Natural Resource Officer

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Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Organization:  DDI/EEI/NE/NCS
Location of Position:  Washington, DC
Open Period:  April 23, 2021 - May 17, 2021
Appointment Type:  This is an excepted service, time-limited appointment that is not-to-exceed five years
Salary:  (USD) $116,786 - (USD) $171,504 (annually)
Number of Vacancies:  One

Description of Organization: The DDI Bureau is seeking to hire a Natural Resource Management Officer who will serve as a senior climate change and land advisor at the FSL-02 grade. This position is based in Washington, DC in the Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Division within the Natural Environment (NE) Branch of the Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure (EEI) in the Bureau of Development, Democracy, and Innovation. The Natural Climate Solutions Division provides thought leadership and analytic and technical support on land use and management to USAID Missions and Operating Units in Washington, and host country counterparts as developing countries grapple with the complex challenges presented by global climate and environmental change.

USAID natural climate solutions programs (previously referred to as “sustainable landscapes”) promote land-based climate change mitigation at national scales while also improving livelihoods, protecting ecosystems, improving governance, and strengthening resilience.  NCS programs prioritize landscapes that offer globally important opportunities for carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) management, and focus support to countries where forest loss and land degradation prevail, where land-based activity accounts for a large fraction of GHG emissions, and where a large proportion of the population depends on forests and other land resources for their livelihoods and well-being.  NCS programs include a wide range of approaches such as protecting tropical forests and mangroves, restoring peatlands, improving the management of production forests and agricultural lands, establishing sustainable sourcing mechanisms for land-based products, establishing monitoring and reporting systems for land-based emissions, supporting provincial and national policy development, and supporting governance and land tenure processes. 
Description of Position:  The Natural Resources Officer serves as a Senior Natural Climate Solutions Advisor in the NCS Division.  The incumbent will serve as a technical leader and Agency technical expert and resource person to countries and programs seeking to reduce emissions from deforestation, degradation, land use change, and agriculture or increase carbon sequestration in managed lands and other productive landscapes.  She/he advises USAID/Washington (DDI, Regional Bureaus, and other Pillar Bureaus), Missions, and host country counterparts on technical and policy aspects of natural climate solutions, sector trends and issues, and the application of best practices in monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV), payment-for-ecosystem services, climate finance, jurisdictional approaches to sustainable supply chain management and reducing deforestation and degradation (REDD+).

She/he advances Agency and field priorities through Washington-based and in-country support of strategic planning, design, analysis and evaluation of country, regional, and global natural climate solutions programs.  She/he contributes to NCS Division core roles, including serving as AOR/COR or Activity Manager to direct centrally administered programs/projects that support DDI’s technical leadership role and Mission programs.  She/he acts as a technical liaison with other USG agencies, donor organizations, multilateral banks, private voluntary organizations, U.S. universities, the private sector and professional organizations to coordinate their efforts with USAID programs in the sector. 


  • Demonstrated ability to design, manage, and guide complex, multi-year, climate mitigation projects in the land use sector that apply natural climate solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships to reduce emissions preferably with particular experience working on commodity supply chains and/or working on finance related to natural resource management or climate.
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome challenges, work in diverse/multicultural settings/teams, engage in cross-cultural communications, provide customer service, and quickly learn new technical areas and operational approaches.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with technical and non-technical audiences are essential. 
  • Must be able to travel frequently internationally; up to 20 percent of the time.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance.
  • French or Spanish language skills are a plus.

Basic Requirements:

  • Degree:  Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or
  • Combination of education and experience:  Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A resume/CV;
  • A short written statement of interest responsive to the qualifications and job duties and responsibilities;
  • Three relevant professional references;
  • Copy of Transcripts;
  • If already obtained, evidence of security clearance; and
  • A DD214 and other veteran-status.

An equitable, inclusive and diverse workplace are critical to our mission.  USAID is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please submit your application package to [email protected] with the exact position title in the subject line:  “FSL APPLICATION PACKAGE:  Natural Resource Officer – FL-0401-FSL02, DDI/EEI; Announcement Number 40540.”  Application submissions are required by Monday, May 17, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. EST.  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.
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Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to: Colin Holmes, DDI/EEI, (202) 712-4515, [email protected]

Biodiversity, Emissions, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD+), Climate, Climate Change, Natural Resource Management
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Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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