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USAID, USPSC FEWS NET Program Analyst

Website USAID/Food for Peace

FFP predicts, prevents, and responds to hunger overseas.

INTRODUCTION

The incumbent works in the Policy and Technical Division (PTD), serving as a Program Analyst with responsibility for Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) activities. FEWS NET is a leader in identifying emerging threats of acute food insecurity. FEWS NET is entering a new phase with a broader scope that includes the establishment of a learning and data hub, analyses of the dynamics of food security to inform strategies that build resilience, and continuous identification and adoption of appropriate new technologies and innovations.  The incumbent is responsible for activities including planning, analysis, research, reporting, and presentation associated with execution of the FEWS NET budget.

CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader or his/her designee, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

At the GS-9 Equivalent Level:

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to budget and technical aspects of FEWS NET activities, including the design and application of budget tracking systems; program monitoring; administration of contracts, grants, and agreements; collaboration with Inter-Agency partners; and expedited organization of decision-support briefings and information products for emergency and development-related decision making processes;
  • Provide support needed to ensure that FEWS NET’s budget is executed appropriately and that funds are accounted for completely and accurately and in compliance with spending authorities; and
  • Perform reporting on budget plan to actual consumption comparison to develop forecasting of execution year and to develop future operating plans through oversight of assigned program area.

In addition to the duties performed at the GS-9 equivalent level, the GS-11 FEWS NET Program Analyst will also perform the following duties:

At the GS-11 Equivalent Level:

  • Collaborate with program managers to develop methods, data, and information products for integrating FEWS NET’s goals and objectives into the FFP budgetary process;
  • Assist in developing the FEWS NET budget information and reporting systems for use by program managers in the decision and policy-making process;
  • Assure that program plans and projects are conceived and carried out according to sound budget management techniques;
  • Review and update documentation and procedures that describe existing work processes, and develops new procedures and documentation when needed;
  • Develop, implement and track operational year financial plans, including the determination of discrepancies in various tracking systems and the resolution of any contradictory data;
  • Draft, develop and follow through to completion program documents and activities related to program implementation (e.g. funding obligation, project implementation letters; provision of grants, contracts and Participating Agency Program Agreements (PAPA) and related amendments) and request for purchase of goods and services;
  • Advise management to ensure available funds are programmed, reprogrammed or de-obligated on a timely basis;
  • Monitor and review grantee contracting agency invoices and financial reports and identifies discrepancies in financial data;
  • Provide trip reports, oral, written and visual presentations, and other written documentation in a timely manner, consistent with USAID policies and objectives;
  • Assist in planning, oversight and reporting on program activities in relation to established goals and objectives;
  • Assist in planning and review of work plans and studies, and the long and short-term direction of program activities; and
  • Compile written and oral briefings and reports, which deal with outstanding program actions, fiscal data and program implementation status.

In addition to the duties performed at the GS-9 and GS-11 equivalent levels, the GS-12 FEWS NET Program Analyst will also perform the following duties:

At the GS-12 Equivalent Level:

  • Conduct detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes and make recommendations for improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of work operations;
  • Develop new methods and management processes;
  • Counsel and advise program managers on methods and procedures, management surveys, management reports, and control techniques;
  • Provide analytical support to USAID/Washington bureaus, USAID Missions, other USG agencies, and a diverse group of partners in foreign governments, international and non-governmental organizations regarding FEWS NET activities; and
  • Support execution of program activities, keeping abreast of program developments and helping to ensure the responsiveness of PTD and FEWS NET to overall USAID and DCHA/FFP goals and needs.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Minimum Qualifications: Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.

At the GS-9 Equivalent Level

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

    OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of one (1) year of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

At the GS-11 Equivalent Level

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development. 

    OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

At the GS-12 Equivalent Level

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

    OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. or internationally recognized institution, with significant study in, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, disaster management, agriculture, human nutrition, agricultural economics, or other related field, plus a minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian assistance and/or international development.

Selection Factors:

Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. Selection factors include:

  • Applicant is a U.S. Citizen;
  • Submission of a current resume, with complete contact information;
  • Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs);
  • USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed and scanned. Electronic signatures will not be accepted;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret within nine months following the job offer acceptance;
  • Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance within a three month period after offer acceptance;
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials; and
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

Applicants not meeting minimum qualifications will not be evaluated further.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS:

Where and How to Apply

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter via email:  ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete, current resume. See cover page for resume requirements.
  2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.
  3. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed and scanned. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated.

Please refer to solicitation at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/AID/OP/WashingtonDC/72DFFP19R00003/listing.html or https://www.ffpjobs.com.

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