All competitive civil service positions require U.S. citizenship. USADF requirements for program staff are often geared to a very specific set of knowledge, skills and abilities. USADF employs Regional Program Coordinators, Portfolio Managers, and Economists. Desirable candidates include those with international project development, economic and business analysis, and/or grants portfolio management experience in Africa; a related degree; foreign language skills (French and/or Portuguese) and good oral and written communication skills. Narrower areas of expertise for a specific position may be required - such as demonstrated successful experience in micro and small enterprise development, building the capacity of small businesses to engage in profitable and sustainable trade and investment, and participatory development. Some positions require extensive travel to Africa.
USADF also employs individuals in support and administrative fields
including international law, accounting, auditing, contracting and procurement,
grants information management, human resources, and administrative and other
support services. Computer proficiency is required for all positions.
Because USADF is a very small agency with low turnover,
opportunities for permanent employment are rare. When vacancies occur,
USADF's competitive civil service positions are filled using Federal
competitive processes. Vacancy announcements are posted on this website
as well as on USAJOBS, the United
States government's employment website.
Applicants to USADF positions must follow the application procedures
and deadlines outlined in the vacancy announcement. A resume must contain
information outlined in OF-510, "Applying for a Federal Job," or the applicant
may submit OF 612, "Optional Application for Federal Employment" in lieu of a
resume (click here for
application forms). Typically, a USADF announcement will request that
applicants submit a supplemental statement addressing any selective factor(s)
and quality ranking factors listed in the announcement. Often this
supplemental statement is a required document and failure to submit the
statement along with your resume will cause you to be ineligible for further
consideration. When the supplemental statement is not required, it is
highly recommended since these factors are used to determine who will be
referred to the selecting official. The announcement also contains
information about veterans preference, if applicable, and priority placement
for those well-qualified applicants under the Interagency Career Transition
Assistance Program (ICTAP) or ADF's Career Transition Assistance Program
(CTAP). Read the announcement carefully for other application
requirements. Do not submit writing samples, unless
NOTE: USADF may not receive or consider a recommendation of an applicant to a position in the competitive service by a Senator or Representative, except as to the character or residence of the applicant (5 U.S.C. 3303).
In addition to the wide array of Federal employee benefits (flexible
spending plans, choice of health plans, life insurance, paid vacation and sick
leave, defined retirement plan, TSP - a 401K-like retirement plan with employer
contributions, and performance awards), benefits include a public
transportation subsidy of up to $105 per month, flexible work hours during the
workweek, an employee assistance program and developmental and training
opportunities. The Foundation is conveniently located at the McPherson
Square Metro stop. Employees enjoy a modern, highly professional work
For more information about Federal benefits,
Click here for
Federal pay tables. For USADF's General Schedule (GS) positions located
in Washington, DC, open the locality pay table for the Washington-Baltimore
If positions are duty-stationed overseas, pay is set in accordance
with the "General Schedule (Base)" table. Additional overseas allowances
may be paid based on the location of the position.
All USADF positions require a background investigation. The
level of investigation depends on the level of public trust required by the
position. Generally, an appointment is made prior to USADF receiving the
final results of the investigation, but USADF reserves the right to delay
employment until a portion of or the complete investigation results are
received. Continued employment is subject to a suitability determination
based on the results of the investigation. Periodic re-investigations
will be conducted.
USADF is an equal opportunity
employer. USADF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation
for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency as
directed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable
accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
To access a copy of USADF's No FEAR Act notice,
To access a copy of the 2012 Annual Employee Survey Report, click here
To access a copy of the 2011 Annual Employee Survey Report, click here
To access a copy of the 2010 Annual Employee Survey Report, click here.
To access a copy of the 2009 Annual Employee Survey Report, click here.
To access a copy of the 2008 FHCS, click here
To access a copy of the 2007 Annual Employee Survey Report, click here.
To access a copy of the 2006 FHCS,