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 Medical Officer (Physician) - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Government
Health - Physician
Non Profit
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 564960500 / Latpro-3735919 
Date posted: Apr-08-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027




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.  

This announcement is for the recruitment of four medical officer positions, located at 500 D Street, SW, Washington, DC, in 4 separate divisions in Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS.

NOTE: This is a Repost, if you previously applied, you need to reapply for consideration.

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  • As a Medical Officer, you will:

    Serve as an agency expert providing intellectual leadership in the medical aspects of HIV prevention, care and treatment; generates recommendations on the design and implementation of international HIV prevention, care and treatment programs serving multiple populations, including across relevant clinical, community and research platforms.

    Provide medical guidance and direction on USAID's strategic approach to addressing the HIV epidemic through the provision of accessible, high-quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services in a variety of resource-limited settings.

    Provide direct technical support to USAID Missions and senior Regional Bureau personnel to ensure that HIV prevention, care and treatment programs are medically effective, efficient and sustainable.

    Assist in the management of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts designed to implement, monitor and evaluate HIV prevention, care and treatment programs; coordinate HIV prevention, care and treatment programs with the GH Bureau, Missions, Regional Bureaus, other USG agencies, international agencies, donors, and implementation partners; and serve as a Contract and/or Agreement Officer's Representative.

    We are recruiting for four vacancies across the Office of HIV/AIDS in the following three branches: 
  • The Adult Clinical Branch, part of the Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) Division : The successful candidate will serve as a senior subject matter expert in the delivery of HIV care & treatment services, and is expected to have an extensive knowledge of antiretrovial therapy (ART) management, service delivery approaches, and the appropriate monitoring strategies to foster life-long virologic suppression and the prevention of HIV drug resistance. The Medical Officer will assist in the design and implementation of USAID and PEPFAR-supported HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, with a focus on clinical services for adults and adolescents. The Medical Officer will analyze data, reports and other information on HIV care and treatment internationally and will review relevant data and policies to inform USAID-supported programming. A primary focus area is creating patient-centered, high-quality differentiated service delivery approaches to foster life-long adherence and virologic suppression.
  • The Key Populations Branch, part of the Priority Populations, Integration, and Rights (PPIR) Division : The successful candidate will serve as the senior SME in HIV clinical prevention, care and treatment programs for key populations (KP), including sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG), people in prisons and other closed settings, and people who inject drugs (PWID), and their partners. The Medical Officer will assist in the design and implementation of USAID and PEPFAR-support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, particularly in the context of criminalized and/or stigmatized behaviors and environmental barriers of access to services for key populations. A primary focus area is improving access to clinical services to KPs and their partners from competent, sensitized providers including clinical prevention programming; optimized case finding; community-based ART platforms; and community-facility models; in line with the World Health Organization differentiated service delivery guidelines and WHO KP Consolidated Guidelines.
  • The Office of HIV/AIDS Supply Chain (SCH)Division : The Medical Officer will be an important member of the SCH team providing leadership and guidance  on medical and other aspects of supply chain management activities and their integration into HIV care and treatment programs and wrap-around care. This includes roll-out of new ART regimens, laboratory monitoring techniques, and service delivery approaches, such as multimonth dispensing. The Medical Officer will work closely with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in the Department of State, senior USAID management, health professional and policy makers in international organizations, donors  and hosts governments on HIV care and treatment policies and programs.

Travel Required

25% or less - Work involves intermittent domestic and international travel up to 25% of the time in developing countries.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0602 Medical Officer


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret 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.

NOTE:  This is an Open Continuous Announcement to establish a standing register of qualified candidates to refer as vacancies occur. The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications will be April 21, 2020, after this date additional referral lists will be created as vacancies become available. Final application disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled. 

Direct hire authority: This position is being filled using 5 U.S.C., Section 3304 and 5 CFR Part 337, Subpart B, which is the OPM approved government-wide direct-hire authority.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by each cut-off date for this Open Continuous Announcement. The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications will be April 21,2020; after this date additional referral lists will be created as vacancies become available.


This position has a specialized experience and a positive education requirement.  Transcripts  are required. An active US medical license is also required.

You must submit copies of your transcripts and medical license to be eligible for consideration for this position.

GS-15:   You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the  GS-14 grade 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 experience: (a) serving as a leading technical and programmatic expert for HIV prevention (and related co-infections); (b) providing services related to delivering US public health development and acquisition programs, operation/applied research, technical evaluations and support in developing countries in the area of public health and clinical medicine as it relates to HIV prevention, care, and treatment; (c) collaborating with international organizations and governmental agencies to ensure that HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs are effective, efficient and sustainable in a developing country setting.;and d) experience in either HIV medicine or public health programming.
The basic education requirement : Degree - Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.) Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least one year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians .

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical programs under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.
  • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.
  • Prevention medicine or public health specializations are preferred.


FOREIGN DEGREE EQUIVALENCY EVALUATIONS: If you are applying and using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the degree requirement, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information on determining foreign degree equivalency, click on the following link: (see application details) .

Additional information

Physician's comparability allowance (PCA) will be a consideration for this position.  (see application details) is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID remains at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and is responsible for providing over $236 million dollars per year in 54 countries. The Agency is a lead  international partner in the implementation of the White House Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) National Action Plan. For more information on USAID please click on the link:  (see application details) . 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.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not  authorized.

M ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:

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EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement .

Veterans' Information:  Veterans Information .

Telework:  (see application details) .

Selective Service Registration:  (see application details) .

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Basis of rating: This position falls under the government-wide direct-hire authority, granted by OPM, therefore all applicants who meet the basic requirement (education, specialized experience, active medical license) for the position will be referred for further review and consideration of the relevant expertise serving in a HIV/AIDS medical research program, in developing countries.

Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

You must submit a copy of your active medical license, a cover letter, resume and/or CV along with the other documentation listed under "Required Documentation" in order to be considered for this position. Your supporting documentation must clearly reflect that you possess the requisite specialized experience described under the qualifications section of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


Position sensitivity and risk

Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Cover letter.
  • Resume or CV showing relevant experience.
  • Documentation showing the attainment of the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy.
  • Transcripts are required (including foreign degree equivalency evaluation).
  • Copy of your active medical license is also required.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment 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 factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period


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