Supervisory Natural Resources Specialist

By Climatelinks

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development
Organization: DDI/EEI
Open & closing dates: 02/09/2021 to 02/22/2021
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Salary: $144,128 to $172,500 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is NOT in the bargaining unit

This position is located in the Washington, DC commuting area in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation; Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (DDI/EEI), within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Note: You are encouraged to read the entire announcement. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined. Learn more about this agency.


The Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) integrates technical expertise with values-driven, cross-cutting priorities and modern approaches to the way USAID performs its work. It provides client-centered technical services to USAID’s missions worldwide, supports programming to innovate, learn and address emerging issues, and provides technical leadership within the Agency and externally to enhance development impact.

The Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure (EEI) provides technical leadership for USAID’s environment, infrastructure and energy sector programs.

As a Supervisory Natural Resources Specialist, your duties will include the following:

  • Supervising a team of employees performing work at the GS-15/FS-1 level and below; providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit; performing the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised while furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity.
  • Serving as a recognized national and international technical authority on natural climate solutions/sustainable landscapes, forest management, silviculture, natural resource conservation & utilization, and land use/land use change mitigation policies, plans, and programs in developing countries.
  • Providing leadership and technical expertise in the design and development of policies, strategic choices, and implementation approaches relative to climate change, forest management and development consistent with U.S. domestic and international policy.
  • Ensuring compliance with USAID guidance and policy related to climate change, environmental and natural resources management, and the sustainable landscapes directives; providing technical expertise and thought-leadership on efforts to address critical environment and natural resources issues and emerging environment and natural resources priorities.
  • Mobilizing external resources, including academic, private sector, nongovernmental, and financial investment resources, to identify and apply innovative solutions to critical problems pertaining to reducing agriculture, forests, and other land uses (AFOLU) emissions in the developing country context and increasing carbon storage through resilience of the natural environment and silvicultural techniques.
  • Serving as a project manager at the intersection of international development, forest management, and use of silvicultural manipulations to obtain natural resource outcomes.
  • Serving as a recognized national and international technical authority on sustainable landscapes, forest management, silviculture, natural resource conservation & utilization, and land use/land use change mitigation; including communicating sustainable landscape theory subject matter across a spectrum of media platforms and to a wide range of stakeholders.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position has a selective placement factor, which means that your resume must demonstrate experience leading programs that address natural resources management with direct application to natural climate solutions through commercial and noncommercial landscape management in developing countries.

Travel Required: Occasional travel - This position requires up to 25% travel, nationally and/or internationally.

Supervisory status: Yes

Promotion Potential: 15 - This position is at the full performance level.


Conditions of Employment

United States Citizenship is required.

Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).

Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.

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United States
Strategic Objective
Sustainable Land Management, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Landscapes
North America



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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