Democracy Officer (Justice and Rule of Law)

Foreign Service Limited Position Opportunity: Democracy Officer (Justice and Rule of Law)  FSL-301-01; Position Number: 30739

Location of Position: U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance – Democracy, Rights, and Governance (DRG) Center

Position Grade: FSL-01

Position Opening Date: July 5, 2019

Position Closing Date: July 21, 2019

Duties: This Washington, D.C. based position is located in the Governance and Rule of Law Division (GROL) within the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, & Governance (DRG).  GROL supports USAID missions in the field to conduct activities to improve the accountability, transparency and responsiveness of governing institutions, systems and processes.  It also supports efforts to promote legal and regulatory frameworks that improve order and security, legitimacy, checks and balances, and equal application and enforcement of the law. These activities often include working directly with governments and civil society organizations to strengthen institutions and support citizen engagement in governance and the promotion of the rule of law.

The Democracy Officer, (Position Number: 30739) serves as a technical lead for GROL programming and field support, with an emphasis on justice and rule of law.  He/she serves as a representative to USG entities, multilateral organizations, and NGOs, advising on GROL subsectors. He/she assists with coordinating program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans predominantly for rule of law programs.  Areas of focus include: legal frameworks; judicial independence; building human and institutional capacity within the justice sector; strengthening linkages between police, prosecutors, and courts; creating constituencies for legal reform; and increasing access to justice, including through the use of customary justice systems. He/she also works to mainstream GROL principles into the work of other development sectors. 

He/she also supports core functions of the DRG Center, including: serving as AOR/COR on ongoing and planned programming; providing virtual and TDY expert technical support to USAID Missions; providing technical support to the DCHA Front Office, Strategy and Program Office (SPO), and Desk Officers; and representing the DRG Center in technical discussions with both internal and external stakeholders.  He/she reports to the GROL Division Chief.


  1. Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  2. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret-level security clearance.
  3. An advanced degree (M.A., Ph.D., J.D. or LLM) in a related subject
  4. Possess at least seven years of international development work experience, preferably in Spanish, French, Arabic, or Slavic speaking countries.
  5. Able to travel frequently to the countries up to 20 percent of the time.
  6. Able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively internally and externally.  Proficient language skills in Spanish, French, Arabic, or Slavic are preferred.
  7. Have demonstrated strong writing and organization skills.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume/CV and cover letter;
  • At least three professional references;
  • If already obtained, evidence of security clearance; and,
  • A DD214 and other veteran-status documentation, if applicable.

The duration of the appointment is for an initial period not to  exceed five years, with the potential for extension depending on needs and requirements for additional service.  Information on USAID positions is at, and salary ranges at  This position is considered under Foreign Service, Grade 1, the location is in Washington, DC.              

Submit your complete application package to using the subject line “FSL-01 APPLICATION PACKAGE: DCHA-DRG-GROL_Last name_First name.” Application submissions are required by 11:59 p.m. (EST), July 21, 2019. Incomplete packages or complete packages submitted past the deadline will not receive consideration.

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to:

-- Michael Chelius, DCHA/DRG/GROL, 202-712-4280,

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 1:30pm

Last updated: July 09, 2019