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Assignment amp Career Counselor SLG Senior Advisor

Company name
United Solutions and Services, LLC

Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Education, Counseling

Posted on
Nov 19, 2020

Valid Through
Mar 04, 2021

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Job Summary

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. government agency responsible for providing economic development and humanitarian assistance abroad in support of U.S. foreign policy goals.  The Mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development is to accelerate human progress in developing countries by reducing poverty, advancing democracy, building market economies, promoting security, responding to crises, and improving quality of life.  Working with governments, institutions, and civil society, we assist individuals to build their own futures by mobilizing the full range of American’s public and private resources through our expert presence overseas.

As part of USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM)/Foreign Service Center (FSC), the incumbent works in tandem with the Director and Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Center; the SLG support team and the Assignment and Career Counselor team. The incumbent also plays an instrumental role in supporting Deputy Mission Directors (DMDs) by advising and assisting DMDs, HCTM and regional bureaus on issues related to human capital, talent management, and operational matters that require specific knowledge of DMD roles and responsibilities and knowledge of the Agency’s human resource and other policy priorities. The incumbent also collaborates directly with regional and technical bureau leadership, and if needed, the Agency Counselor, to identify, analyze, and implement issues and recommendations concerning SLG preparedness and support. 

SLG Senior Advisor is the initial HCTM/FSC contact for a cadre of Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) in managerial, leadership, technical and support backstops at the mid-career and senior levels.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Employee may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Develop and support training, tools, and continuous learning  (30%):

Consult with DMDs, Mission Directors (MDs), HCTM, regional bureaus and the Agency Counselor to identify DMD competencies and related training needs and tools.

Lead process of identifying, organizing and assessing training courses for DMDs on themes including, but not limited to, leadership and inclusion in collaboration with HCTM’s Center for Performance Development (CPD) and other key Agency stakeholders . 

Develop and disseminate related tools and perform related administrative duties.

Support HCTM’s Sr. Development Advisor to the Foreign Service Institute in designing, organizing and conducting training for employees assigned to field leadership positions for the first time. Perform related administrative duties. 

Career Counseling, Mentoring and Coaching (30%)

Collect, analyze and share data on DMD and MD career pathing and advise SLG aspirants and incumbents on career development and planning. 

Manage process of matching new field-based leaders with mentors, including conducting outreach and performing related administrative duties.

Collaborate with HCTM/CPD and Regional Bureaus to identify and/or establish mechanisms to expand executive coaching resources for senior leaders.

Collaborate with HCTM/CPD and Regional Bureaus to identify and/or establish mechanisms to expand executive coaching resources for senior leaders.

Cultivate and facilitate networks  (20%)

Develop and implement a variety of mechanisms using various media (e.g. phone calls, webinars, myUSAID fora, video-conferencing, google drive, webpage) that facilitate communication and peer-to-peer information sharing, learning and networking among DMDs. Perform related administrative duties.

Lead efforts to bring DMDs together periodically, by region and/or globally, for peer-to-peer learning, training and professional development. Perform related organizational and administrative duties.

Initiate and/or support efforts to orient and provide networking opportunities for staff assigned to SLG positions in USAID/Washington for the first time. 

Focused Support for DMDs (15%)

Advocate with Regional Bureaus to encourage increased, deliberate support for and engagement with DMDs in their regions.

Advise HCTM and regional bureaus on DMD assignments and workforce planning issues, and perform related administrative duties.

Other (5%)

Assist others in HCTM in providing overall policy/regulatory guidance and interpretation and resources for SLG and Senior Foreign Service (SFS) officers, and Agency personnel. 

The SLG Senior Advisor will report to the SLG Team Lead, or his/her designee. 

Travel Requirements:

0 - 10%

Travel Requirements

0 - 10%

Salary Grade

Job Requirements

Education and/or Experience

Masters degree

5 years of experience in senior management positions

Qualifications and Requirements

In-depth knowledge of the SLG assignment process and SFS promotion process

Senior-level experience and expertise in coaching and mentoring

Experience in training design and delivery is highly desirable

Strong interpersonal, communication (both written and oral), organizational, and teamwork skills

Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986

Must be able to obtain and maintain USAID Facility Access


Human Resources


USAID EH - Washington, DC 20004 US (Primary)


Master's Degree

Company info

United Solutions and Services, LLC
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