Human Resources Specialist: Policy and Accountability

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

Job Description

This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Office of Human Capital & Talent Management, Center for Workforce Planning, Policy, and Systems Management, Policy and Accountability Division (HCTM/PPSM/PA), in the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Agency may ask you to complete a written assessment if your application is found to be among the best qualified for this announcement. Responsibilities

As a Human Resources Specialist you will:

  • Provide guidance on Human Capital policies and regulations that relate to the Foreign Service (FS) and Senior Foreign Service (SFS), and as a business partner to USAID Bureaus and Independent Offices (B/IO) and overseas Missions; liaise and provide authoritative guidance on policies and regulations covering a broad range of HR functional areas.
  • Implement and evaluate HR programs, functions, and management operations at USAID headquarters and overseas missions to ensure compliance, integrity, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of programs and activities’; serve as technical expert on teams evaluating HC programs, functions, and management operations.
  • Research, write, and revise USAID-wide HR policies, procedures, guidance, and program standards related to the FS and SFS in several specialty areas; analyze existing policy documents for accuracy and currency; determine changes needed; and prepare clearance packages.
  • Respond to inquiries related to HR policy and guidance from staff at USAID headquarters and overseas.
  • Participate in HCTM special projects and assignments, which require collaboration and consultation with specialists in all functional areas and across organizational lines; support and coordinate with one or several interdisciplinary and inter-office teams comprising internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate directly with USAID and HCTM senior management officials, and other stakeholders on HR project management and direction, policy development, program and management guidance, oversight, strategic planning, advisory and consultation services on interrelated HCTM functional areas.
  • Serve on committees or government-wide projects involving representatives outside of USAID.
Travel Required
  • Not required
Supervisory status
  • No
Promotion Potential
  • 13
Conditions of Employment
  • 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.
  • You may have to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code “1” or “2” (see Required Documents).
  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • United States Citizenship is required.

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.

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-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. 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 grade level for this position includes: (a) experience in providing guidance in defining and managing HR policy and accountability activities; b) skill ensuring the accuracy of policies and procedures; and c) coordinating the development and evaluation of relevant policies and regulations, including procedural issuances.

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/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 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.

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