level” documents: Resume, Transcript, SF-15 (if applicable), DD-214 (if applicable), and Miscellaneous (for any document you’d like to submit that doesn’t fall under the category of the first four). The second request for “Registration Level” documents is the result of a technical error and can be ignored.

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