Country Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 March 2019
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Job Description

The Country Director (CD) is the senior Peace Corps representative in the country of assignment. The CD plans and directs all aspects of the Peace Corps programs in the country of assignment, ensuring that the daily operations create an environment for Volunteers and staff to work successfully in the performance of their duties. The CD develops long-range program plans, goals, objectives, and milestones and evaluates the effectiveness of programs conducted throughout the post.

This vacancy is being announced at the FP-1 grade level ($124,897 to $162,365 per year).

The CD performs the following major duties:

  • Plans, directs and oversees all aspects of strategic, policy, organizational, and program objectives in the country of assignment.
  • Oversees operations and staff in functional areas that include: volunteer support; program, training and evaluation; administration, logistics and financial management; medical services, safety and security; and representation.
  • Ensures that the country operations create a safe and productive environment for Trainees and Volunteers and staff to work successfully and perform their duties and responsibilities.
  • Represents and advocates for the goals and activities of Peace Corps with host country government officials, local private and not-for-profit entities, the U.S. Embassy and other government agencies. With host-country partners, develops a vision for the country program and a plan for achieving the vision.
  • Determines budgetary, facility, equipment, staffing and volunteer requirements. Provides leadership and oversight to ensure that projects are responsive to host country development needs and are consistent with Peace Corps philosophy and Volunteer resources.
  • Negotiates, approves and executes the cooperating agreements between the Peace Corps and host-country partner agencies, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel.
  • Ensures quality project design, training, implementation and evaluation in all areas, making certain that projects address capacity building and sustainability, are in alignment with Peace Corps guidance, and are responsive to host country development priorities.
  • Establishes criteria and oversees program management issues affecting Volunteer personal safety and security, site identification and monitoring, cultural sensitivity for host country people and culture, and other issues affecting Volunteers’ successful service and Peace Corps’ reputation.
  • In coordination with the Office of Health Services, oversees a comprehensive medical care program that supports Volunteers with their health care needs.
  • Provides expert leadership and management over institutional policies and procedures to ensure Volunteer safety and security. This encompasses, but is not limited to, promoting Volunteers’ training and ability to assess and ensure their personal safety; responding to natural or man-made disasters; mitigating the potential threat of political unrest; and supporting the Agency’s response to Volunteer victims of crime, such as physical and sexual assault, theft, among others.
  • Promotes intercultural competence among staff and Volunteers; ensures program’s policies and procedures promote diversity, inclusion and belonging; develops a cohesive organization that promotes respect and dignity towards others.
  • Supervises post’s senior staff and oversees the administrative and human resource functions.
  • Adheres to U.S. federal laws, Peace Corps policies, and local labor laws pertaining to employee hiring, training, treatment, and disciplinary actions. Promotes a collaborative and positive work environment that values employee contributions.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • This is an overseas position. Travel to posts within country and region (Asia, America, Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, and Europe) of assignment will be required. This is a condition of employment.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a top secret clearance.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a worldwide medical clearance.
  • Ability to travel within and outside of country of assignment.
  • Worldwide Availability for Post Assignment is required.
  • Serves at the Discretion of the Peace Corps Director.


Qualifying experience for the FP-1 grade level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-2 grade or GS-14 grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience leading, managing, analyzing, designing, or providing advisory services for international development programs or domestic NGO, or in the private sector Experience as a team leader or project manager managing technical assistance and capacity building programs in developing or transitioning countries; Experience developing, negotiating and managing complex international or domestic projects with an international focus and/or partnerships in a multidisciplinary team environment; and Experience developing and implementing collaborative approaches with internal and external partners and stakeholders to build coalitions and work on common agency program goals and objectives.

This position has One (1) selective placement factor defined as follows: Three (3) years’ worth of relevant executive leadership experience in developing or transitioning countries or in multicultural settings within the United States. Experience may be with local, state, or federal U.S. government, with an international or domestic NGO, or in the private sector. Applicants who fail to provide supporting documentation for this selective factor will not receive consideration for this vacancy.

About the Organization

"Peace Corps staff are passionate and dedicated to the cause of service. They do critical work to support our Volunteers and provide them the opportunity for a life-defining experience. Our staff is energetic, committed, hard-working, and positive. The work they do truly makes a difference."

Top Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for mid-size agencies in 2017, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the opportunity to pursue leadership development opportunities and many more ... established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants what you can do for your country ... and the world.

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