Job Posting: Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

11/14/2016 3:34 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Location: Washington, DC

Note: Posting closes Tuesday 11/22/2016

About the Organization

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. 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

Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM), Center for Performance Excellence (CPE) is responsible for managing and awarding exemplary performance, as well as providing Executive Resources Services. This includes managing all matters pertaining to the Agency's Foreign Service (FS), Civil Service (CS), Senior Foreign Service(SFS), Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Professionals (SL/ST), and Administrative Detemined (AD) performance evaluation systems; as well as the administration of USAID's incentive, performance, and Presidential award programs, and pay for performance for the SES and the SFS.

About the Job

This position is located in the Performance Management Division (CPE) and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of performance management, including management of performance planning and appraisal, executive performance management, and FS/SFS promotions and Boards.

Job Duties

As a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as agency's technical expert on implementing and administering the executive and non-executive performance management programs at USAID (i.e., Civil Service, Foreign Service, Senior Foreign Service). Consults with key USAID managers on program activities, objectives, and priorities, identification of program needs, and resolution of problem areas.
  • Provide administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Allocates work optimally among employees, including building cross-functional operational capabilities in the team. Proactively manages the Performance Management Division budget. Guides staff to anticipate issues and to respond quickly and appropriately to new opportunities and risks, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles.
  • Ensure that the performance planning/assessing and performance awards processes are in accordance with OPM regulations and implemented accordingly. Develops solutions to complex and sensitive issues. Collaborates with key senior managers on performance management-related issues. Manages the annual Agency Performance Review Boards and oversees related processes.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to educate, inform and influence stakeholders on performance management and assessment related programs. Develops and delivers training on performance management processes and tools along with related assessment programs to HR and business unit personnel
  • Plan, develop, evaluate, and implement USAID's Senior Foreign Service and executive compensation programs for pay for performance and performance awards. Collaborates with Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of State or via benchmarking with other Agencies on the establishment of pay for performance and monetary recognition programs. Develops solutions to exceptionally complex, sensitive, and controversial pay issues and compensation matters.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • May be required to serve a one year Supervisory probationary period.

Qualifications for GS-14

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level gained in the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours work per week, on your resume. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower lgrade evel for this position includes: demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of performance awards/management/performance planning and appraisals systems. Your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate these abilities. Examples should include: Being recognized as a technical authority, interpreting laws, rules, regulations and/or guidelines; developing and/or managing performance management systems; developing research plans and hypotheses, and implementing and carrying them through to completion; designing potential solutions and developing action plans.

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 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.

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.

How to Apply

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