Post Entry Training: Upon entry to post, there will be potential “on the job” as well as formal training, including USAID Introduction to the Program Cycle (IPC) instructor-led course, Phoenix Accruals Online Training, A&A Primer online, Acquisition & Assistance Management for CORs/AORs (A&A104), and GLAAS training, as needed and other specialized courses for professional USAID staff and environment officers, such as Biodiversity and Development: An Introduction, Biodiversity 101: Biodiversity Programming and Cross-Sectoral Integration, Biodiversity 201: Advanced Biodiversity Programming and Cross-Sectoral Integration, and 22 CFR Reg 216, as needed. These courses help employees to stay up to date on regulations, policies and best practices on environmental management, as well as for maintaining update professional expert qualifications. CCN PSCs may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship Program described in ADS 495maa.
- Education Requirements:
Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Forestry, Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Development, Business Administration, Public Policies, Law, Economics, Social Sciences and/or other relevant disciplines related to these from a reputable institution.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
Experience: Progressively responsible professional technical experience in a development-related field is required. Experience managing and/or coordinating complex projects or initiatives, is required. Required work experience in environmental work in the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous issues, experience with the private sector, and/or experience with the U.S. Government, the Brazilian Government, and/or within an international and/or donor organization.
Job Knowledge: Good knowledge, or the ability to acquire such knowledge : development and conservation topics related to the environment, especially in the areas of biodiversity and forest conservation, natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods and value chain development, partnership development with the private sector, and local communities, economic and social issues affecting Amazon and Brazil overall development, Brazilian related legislation and USAID policies and regulations as they relate to these key sectors. A practical knowledge of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in this sector and their associated regulatory aspects.
Skills: Must have diplomatic and interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts with representatives from the Brazilian government, USG and USAID, private sector and others. Must be able to synthesize information. Must have the ability to both give and receive feedback, advice, and constructive criticism professionally and with objectivity. Must have strong communication skills, in Portuguese and English, both orally and in writing. Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint required. Problem solving, planning, and innovation required.
Language: (this may be tested)
Level IV English (Fluent) Speaking/ Reading is required.
Level IV Portuguese (Fluent) Speaking/ Reading is required.
Level I Spanish (Rudimentary) Speaking/reading ability is required.