U.S. Agency for International Development Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

U.S. Agency for International Development
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • District of Columbia, DC
Work Schedule is Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position IS NOT in the bargaining unit. - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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 http://www.state.gov/g/tip.For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.

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.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Government-Wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

This position is located at 2733 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia in the Bureau for Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Assurance Division.


As an Information Technology Specialist (Information Security), you will:

  • Oversee the development of long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities
  • Oversee the implementation of higher-level security requirements, such as those resulting from laws, regulations, or Presidential directives.
  • Define the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to security programs. Provides expert guidance in the planning, coordination, and development of specifications to meet security requirements at the agency or wide area network (WAN) level.
  • Identify specifications, requirements and statements of work (SOWs) for information technology (IT) hardware and/or software, services, and maintenance in multi-year (5 and 10 year) IT contracts. Specifications and requirement identification include determinations regarding what hardware is required to meet user needs; the type and version of software that is most appropriate; the number of licenses or maintenance service agreements that should be purchased; etc.
  • Plan and investigate mission-critical cyber security violations that affect the integrity of an agency-wide information technology (IT) infrastructure, such as unauthorized access to financial systems or national security data.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of a strategic, comprehensive enterprise information security program to ensure that the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information is owned, controlled or processed by the organization. As a recognized expert in the field of Information Technology (IT) security, provides authoritative guidance related to the USAID cyber security program and determines the actions to be taken in guiding the accomplishment of the cyber security program objectives. Assists in the development and management of the annual budget to achieve M/CIO/IA operational targets.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

GS-14-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: developing policies and procedures to prevent and defend against auauthorized access to systems, networks and data; conducting risk and vulnerability assessments; promoting awareness of security issues; conducting systems security evaluations; developing contingency plans for security breached of sensitive data; implementating, maintaining, and enhancing information systems security programs; and participating in network and systems design. 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.

ICTAPcandidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified.* Well-qualified* means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

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.

This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, ​ no Transcripts are required.

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

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to 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.


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Other Information

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.

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.

Telework: https://www.telework.gov/.

Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.

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.

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-2210-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All US Citizens - No prior Federal experience required. Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans’ Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Control Number: 453498700

Job Announcement Number: AID-17-0004-DML