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Indicate your language proficiency in block 13 using the following numeric Interagency Language Roundtable levels (Foreign Service Institute
Levels). Also, the following provides brief descriptions of proficiency levels 2, 3, 4, and 5. “S” indicates speaking ability and “R” indicates
reading ability. For more in-depth description of the levels refer to USAID Handbook 28 or superseding policy directive.
2. Limited working proficiency
S Able to satisfy routine special demands and limited work requirements.
R Sufficient comprehension to read simple, authentic written material in a form equivalent to usual printing or typescript on familiar
subjects within familiar contexts.
3. General professional proficiency
S Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal
conversations on practical, social, and professional topics.
R Able to read within a normal range of speed and with almost complete comprehension of a variety of authentic prose material on
4. Advanced professional proficiency
S Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels normally pertinent to professional needs.
R Able to read fluently and accurately all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.
5. Functional native proficiency
S Speaking proficiency is functionally equivalent to that of a highly articulate well-educated native speaker and reflects the cultural
standards of a country where the language is natively spoken.
R Reading proficiency is functionally equivalent to that of the well-educated native reader.
PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT INFORMATION
The information requested by this form is necessary for prudent management and administration of public funds under USAID contracts. The
information helps USAID estimate overseas logistic support and allowances, the educational information provides an indication of
qualifications, the salary information is used as a means of cost monitoring and to help determine reasonableness of proposed salary.
PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT NOTICE
Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average thirty minutes per response, including the time for reviewing
instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of
information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for
reducing this burden, to:
United States Agency for International Development
Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Policy Division (M/OAA/P)
Washington, DC 20523-7100;
Office of Management and Budget
Paperwork Reduction Project (0412-0520)
Washington, DC 20503