HR Specialist

Human Resources Washington, District of Columbia


Position HR Specialist                        Department Jefferson Solutions

Job summary

Serves as HR Specialist on a contract with USAID.  The incumbent will be expected to travel up to 75% of time in support of USAID Missions worldwide.   

Responsibilities/daily tasks
  • Develop new and revised position descriptions and all supporting documentation.
  • Process job applications, including screening applications, coordinating interviews, and conducting reference checks.
  • Facilitate recruitment panels (Technical Evaluation Committees).
  • Observe interviews and draft the Selection Memorandum.
  • Perform follow-on tasks once a candidate is selected.
  • Review office organizational charts and advise regarding staffing configurations meeting current mission management needs.
  • Participate in and make recommendations on decisions regarding a range of human resources issues, including personnel actions, regulatory requirements, etc.
  • Interpret USAID/Washington human resources regulations, and direct their application to facilitate mission personnel management.
  • Plan and advise regarding personnel management of the Mission for American, Foreign Service National (FSN) and Third Country National (TCN) employees, taking into consideration manpower development requirements.
  • Collaborate with Mission officials in the proper placement of personnel and recommend action to assure maximum utilization of personnel.
  • Make recommendations for standard orientation procedures for new employees, including on-the-job training and mentoring. Plan and conduct administrative orientation for new employees.
  • Review personnel files to ensure that employee evaluations and work objectives are up to date.
  • Make recommendations for an annual performance review process for local employees that best meets staff and Agency needs.
  • Review the Mission training plan and makes recommendations for process improvements.
  • Other job related responsibilities, as assigned.
  • A least seven years of relevant experience, preferably in USAID, as a USAID implementing partner, or with another government agency with a significant overseas focus.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to obtain a SECRET clearance. Current SECRET clearance preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or ability to quickly gain knowledge of, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and USAID policies and procedures.
  • Strong organizational, communication, writing and analytical skills to effectively interact with USAID program and contracting officials.
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality and to handle sensitive information discreetly.
  • Attention to detail, high standards of excellence and commitment to perform and execute all project activities successfully.

Preferred Experience/Abilities:

  • Experience with GLAAS or PRISM.