Foreign Service Education 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.

Responsibilities

Serves as a technical resource to foreign assistance activities in the area of education and development. Reviews, evaluates and analyzes education data and provide advice on education issues. Coordinates and manages strategies, policies, concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing programs in the education sector.

Analyzes constraints to development, both sector-wide and country-specific, and recommends courses of action. Coordinates program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans. Advocates for and represent education policies, programs, and interventions in country of assignment.

As leader or member of Mission or office team, guides or participates in the planning and implementation of a broad range of education program activities:
• Identifies development issues and opportunities in basic and higher education, youth and workforce development.
• Leads or participates in designing and managing strategies, policies and programs in education including identifying opportunities for integrating education with broader USG and other donor programs.
• Drafts analyses, concept papers and project documentation in line with the Agency regulations and guidance.
• Leads or participates in the monitoring and evaluation of program performance.
• Coordinate technical assistance, strategic planning, donor collaboration and other activities within the education sector.

Contributes to a broad range of educational program activities, including participation in the formation of policies and guidelines to further education activities. Liaises with counterparts in other USAID regional and central bureaus to develop agency wide program policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and evaluations.

Mobilizes and manages available personnel and financial resources and leverages these USG resources to maximum developmental effect; Directs and supports the efforts of staff and partners in the pursuit of developmental objectives.

Works with counterparts in other USAID regional and central bureaus to develop agency-wide policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and evaluations of programs; Coordinates with other USAID Bureaus and Offices, the Department of State, other USG agencies and non-governmental partners in the private sector and NGO communities in the development and pursuit of shared development objectives; Develops specifications and subsequently manages financial instruments (contracts, cooperative agreements and grants) with Agency partners.

Performs a range of activities that address complex issues in education. Assists in designing and managing initiatives that cut across sectors and engage other elements of the US development assistance to accomplish broad programmatic goals.

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 - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

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

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

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 others on technical issues.

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

Qualifications

Education & Experience:

FS-05: Applicant must have a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate), plus at least two (2) years of relevant experience, of which (1) year is overseas experience or in a diverse working environment. Both the advanced degree and experience must be in a functional area directly related to international education; education policy, education administration; educational economics; comparative education; social and comparative analysis in education; or intercultural education. Applicants with a related degree, such as international development, public administration, or social or behavioral science, must have completed it with significant course work (two or more courses) in international education. Applicants with other graduate degrees will be considered if they have at least five (5) years of relevant international education work experience.

FS-04: Applicant must have a Master’s degree plus at least four (4) years of relevant experience, of which three (3) years is overseas experience or in a diverse working environment OR a Doctorate level degree plus at least three (3) years of relevant experience, of which two (2) years is overseas experience or in a diverse working environment. Both the advanced degree and experience must be in a functional area directly related to international education; education policy, education administration; educational economics; comparative education; social and comparative analysis in education; or intercultural education. Applicants with a related degree, such as international development, public administration, or social or behavioral science, must have completed it with significant course work (two or more courses) in international education.

Relevant experience is defined as education policy and program experience in the public and private sectors, either internationally in developing countries or in economically disadvantaged communities in the United States. It includes experience designing and managing education programs, developing education policy, working with local and host country governments, and developing and implementing education policy at the system level. Relevant experience also may include teaching and school management in uverseas and diverse working environment includes.

Overseas and diverse working environment includes: A) working and living in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe; or (B) working and living in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States. Work performed must be relevant to the Foreign Service Officer position. Such diverse work experience would be characterized by situations in which you were exposed to new cultures, learned foreign languages, encountered different behavioral norms and practices, 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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