Attorney Advisor Job in DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Vacancy No. AID-20-0057-JKC Department U.S. Agency for International Development
Salary $117,191.00 to $166,500.00 Grade 14 to 15
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 12/3/2019 Close Date 12/30/2019
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 12/03/2019 to 12/30/2019

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 14 - 15

  • Salary

    $117,191 to $166,500 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Excepted Service. This position is not in the bargaining unit.


Few vacancies in the following location:

  • District of Columbia, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens - No prior Federal experience required.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.  

    This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Office of the General Counsel, at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    Learn more about this agency

    This is a position for an experienced attorney to support the Agency in ensuring that USAID programs comply with relevant policies and laws, as well as to advise on, and lead, the negotiation of agreements with the public, philanthropic, and private sectors.  The position will support the Global Development Lab and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment.

    The ideal candidate will have a breadth of experience in all or some of the following legal areas: government contracts and grants; fiscal law; federal technology transfer; environmental law; economic policy, energy and infrastructure; scientific research and development; intellectual property; and international data, privacy, and cybersecurity law.  Experience as a transactional lawyer is also desirable to help support the Agency's use of transactions with the private sector, including credit guarantees, loan agreements, equity-type structures, first loss structures, and pipeline development.

    The attorney will work under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel for the Global Development Lab and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, in a division consisting of 6 staff attorneys, with the Office of the General Counsel.

    As an Attorney Advisor, your duties may include:

    • Providing necessary legal advice, guidance, and support on a broad array of matters involving the U.S. Global Development Lab (Lab), the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3),  including the E3 Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) and other Agency offices, bureaus, and missions;
    • Interpreting and providing advice concerning the Foreign Assistance Act, the annual foreign operations appropriations acts, complex legislation, court and administrative decisions, fiscal law, government regulations, and USAID directives and guidance as they pertain to the functions of Lab, E3, and other Agency activities;
    • Providing legal advice on contract and assistance regulations, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;
    • Providing legal advice on environmental regulations and policies; economic policy, energy and infrastructure; scientific research and development; and intellectual property;
    • Managing all legal aspects of complex financial transactions, including drafting the legal agreements, negotiating with counterparties, and ensuring that the legal agreements comply with all legal and policy requirements.
    • Providing legal advice and assisting in drafting policies, best practices, guidance and agreements on international data, privacy, and cybersecurity issues in development programming; and
    • Assisting in drafting and negotiating memoranda of understanding, gift agreements, interagency agreements, and other binding and non-binding agreements as required by the Agency.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Amount of travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent's time. Travel includes domestic and international locations.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    15 - The full performance level of this position is the GS-15 grade level.

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

  • Requirements
    Requirements 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.

    You must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


    Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

    • A J.D. degree,
    • Be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing, and
    • Specific grade level requirements:
      • GS-14: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal specialized experience directly related to the work of the position to be filled, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, including a preference for experience in complex financial transactions, including commercial lending and project finance.
      • GS-15: At least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include experience:  At least five (5) years of post J.D. legal specialized experience directly related to the work of the position to be filled, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, including a preference for experience in complex financial transactions, including commercial lending and project finance.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

    A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


    You must be a graduate of an accredited law school. Transcripts to support your education are required for the Agency to consider you for this position.

    Additional information

    USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to
    people the world’s most vulnerable. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct.  For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit more information about USAID, visit

    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program.  All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

    Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

    Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:

    EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement.

    Veterans' Information:  Veterans Information.


    Selective Service Registration:

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will initially be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their resume shows possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position:

    1. Knowledge, skills, and ability to effectively manage a caseload associated with a busy transactional practice, including significant experience drafting legal agreements and negotiating with counterparties;
    2. Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, and procedures relating to administrative law and practice, and the ability to apply those rules in a practical manner in complex and unique situations;
    3. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of Agency employees, to work collaboratively with teams consisting of non-attorneys and those who may have divergent points of view, and to project confidence and calm to the most senior levels of management.

    The best-qualified candidates will be evaluated in a structured interview process.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience.
    • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities (veterans’ preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act).
    • If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
    • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your transcript(unofficial transcript) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System.  You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at   USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines. The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court are on site. You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must notify the agency contact name herein office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You will be provided an alternative application method. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods may not be granted.

    Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the materials received by the closing date.

    Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
    Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.

    Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (

    -Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click here.

    -Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 3 - Apply Online
    Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
    If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

    Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 6 - Submit Documents
    You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or

    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

    If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST daily, excluding Federal holidays.

    Agency contact information James Contreras James Contreras






    United States Agency for International Development
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington , District of Columbia 20523-0016
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    “Since its founding in 1961, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in innovative, cost-effective solutions that save millions of lives…”

    Next steps

    Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility, a subject matter expert will be used to review applications and identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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