Foreign Service Environment Officer (Multiple Vacancies)

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

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 leader and expert in strategic planning exercises and the design of programs that maximize environmental benefits to achieve optimal economic and social development.

Translates strategies, analyses, and program concepts into functional statements of work (including budget estimates) for award of contracts, cooperative agreements, grants and inter-agency agreements that deliver environmentally sound technical services to local governments, civil society organizations, and other USAID development partners.

Manages assistance instruments, and contracts to achieve development objectives of the program while providing effective financial oversight and environmental soundness.

Serves as a liaison with host-country government and non-government counterparts, other USAID offices, bilateral and multilateral donors, other USG agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to coordinate and communicate environmental program or project activities in furtherance of USG foreign assistance goals.

Leads or oversees the development of appropriate environmental impact assessments and their monitoring and mitigation plans. Provides expert advice to non-environmental officers and managers in USAID and its partner agencies and organizations who are undertaking and implementing such assessments.

Develops and implements performance monitoring systems and indicators at the strategic, sector, and activity levels for environmental programs.

Negotiates with host country and US government officials, community organizations, universities, NGOs, and other USAID partners on what needs to be done and how best to accomplish it within a limited budget, and within the framework of the US foreign assistance program and the context of American foreign policy.

Conducts assessments and evaluations of programs to determine development impact and return on investment.

Provides reports and communication to Washington to assist the Agency in reporting on annual performance and telling the story of the results of USAID’s environmental programs.

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.

Environmental Management – Knowledge and experience in integrating environmental soundness to economic and social development in developing countries.

Environmental Law, Regulation, & Compliance – Knowledge and application of laws, regulations, statutes, and conventions that control and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.

Climate Change & Clean Energy – Identifying drivers of and adapting to changes in the climate system and developing solutions for clean and sustainable energy use that reduce climate impact.

Sustainable Water Management - The management of water resources that address current and future needs and take into account political, economic, social, technological, and environmental influences and considerations.

Forestry and Biodiversity - Creating, managing, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals while developing and maintaining healthy and diverse ecosystems.

Sustainable Urban Development - The technical and political knowledge and skills to provide environmental services in urban areas, such as the design, preservation, and control of land and other resources.


Education & Experience:

FS-05: Applicant must have at least one environment graduate degree at either the Master’s, Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctorate (Ph.D. or S.J.D.), or Doctor (M.D. or D.V.M.) level, plus at least three (3) years of relevant professional experience that includes a minimum of one (1) year overseas or diverse working environment experience. Both the advanced degree and the experience must be in an environmental functional area directly related to the position.

FS-04: Applicant must have at least one environment graduate degree at the Master’s or Juris Doctor (J.D.) level plus at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience that includes a minimum of four (4) years overseas or diverse working environment experience OR at least one environment graduate degree at the Doctorate (Ph.D. or S.J.D.) or Doctor (M.D. or D.V.M.) level plus at least four (4) years of relevant professional experience that includes a minimum of three (3) years overseas or diverse working environment experience. Both the advanced degree and the experience must be in an environmental functional area directly related to the position.

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. The applicant will need to demonstrate the diverse experience is relevant to the Environment Officer’s duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or using 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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