Foreign Service Population/Health/Nutrition (PHN) Officer

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 April 2020
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Job Description

Foreign Service Population/Health/Nutrition (PHN) Officer

Overview

Announcement number: BS-50 FS 04/05 MAR 2020

Control number: 561416900

Open & closing dates: 03/02/2020 to 03/01/2021
Service: Excepted
Pay scale & grade: FP 04 - 05
Salary: $56,728 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

Locations

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: No

Duties

Summary

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

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

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking for dynamic, committed Population/Health/Nutrition professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of millions across the globe.

PHN officers perform the following duties:

  • Design, implement and evaluate population/health/nutrition (PHN) programs in any of the following relevant areas: Primary health care, maternal/child health, population/family planning, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, and health system strengthening.
  • Cooperate with other US Government (USG) agencies in country, under the leadership of the US Ambassador, to ensure integrated US government strategies and programs to improve the health of the country’s citizens and to support achievement of USG foreign policy objectives.
  • Identify priority assistance needs in the PHN public health sector and to decide how to invest USAID resources to address the public health sector needs identified.
  • Design projects and programs, with appropriate budgets, to meet the needs identified in the PHN public health sector.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of PHN projects, including managing procurement and human resources.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the extent to which projects are achieving the purpose intended and results.
  • Advise senior Agency leaders on technical health policy and approaches.
  • Work with host country health officials in project design and implementation and to negotiate with senior host country officials to improve outcomes.
  • Coordinate with international agencies, other donors, and NGOs to provide health sector assistance to the country.

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

Yes

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.

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.

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.

Qualifications

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 – 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.

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: A Master’s degree in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health PLUS three (3) years of relevant work experience, with a minimum of two (2) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required.

FS-04: A Master’s degree in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health PLUS five (5) years of relevant work experience, with a minimum of four (4) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required

OR a Doctorate level degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD) in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related Doctoral level degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health PLUS four (4) years relevant work experience, with a minimum of three (3) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment.

FS-05: A Master’s, OR a Doctorate level degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD) in a functional area directly related to the population, health, or nutrition (PHN) officer position, such as international health, public health, population studies, demography, medicine, nursing, or midwifery; OR a related degree, such as international development, public administration or management, social or behavioral science or social work WITH an academic sub-concentration or specialization in public health or international health PLUS three (3) years of relevant work experience, with a minimum of two (2) years overseas in developing countries and/or in a diverse domestic environment is required.

Relevant work experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following public health areas: primary health care, maternal health, child survival, population/family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, health systems strengthening.

Examples of diverse domestic environment include: direct experience serving on an Indian reservation in the Public Health Service (e.g., Navajo reservation in Arizona), working on public health issues in rural areas (e.g., family planning/maternal child health service provision in Appalachia), working on a public health issue with under-served populations in an inner city (e.g., HIV at-risk populations in a U.S. inner city).

Relevant overseas experience includes: serving or working in an overseas context directly related to the Foreign Service Officer position in which you experienced new cultures, learned foreign languages, encountered different cultures and practices, coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts, or conducted public outreach and communications.

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 USAjobs.gov you will be prompted to create one. Only applications received through USAjobs.gov 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 USAJOBS.gov 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 (www.usajobs.gov) - 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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