Agency: USAID
Organization: Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub, Research Division (DDI/ITR/R)
Location of Position: Washington, DC. The position is telework eligible.
Open Period: November 22, 2022 – December 6, 2022
Appointment Type: This is an excepted service, time-limited appointment that is not-to-exceed five years; may be considered for further extension for a maximum of nine years.
Salary: Foreign Service Pay Table, Washington, DC Locality
Number of Vacancies: One

Description of Organization: DDI integrates technical expertise with values-driven, cross-cutting priorities and modern approaches to the way USAID performs its work. It provides client-centered technical services to USAID’s Missions worldwide, supports programming to innovate, learn and address emerging issues, and provides technical leadership within the Agency and externally to enhance development impact.

ITR leads USAID’s work in expanding innovative technologies, processes and practices that amplify the success of USAID’s programming. Within ITR, the Research Division channels the technical expertise of scientists and researchers to generate and use evidence to inform policies, programs and innovation, while also accelerating local scientific capacity.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: All DDI employees are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner. All employees are expected to adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and value diversity and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.

Description of Position: Please see Attachment 1 below.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level [FS-3] of this position. Examples of specialized experience include:
    • Demonstrated experience developing and/or maintaining complex, multi-stakeholder strategic partnerships to improve development outcomes;
    • Experience coordinating or leading collaborative efforts designed to link research and practice/policies for international development; and
    • Experience in federal program management, particularly related to research activities, including proposal/application review and grants or contract management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated comfort with public speaking and representing an organization in interagency or organizational events or activities.
  • Demonstrated interest in research policy and approaches.
  • Experience performing research within an institution of higher education preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven to ten years of professional work experience in a related field with evidence of increasing responsibilities; and
  • Master’s Degree (or higher) degree in a scientific discipline, international affairs, international education, public policy, or related field.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter expressing interest and clearly addressing the stated requirements for the position;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Three References;
  • Stated Security Clearance level, if applicable;
  • Stated U.S. Citizenship (If citizenship is not stated, application will not be considered); and
  • DD214 and other veteran status, if applicable.

Please submit your application package to Please use the subject line: “FSL APPLICATION PACKAGE: Research Program Officer, FS-0343-02, DDI/ITR/R_Candidate Name.” Application submissions are required by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 6, 2022. 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 needs of the Bureau may change.

Additional resources include:

— Tara Hill, DDI/ITR/R, (202) 712-0589,