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Foreign Service Limited Position Opportunity - General Development Officer (Emerging Threats Advisor)

May 13, 2020

Position Title 
General Development Officer - Emerging Threats Advisor  



Job Description 

Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Organization:  Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS)
Location of Position:  Washington, DC
Appointment Type:  This is an excepted service, time-limited
appointment that is not-to-exceed five years

Description of Organization:
This position is located in the Center For Resilience (CR) of USAID's Bureau For Resilience and Food Security (RFS). RFS's Mission is to partner to advance inclusive agriculture- lead growth, resilience, nutrition, and access to water and sanitation to accelerate and protect progress on the journey to self-reliance. RFS oversees four high-level, integrated efforts in support of this mission: (1) Feed the future, guided by the Global Food Security (GFSS), (2) The USAID Multi Sector Nutrition Stategy, (3) The U.S. Global Water Strategy, and (4) efforts to increase Resilience in areas of recurrent humanitarian crisis. To deliver on this work RFS partners with other federal departments and agencies, USAID Bureaus and missions, universities, civil society, and other public and private sector actors. The Center for Resilience (CR) leads the Agency’s resilience work.  Through technical assistance, training, and curated learning products, the Center supports USAID Missions’ programming, policy, and partnership work in resilient livelihoods and markets, and resilient communities and systems, including, natural resources and disaster risk management, social protection, and climate adaptation.  The Center manages global research and analysis investments to generate resilience-related innovations and evidence for wide application.  Through strategic engagement and partnership, the Center influences global resilience investments and agendas.  The Center houses the secretariat for the Agency’s Resilience Leadership Council, responsible for strategic alignment of USAID’s multi-sectoral resilience programming.


Description of Position: 
The position serves at the nexus of human and animal health, with a focus on livestock health and genetics, vaccine development, and zoonotic disease prevention in human and animal populations.  The position will be based in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and will liaise with relevant stakeholders across the Agency. 

The position will serve as technical lead on animal health overseeing the (a) management of several research programs, including the U.S. university-led Feed the Future Innovation Labs; (b) coordination of USAID's relationship with CGIAR centers, such as the International Livestock Research Institute, in collaboration with National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in developing countries; (c) support to USAID Missions regarding all aspects of programming related to livestock, poultry and other relevant farm animal species, with an emphasis on emergent diseases and animal health; and (d) development and coordination of USAID's relationship with other U.S. Government agencies and other donors providing research leadership in the areas of animal health and zoonotic diseases, scientific approaches to address animal diseases including genomics and biotechnology for vaccine development, and aspects of animal health management needed for improving the quantity and quality of animal source food production in developing country settings.

This position will work to ensure the coordination and collaboration, where relevant, in USAID animal and zoonotic disease activities in RFS and across the Agency.  Additionally, the position will serve as a technical resource to USAID Missions and their programs on livestock health, production and management, and building One Health capacities for the prevention of disease emergence and spread; and engage with other development organizations and donors and U.S. Government agencies around priority research and policy issues.

The position will have the following duties:

Program Leadership and Management (50 Percent)
Oversee the management of agricultural research projects led by U.S. universities to include the Feed the Future Innovation Labs, CGIAR centers, and NARS focused on addressing livestock diseases and pests in developing countries.  Ensure that research objectives align with and contribute to the Global Food Security Research Strategy and reports the accomplishments of the portfolio to USAID senior leadership and other decision makers.  Oversee preparation of project award documentation and supervise the technical contributions of junior staff on project implementation.  Provide advice on adjustment and revision of projects and procedures to facilitate operations in the face of technical or administrative obstacles; and gathers and applies the latest research and management information to provide advice on resolution of novel and controversial situations for which standard or proven methods are not applicable.

Global Scientific Engagement (30 Percent)
Promote science and research as tools for improving program success to USAID Missions, Offices and Bureaus and other donors.  Provide Missions, Offices and Bureaus support in identifying priority areas for agricultural and pandemic disease investments that lead to a strengthened livestock sector and strengthened country capacity to prepare for and respond to infectious disease outbreaks using a “One Health” approach. Collaborate with other U.S. Government agencies and other research partners engaged in international research and strengthen collaboration between USAID research partners and other research institutions.

Field Support, Outreach, and Coordination (20 Percent)
Provide improved coordination and outreach between USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and Missions having agriculture and food security programs and other USAID programming where livestock research is of relevance.  Provide technical support to USAID Missions in the area of livestock diseases and pests, the integration of research outputs, including technologies and knowledge, into the design and implementation of agriculture development and technology scaling activities, particularly in the areas of sustainable livestock production systems and animal health, and building One Health capacities for prevention of disease emergence and spread.  Lead engagement with FAO and other public sector stakeholders regarding the prevention, detection, and response to emerging threats.  Present recommendations to individuals or groups with differing goals and viewpoints in the implementation of program objectives.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (FS-03) of this position.  Examples of specialized experience include: Contributing to the design, analysis, monitoring, and/or implementation of international development programs related to livestock health and genetics, vaccine development, and/or zoonotic disease prevention in human and animal populations.  Leading or assisting in project management.  Providing technical assistance to clients in the design, evaluation, and implementation of projects.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance.
Interested candidates should submit a:
  • Resume/CV;
  • A short written statement of interest; and
  • Official or unofficial transcripts, if education is noted as a requirement above.


Please submit your application package to
Please use the subject line “FSL APPLICATION PACKAGE: 33582 GDO (Emerging Threats Advisor), 02, RFS/CR, PD#33582
 Application submissions are required by May 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)
Packages not submitted by the deadline with the specified subject line—or incomplete packages—will not receive consideration.
This notice may be used to fill additional vacancies, as the workforce needs of the Bureau may change.

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to:
Marcus Dinkins, RFS/AMS
Phone: (202) 712-0742        Email:
Notice 0553


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