Peace Corps Program Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Global Health and HIV (OGHH).

The Office of Global Health and HIV (OGHH) provides management and strategic guidance for Peace Corps (PC) global health activities, which includes provision of agency-level policy guidance, and general supervision, direction, and coordination of Peace Corps HIV/AIDS and health activities. OGHH is also responsible for coordinating the agency’s participation in the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is led by the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) in the U.S. State Department.

The purpose of this position is to provide programming, training and evaluative support to improve the effectiveness of the health programs by providing technical advice on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The position will provide technical assistance to PC posts in their capacity to design and implement MNCH programs through innovative modes of direct and indirect learning. The position will also provide technical support and oversight of Inter-Agency Agreement between Peace Corps and USAID on Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD). The position is located in the Peace Corps, Office of Global Health and HIV, reports to the Chief of Programming and Training.

This position will work closely with the Peace Corps Regional offices, the Office of Programming and Training Support (OPATS), the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and all other offices involved in global health to support the agency’s priorities of quality growth, innovation, and the Third Goal.


The Program Specialist (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) performs the following major duties:

  • Serves as a MNCH programming resource to the agency (both headquarters and globally) in the identification of global issues and problems of moderate complexity related to project design and implementation.
  • Provides advice and guidance to OGHH, PC posts and PC headquarters around MNCH issues and their integration into health programs.
  • Conducts studies where programs, systems, and processes, including areas where definitions, methods, and/or data are incomplete, controversial, or uncertain, or where boundaries of the studies are extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance.
  • Coordinates and works jointly with other USG agencies and international development assistance agencies involved with MNCH programs and activities.
  • Coordinates with program managers and training managers both within the Agency and other external organizations working on this field to develop trainings and course material.
  • Designs, develops, and delivers training related to MNCH.
  • Uses global data to make strategic recommendations on agency-wide MNCH projects.

Please note: These duties reflect those at the higher grade level.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Peace Corps employees; including Peace Corps temporary employees and Peace Corps personal services contractors

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".

You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

This vacancy is being announced at two (2) grade levels:


Qualifying experience for the FP-3 grade level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-4 or GS-11/12 grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:Experience demonstrating a mastery of theories, concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public health program administration; Demonstrates experience in interdisciplinary health sectors to create and manage comprehensive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program; Demonstrates the ability to resolve difficult and critical questions, problems, and issues in various host country environments.


Qualifying experience for the FP-4 grade level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-5 or GS-9 grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience demonstrating knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and precedents related to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) programs; Experience demonstrating knowledge and skill in MNCH program management; Knowledge and skill in adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to measure and improve program effectiveness and productivity; Demonstrates the ability to conduct detailed analyses of complex data and information relevant MNCH training needs.

This position requires a degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

This position requires a degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Intelligence Background Information

Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

PC-1336 Form: Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed PC-1336 form, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person—not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person— and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

If your intelligence connection involves the NSA, you (or, if the connection is with a family member, that person) must contact NSA’s Office of the General Counsel at 410-854-3910 before submitting this form to Peace Corps.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and by going to the "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your application status, you may go to "more information" under the individual vacancy.

USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration.


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Other Information

Peace Corps (PC) Information

  • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service and Peace Corps employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale. Employment is limited NTE 5 years.
  • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
  • National Service (e.g., volunteer experience) refers to paid or unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
  • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
  • Peace Corps is a drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
  • Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
  • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis. Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be selective service registered. If selected for this position, you must sign a statement certifying your registration, or you must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Prior Intelligence Activity or Related Work: Individuals who have been engaged in certain intelligence activity or who have been employed by or connected with an intelligence agency are ineligible for employment with Peace Corps. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A one (1) year trial period is required.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This is a bargaining unit position. If you have questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact In the subject line of your e-mail, include the vacancy #, the position title and the closing date. In the body of your e-mail, provide your questions or concerns regarding the vacancy; if they are regarding your application status, include your full name and which grades you applied to.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $70,103.28 to $127,051.70 / per year

Pay scale & grade: FP 03 - 04

Series: 0601 General Health Science

Appointment type: Term NTE 60 months (5 years)

Work schedule: Full time

Job announcement number: 17-045-CS

Control number: 474601400