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 Foreign Service Private Enterprise Officer - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

   
Job information
Posted by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Economics
Finance
Management - General
Non Profit
 
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
 
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 561416400 / Latpro-3735070 
Date posted: Mar-25-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027

Description

Duties

Summary

USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. We operate in five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.

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Responsibilities

Assist in the planning, analysis, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of USAID economic growth projects in support of U.S. economic growth foreign assistance objectives and, as appropriate, other objectives including governing justly and democratically, investing in people, peace and stability, or humanitarian assistance. Manage U.S. Government resources, implementation teams, contractors and grantees to achieve specific program objectives and results consistent with overall US domestic and international policy and law.

Serve as a technical resource for foreign assistance programming and activities related to the design and implementation of economic growth projects. Support economic growth programs by researching, reviewing and analyzing data; providing assistance and advice on economic growth issues; assist in coordinating and managing strategies, policies, concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing economic growth projects; analyze technical constraints to economic growth and recommend courses of action.

Coordinate program development, implementation, and performance monitoring and evaluation plans. Regularly visit project sites in order to provide oversight and monitoring of economic growth activities; and ensure project impact and compliance with program design and environmental standards.

Coordinate programs and activities with other USAID Bureaus and Offices, the Department of State, other USG agencies, and the private sector.

Perform a variety of duties related to special projects involving program issues that contain complex elements. Assist in managing special cross-cutting initiatives and task force groups to accomplish programmatic goals. These groups may review specific programs of the organization or develop new initiatives in various program areas.

The incumbent may be assigned to one or more areas of emphasis within the overall portfolio; e.g. trade and investment; legal and regulatory reform; financial sector development; private capital; originating and developing transactions; competitiveness; enterprise development; privatization; economic policy, etc.

Provide cost estimations and risk analysis for project feasibility, design and budgetary planning options.

Assist in the preparation and presentation of programmatic and project related documents and reports, including CDCSs, OPs, MRRs, AADs, PADs, Concept Papers, SOWs, environmental impact statements, etc.

Serve as a technical resource in developing programs, projects and operational plans for economic growth activities that may operate at the global, regional, national, state, or municipal levels and include grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, Public Private Partnerships, guarantees, capital transactions and/or other forms of private sector engagement.

Define and achieve technical assistance or development program objectives through the use of sound economic and private sector related approaches and analysis.

Ability to develop economic growth and policy reform efforts that include but are not limited to: trade and investment; legal and regulatory reform; financial sector development; private capital; originating and developing transactions; competitiveness; enterprise development; privatization.



Travel Required

Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Officer generally spends the majority of their career assigned to the Agency's overseas missions and works in assigned developing countries with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

SFS - Advancement to Senior Foreign Service on a merit basis is possible for employees who secure tenure and satisfy the requirements of promotion boards.

Job family (Series)

1101 General Business And Industry



Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have worldwide availability.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS security clearance.
  • Must be between 18 and 59 years old at time of application.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Writing  - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, including technical material, which is appropriate for the intended audience.

Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, diversity, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.  

Project Management - Applies developmental, financial, economic and analytical principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating, and managing projects and resources, including technical performance and impact. 

Private Sector/Economic Growth - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate all nature of Private Sector/Economic Growth programs including: trade and investment; legal and regulatory reform; public private partnerships; financial sector development; private capital; transaction structuring and origination; competitiveness; enterprise development; and privatization programs.

Human Resource Management - Understands and values diversity; and mobilizes teams that reflect diversity and work together effectively to achieve high impact results. Motivates all staff categories with appropriate incentives to achieve team performance goals; objectively evaluates the performance of team members and resolves personnel problems in a timely manner.

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation - organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short/long term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates the impact of results and outcomes.



Qualifications

Education & Experience:

FS-05: Applicant must have a graduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) from an accredited institution in Business Administration or a relevant functional area such as Economics, Finance or Law (JD, LLM) plus two (2) years of relevant experience with one (1) year of relevant diverse experience.

FS-04: Applicant must have a Master's degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration (MBA) or a relevant functional area such as Economics, Finance or Law (JD, LLM) plus four (4) years of relevant experience with three (3) years of relevant diverse experience  OR a PhD degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration or a relevant functional area such as Economics, Finance or Law plus three (3) years of relevant experience with two (2) years of relevant diverse experience.

Relevant experience is defined as significant professional private sector, legal or economic development experience applying advanced analytical principles and/or managerial practices.

Relevant diverse experience includes: (1) working and living in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe or (2) working and living in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States. The experience in (1) and (2) above must have been achieved by the close of the announcement date. The experience must be for the minimum periods as stated for the grade (e.g.a minimum of one full year for the FS-05 level). The applicant will need to demonstrate the diverse experience is relevant to the Private Enterprise Officer 's duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or using of a foreign language; whether the experience resulted in the applicant encountering new and or different cultures and practices; and whether the applicant coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts or conducted public outreach and communications."

Volunteer experience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.



Education

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities  may be used to meet the education requirements. Transcripts from any and all foreign educational institutions must be accompanied by an official Evaluation of Educational Credentials in order to be considered for the position. It is your responsibility to provide evidence that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States when applying. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Click on the following link for a list of accredited organizations ( (see application details) )  recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. More information may be found at  (see application details) Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded as part of the application no later than the closing date . Failure to do so will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration.  If you proceed past the initial application phase, official transcripts must be received by USAID from your university/institution during the final selection process.



Additional information

Applicants who previously applied for this position and were interviewed will not be invited for another interview within a 12 month period from the closing date of the announcement .

SELECTIVE SERVICE.  As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Career appointments  in the Foreign Service are covered by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, which requires an applicant to be 18 years old at time of application and which directs mandatory retirement at age 65. Given this mandatory retirement age and the fact that five years must be allowed to achieve tenure in the agency, there is an upper age limit of 59 at time of appointment to the Foreign Service.

Veteran's preference . Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Medical Clearance.  A medical clearance or waiver for the applicant is required prior to being hired for this position. FS members must be able to serve at any overseas post or receive a waiver. Many facilities are remote, unhealthy, or have limited medical support. Therefore, each applicant must meet medical fitness standards or receive a waiver. Prior to being appointed to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and must be able to receive a medical clearance for worldwide availability or a waiver.

Foreign Language Ability.  Foreign language ability has no effect on whether or not you are selected for an interview. However, to  reach required tenured status, you must be able to achieve minimum proficiency levels in a  USAID tenuring languag e. Candidates who demonstrate a predefined level of proficiency will be given the opportunity to test for bonus points that will be added to their final interview score. Testing will be conducted via telephone and/or in person.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

BASIS OF RATING: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran's preference points are applied (if applicable). You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you report relative to this position that show the degree to which you possess the required competencies listed on this vacancy announcement. USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process. Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified.

IMPORTANT: If you are found to have rated your self-assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or any other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required

Yes



Required Documents

NOTE: We are aware some applicants are being directed during the application process to submit redundant documents. You are only required to submit the "Vacancy Level" documents: Resume, Transcript, SF-15 (if applicable), DD-214 (if applicable), and Miscellaneous (for any document you'd like to submit that doesn't fall under the category of the first four). The second request for "Registration Level" documents is the result of a technical error and can be ignored. 

The following documents will be required for verification of eligibility before employment is offered:

  • Proof of United States Citizenship (birth certificate, passport, or other acceptable documentation), these are not required to be submitted as part of the initial application.
  • Official copy of college transcript of education used to qualify you for this position. For the initial application, only a copy of unofficial transcript is required.
  • If claiming veteran's preference you must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. Acceptable documentation may be: a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions; a "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed; OR a Standard Form 15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a SF 15. You may obtain a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting your level of disability for preference eligibility by visiting a VA Regional Office, contacting a VA call center or online. For more information on veteran's preference and eligibility, visit (see application details) If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



    Benefits

    USAID offers generous federal benefits that include health and life insurance; annual, sick and home leave; contributory government pension system; assistance with repayment of student loans; and while serving overseas, government-provided housing, shipment of household effects, education allowances, country specific incentive pay and allowances, and other support.

    If selected and hired at the FS-05 level, administrative promotion from FS-05 to FS-04 occurs after one year of service. 



    Fair & Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.



    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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    Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

    This job originated on (see application details) . For the full announcement and to apply, or see application details, please click on Apply below. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at (see application details) will be considered.



Requirements

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