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Foreign Service Environment Officer

Job Location

Washington DC


Type of Job



$64,012 - $116,012 per year

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Published Date

Oct 20, 2022

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USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. We operate in five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.


You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.


Foreign Service Environment Officers provide technical leadership and assistance to partner countries to achieve national and global environmental conservation, climate change and sustainable development goals. Environment Officers represent the US Government and engage in country and sector-level strategic planning and coordination with host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, other development donors, international organizations and a range of US government agencies to support the design, management, monitoring, evaluation, oversight and reporting for environment programs that are funded by USAID and implemented by NGOs, the private sector, international organizations, or host government partners. Throughout a Foreign Service career, officers will likely assume positions that entail supervision of one or more staff and/or management of a team or office within USAID. Foreign Service Environment Officers may have expertise in a particular environment sector and/or region but during the course of their careers, they can expect to have to work across a range of environmental issues in different regions of the world.


Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Strategic planning and coordination
Design and procure assessments and studies to inform country level strategic plans for USAID and for partner country governments; work towards the integration of environmental objectives across other development sectors; serves as a liaison with partner country government and non-government counterparts, other USAID offices, bilateral and multilateral donors, other USG agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to coordinate and communicate environmental program or project activities in furtherance of USG foreign assistance goals and within budget parameters.


Program design
Help USAID prepare, evaluate, and award new projects through a competitive procurement process by translating strategies, analyses, and program concepts into functional statements of work (including budget estimates) for award of contracts, cooperative agreements, grants and inter-agency agreements that deliver results across a range of environment sectors.


Program management
Adaptively manage assistance instruments, and contracts to achieve environment and development objectives while providing effective financial oversight and environmental soundness.


Monitoring, evaluation, oversight, and reporting
Develop and implement performance monitoring systems and indicators at the strategic, sector, and activity levels for environmental programs.


Plan and oversee assessments and evaluations of programs to determine development impact and return on investment.
Provide reports and communication to Washington to assist the Agency in reporting on annual performance and telling the story of the impacts of USAID's environmental programs.


Supervision and Management
Throughout a Foreign Service career, likely assume positions that entail supervision of one or more staff and/or management of a team or office within USAID. Support professional development of other staff, conduct an annual evaluation process, and address any conduct or performance issues that may arise.



Act as U.S. Government representative in formal and informal settings related to the position and as a member of the diplomatic community.


How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this online application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Our Office will provide an alternative application method upon approval of the hardship notification. After the advertisement has closed, we will not grant requests to apply via alternative plans.

Please note, we must receive all required documents by the closing date via online or alternative methods. We will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement (
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section, where you will see the areas upon which an HR Specialist or Subject Matter Expert will evaluate your application and a link for previewing online questions.

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click here.-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the OPM's USA Staffing website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on OPM's USA Staffing website, the system will prompt you to register by answering questions about your eligibility for Federal employment. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review, and you may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, our system will then direct you back to USAJOBS, where you can confirm that you correctly submitted your application, and you can track your application status.

Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your records. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:

  1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, the system will prompt you to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given a choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or select a copy that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or
  2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select upload to add a document to your application. Be sure to review your complete application for confirmation that you uploaded the document.

Application Deadline 11/20/2022

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