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Supervisory Agricultural Research Specialist

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USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit
.For more information about USAID, visit .

You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.
This position is located in the , 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), Office of Agricultural Research and Policy (ARP).

BFS/ARP works with host country governments, civil society, and private sector partners to address the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, emphasizing the empowerment of women; strengthening the enabling environment for strong agricultural markets; promoting research and innovation for agricultural development; and increasing our investments in nutrition, while maintaining our support for humanitarian food assistance.
Responsibilities
The Supervisory Agricultural Research Specialist you will:
Serve as the principal agency advisor on multi-lateral research programs in agriculture, food security and related natural resource management issues.
Provide policy and program guidance to USAID Missions in designing and implementing research projects.
Guide and direct global research on food security and nutrition issues and promote investments in the development of new agricultural technology and practices, enabling policies and capacity development.
Oversee the design and implementation of a portfolio of activities with an annual budget of $100 - $150 million by drawing heavily on research support from a variety of national and international sources, including the multi-lateral Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); U.S. and international research institutions and universities; and public and private sector officials in the Feed the Future partner countries.
Provide direct supervision for the Division Chiefs for Research, Policy and BIFAD/Human and Institutional Capacity Development (BIFAD/HICD).
Perform the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.
Establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff members which are communicated through the formal employee performance management system.
Travel Required
25% or less - Will require travel in developing countries throughout Feed the Future countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean on short notice to carry out his/her duties.
Supervisory status
Yes
Promotion Potential
15
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Status Candidates (on career or career-conditional appointments), including former Federal employees with eligibility, and those eligible for ; ; VRA; VEOA; under a non-competitive appointment authority such as Schedule A; , and individuals on with Other Merit Systems.
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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship is required.
Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
Must be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code 1 or 2 (see Required Documents).
You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

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.
Qualifications
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) knowledge of advanced concepts, principles and practices of agricultural research in developing country settings, including research on crop and animal improvement, agronomy, farming systems, sustainable intensification, food security policy, nutrition, food safety and social sciences; (b) technical and practical experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural research programs in developing country settings; (c) mastery in the application of agricultural research outputs to international development in smallholder farmer settings, skill in managing projects involving developing and deploying technologies in less developed countries, and experience working with developing country scientists and private sector players.

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.

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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 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.
Education
This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, no transcripts are required.
Additional information
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is
required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not
authorized.
M
ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:
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EEO Policy: .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: .

Veterans' Information: .

Telework: .

Selective Service Registration: .

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) to determine if your answers to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. If your answers to the online assessment questionnaire are not supported in the resume it will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be found not qualified if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Candidates that are rated as Highly Qualified
will be referred to the hiring manager and may
be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
Managing Human Resources
Planning and Evaluating
Technical Competence
Interpersonal Skill
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Influencing/Negotiating
To preview questions please .
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Drug test required
No
Required Documents
Resume showing relevant experience.
; 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 ( and ). If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, ).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must notify the agency contact name herein office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You will be provided an alternative application method. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods may not be granted.
Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the materials received by the closing date.

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS
-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips,

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the Apply Online button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury'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 Next button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the Finish button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). 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 Finish 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 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, 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.

Document Upload:
You may upload 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've 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 Career Connector if you see them listed on the Vacancy Documents screen. Then, click on Finished to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax:
Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the Faxing Supporting Documentation instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at . The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST daily, excluding Federal holidays.
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Email
Address
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , District of Columbia
United States
Next steps
Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET
level security clearance investigation and determination.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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