JOB: Human Resources Assistant, Washington, D.C. at USAID

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Human Resources Assistant
    Agency: Agency For International Development
    Sub Agency: Office of Human Resources
    Job Announcement Number: AID-11-0200-SS

    SALARY RANGE: $42,209.00 – $60,765.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Monday, May 16, 2011 to Monday, May 23, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0203-07/08
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Permanent – No time limit
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies – Washington, DC

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world – and shows the world our true character as a nation.

    USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, DC, 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 employs individuals in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as through Personal Service Contracts for service in Washington, DC and overseas.

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


    Processes the full range of official staffing actions and performs the full range of technical staffing projects. Applies a comprehensive body of Human Resources rules, procedures, and technical methods necessary to support a staffing function. Service both geographical and central offices and/or bureaus and may be assigned discrete organizational portions of the Agency. Provides human resources advice to bureau/office officials in the absence of the Human Resources Specialists. Conducts orientation sessions for new employees by answering questions in person and guiding them through the paperwork process when they enter on duty. Assist in all aspects of evaluating and managing data from automated human resources information systems. Processes all types of personnel actions, including a wide variety of human resources actions into the National Finance Center (NFC) personnel database. Maintains and reviews automated employee data and personnel histories in the agency personnel and payroll system. Reconciles errors and edit messages in real time. Reviews output in accordance with Federal and agency personnel regulatory and other policy guidelines to ensure correctness of determination made. Performs tasks that are characterized as complicated issues. Based on experience and past practice, determines the best course for the particular staffing situation. Researches applicable guidelines to determine valid flexibilities and alternatives before proceeding with assigned actions.

    Provides the full range of benefits services for employees covering benefits including all types of retirement coverage (FSPS, CSRS-offset, FERS, FICA); health insurance, life insurance, leave benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Applies a comprehensive body of Human Resources rules, regulations, procedures, and operations concerning employee benefits sufficient to research benefit-related problems where an analysis of problems, evaluating the adequacy of these facts in light of established precedents, and explaining options available to employees sufficient to research benefit-related problems where an analysis of individual circumstances is required. Provides advice and assistance to employees regarding benefit problems and issues. Researches, identifies, and explains complicated, in-depth employee benefit-related issues, such as health benefits conversion, complicated retirement calculations, or continuing benefits administered after separation. Utilizes great skill in dealing with distraught employees, whose pay may have been garnished or incorrectly distributed. Provides individual counseling to managers, employees, and family members on the legality, timeliness, appropriateness, requirements, options, and potential problems of various benefit options. Responds to other inquiries, mainly for Foreign Service employees, regarding travel benefits/allowances and medical clearances. Responds to inquiries on benefits and allowances directly related to foreign service assignments and transfers.

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