USPSC Human Resource Specialist (Multiple Positions)

USAID/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

About the organization

OFDA has a complex and evolving human resources landscape. The office has approximately 450 staff members around the world through a variety of hiring mechanisms including but, not limited to: direct hires (both civil and foreign service), Personal Services Contractors (PSCs), Fellows, Institutional Contractors, Participating Agency Services Agreements (PASAs) employees and interns. Each mechanism operates under its own authorities complete with a unique set of benefits and governing Human Resources (HR) policies. In addition, during the last year, OFDA has been operating at an unprecedented level both in terms of the number and complexity of simultaneous responses such as simultaneously supporting up to three RMTs and four DARTs. This has created both a significant HR challenge for the office in terms of staffing to these high requirements as well as a unique opportunity to increase staffing levels and develop new positions and evolve the nature of other positions. As such, OFDA is undergoing significant growth across all Divisions.

OFDA has established a HR Team within the PS Division to provide comprehensive HR support across all OFDA hiring mechanisms. The complexity and diversity of its hiring mechanisms coupled with the current staffing increases has highlighted the need to dedicate appropriately skilled resources to the management of OFDA’s unique HR requirements.


OFDA GS-12 Equivalent, HR Specialist will perform the following:









Bachelor’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: BA or BS in Human Resource Management (HRM), BA or BS in Management with a concentration in HR, BA or BS in Business Administration with a concentration in HRM, Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in HR, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development, or Human Capital Development.

Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management.

HR experience must include at least four (4) years performing at least six of the following duties:

1. knowledge and skill to counsel on recruitment and placement;

2. advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants;

3. advise management on performance management, staff development, employee relations with applicable EEO laws or regulations, general employment laws or regulations, and policy changes for various hiring mechanisms;

4. recommend strategies to resolve problems related to recruitment, employee turnover, long and short-term workforce planning, terminations, awards, work life balance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken;

5. skill in applying position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures and position descriptions;

6. ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to broad audiences, including developing a broad variety of HR documents and facilitating employee trainings;

7. establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships; and

8. knowledge and skill in applying federal civilian HR principles, practices, concepts, and legal regulatory requirements.
In addition, experience in working with a variety of personnel mechanisms such as PSCs and USG direct hires is desired.


Master’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: MA in Human Resource Management, MS in Human Resources (HR), MA or MS in Industrial and Organizational Behavior, MA in Management (MAM) with HR concentration, MBA with concentration in HRM, Organizational Leadership or Leadership Development with HR concentration, Human Capital Development, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, or Industrial Relations.

Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management.


GS-12 Equivalent: $81,548 - $106,012

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship.

(f) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.


Via email: [email protected]

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