Foreign Agricultural Service Program Advisor (Digital Inclusion Advisor) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Foreign Agricultural Service
  • 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Term

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Begin a challenging and rewarding career with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS is a dynamic foreign affairs agency with offices in Washington, D.C. and 70-plus countries around the world. FAS is seeking committed professionals with diverse skills and talents to help improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, enhance the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

This is an excepted service, time-limited, term appointment for up to 2 years, with the possibility of extensions. Excepted service positions do not afford competitive status.

The Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), a program area of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is responsible for planning, conducting, administering, and coordinating the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) programs on international trade capacity building, sustainable agriculture and food security.

The Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDAD) of OCBD is responsible for coordinating USDA participation in technical assistance, training, and development programs undertaken on behalf of developing nations. Specific emphasis is oriented toward, but not limited to, administering and implementing U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programs under Participating Agency Service Agreements (PASAs). The Agricultural Markets Systems Development (AMSD) Branch of DRDAD manages these agreements with USAID for USDA experts in specific technical fields to provide long- and short-term services and advice to USAID-managed programs in Washington and the field.

The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Agricultural and Market Systems Development (AMSD) Branch but will work directly with USAID’s Global Development Lab, Center for Global Solutions (LAB/CGS). The Center for Global Solutions provides technical leadership for USAID’s Digital Development programs worldwide. The Digital Inclusion team (LAB/CGS/DI) focuses on creating an enabling environment for a more sustainable and inclusive digital ecosystem, focusing on policies and technologies to expand access and usage of digital services, digital payments, and geospatial and development informatics tools.

The incumbent will support the Lab by advising, creating learning materials, advocating, encouraging, reviewing, and managing the planning and execution of Digital Inclusion-related initiatives.

Salary Information: *First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.*


Following are the major, though not all inclusive, duties of this position:

  • Coordinate with US high tech firms for which USAID has established partnerships and seeking appropriate opportunities to establish additional partnerships with a greater field of technology firms.
  • Engaging USAID’s Regional Bureaus and Missions to identify opportunities.
  • Establish coordination between existing projects with the Bureaus’ and Missions’ development portfolio, as well as between USAID, its implementing contractors, associated NGO’s and local public and private sector partners.
  • Provide technical support for the potential for the Agency to adopt into its programs newer and more advanced solutions that lower the cost and deliver greater capacity broadband access to lower-income and lower-density communities. The focus of this effort will be to work with others within USAID and its partners to extend a wide-range of social and economic value through access to digital technology.
  • Liaise with other USG Agencies, such as the State Department, Federal Communications Commission, and the White House/OSTP in supporting key priorities as well as multilateral engagements through the United Nations and others.
  • Establish criteria for evaluating the implications of programs and projects addressing communication and outreach issues related to sustainable economic growth issues in developing countries; identifies constraints to the successful achievement of USAID/Lab goals; develops approaches and strategies that increase its effectiveness and remove barriers to USAID/Lab objectives; and determines ways to expand USAID/Lab activities to have maximum impact.
  • Support the Lab by teaching, creating learning materials, advocating, encouraging, reviewing, and managing the planning and execution of Digital Inclusion-related initiatives.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and overseas travel required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

*FOR THE GS-14 LEVEL: * In order to qualify for this position applicants must possess one year or more of specialized experience that was equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors and is typically gained in the same field as the position being filled or another very closely related field.

Applicants must show evidence in their resumes of possession of at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  • Mastery experience working with principles and methods in the field of Digital Inclusion, including access to and usage of digital products and services to create partnerships with various public and private stakeholders in aim to advance the field of Digital Inclusion;
  • Experience managing multiple analytical projects; and
  • Experience using inter-personal skills that require exhibiting tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness in dealing with technical and non-technical staff, government officials, and international development partners. **Failure to provide evidence of this specialized experience in your resume will result in an ineligible rating.

Note:** There is no education substitution for this grade level.

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, including volunteer experience.

Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • Overseas travel will be required to underdeveloped areas. Some physical hardship may be encountered, such as poor road conditions, unstable political settings, climate extremes, exposure to diseases prevalent in unhealthy environments, and significantly different cultural environments.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.


This position affords the Federal government’s comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Other Information
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles. The additional selection(s) may be made from other division(s) not listed in the vacancy announcement.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • 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. See more information at:

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0301-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Control Number: 453040500

Job Announcement Number: FASB-17-0004