Environment Officer, FL-0028-03 At Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security, Center for Climate Positive Development

Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Organization: Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security, Center for Climate Positive Development (REFS/CCPD)
Position Title/Grade/Series: Environment Officer, FL-0028-03
Location of Position: Washington, DC
Telework: Four days per pay period (two days per week). This position is not remote eligible.
Open Period: January 25, 2024 – February 15, 2024
Appointment Type: This is an excepted service, time-limited, initial appointment, not-to-exceed two years and six months, with the potential for two two-year extensions.
Salary: $107,657 – $158,097 per year
Number of Vacancies: One

Description of Organization: REFS is responsible for worldwide leadership and integrated technical expertise of the programming of USAID in agricultural-led growth and environmental sustainability. REFS’s expertise encompasses climate; energy; environment; infrastructure; food security; nutrition; resilience; and water security, sanitation, and hygiene, with the goals of increasing resilience, sustainability, self-reliance, and enhancing U.S. National Security and economic prosperity.

CCPD advises Agency leadership and leads implementation of the Agency’s Climate Strategy to ensure a whole-of-Agency response to the climate crisis. CCPD promotes climate-smart development through the integration of climate considerations into other Agency policies, strategies, and guidance, and by providing capacity strengthening, communications, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) support across the Agency. CCPD promotes climate integration and risk management in project design and implementation, leading the coordination and programming of climate finance, and the mobilization of private finance to support Agency-wide climate change policies and programs. CCPD promotes systemic changes needed to put countries on a net-zero, climate-resilient, and equitable development pathway through global policy engagement, thought leadership, program coordination, and technical assistance. The functions of REFS and its centers are described in ADS Chapter 101, Agency Programs and Functions.

This FSL-03 Environment Officer will support the work of the Chief Climate Officer while embedded in, and contributing to the work of, CCPD. This includes supporting the Agency’s participation in the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) and CCPD’s program coordination responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Supporting the Agency’s Chief Climate Officer in intra-agency, interagency, and external engagements, thought pieces, and oversight of Agency’s Climate Strategy implementation;
  • Supporting policy and program analyses and coordination, and advancing Agency priorities;
  • Leading coordination of USAID’s engagement related to climate change in UNFCCC COP, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and other major fora;
  • Supporting USAID’s achievement of, and reporting on, high-impact results in USAID-presence countries and in coordination with Department of State; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level FSL-04 of this position, preferably specialized experience in communications, policy, or programmatic work related to climate and development;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate abstract and complex technical subject matter to non-technical audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to design, manage, and coordinate work streams involving large amounts of data and/or multiple steps, organizations, and staff;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and engage effectively in a team environment;
  • Experience with USAID is a plus; and
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Interested candidates must submit the following:

  • A resume/CV;
  • A short written statement of interest;
  • Documentation if claiming Veterans Preference (DD-214, Service Disability Letter, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, etc.); and
  • Documentation if serving as a current/former political appointee must submit all appropriate documentation (SF-50s, appointment letter, etc.).

Please submit your application to [email protected] with the subject line: “FSL APPLICATION PACKAGE: REFS_278 PD# 32953 Environment Officer FSL-0028-03, REFS/CCPD.“ Application submissions are required by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 15, 2024. Incomplete packages or packages not submitted by the deadline with the specified subject line will not receive consideration. This notice may be used to fill additional vacancies, as the workforce needs of the Bureau may change.

USAID Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Commitment: USAID envisions a world where all individuals are valued, have equitable access to opportunities, and are included, respected, and safe in their societies. USAID embraces diversity as outlined in USAID’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement. We seek to elevate and include the voices of the USAID workforce, recognizing and valuing the unique contributions of all stakeholders. USAID also strives to improve equity for underrepresented communities that have historically been denied fair and just treatment and improve accessibility in all facets at USAID.

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Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to:

— Adrienne Antoine, REFS/CCPD, (202) 712-0844, [email protected]

February 2024