Foreign Service Limited Position Opportunity: FSL-0028-02 Environment Officer (Senior Air Quality/Climate Advisor)
Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development
Organization: Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI), Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI)
Location of Position: Washington, DC
Open Period: October 13, 2021 – November 5, 2021
Appointment Type: This is an excepted service, time-limited appointment that is not-to-exceed five years
Salary: (USD) $116,786 – $171,504 (annually)
Number of Vacancies: One
Description of Organization: DDI was established in 2020 with the intention of reorienting Washington-based technical expertise to support field colleagues, and provide responsive, integrated, world-class technical support to Missions. DDI leads in carrying out key Agency priorities, including climate change, democracy and human rights, cyber security, as well as diversity and inclusion. The EEI Center within DDI provides technical leadership for USAID’s environment, infrastructure and energy sector programs.
The Green Cities Division within EEI supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Agency’s sustainable urban development programs, spanning multiple sectors including energy, waste management, air quality, water, and governance. These programs promote clean, green, resilient, and equitable urban development that respects planetary boundaries. The Division’s annual budget averages around $12 million and is used to support program funded staff, global flagship programs in emerging areas, such as ocean plastic pollution and air pollution, and technical leadership efforts. This position will directly support the Administration’s climate, environment, and energy sector objectives. The organizational functions of the Bureau are described in ADS 101.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: All DDI employees are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner. All employees are expected to adhere to equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies and value diversity and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.
Description of Position: The incumbent will serve as a Senior Air Quality/Climate Advisor and a leader in developing cross- cutting air quality and climate change capacities and programming. S/He will provide high quality technical assistance, support and training to USAID Missions and regional bureaus. The Advisor will provide technical and management leadership on air quality and climate change mitigation issues to develop high-quality USAID programs, and strengthen integration across USAID development priorities (including health, education, gender equity, renewable energy, governance and sustainable landscapes) to advance clean air solutions. The advisor will contribute to USAID’s knowledge management on cutting edge solutions, including joint air quality-climate action, and support their incorporation in USAID air quality-related programming and training. Roles and responsibilities include:
- Serve as the lead technical expert on air quality for the Agency with working familiarity on short-lived climate pollutants (e.g. black carbon and methane).
- Manage and provide technical oversight of centrally administered air quality activities that support DDI’s technical leadership role and Mission programs, including dissemination of findings and best practices to USAID-assisted countries and the development community.
- Act as spokesperson for equitable clean air solutions by educating USAID staff about the environmental justice issues of air pollution and help design programs to reduce social and environmental inequalities.
- Advise USAID/Washington (DDI and Regional Bureaus) and Missions in the analysis of air quality issues and the implementation of solutions to reduce air pollution. Ensure close coordination with the Bureau for Global Health on health and air pollution linkages.
- Assist with scaling up air quality programming across the agency by supporting efforts to design programs focused on reducing air pollution and integrating air pollution into programming in other key sectors (e.g. energy, health, gender and climate).
- Serve as the lead for climate change mitigation and integration into air pollution programs. Includes understanding of international air quality-climate initiatives, country climate change mitigation priorities, and integrated solutions for “win-win” air quality and climate change solutions in high-emission sectors (e.g. energy, transport, waste). Increase awareness across the Agency on air pollution and climate change connections.
- Advance Agency priorities through Washington-based and in-country support of strategic planning, design, analysis and evaluation of country, regional and global air quality programs, involving other U.S. Government departments and agencies, other divisions within USAID, and external actors.
- Coordinate with leading international air quality and climate change actors, involving other U.S. Government departments and agencies, other donors, partner countries, and private and NGO sectors, to help position USAID as a global leader for advancing equitable and inclusive clean air solutions.
- Attends and leads meetings, workshops, trainings, and events for the purpose of professional knowledge sharing; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with professional colleagues and institutions; and as required, undertakes short-term assignments in USAID countries with air pollution and related portfolios.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of this position, FSL-03 (GS-13 equivalent).
- Deep knowledge in subject areas of air quality management and/or climate change.
- Experience with air quality and climate change programs/issues in a developing country context.
- Experience with integrated, cross-sectoral programs and issues such as air quality management, air pollution/GHG emissions analysis, and mitigation planning and policy at national, regional and local scales in developing countries; policies and approaches for reducing emissions from polluting sectors and improving resilience to environmental and climate change impacts; and associated public health and environmental benefits.
- Must have extensive knowledge of development principles, concepts, methods and approaches and be able to effectively communicate, influence and advocate for these topics verbally and in writing through the development and delivery of presentations, reports, trainings, and briefings to a range of internal and external audiences including senior level officials.
- Must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the latest research, technical resources and tools around air quality (including public health issues) and climate change.
- Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and team-building skills.
- Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Interested candidates should submit:
- Cover letterexpressing interest and clearly addressing the stated requirements for the position;
- Resume/CV (as necessary for positions with a positive education requirement);
- Three references;
- Stated security clearance level, if applicable;
- Stated U.S. citizenship (if citizenship is not stated, application will not be considered); and
- DD214 and other veteran status, if applicable.
Please submit your application package to DDIFSLJobs@usaid.gov. Please use the subject line: “FSL APPLICATION PACKAGE: [Environment Officer, FSL02, DDI/EEI]; Announcement Number: 32943/DDI_233.” Application submissions are required by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 5, 2021. Packages not submitted by the deadline with the specified subject line—or incomplete packages—will not receive consideration.
This notice may be used to fill additional vacancies, as the workforce needs of the Bureau may change.
Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to: Katherine Swanson, DDI/EEI, (202) 216-3468, email@example.com