Program Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020

Job Description

This position is located in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). The Office serves as the initial point of contact at USAID for U.S. small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (hereinafter referred to as U.S. Small Business).


As a Program Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as the primary small business liaison with the USAID Missions.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate briefings and information exchange opportunities for the small business communication.
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson at public meetings, formal and informal briefings and workshops.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and pending regulatory guidance related to small business to advise USAID in its mandate to ensure that small business receives a maximum practical opportunity to compete for Government contracts.
  • Research and write policy or other working documents on small business issues providing expert guidance or analysis.
  • Collaborate with senior managers to address and resolve difficult issues, specific situations or problems. Review, analyze and interpret contracting policy to identify alternative courses of action. Propose solutions to complex and/or far-reaching issues that may have an impact on the Agency’s small business program.
  • Analyze procurement plans to identify opportunities for U.S. based small business concerns; and to ensure proper application of U.S. small business programs. Negotiate with buying activities and the program offices to ensure appropriate small business utilization in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Agency policy.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Conditions of Employment
  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code “1” or “2” (see Required Documents).

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.


GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: (1) mastery of the laws, policies, and regulations relative to small and disadvantaged businesses and related development, including the application of new theories and developments, recommendations and problem solving in accordance with major public policies and/or programs; (2) experience utilizing a wide range of methods that assessed complex programs, processes and systems; (3) experience planning, organizing, and implementing programs and proposals that required extensive changes in established procedures.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAPcandidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned a score of 85 or higher; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, ​no transcripts are required.

Required Documents
  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • CTAP; ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1” (Career) or “2” (Career-Conditional), and type of position occupied.
  • Veterans’ documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans’ hiring eligibilities (veterans’ preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act). If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
  • Peace Corps letter

Closing date 08/06/2020

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