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 General Business Specialist - 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: Government
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: 572061800 / Latpro-3745244 
Date posted: Jun-26-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027

Description

Duties

Summary

This position is in the Bureau for Economic, Growth, Education and Environment,  Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise, located at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

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Responsibilities

As a  General Business Special ist  you will:

  • Develop expert guidance and tools to strengthen the Agency's methodological framework for measuring the value of private sector engagement and validates tools with key Agency stakeholders. Recommends changes to existing guidance that make the best use of present and new resources.
  • Provide expert field-focused technical assistance on monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches for private sector engagement, including responding to ad-hoc requests, developing training content, and providing specialized support.
  • Build monitoring, evaluation, and learning capacity of Private Sector Engagement Advisors by developing and delivering tailored training content, providing consultation services, and supporting team-wide efforts.
  • Identify specific research projects and deliverables; disseminate the study results to improve the Agency's approach to private sector engagement.
  • Prepare project papers, reports, research publications, and summary statements of key work products and organizes and delivers briefings to managers and high-level audiences both internally and externally to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations.
  • Support wider goal of Agency's capacity-building to effectively engage with the private sector by providing hands-on technical assistance to Bureaus and Missions, developing and delivering training content on private sector engagement, and developing knowledge products or tools to improve private sector engagement.
  • Procure and/or oversee contractors/consultants to undertake PSE evidence and learning activities (as AOR/COR or Activity Manager), including executing award/activity management responsibilities, clearly defining deliverables and associated timelines, ensuring quality services and products are received, maintaining associated internal files and documentation for activities, and taking appropriate measures related to activity performance.



Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14 - The full performance level of this position is GS-14

Job family (Series)

1101 General Business And Industry



Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period

You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.  



Qualifications

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: This position requires 2 selective placement factors that is in addition to the qualification requirements noted above.  (1) Your resume must demonstrate  leading the development of monitoring frameworks and/or monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans for large activities or organizations.  (2) Your resume must possess comprehensive knowledge of as well as relevant experience in effectively engaging with the private sector for development and humanitarian objectives.  A subject matter expert will review your resume to determine if your experience matches the requirements of both the specialized experience and selective factors noted above. 

GS-14 -In addition to the selective placement factors, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes experience: (a)  of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of organization-wide indicators for effectiveness of process-based approaches; b) comprehensive knowledge of private sector engagement in international development; c) knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key monitoring events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the value of private sector engagement accomplishments d) skill to plan, organize, and direct team work, including program and activity management, and to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency resources or require extensive changes in established procedures.

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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP  candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified.  Well-qualified  means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned a score of  85 or higher;  be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training. A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.



Education

This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, no Transcripts are required .



Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit (see application details) . For more information about USAID, visit (see application details) .

This announcement  may  be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) 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.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer  is  required.

Moving and relocation expenses  are  not  authorized.

Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:
(see application details) . 

EEO Policy:  EEO Policy Statement .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement .

Veterans' Information:   Veterans Information .

Telework:  (see application details) .

Selective Service Registration:  (see application details) .

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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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.

We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are " Gold," "Silver," and "Bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the " Gold " category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and  may  be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of  10% or more  will be listed at the top of the highest quality category ( Gold ) depending on the position and grade level of the job.  (You must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating).

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:

Technical Competence

Planning and Evaluating

Project Management

Written Communication

Oral Communication


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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Secret

Drug test required

No



Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities ( veterans' preference  and  Veterans Recruitment Appointment ).
  • If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A,  special hiring programs ).
  • CTAP/ICTAP  Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent, along with your application/resume package. 
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial transcript)  or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to  (see application details)  for more information. Please be advised that an  official transcript will be required  if you are selected for the position.



Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System.  You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at  (see application details) .   USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines. The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court are on site. You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



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.

Read more Legal and regulatory guidance

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



Requirements

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