General Development Officers
Last Date: September 16, 2011
Foreign Service Limited Officer Positions in Afghanistan
General Development Officer – Afghanistan
This requires US Citizenship and is a term-limited and non-career position
USAID is seeking to recruit strong development professionals to serve as General
Development Officers (GDOs) for assignment in Afghanistan. These assignments
will directly support USAID’s mission to promote the rapid transition of
Afghanistan to a more stable, productive, and democratic country with
sustainable social development and economic growth. Tai Pedro and Associates
(TPA), a global management and technology firm, is currently partnering with
USAID to recruit highly experienced professionals to design and manage programs
in various sectors. The General Development Officer position offers a
competitive salary and benefits package, including allowances such as danger pay
and hardship supplements. General Development Officers serve as a technical
resource, assisting in the planning for a broad range of activities. The
General Development Officer will be assigned to a unit such as a Provincial
Reconstruction Team, a Regional Platform (RP)/Regional Command (RC), or in
various positions in other areas of the country.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The GDO: 1) Participates in the design, implementation, monitoring and
evaluation of programs and projects; 2) Assists the United States Government
(USG) team in a unit, consisting of three principle USG agencies (USAID,
Department of Defense and Department of State) and works with International
Security Assistance Force military commands, the Department of Agriculture and
other USG agencies; 3) Participates in operational planning and when appropriate
serves as a development expert within the unit; 4) Assists in assuring all
administrative and accountability requirements related to USAID policies and
regulations are met; and 5) Handles logistics, prepares materials and delivers
briefings for visitors as needed.
one year to start, renewable up to five years.
Bachelor’s degree with four years of relevant development experience of which at
least one year was in a developing country.
U.S. citizenship required.
All positions are unaccompanied (family members cannot accompany FSL officers to
Candidates must be able to obtain security and medical clearances.
Experience leading teams and projects in a multicultural environment.
Prior experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, or another conflict
commit for a two year assignment, which must be approved by the Mission in
Afghanistan prior to the start of the second year.
Civilians working in the field may be required to wear 30-40 pounds of body
armor/helmet on a daily basis, as well as carry their daypack and water, usually
in a backpack weighing an additional 8-10pounds.
are required to walk over uneven and rocky terrain over long distances. This
includes field patrols of 5 miles or more to meet with local community members;
these field patrols typically occur 2-3 times per week. Generally, personnel
will be on their feet 5-6 hours per day. Transportation by armored vehicles will
be used. Personnel working in the field are required to embark and disembark
from such vehicles, which have high clearances and limited individual space to
sit and maneuver. Clearances may be up to four feet off the ground, there will
be high step rails and/or ladder-type steps, and doorways may be smaller than
those of commercial vehicles· Living conditions are austere. At many field
posts, housing consists of fortified shipping containers or tents and is often
shared. Only basic medical care is available locally. Field environment is
challenging. Desert temperatures often reach 100-105 degrees Fahrenheit in the
summer. Temperatures at night can become very cold; field personnel must take
precautions against frostbite. At times, field personnel may be required to
evacuate quickly from an area under their own power due to security concerns
such as hostile fire.
How to Apply:
For full position descriptions and to apply to these openings, please visit our
through the link below. Applications for this position are being processed
through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically
configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. Even if you
have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line
system to complete the application process. To
obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on the
following link to be directed to the USAID application site:
If you require
additional information, please contact TPA at:
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