Foreign Service Engineer

United States Agency for International Development

About the organization

USAID is seeking Foreign Service Engineering Officers who can support the design, implementation, and monitoring of its more than $1 billion of ongoing infrastructure activities through assignments around the world and in USAID's headquarters in Washington, D.C. USAID offers the opportunity to address some of the greatest infrastructure challenges of our time to help reduce poverty and inequality, advance democracy around the world, and further USG foreign assistance goals.


Infrastructure projects, overseen by the Agency's Professional Engineers, are guided by local knowledge, regulations, best practices, and context to create systems that are more easily operated and maintained by local entities and experts. Core duties consist of:

Assist in the planning, analysis, implementation and evaluation of USAID engineering and infrastructure projects in support of the full range of foreign assistance objectives (governing justly and democratically, investing in people, economic growth, peace and stability, and humanitarian assistance).
Manage U.S. Government resources, implementation teams, contractors and grantees to achieve specific program objectives and results consistent with overall U.S. domestic and international rules, regulations, policies and laws.

Serve as a technical resource to foreign assistance activities involving the project design and implementation of infrastructure and other construction projects. Support engineering and infrastructure activities by researching, reviewing and analyzing data, providing assistance and advice on engineering and infrastructure issues.

Assist in coordinating and managing strategies, policies, concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing infrastructure projects. Analyze technical constraints to engineering and infrastructure projects and recommend professional, sound courses of action.

Coordinate program development, implementation and performance monitoring plans.


This is a Foreign Service announcement. USAID's Foreign Services has a Reverse grading structure where the lower grades are the more senior grades, e.g., the grade 04 is the more senior grade than the grade 05.

Relevant overseas or diverse experience includes working and living: (1) in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe while supporting international development or (2) in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States working with members of historically disadvantaged groups. The applicant will need to demonstrate the overseas or diverse experience is relevant to the technical skills in the backstop, and must have been achieved after the completion of a bachelor's degree. Volunteer experience includes relevant unpaid as well as paid 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, that meets the criteria as defined under "relevant work experience".


$67,122 - $121,648 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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