This position is located within the Selection, Eligibility and Policy Performance division of the Department of Policy and Evaluation (DPE), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Although the position is advertised equivalent to GS-14/15, MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band 3B/3A which is generally equal to GS-14/15.
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You will support the Managing Director in implementing the annual process through which MCC's Board of Directors determines which countries will be eligible for Compact and/or Threshold programs, based on MCC's unique criteria focused on assessing governance and public policy in candidate countries. In addition, you will be responsible for:
- Ensuring all elements of MCC's highly transparent country partner selection process are analytically rigorous based on subject matter expertise in democracy, governance, human rights, elections, and anti-corruption.
- Overseeing analysis and production of materials for MCC's executive management and Board of Directors (including Secretaries of State and Treasury, USAID Administrator, and U.S. Trade Representative); assisting in coordinating inter- and intra-agency consultation and negotiations; and facilitating MCC's own decision-making process.
- Assisting in operationalizing MCC's country suspension or termination policy. This includes overseeing or conducing the research and analysis of governance and public sector performance in MCC partner countries, briefing these findings to MCC senior staff verbally or in writing, and providing supporting communication materials.
- Providing advice and counsel to staff on job assignments and administrative matters.
- Representing MCC at relevant interagency and external meetings, reports on developments to senior corporation management and staff, coordinates staff input, and prepares recommendations for MCC activities and policies to advance U.S. government and MCC interests.
- Contributing to agency efforts to refine its model and approach, including regular collaboration with colleagues in other MCC departments and coordination of work teams as necessary.
- Performing other related duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
- Relocation expenses will not be paid
- More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days
- Some domestic and international travel maybe required
To qualify for pay band 3b you must meet the following:
Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 4a (GS-13) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, examples of this experience are defined as: experience conducting research and analysis and advising on agency policy regarding democracy, governance, human rights, elections, and anti-corruption issues and topics in a developing country context; experience developing a research methodology, identifying quality indicators of governance, and conducting analyses; and experience preparing comprehensive reviews, briefings, policy studies, and special reports. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.
To qualify for pay band 3a you must meet the following:
Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 3b (GS-14) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, examples of this experience are defined as: experience overseeing and conducting advanced research and analysis and advising on agency policy regarding democracy, governance, human rights, elections, and anti-corruption issues and topics in a developing country context; experience developing a research methodology, identifying quality indicators of governance, and conducting analyses; and experience preparing comprehensive reviews, briefings, policy studies, and special reports. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.
Highly Desirable: Ability to communicate in French. Please include level of proficiency in your resume.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.
- RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION BONUS may be authorized for this position. If you are not a current federal employee this position may authorize a one time Recruitment bonus to be paid over a specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
- If you are a current federal employee this position may authorize a one time Relocation bonus to be paid over a specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
- Selectee may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience.
- The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower level, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
- Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
- Pay: Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
- Promotion Potential: If the position is advertised with promotion potential, the selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition. Selection at a lower pay band level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
- DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination.
- Selectee may be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450).
- Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government contractor issued travel card to be used for official business.
- Selectee may be required to complete a probationary/trial period.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your application and supporting documents will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for the position and to ensure that you have been placed in the appropriate quality category. The HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position such as:
- Oral Communication
- Technical Competence
You will be evaluated based on Category Rating procedures. Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be placed in one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and may be called for an interview.
If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your category can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities, and you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
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Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
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The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
- Applicants MUST utilize resumes created using the USAJOBS-formatted Resume Builder ( (see application details)
- Unofficial college transcripts - if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify "Unofficial" transcripts are acceptable. If selected for the position, prior to your appointment, an official transcript will be required.
- If you are displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. See (see application details) . To be considered eligible under ICTAP or CTAP, you must be placed in the "well-qualified" category for this position, as described above.
- Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: (see application details) .
- If you are eligible for Special Appointment eligibility (e.g., 30% compensable veteran, individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps or other noncompetitive eligibility candidates.) requires submission of supporting documentation. For more information visit: (see application details) (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.
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