Natural Resources Officer (FSL) - USAID/Africa Bureau

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 02

Position description

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Organization: Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD)
Location of Position: Washington, DC
Telework/Remote Eligibility: Four telework days per pay period (two days per week). The position is not remote eligible.
Open Period: January 12, 2024 – February 7, 2024
Appointment Type: This is an excepted service, a time-limited appointment, not-to-exceed four years, with the possibility of two two-year extensions.
Salary: (USD) $163,964 – $191,900 per year
Number of Vacancies: One

The Natural Resources Officer (NRO) (Natural Resources and Environmental [NRE] Economist) supports economic growth and assistance programs in AFR by undertaking analysis; developing professional economic relationships with other organizations; developing strategies, analytical models, and methodologies; analyzing data; and providing assistance and advice on economic growth, natural resources, and environment issues.


The position will provide technical leadership and direction to Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture Division’s (AFR/SD/EGEA’s) multisectoral teams. This will include setting strategic directions and ensuring oversight of economic growth programs in the AFR region. The position reports to the Division Chief of AFR/SD/EGEA, but will interact independently with higher levels of the Bureau and the Agency. This is a non-supervisory position.

The NRO serves a dual role. First, as Chief Economist for AFR, they maintain up-to-date knowledge on the most important economic trends and policy issues in Africa; maintain collaborative relationships with senior economic officials in USAID, international financial institutions (World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank), think tanks, and other donors; and serve as AFR’s focal point and mentor for newly-hired USAID field Mission economists. Second, the NRE Economist provides guidance to USAID’s economic growth programs regarding best practices on agricultural, natural resource, and environment policies; technological innovations; and the environmental and economic consequences of development assistance. Additionally, as a key staff member in AFR/SD/EGEA, the NRE Economist participates in a wide range of Bureau, Office, and Division activity reviews, initiatives, and analyses, as well as managing activities that may support either of the NRE Economist’s two overall roles.


Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. A candidate must indicate citizenship on their application. If citizenship is not stated, the application will not be considered; and
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Required Documents: 

  • A cover letter expressing interest and clearly addressing the stated requirements for the position, no longer than one page; 
  • A resume/CV that must include the month, year, and the number of hours worked per week for each position listed;
  • Official or unofficial transcripts (if applicable); and
  • At least three professional references.

Other Applicable Documents:

  • An applicant claiming Veterans Preference must submit all appropriate documentation (DD-214, Service Disability Letter, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, etc.); and
  • An applicant serving as a current/former political appointee must submit all appropriate documentation (SF-50s, appointment letter, etc.).


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