Posted on :
15 Dec, 2016
15 Dec, 2016
A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
It’s an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
This position is located within the Forest Service, Office of the Chief, International Programs, Technical Cooperation Unit. Incumbent will provide specialized policy, strategic and technical advice and leadership in the areas of energy policy, power sector development, and other environment sector programming for the Ghana Mission.
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kathleen Sheridan at (202) 644-4580 or [email protected]
This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.
The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
Job Title: Interdisciplinary Social Science Advisor
Incumbent will provide specialized policy, strategic and technical advice and leadership in the areas of energy policy, power sector development, and other environment sector programming to the Regional U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions, Bilateral Missions, non-presence countries, and, as appropriate, national governments, other United States Government (USG) agencies (i.e., United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA FS), Department of State (DOS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Treasury), and other regional and international organizations. The ENRM Advisor’s areas of assistance include technical analyses and advice, USAID environmental procedures, environmental impact assessment and mitigation, strategic planning, environmental funds, program development, monitoring, and managing for results.
Entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. In addition, the following relocation benefits are available: temporary quarters.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided with the application to validate that coursework requirements are met.
The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study.
GS-0101: Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
GS-0401: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional experience is required. One year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as all of the following: International development experience pertaining to Africa in clean energy development, low emission development, natural resources management, community based natural resources management, and/or sustainable integrated development programs. Initiated, formulated, planned, and implemented policies, strategies, and plans for an international program area and provided technical and managerial guidance on sectoral issues; coordinated incorporation of programmatic results into implementable interventions within an international sector; and monitored and assessed major centrally managed grants, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in an international program area.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Additional Requirements: None
What To Expect Next
Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency’s definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS ‘E-VERIFY’ system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.