Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Brasilia
Position Title:
USAID Project Development Specialist (SAR) - All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
03/13/2020 - 03/27/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 4005 11
BRL R$203.512
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Brasilia, BR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All interested candidates
For USEFM - FP-4.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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The U.S. Mission in Brasilia is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Project Management Specialist in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The work schedule for this position is Full Time (40 hours per week).

For more information about the main duties of the position, please click Here

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Reviews systems and processes both in the field and at headquarters for the project, including travel to project sites to ensure proper monitoring of on-the-ground implementation, and to identify needs and solutions, and make recommendations for future actions.


In light of evolving threats to the Amazon’s critical biodiversity and climate change mitigation services, USAID/Peru’s South America Regional (SAR) Program developed the Amazon Regional Environment Project (AREP). Spanning six countries across the Amazon, the purpose of AREP is to reduce the negative impacts on Amazon forest and water resources from large scale infrastructure projects, extractive activities, and climate change. AREP provides a common vision and purpose for relevant USAID programming and plays a convening role in the Amazon region. The program implements targeted activities to address gaps and/or respond to critical regional needs that cannot be effectively executed on a bilateral basis. AREP’s four strategic approaches to address the threats to biodiversity and climate change mitigation services in the Amazon region include:
1. Promotion of Best Environmental and Social Management Practices for Infrastructure and Extractive Industries in Amazon Forests and Waters;
2. Improved Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Governance of Amazon Forests and Waters;
3. Use of Science to Monitor, Improve Decision Making, and Address the Effects of Global Climate Change on Amazon Forests and Waters; and
4. Information Sharing and Communications Activities to Build Regional Knowledge and Awareness about Amazon Forests and Waters.
The incumbent for this position serves as the coordinator for all SAR Program activities in Brazil. As a member of the SAR Team, the coordinator will be responsible for overseeing AREP country-level activities, ensuring that these contribute to broader programmatic goals, and complement USAID/Brazil bilateral activities. This position is situated within USAID/Brazil’s Environment Office in Brasilia. The SAR Program is located within USAID/Peru’s Office of Environment and Sustainable Growth in Lima, Peru.
Part of the incumbent’s responsibility is also to support USAID/Brazil, which is USAID’s first Strategic Partnership Mission. The Mission’s portfolio encompasses multiple activities under a bilateral agreement between U.S. and Brazil called the Partnership for Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity (PCAB), involving complex and highly sensitive themes related to forestry, biodiversity conservation, sustainable natural resource management, sustainable value chains, indigenous peoples, combating wildlife trafficking, gender and environmental partnerships.
The incumbent must have expert knowledge and abilities to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and activities, as well as to make strategic recommendations within the environment and sustainable development sector, ensuring the effective implementation of USAID/Brazil’s biodiversity conservation priorities. S/he will be responsible for direct oversight and management of activities in implementation to ensure performance, which includes analysis, scoping, design, planning, budgeting, and programming, and, once under implementation, monitoring, evaluating, learning, communicating, and reporting.

Qualifications and Evaluations


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.


Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Benefits: Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Brasilia may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Hiring Mechanism: PSC

Other Information:

  1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at

  2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at

  3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at

  4. Ethical Conduct.  By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by the closing date of this announcement. 

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

To apply for this position click the “Apply to this Vacancy” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Important notes:

  • Please make sure you enter all your work experience and education through the ERA Application. Attached Curriculum files will not be considered.

  • For positions that require English Levels III or IV, applications MUST be submitted in English.

  • USEFM Candidates must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position at the time of the announcement closing.

Required Documents:

  • Degree/ Diploma

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Brasilia.