Food Technologist - Washington, DC

Vacancy No.

AID-10-0037A-FW

Department

Agency For International Development

Salary

$102,721.00 to $133,543.00

Grade

14 to 14

Perm/Temp

Permanent

FT/PT

Full-time

Open Date

11/30/2009

Close Date

12/15/2009

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Agency:
Agency For International Development
Sub Agency:
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Job Announcement Number:
AID-10-0037A-FW
Job Title:
Food Technologist
Salary Range:
102,721.00 - 133,543.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
GS-1382-14/14
Promotion Potential:
14
Open Period:
Monday, November 30, 2009 to Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent - No time limit
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Washington, DC
Who May Be Considered:
US citizens - This announcement is open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees. You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible. If you are uncertain of your status, contact the HR Specialist for additional information before you apply.
Job Summary:
WHO ARE WE?
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world - and shows the world our true character as a nation.
WHAT ARE WE?
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, DC, USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID employs individuals in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as through Personal Service Contracts for service in Washington, DC and overseas.
WHERE ARE WE?
USAID's 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 Washington Monument. There is also a physical fitness facility and food court on site.
Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=ACVYP.
Key Requirements:

  • See Other Information.


Major Duties:
DUTIES:
Advances in nutrition and biological sciences have led to questions as to whether current food aid commodities are optimal to meet the precise needs of different groups of food aid beneficiaries, while developments in food technology may make it possible to make available more appropriate and cost-effective commodities. In recognition of this situation, the current Farm Bill, which authorizes FFP's use of Title II funds, allows the use of up to $4.5 million through 2011 to assess the types and quality of products provided as food aid, to adjust products and formulations, and test prototypes for new products. FFP has recently provided funding to Tufts University to undertake a two-year program to work with key stakeholders to reach a consensus on the optimum mix and composition of enriched, fortified, and blended micronutrient-rich foods for use in FFP programs, and pursue agreement among stakeholders on the scientific credibility, technical feasibility, operational relevance, and economic and industrial viability of recommendations.
Serves as a liaison, providing expert information and consultation on research, development, testing and approval of new food aid commodities. Interacts with USDA, WFP, PVOs, industry representatives, consultants, and clinical investigators on scientific, technological, and regulatory aspects of the application or review process. As a recognized expert in area of specialization, provides information, advice, and consultation to government entities, federal agencies, private industry, and/or universities on unique and complex food technology issues. Serves as an official liaison and collaborates on a national and international level with scientists and government officials on a wide range of regulatory issues. Provides specialized technological, biological, and/or physical science expertise as well as specialized analytical expertise in consulting on a wide variety of regulatory issues and matters. As an expert, prepares and/or delivers legislative testimony on food aid commodities. Makes presentationsat formal professional meetings at the national level and before large groups. Takes a leading role in the development and presentation of training programs within an area of expertise. Plans and conducts technical reviews of precedent-setting professional studies, research, and/or analysis related to food aid commodities. Applies findings in the development of guidance or directives related to the development and approval of new food aid commodities.
Conducts, analyzes, and interprets studies of a broad and encompassing nature to asses adequacy of existing and proposed food aid commodities. Analyzes technical issues, to include nutrient and non-nutrient components in foods, the measurement of biochemical indices of nutrient status, and dietary assessment methodology. Program Planning and Management Work 20% 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 food aid of USAID. As an expert on commodity issues, recommends and participates working groups to develop, test and approve new products, and review and improve the policies and procedures for doing so.
In terms of new commodities and procedures, recommends short- and long-range goals, develops detailed plans for implementing them, and oversees implementation of the goals in various government and non-government organizations. Determines if adjustments or changes in objectives or emphasis are needed in organization functions. Recommends organizational or process changes. Determines the need for new written policies and procedures. Conducts comprehensive evaluations of ongoing functions to ensure that the organization meets its stated goals, and identifies areas where operational efficiency can be enhanced. Reviews productivity in all areas, monitors problem areas, and oversees implementation of solutions that will eliminate them. 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. Serves as Agreement Officer's Technical Representative to manage grants and Contracting Officer's Technical Representative to manage contracts related to the development and testing of new food aid commodities.
Qualifications:

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 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/45 quarter hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester/30 quarter hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester/30 quarter hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience----courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-13.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

SCREEN OUT ELEMENT(S):

Ability to evaluate and interpret food quality data and nutrition findings for food products.

Ability to lead consulations on research, development, testing and approval of food products.

Knowledge of scientific developments related to food technololgy and ability to apply this knowledge to the development of new food products.

Ability to plan and execute work.


See Other Information for further requirements.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
Benefits:
See Other Information.
Other Information:
USAID is listed as one of the top ten best places to work in the federal Government by the Office of Personnel Management's survey.
WHERE ARE WE?
USAID's 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 Washington Monument.

USAID is creating a workplace environment where every employee is valued and accepted, where management practices are inclusive rather than exclusive, and where differences are not only accepted but utilized to strengthen Agency performance.

Position is located in Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of Food for Peace.

Applicant must meet all of the qualification requirements listed in order to receive consideration for this position. Also, demonstration of work supporting qualifications MUST be documented and reflected in your work history within the body of your profile or resume in order to receive consideration.

Can you picture yourself working for a Government Agency that has a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live a free and democratic country? If you are an energetic individual who is interested in making a positive change in the world, you can do that here! The time is now for you to help make a difference! USAID is creating a workplace environment where every employee is valued and accepted, where management practices are inclusive rather than exclusive, and where differences are not only accepted but utilized to strengthen Agency performance.

Applicants must meet all of the specialized qualification requirements in order to receive consideration for this position. Demonstration of work supporting the specialized qualifications MUST be documented and reflected in your work history within the body of your profile or resume in order to receive consideration. For applicants who are current or former Federal Employees the required documents that must be received by the close date of this announcement are (please electronically attach them to your application): • SF50 for proof of Career/Career Conditional Federal appointment Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, or equivalent showing your full performance level or career ladder. Your SF 50 MUST verify current grade, promotion potential, reinstatement eligibility or highest federal civilian grade. Please DO NOT send Awards or Pay Adjustment SF-50s. If you are requesting Veteran's Preference the following documents must be attached to your application. • Veterans Preference proof documents (i.e. DD214, official letter from DoD, SF15 DoD disability letter). Please electronically attach these documents directly to your application or fax to 253-573-9869.

This announcement is being used to consider internal Merit Promotion and external candidates. You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.

Applicants must submit a complete online application by the closing date of this announcement. If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Avue Direct Services at 253-573-1877, extension 209, or email at JoeAvue@avuetech.com.

Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to (253) 573-9869, or mailed to the following address: USAID, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement and must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

If you are a David L. Boren scholar or fellow, and are not currently a student, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 provides that you can be considered, under a special appointing authority, for vacancies that are advertised under an agency's promotion procedures.
Positions within this agency generally satisfy NSEP service requirements for David L. Boren scholars and fellows. Contact the National Security Education Board for further details on service requirements (http://www.nsepnet.org).

Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim.
If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 90 or better on established ranking criteria. The determination of whether or not the applicant meets the well-qualified definition will be made prior to veteran preference points being added. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

BASIS OF RATING: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran's preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report relative to this position that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed on this vacancy announcement.

IMPORTANT: If you are found to have rated your self assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or any other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list.


How To Apply:
Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=ACVYP.
If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Frederick Williams at 2027120272 or email at fwilliams@usaid.gov.
Required Documents:
Documents That May Be Required for Verification Of Eligibility:
* Proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate or other acceptable documentation).
* Proof of military service (DD214s or other equivalent documents).
* Proof of government service providing reinstatement eligibility – Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 or other equivalent document
* SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference and appropriate documentation (for 10-point compensable or non-compensable disability preference, Purple Heart, disability pension, or preference based on service of spouse or child).
* Proof of eligibility for priority placement consideration under Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); i.e., copy of appropriate documentation such as RIF separation notice, or other notice of eligibility.
* Proof of eligibility for special appointment authorities for people with disabilities. Proof of disability from military service (i.e., letter from
Veterans Administration or a branch of the armed forces indicating disability and the amount [%] of the disability, or certification from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or Veterans Administration).
* Proof of government service meeting time-in-grade requirements.
* Copy of college transcript if education was used to qualify you for the position.
Contact Information:
AVUE Direct Services
Phone: 2535731877 x 209
Fax: 2535739869
Email: joeavue@tech.com
Or write:
USASID
RRB/ITC
US
Washington, Dist of Columbia 20523
US
Fax: 2535739869
What To Expect Next:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
EEO Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/raps
Veterans Information:   http://www.usajobs.gov/vi
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:   http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg
USAJOBS Control Number: 1745125

Control Number: 84808594

 

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