Food Technologist – Washington, DC
Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:AID-12-0173-DOT
USAIDs headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. We are located right on the Federal Triangle Metro (Blue and Orange Lines). The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, Smithsonian Institution museums and the Washington Monument.
The incumbent will serve as an official liaison for FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process.
The incumbent serves as an official liaison for USAID/FFP, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Collaborates and interacts on a national and international level with USDA, WFP, PVOs, industry representatives, scientists, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process.
Provides specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise. As a recognized expert in the specialization area of food technology, provides information, advice, and consultation to government entities, federal agencies, private industry, and/or universities on unique and complex food technology and regulatory issues.
Assesses new commodities and the improvement of complex commodity research, development, testing, and approval process encompassing difficult and diverse functions or issues that affect critical aspects of the major programs related to USAID’s food aid. As an expert on commodity issues, participates in and makes recommendations to working groups to develop, test, and approve new products, and review and improve the policies and procedures for doing so.
Designs and conducts a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management. Identifies and proposes solutions to management problems that are of major importance to planning program direction.
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level to be considered at the GS-14. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include:Serving as an official liaison providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities; providing specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise in the area of food technology; planning and conducting technical reviews of precedent-setting professional studies, research, and/or analysis related to food aid commodities and designing and conducting a wide variety of comprehensive studies and detailed analyses of complex functions and processes related to program planning and management.
1. Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.
Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on your experience related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed if applicable.
NOTE:If you are a "status applicant" and wish to be considered for this position under merit promotion procedures. you must also submit an application under vacancy announcement number 12-0173-DOT. "Status applicants" are individuals who are current or former permanent Federal civilian employees who hold or has held a non-temporary appointment in the competitive service.
Chemical Engineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories related to the chemical composition or physical characteristics of materials for the design, construction, operation, and improvement of processes or systems.
Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/. USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue and Orange Lines. The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court are on site. You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.
These are Drug Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
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business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. An
alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship
notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will
not be granted.
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