USPSC Surge Response Food for Peace Officer

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 28 Sep 2018


The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is the largest provider of food assistance in the world. FFP works together with others to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible to and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life. Each year on average FFP provides more than $2 billion of food assistance, reaching 45-55 million beneficiaries in approximately 50 countries.

Food for Peace works in both emergency and development contexts, with emergency and recovery activities comprising 80 percent of total spending. Through its emergency activities, FFP strives to provide food assistance to save lives, reduce suffering and support the early recovery of populations affected by both conflict and natural disasters.

FFP also recognizes that repeatedly responding to emergencies is not sufficient to end hunger and increase food security. FFP development activities help chronically food insecure populations reduce their long-term need for food assistance by strengthening the capacity of developing societies to ensure access to food for their most vulnerable communities and individuals, especially women and children. FFP also helps individuals and communities better withstand future shocks through resilience-building activities.

Food for Peace works closely with many other parts of USAID, especially the Bureau for Food Security, which plays a key role in implementing the President’s Feed the Future initiative, and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which leads on disaster response around the world. Food for Peace employs a staff of over 100 in Washington and also has officers posted abroad.

More Information on FFP is available at:


The Surge Response Group (SRG) is a FFP program to satisfy FFP’s growing need for surge capacity to meet program requirements. In response to numerous emergencies (including sudden onset and chronic) worldwide, it became clear that FFP requires more staff to cover positions in the field and in FFP/Washington. FFP’s SRG program will bring on board select candidates who can work on a part-time basis, for no more than 250 days per calendar year. Once the incumbent is hired and after initial orientation, SRG staff may be deployed within one week to facilitate FFP’s response to emergencies. In some cases, they may be called upon to meet short-term needs to monitor non-emergency programs in the field. SRG positions are contracted for an initial period of one year with the option to renew for four years. The incumbent will be considered part of FFP/Washington’s resources.

Job Description:

Surge Response Food for Peace Officer’s (FFPOSRG’s) respond to humanitarian emergencies as required, worldwide, and may be deployed to the field as a FFP Officer (FFPO) alone, as part of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), or to augment a regional office or mission. The incumbent may also serve in Washington to perform as a FFPO, or to provide FFPO backstop coverage for deploying Washington staff. The incumbent may also be assigned to serve as a Program Operations Specialist with FFP’s Program Operations Division (POD), a Technical Sector Specialist or a Program and Policy Coordination Officer with FFP’s Policy and Technical Division (PTD), or serve on a Response Management Team (RMT) or DART. When in Washington, the incumbent will work primarily on specific ongoing or FFP-funded emergency programs. The remainder of the incumbent’s time may be spent on a variety of other FFP-related activities.

How to apply:

Please refer to for the official solicitation with complete information on the position’s requirements and instructions on applying, and for the 302-3 form.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at, the email address specified in the cover letter of the solicitation.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete, current resume. See cover page of the solicitation for resume requirements.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the subject line in any email.