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Job Title: Global Climate Change Specialist
Grade: GS-0301-13 (Schedule B)
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limit) Appointment
Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years
Opening Date of Announcement: 12/02/2011
Closing Date of Announcement: 01/03/2012
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance for this assignment. This is an Excepted Service, Schedule B appointment not to exceed 5 years.
The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Rural Development and Natural Resources Branch (RDNR) of the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDA), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/RDNR). The incumbent will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), at their headquarters offices located in Washington, D.C.
The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Rural Development and Natural Resources Branch (RDNR) of the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDA), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD),
Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/RDNR) but will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development/Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT), Office of Environment and Science Policy, Global Climate Change Team.
USAID’s Global Climate Change (GCC) Team is responsible for USAID’s participation in forums that deal with the multisectoral issues of climate change, coordinating with the international organizations that have taken the lead on climate change mitigation, and for analytical work to deepen understanding of climate change and its impact on forests, agriculture and the environment in developing and transition countries. The GCC Team is the lead coordinator on climate change activities undertaken by other Bureaus and Offices at USAID. The Team also ensures oversight and reporting on USAID’s activities in support of the Agency’s Global Climate Change Initiative.
The successful candidate will be responsible for forging strong professional partnerships with other federal agencies in developing and implementing inter-agency efforts to address climate change in cooperation with developing nations. S/he will provide technical support and advice to USAID field missions and bureaus in the development and implementation of USAID-sponsored climate change program activities, particularly those related to sustainable land use and forestry issues. S/he will also develop and maintain strong programmatic links between USAID Missions and inter-agency programs by providing regular updates on issues and activities to the field, and involving Missions in the broader development efforts and implementation of USG climate programs.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, current resume, and a supplemental statement that directly and separately describes your abilities in each of the below listed required skills to: FAS-SCHB-APPLIC@wdc.usda.gov with the Subject: OCBD-12-052
Basic Qualification Requirements:
Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Knowledge, education and experience with emphasis in environmental economics, natural resource or environmental management, forestry or agriculture, global climate change or international development preferred.
Demonstrated communication skills, both written and spoken, including ability to speak in front of groups and with high level officials.
Experience in developing countries with best practices in forest and land management as they relate to achieving multiple benefits like carbon storage, local livelihoods support, watershed services, and biodiversity protection. Mix of field level and policy reform
Experience with USAID or USAID-funded activities preferred.
Understanding of climate science in general, including as it relates to land uses, current emissions trends and potential sequestration opportunities, as well as an understanding of current international climate change negotiations and policy debates as they relate to forests, agriculture and land use, and in particular related to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and increasing forest carbon stocks (REDD+).
Preferred experience in greenhouse gas measurement, accounting and inventories at field site, corporate, sub-national or national level, with at least some of this experience related to developing countries.
NOTE: Attachments should be limited to a total of 5 MB or less, as e-mails with large attachments may be blocked by the USDA e-mail firewall.
NOTE: Applications that do not include a supplemental statement addressing individually each of the required skills may not be considered.
Direct all inquiries to: Abiola Adeyemi
Email Address: Abiola.Adeyemi@fas.usda.gov
Telephone: (202) 720-8096
NOTE: A career status employee that is outside of FAS that accepts this position will be appointed to a Schedule B, Excepted Service time limited appointment. This appointment does not offer re-employment rights back to career status within FAS, as described in CFR, Chapter 352. The employee may seek re-employment rights from their losing agency prior to accepting this Schedule B appointment. Please note that agencies are not required to grant re-employment rights.