Deputy Assistant to the Administrator

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    May 15

Position description

The Bureau for Food Security (BFS) coordinates implementation of the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) through the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative and houses the Center for Resilience. BFS manages an annual budget of roughly $1 billion and draws on the strengths of 11 agencies across the U.S. Government (USG), while leveraging resources and efforts of other donors, multilateral organizations, the private sector, civil society, universities, research institutions and other stakeholders to accelerate inclusive agricultural growth to increase incomes, reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. BFS reviews and approves all FTF-related strategies for investments in FTF target countries, as well as complementary investments in regional programs, strategic partners and multilateral mechanisms. BFS also identifies resilience focus countries and provides technical assistance and program tracking for the Agency in those countries.

The Bureau, comprised of five offices and the Center for Resilience, brings together programmatic, technical, and regional expertise from throughout the Agency to help partner countries accelerate inclusive, agriculture-led growth, strengthen resilience and improve nutrition. BFS provides food security, nutrition, and resilience-related strategic, design, and implementation support to country, regional, and Washington-based operating units.

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The Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Food Security is responsible for having substantial day-to-day management responsibilities for the Bureau and spurring the Agency's efforts to promote resilience in places prone to recurrent humanitarian crises and substantially reducing global hunger and poverty. The incumbent is recognized as an Agency authority in formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad or long-range impact on the resilience and food security programs of the Agency. The Deputy Assistant to the Administrator reports directly to the Assistant to the Administrator. Duties include:

  • Providing direction and management of large-scale Agency programs and operations to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives for FTF as well as other food security and resilience-related programs.
  • Developing Agency policy in addressing cross-cutting issues associated with programs, including capacity development, natural resources management, partnerships, gender, research, innovation, youth, and governance.
  • Assisting FTF target countries and resilience focus countries in formulating their strategies, including policy priorities to create an environment for stability and long-term development.
  • Establishing and maintain effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including members of Congress, executives from other legislative and executive agencies, major corporations, and distinguished members of the public.
  • Counseling senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of USAID and senior staff of other Federal, state and local government agencies on overall food security policy, programming and budgeting strategies and policies.
  • Providing technical advice and guidance to USAID missions in developing country strategic plans and in designing, implementing and evaluating programs and projects.
  • Advising on appropriate methods and techniques to use to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Supervising a subordinate staff of senior managers and officials at multiple levels of USAID performing programmatic tasks.
  • Serving on interagency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and programs.
  • Performs human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 15-20% of the time or greater

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • May be required to serve a one-year Senior Executive Service Probationary
  • May be required to file an OGE-278, Executive Financial Disclosure Form

As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the competencies outlined under Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the ECQs and TQs listed below in supplemental statements. These statements will assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to refer to the selecting official. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY ECQS AND TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

**If you can claim Noncompetitive status—you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB)—you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST submit supplemental statements addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES, you must include with your application a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates, you must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**



You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications

This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Core Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision

This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Core Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building

This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Core Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility

This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Core Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Core Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation


You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

TQ1 –Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience managing and leading a range of development programming processes, such as: program/project design, budget and resource planning, analytics & evaluation in areas such as resilience (building capacity to manage social, political and/or environmental adversity without compromising future well-being), food security & nutrition, water & natural resource management, and trade & investment.

TQ2 –Demonstrated executive/senior leadership experience in analyzing, framing and implementing policies in complex interagency and international environments in order to advance U.S. Government foreign policy objectives related to resilience (building capacity to manage social, political and/or environmental adversity without compromising future well-being), food security & nutrition, and/or supporting a country to transition from foreign aid dependency toward self-reliance. Include successful experiences presenting and advocating U.S. Government policy positions in interagency fora and with Congress, other domestic and/or international stakeholders, and the public.


There is no education requirement for this position.

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