Dear colleagues, It seems there may be some experienced nutritionists out there, and given the Bureau of Food Security's interest in agriculture and nutrition linkages, this might be a good venue to get the word out. U.S. citizenship required.
Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:AID-13-0081-ML
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position IS in the bargaining unit. - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
WHO MAY APPLY:
All US Citizens that meet qualifications for this position-no federal experience required.
The Country Strategy and Implementation Office (BFS/CSI) provides guidance and technical support in the design and implementation of investments that will achieve the FTF initiative's goal of accelerating inclusive agriculture sector growth. Division staff participates in the review and approval of all USAID and centrally-funded programs and projects to assure that they conform to the Agency's agriculture and food security policies.
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 http://www.state.gov/g/
For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
· U.S. Citizen or national
· 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
· Direct Deposit/Electric Funds Transfer is required
As a Nutritionist, incumbent will provide advisor and technical authority on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, develops policies, strategies, and plans for integrating cross-cutting issue concerns in all agriculture and food security nutrition interventions for agency-wide application. Provides specialized expertise to Missions and focus countries in designing and monitoring policies, strategies, and programs in the nutrition area. Develops policy guidelines for national nutrition programs to support child nutrition and health. Provides USAID Missions and focus countries with intellectual leadership and program guidance on addressing cross-cutting issues and assuring their integration in all agriculture and food security programs and projects. Provides technical advice, guidance, and support to Missions and focus countries on technical issues regarding the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of FTF nutrition programs. Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas in nutrition for the FTF initiative. Activities include working with focus countries to raise the importance of nutrition on the national agenda and implement evidence-based interventions to reach the most vulnerable populations.
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. 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 level for this position includes: Providing expert advice and designs programs to bring the food security and nutrition monitoring activities to a state-of-the-art technology level. Assists countries in building the technical capacity to implement, monitor and evaluate nutrition programs.
Degree: dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES
The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
B. Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.
The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
The individual occupational requirements for some series make no provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they do not include paragraph B provisions.
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.
Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified.
Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
Qualified applicants will be evaluated in the following areas:
· Technical Questions
· Public Health Administration and Management
· Program Administration and Management
· Oral Communication
· Written Communication
Also, the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOC's) must be demonstrated throughout your resume; however, a separate narrative is not required:
(1) Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of the science of dietetics or nutrition to plan and perform a wide range of activities relating to the operation of a complete dietetic or nutrition program or service, or to a major portion of a program, such as clinical or administrative dietetics; or an intensive knowledge of a specialty area of dietetics or nutrition to perform assignments of considerable difficulty.
(2) Skilled in the knowledge and competence toward the maintenance and improvement of nutritional status through services to groups or individuals, in program administration, in teaching and/or research.
(3) The ability to assess nutrition needs and target population, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the nutrition component of programs and projects; interpreting food and nutrition legislation and research for other professionals and the consumer; providing consultation and training in nutrition to administrators, other dietitians and nutritionists and to other disciplines in programs, such as education, social service and agriculture; developing standards and guidelines for nutrition services, identifying research needs, and developing and conducting dietary studies.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates may apply if well qualified. Well-qualified
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.
To preview questions please click here.
Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy: http://www.usajobs.
Veterans' Information: http://www.
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.
HOW TO APPLY:
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.
Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.
Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.
Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click here.
-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.
Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.
If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at careerconnectorhelp@
· Resume showing relevant experience.
· Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any veterans' hiring eligibilities such as VRA, preference point entitlement (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter). For a detailed list of documents, click here.
· Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A). For a detailed list of documents, click here.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable TOP SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.