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Global Climate Change Specialist – Washington DC

Organization: USDA

Position Title: Global Climate Change Specialist

Location: Washington DC

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. $81-100K. Grade: GS-0301-13. Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limit) Appointment. Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years

Application Deadline: July 12, 2013

Organization Overview:

USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change (GCC) is responsible for USAID’s participation in forums that deal with the multi-sectoral 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 Office is the lead coordinator on climate change activities undertaken by other Bureaus and Offices at USAID. The Office also ensures oversight and reporting on USAID’s activities in support of the Agency’s Global Climate Change Initiative.


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 Global Climate Change Coordinator’s Office in the Economic Growth, Education and Environment Bureau (E3).


The Global Climate Change Specialist will work in a team to develop and implement strategies, tools, and content to be used for training, communications, outreach and knowledge management, serving a range of audiences, especially USAID field missions and bureaus who are developingclimate change program activities.  International travel will be required to implement trainings and provide support to USAID missions worldwide, sometimes under strenuous conditions in remote locations.


  • Demonstrated ability and experience conceptualizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating strategic communication and outreach activities using a range of tactics and media. Pluses include experience in library sciences, state-of-the-art knowledge management platforms, web programming or graphic design.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and work experience with scientific, social, economic and political aspects of climate change, international development, and/or environment. Ability to master and communicate complex technical concepts and policy positions on climate change a must.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience building processes, networks, formal and informal teams and collaboration across and organization, in order to build organizational and human capacity and improve planning, sharing of information, and consistency and coherence.Demonstrated ability and experience working in a team environment.Experience managing people or teams preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using a range of media and tools, including oral presentations and briefings, written reports and analysis, web writing, social media, e-mail, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience and education with emphasis in international development,environmental sciences, or social sciences, including behavior change or communications. International experience a plus.

How to Apply: 

Please read all the instructions before you begin.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package with the subject line: FAS-OCBD-13-167 which includes the following:

1.    Resume

2.    MUST submit cover letter individually addressing your experience and qualifications of the “Required Skills”.

In addition to your Application Package, if you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15) and the proof requested on the form.

Applications that do not include a cover letter that directly and individually addresses the required skills will NOT be considered.

Attachment should be limited to a total of 5 MB or less, as emails with large attachments may be blocked by the USDA email firewall.

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.

Contact Information:

Direct inquiries about position to: Terence Albrecht


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Telephone: (202) 690-1916

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