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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pay scales and benefits for CSE positions?

CSE employees are paid on the General Schedule (GS) pay scale, which can be found here on OPM’s website, under “General Schedule (GS) & Locality Pay Tables”. A list of CSE benefits can be found on the Civil Service Excepted Benefits page.

Are accommodations available for applicants during the hiring/interviewing process?

Yes! USAID is committed to equal employment opportunity; therefore, reasonable accommodations are available to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodation Division in USAID’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. More information can be found on the Reasonable Accommodation Division website.

What are the application requirements for applicants who are eligible for non-competitive hiring authorities (i.e. Schedule A, Veteran Preference, NCE)?

To verify eligibility under the Schedule A Hiring Authority you must provide a Schedule A letter signed by a licensed medical professional or licensed vocational rehabilitation specialistLetters must be printed on medical professionals letterhead and must include a signature or it is invalid. Please refer to OPM’s sample Schedule A letter.

To verify eligibility for veterans hiring authorities, candidates must submit a copy of their latest Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (copy indicating character of service) or other proof of service. If claiming disability preference, candidates must also submit the disability letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs or Armed Services and the Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, Standard Form 15.

For additional resources on eligibility, please visit USAJOBs.

Please note that Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) does not automatically apply.

Do I have to submit other documents to apply for a CSE?

Yes, these positions have a minimum education requirement; therefore, unofficial transcripts are required at the point of application submission.

How should an application be submitted and what is the application process for CSE?

All applications must be submitted on Applicants can visit USAID’s Careers page to find a list of open positions, resources to help prepare a federal application, and a link to the submission page on USAJobs. Please note that the preferred resume format is PDF, although other formats may be accepted on the site.

Are any part-time positions available under the CSE hiring authority?

No, all current CSE positions are full-time.

Will positions under this CSE hiring authority be based overseas?

No. At present, CSE positions will be based in Washington, D.C, although some positions may require travel for overseas work.

How can I determine if I’m qualified for a CSE position?

CSE positions will have specific qualifications that are explained in detail in each vacancy announcement. Interested candidates should read the Qualifications section very carefully to make sure that they meet all the requirements for the position.

Who is eligible to apply for CSE positions?

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply to CSE positions, as these positions require a security clearance. Please note that Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) does not automatically apply. 

Where are vacant positions posted?

All positions will be publicly posted on the USAID Career website and other sites, including on the OTI Our Jobs page and at to encourage open and fair competition.

Is an extension of a CSE appointment automatic? What options do employees have once the term appointment ends?

Beyond the three- or five-year initial appointments, bureaus will make determinations on whether to extend CSE positions based on bureau requirements and available funding. There are no limits to how many extensions can be granted.

Where do I find the form AID 309-2?

The form is available from the USAID website here.

May I apply for more than one position?

Yes, you may apply for multiple positions. However, you must submit a separate and complete offer for each position.

Do I have to submit a new offer for each position that I apply to?

Each position has a distinct set of Education/Experience Requirements and Evaluation Factors (EF) that need to be addressed as part of a complete offer package. Although we keep a copy of your offer materials in our system, you must submit an updated offer that includes a new resume, AID 309-2 form, and EF document (when applicable) for each position to which you apply.


How can I confirm that my offer was received?

OTI confirms receipt of your offer package via email. If you have not received an email confirmation, or are concerned that your offer was not received, it is your responsibility as the offeror to follow-up by contacting OTI.


What are evaluation factors?

Each factor plays an important part in identifying those offerors who are better qualified for a position. Evaluation Factors responses are limited to 500 words per factor, and should include detailed examples to fully demonstrate the requested experience and skills.


How do I know if I qualify for a position?

All of the Education/Experience and Selection Factors must be met in order for your offeror to be considered by the selection committee. We encourage you to apply only if you fulfill all of these qualifications.


Must you be a US Citizen to apply?

Yes. You must be a US Citizen to apply as these positions require a Secret-level security clearance which can only be granted to US Citizens. You may be a naturalized citizen but cannot be a greencard holder.