Supervisory Humanitarian Assistance Specialist

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 October 2020

Job Description


Open & closing dates: 10/28/2020 to 11/04/2020

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Salary: $142,701 to $170,800 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is not in the bargaining unit.


USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. The purpose of foreign aid should be to end the need for its existence. We provide development assistance to help partner countries develop self-reliance on their own development journey – looking at ways to help lift lives, build communities, and establish self-sufficiency.

BHA provides life-saving humanitarian assistance—including food, water, shelter, emergency healthcare, sanitation and hygiene, and critical nutrition services— to the world’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people.

As a Supervisory Humanitarian Assistance Specialist, your duties will include the following:

  • Serving as a key member of a leadership team responsible for a Division that supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level;
  • Serving at senior levels across the U.S. Government as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus on initiating complex humanitarian dialogue;
  • Exploring intellectual, academic, and other resources which can be concentrated on identifying the concept of solutions to critical problems in humanitarian assistance;
  • Serving as the primary liaison on humanitarian issues with persons and groups both inside and outside of the organization to include senior staff at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, Congress, the United Nations, host governments, and Private Voluntary Organizations;
  • Participating in the development and documentation of long- and short-range planning efforts with senior leadership in connection with humanitarian assistance, transformative change, and self-reliance; and
  • Making recommendations on program and management planning humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts can be undertaken within existing resource levels.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may vary depending on the needs of each individual bureau or office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent’s time.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • If you have no prior Federal experience or are selected under Delegated Examining procedures, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • If you choose to apply under Merit Promotion procedures and are a current Federal employee, you must meet Time-in-Grade requirements. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.


Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability, or other worker characteristics basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.

The Selective Placement Factor: Experience managing the operational aspects (specifically human resources or budgeting) of a civilian international humanitarian assistance organization to ensure that the organization can play a leading role in assisting before, during, and after a crisis.

GS-15 - You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 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 at the next lower level for this position includes: a) providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate complex dialogue on international humanitarian assistance budgets and/or human capital matters; b) directing highly complex evaluative studies to assess and improve organization-wide staffing solutions and/or budget processes and systems; c) identifying, analyzing, and providing solutions to problems regarding staffing and/or budget of an international humanitarian assistance organization and d) serving in a leadership role on an organization’s response teams to international disasters and directing the operations, coordination and/or technical programs critical to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

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 provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience relevant to the position’s duties to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates 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 that clearly exceed the position’s minimum requirements. 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 to the Silver Category or higher Category; 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.

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