Training Specialist (ICD&I Specialist)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 February 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 27 February 2020
  • Current
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Job Description


The ICD&I Training Specialist (Intercultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion) position is located in the Office for Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS) in Washington DC. The incumbent serves as one of Peace Corps’ primary resources on ICD&I. As Peace Corps strives to reflect the diversity of the United States and the communities in which we operate, we aim to provide equitable programming and training support that promotes the inclusion and success of all staff and Volunteers.


The Training Specialist performs the following major duties:

  • Serves as an agency-wide technical expert in supporting regional and post-specific efforts to advance intercultural competence development and diversity and inclusion awareness and skill development in both Volunteers and post staff.
  • Designs and facilitates delivery of in-person and distance ICD&I workshops and learning opportunities for overseas staff, including Training of Trainers (TOT).
  • Provides ongoing training, consultation and technical assistance to field-based staff on intercultural and D&I issues and lessons learned.
  • Monitors and modifies recommendations for highly complex curricula for ICD&I training and Volunteer support systems as based on emerging practices.
  • Curates and develops original resources such as session plans, course materials, topical papers, guidance, and case studies that align to ICD&I learning objectives.
  • Supports coordination of agency-wide efforts to assess and evaluate intercultural competence development and organizational advancement in terms of diversity & inclusion.
  • Language skills in Spanish, French, or another language a plus.


Specialized Experience:

You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume. This vacancy is being announced at one (1) grade level: FP-3 Qualifying experience for the FP-3 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-4 or GS-11/12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience developing and delivering ICD&I related material in order to build organizational capacity to navigate intercultural situations; Experience using adult learning principles and experience in curriculum design aimed at transformational learning and organizational development; Experience applying Intercultural Competence and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion frameworks to a variety of complex and ambiguous environments. Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Internal applicants and Federal employees who are currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet “time-in-grade” requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). NOTE: All current or former Federal employees (including internal employees) must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), “Notice of Personnel Action” that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s).
  • Supervising or administering a training program.
  • Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results.
  • Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.

Your application will be evaluated based on your resume, attached supporting documentation and your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. Your materials will be evaluated to validate your possession of any required knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA) and/or competencies. The following competencies will be evaluated in the self-assessment questionnaire:

  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Client Engagement/Change Management
  • Education and Training
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Continual Learning

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration; including any documentation that is being used for qualifications. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist, which must support the answers you provided. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, you must sign a statement certifying your registration, or you must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Prior Intelligence Activity or Related Work: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or related work or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A one (1) year trial period is required.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • This position requires a Public Trust background clearance.

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact In the subject line, include the vacancy #, position title and closing date.

Travel Required

  • 50% or less - 25% - 40% travel required.

Supervisory Status

  • No

Promotion Potential

  • 03

About the Organization

"Peace Corps staff are passionate and dedicated to the cause of service. They do critical work to support our Volunteers and provide them the opportunity for a life-defining experience. Our staff is energetic, committed, hard-working, and positive. The work they do truly makes a difference."

Top Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 2 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for mid-size agencies in 2015, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the opportunity to pursue leadership development opportunities and many more ... established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants what you can do for your country ... and the world.

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