June 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm #104479
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through agreement with USDA
Workforce & Youth Development Advisor
The USDA is seeking a GS-301-13 Technical Project Specialist (Workforce
& Youth Development Advisor). Area of Consideration: All Sources.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be
security cleared for assignment. This position, Technical Project
Specialist, is a USDA PASA permanently placed at USAID/Washington in
the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade, in the Office
The incumbent will provide technical leadership and guidance for
USAID-wide programming for workforce development and youth development.
S/he will provide technical assistance to USAID Missions globally as
well as to Washington-based operating units; conduct donor and partner
coordination and outreach; manage field-support projects; support
policy development; and draw upon and contribute to the evidence base
for international workforce and youth development initiatives. Field
service roles include writing assessments, strategies, program designs,
and evaluations; advising Missions on development and management of
workforce and youth programs; consulting with implementation partners/
contractors; developing Agency policies and procedures; and
interpreting policies and regulations for Missions. This position is
based in the Education Sector but it requires close collaboration with
officers in a variety of sectors, including Economic Growth, Democracy
and Governance, and Health.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Comprehensive knowledge and experience in youth
education, workforce development, and/or a related social science area
sufficient to develop and advise senior-level Agency Administrators on
policies and programs for youth and workforce development activities,
including innovations and new strategic directions. Knowledge of
theories, concepts, principles, practice and current research in the
development, implementation and management of youth and workforce
development in development activities and programs world-wide. Deep
understanding of positive youth development principles and practices,
especially in international contexts.
In-depth knowledge of at least one youth or workforce-related
specialization, such as: agriculture/ rural development and youth;
youth and security issues; youth civic education; HIV prevention and
workforce development; etc. Knowledge of programming for conflict and
post-conflict environments is desirable. Demonstrated track record in
developing innovative, creative programs for youth and adults that aim
for transformative effects on participants and communities.
Demonstrated track record in managing for results and attention to the
development of evidence base. Knowledge of USG, and preferably USAID
development policies, priorities, strategic planning, project planning,
budgeting and implementation procedures.
Knowledge of U.S. legislation, policies and programs relating to
international development, cooperation and assistance. Familiarity with
financial management, USAID procurement regulations and proven ability
to manage nationally awarded peer-reviewed grants, contracts and
awards, including technical, budgetary and human resource management
components. Experience in developing policies and procedures governing
the development, management, administration, implementation, and
evaluation of youth and workforce development programs at all levels.
Ability to develop creative approaches to new or unfamiliar problems.
Skills sufficient to provide advice and direction, orally and in
written form, to a wide variety of professional leaders in the
academic, public and private sectors, and governments both in the
United States and throughout the developing world on initiatives that
can effectively impact youth and workforce development.
Skills sufficient to interact productively with individuals of diverse
cultural, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. High level of
proficiency in written communication in order to prepare and coach
others in the preparation of reports and analytical documents as well
as electronic media, training materials and evaluations. High level of
proficiency in verbal communication and ability to serve as leader,
facilitator and mobilizer. Proven ability to work independently in a
cross-cultural environment under varied working conditions, (e.g.,
tight time frames and schedule of events, diverse interest groups,
stressful conditions, etc.) to manage program activities.
USDA/ Foreign Agricultural Services has entered into an agreement with
USAID’s pillar Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade
(EGAT), Office of Education, to support the Technical Project
Specialist (Workforce & Youth Development Advisor). Under this
agreement, human resources management functions are carried out by
USDA, while all other work dimensions are managed by USAID, including
the incumbent’s representation of USAID in all work activities. The
incumbent must be a U.S. citizen and be able to secure a secret
TO APPLY: please send a) a current resume and b) a supplemental
statement that addresses individually your experience and
qualifications in each of the Required Skill Areas listed above: N.B.
Applications that do not include a supplemental statement addressing
individually each of the required skills will not be considered.
Program Officer: Evelyn Lorenzini, Mailing Address:
USDA/FAS/OCBD/DRDAD/AMSD, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Room 3212-S,
STOP 1033, Washington, D.C. 20250-1033 Telephone: (202) 690-2615, FAX:
(202) 720-6364, E-Mail Address: [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>. This notice expires close of business July 23, 2010.
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