Foreign Service Executive Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 April 2020

Job Description

Foreign Service Executive Officer


Announcement number: BS-03 FS-04 MAR 2020 EXO
Control number: 561415800

Open & closing dates: 03/02/2020 to 03/01/2021
Service: Excepted
Pay scale & grade: FP 04
Salary: $70,009 to $111,493 per year
Appointment type: Permanent - Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Tenure Board.
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time Permanent


Washington, DC
FEW vacancies

USAID Foreign Locations, United States
MANY vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes all new hires are required to relocate to Washington, D.C. for an initial orientation and training period. Candidates who are not current federal government employees are eligible to receive a recruitment incentive. Current federal government employee candidates relocating to Washington, D.C. are eligible to receive a relocation incentive.

Telework eligible



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.


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

Is a key business advisor, skilled in applying strategic planning and policy formulation tools to develop and implement management solutions supporting USAID and its program objectives overseas. Serves as primary advisor to the Director of USAID’s overseas offices (Missions) on operational planning and administrative matters. Possesses strong knowledge of federal rules, regulations and guidelines concerning management issues. Develops and monitors internal management systems and procedures ensuring efficient and proper use of government resources.

Collaborates with Mission officials on staffing and workforce planning issues, and recommends actions to ensure maximum effective use of personnel. Plans and directs the personnel management operations for the Mission’s Direct Hire and Personal Service Contractor employees. Coordinates training and staff development activities and the Mission Awards program.

Oversees the recruitment and selection of new personnel. Understands Foreign Service National (FSN) benefit package at post in relation to individual employees and the Mission. Provides counseling to employees and their families on a wide range of subjects, including allowances, education, equal opportunity, career development, onward assignments, and employee relations.

Manages the Information Technology unit of the Mission, including all hardware and software applications. Serves as the Mission Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) responsible for certifying to AID/W that all Mission systems are in compliance with federal and Agency regulations and policies.

Develops and manages the administrative budget for the Mission in coordination with the Financial Management Officer. Creates contingency multi-year budget strategies based on availability of funds. Serves as a resource to Program and Technical Officers in the formation of their budgets. Prepares overview of the administrative budget for Mission reports to Congress. Obligates and de-obligates administrative funds, as required.

Serves as advisor to the strategic objective teams regarding human resources, material resources, information technologies, security, and other administrative matters. Participates in the design and review of administrative/logistical components of development assistance activities.

Represents the Mission in the development and administration of International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) in coordination with the Mission Controller on budgetary aspects of the ICASS process. Monitors and ensures that the type, level, and charges for services conform to support agreements and USAID regulations.

Executes contracts in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR) within the given warrant authority, and serves as Unit Security Officer for the Mission and, in collaboration with the Regional Security Office (RSO) and the Office of Security (SEC), ensures compliance with and implementation of all security programs. Manages Partner Liaison Security Program. Functionally responsible for administering USAID’s Occupational Safety and Health programs at post.

Serves on committees both within the Mission and the Embassy. The committees will include but not be limited to ICASS Council, Joint Awards Program, Interagency Housing Board, Appraisal Committees, and the Training Committee.

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).

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
SFS - Advancement to Senior Foreign Service on a merit basis is possible for employees who secure tenure and satisfy the requirements of promotion boards.


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.

Medical Clearance. A medical clearance or waiver for the applicant is required prior to being hired for this position. FS members must be able to serve at any overseas post or receive a waiver. Many facilities are remote, unhealthy, or have limited medical support. Therefore, each applicant must meet medical fitness standards or receive a waiver. Prior to being appointed to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and must be able to receive a medical clearance for worldwide availability or a waiver.


FS-04: Applicant must have a Masters, or Doctorate degree in a relevant area PLUS four (4) years of relevant work experience. Two (2) years of the qualifying experience must be overseas, or in a diverse working environment.

Relevant area is defined as Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, Human Resources, International Relations, Information Technology, Security, International Development, and Strategic Studies. Related disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Relevant work experience is defined as experience directly related to Business Management, Public Administration, International Development, Program Management, Financial Management, Contract Management, Administrative Management, Human Resources, Risk Management, Strategic Operations, Information Security, or other related fields. Experience should also display adaptability to working in varying cultures, environments, and/or adverse conditions.

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. 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.

Strategic Thinking - Generates and applies unique business insight that creates competitive advantage for the organization. Sees and understands the bigger picture; anticipates opportunities and challenges, and then utilizes that knowledge to guide the organization. Feels comfortable moving between quantitative and qualitative analytics as situations require.

Business Acumen - Understands the key factors behind issues related to particular actions and the ability to comprehend their consequences. Is able to make good judgements and appropriate decisions.

Administration and Management - Has keen knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and production. Proven organizational effectiveness.

Oral Communication - Expresses information 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.

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

Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills - Shows courtesy and empathy to others; develops and maintains effective relationships; effectively deals with individuals who are difficult or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds/cultures; is sensitive to individual differences.

Human Resources Management - Empowers people by sharing power and authority; develops lower levels of leadership by pushing authority downward and outward throughout the organization; shares rewards for achievement with employees; ensures that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, appraised, and developed, and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner.

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

Contracting Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting and procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.


Applicants must have a Master’s, or Doctorate degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, Human Resources, International Relations, Information Technology, Security, International Development, and Strategic Studies. Related disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements. Transcripts from any and all foreign educational institutions must be accompanied by an official Evaluation of Educational Credentials in order to be considered for the position. It is your responsibility to provide evidence that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States when applying. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Click on the following link for a list of accredited organizations ( recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. More information may be found at

Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded as part of the application no later than the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration. If you proceed past the initial application phase, official transcripts must be received by USAID from your university/institution during the final selection process.

Additional information

Applicants who previously applied for this position and were interviewed will not be invited for another interview within a 12 month period.

How to Apply

Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the “Apply Online” button to the right. If you do not already have an account with you will be prompted to create one. Only applications received through will be processed and reviewed. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).

  • If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. If you are having difficulty within and need technical assistance please follow these instructions:

How to contact USAJOBS

  1. Go to our Help Center to find a topic and answer related to your question. Look in our FAQs, How To’s and Working in Government sections.
  2. Go to the page that best matches your question. If the information doesn’t answer your question, click the Contact Us button located on the right hand side of that page or the Still need help? Contact Us button towards the bottom of that page.
  3. Fill out the form and click Send.

Once you submit the form, USAJOBS will get back to you within one business day.

USAJOBS does not provide direct phone support. The contact us form will send an email to the Help Desk where you can ask for assistance by phone or email.

Step 1 - Create, or upload, a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS, or upload a resume or CV.

Step 2 - Apply Online. Click the “Apply Online” link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID’s CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application. If this is your first time on USAID’s CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Continue” button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the “Finished” button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission. You will upload a document. Once you click “Done,” you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click “Finished” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents. You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload. Please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you’ve already loaded on USAJOBS. Or

2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application.

Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Then, click on “Finished” to be returned to USAJOBS.

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