Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a PSC?
The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) as contracts "that establish an employer-employee relationship between the Government and contractor employees involving close and continual supervision of contractor employees by Government employees rather than general oversight of contractor operations."

PSCs make up a large percentage of the total work force for several USAID offices and serve in the Washington, D.C. headquarters as well as worldwide positions.

2. How do I know if I qualify for a position?
Please read the solicitation, paying close attention to the section titled "Education/Experience Requirements" and "Quality Ranking Factors." ALL of these minimum requirements must be met in order for your application to be considered by the selection committee. We encourage you to apply only if you fulfill all of these qualifications.

3. How do I apply for a position?
If you are interested in applying for an open position, you must submit a complete application to the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) at FFPRecruitmentTeam@usaid.gov before the closing date and time. A typical complete application package consists of the following:

  • A complete resume. Your resume must include

    • Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
    • Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
    • Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisors.
    • Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors and achievements.
    • Country of citizenship (U.S. citizenship is required for all USPSC positions).

  • Response to the Quality Ranking Factors: Each applicant's supplemental documentation must specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
  • USPSC Application form AID 309-2: Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed and scanned. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

4. If I apply for one position, but qualify for several, will I be considered for all of them? No, you will only be considered for positions to which you have applied. Therefore, please submit a separate and complete application for each position in which you are interested. If the solicitation advertises multiple GS levels, you must submit a separate and complete application for each GS level for which you would like to apply.

5. What happens if a job that I want to apply for closes before I get a chance to submit my application? Once a solicitation closes, we are unable to accept additional applications (or application materials). While we try to provide all interested applicants with relevant and timely information on all of the positions, it is ultimately the applicant’s responsibility to submit a complete application before the closing date.

6. I am not a US citizen - can I still be hired for a PSC position with Food for Peace? Most of our USPSC positions require U.S. citizenship due to security clearance requirements. On certain occasions, FFP will announce field positions in which USPSC or Third Country Nationals (TCN) are eligible to apply. Please carefully read the solicitation, in particular the "Minimum Requirements For The Position" section, if U.S. citizenship is a requirement. Some offices may consider non-US citizens for other positions. Please refer to www.fbo.gov to search for other PSC positions with USAID. It is the responsibility of the applicant to read each solicitation carefully to review citizenship requirements.

7. What happens after I submit my application? The selection committee reviews all of the application packages and selects qualified applicants for interviews. The application review process takes an average of 1-3 months after a position has closed. A member of the selection committee will contact the qualified applicants to schedule an interview. After interviews are conducted, the selection committee will conduct academic verifications and reference checks. Once completed, the selection committee nominates candidate(s) for hire. Once the nomination is approved, a Contract Specialist will contact the selected candidate(s) to make a job offer.