Job Post

Foreign Service Limited Position Opportunity - Program Officer

May 13, 2020

Position Title 
Program Officer                                                                                                                                                                       USAID

Job Description 

Agency: U.S. Agency For International Development
Organization: Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS)
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 Policy and Analysis Office (PA) of USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS).  RFS’s mission is to partner to advance inclusive agriculture-led 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 Strategy (GFSS), (2) the USAID Multi-Sector Nutrition Strategy, (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 Policy and Analysis Office (PA) coordinates across RFS, the U.S. Government Interagency and external partners to set and adjust strategic and policy priorities, generate evidence, and disseminate learning.  The Office leads RFS efforts to mobilize diverse public and private sector partners to engage in a shared resilience and food security agenda, leads the Bureau’s analytics, performance management, and learning functions, and provides thought leadership and expertise on how to support countries’ efforts to strengthen policy systems and public investments in resilience and food security.

Description of Position: 
The position will have the following duties:

Technical Assistance and Guidance (50 Percent)
Develops geospatial approaches, analyses, and tools to track resilience and food security program areas at the country, regional, and community levels to reveal trends and magnitude of change or lack thereof for key variables.  For selected target zones within Feed the Future focus countries, the incumbent will comprehensively track key biophysical and socioeconomic indicators using combinations of GIS, traditional ground truth/crowd sourced data, and remote sensing, and other appropriate methods.  To advance routine use of this approach for strategic planning, program design and M&E, the incumbent will facilitate discussion among key offices supporting RFS-supported portfolios to realize a vision and plan for integrating geospatial information and analyses into strategic planning, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Project Planning and Management (30 Percent)
Assists RFS subject matter experts with spatial analytical thinking for improved planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of programs.  Develops and delivers geographic visualization products showing program related data such as budget information, project activity locations, etc.  Acquires, validates, maintains, and manages a database of geospatial data, including retrieval of historic orphan geospatial data previously funded by USAID.

Learning, Assessing, and Measurement or Methodological Development (20 Percent)
Implements RFS and USAID geospatial standards regarding data collection and cartographic production.  Designs and develops web-based visualization products for food security, nutrition, and resilience results.  Prepares database-driven, online maps of resilience and food security activities and budget information and provides automation for the update of these products.  Collaborates with the Web Services Division of the office of the CIO and USAID missions to publish geospatial mash-ups as well as geospatial application design.  Using visualization tools, assists USAID subject matter experts with spatial analytical thinking for improved planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs.   

Performs other 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-04/GS-12) of this position.  Examples of specialized experience include:  Contributing to the design, analysis, monitoring, and/or implementation of international development programs using GIS data and tools.  Leading, developing, implementing or interpreting geospatial analysis and visualizations, and/or producing high quality maps using various mapping tools.
  • Substantial experience using ArcGIS strongly preferred.
  • Experience conducting spatial statistics and analysis using Python is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with statistical software such as R or Stata is preferred.
  • 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: 31652 Program Officer (Geospatial Analyst), 03, RFS/PA, PD#31652.” 
 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 0554


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