Economist Personal Services Contractor (PSC)

  • Posted on 10 May 2019

Job Description

This position at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is for a full-time Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to support the Department of Policy & Evaluation (DPE). MCC works with developing countries to promote sustainable economic growth to reduce poverty. One of MCC’s guiding principles is a focus on measurable results.


The Economic Analysis (EA) Division of DPE is seeking a full-time PSC to serve as an Economist specializing in growth diagnostics. The Contractor must possess expertise in the field of economics, with an emphasis on macroeconomics and development economics, and knowledge of growth diagnostics (constraints analysis). The Contractor will work in collaboration with MCC Economists and technical staff under the direction of MCC’s Managing Director for Economic Analysis and will provide leadership and technical oversight to members of the EA Division as requested. The Contractor will also work as a member of the DPE team and in cooperation with other MCC staff.

The Economist position is being solicited at multiple levels (4B, 4A, 3B). Though the nature of duties is similar across these levels, they differ in the amount of independence and leadership exercised in performing tasks, as well as in the required or desired years of relevant experience.


• U.S. citizenship.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
• Performance at MCC Headquarters in Washington, DC, with the potential for higher-level hires to have a remote duty location subject to the approval of MCC. (Note: A remote PSC must personally cover all travel costs between their remote duty location and Washington, DC, when required to be present at MCC Headquarters, and must reimburse MCC for any increase in the cost of official travel due to departure from a home of record outside of the metropolitan DC area). Relocation expenses will not be paid.
• Domestic and international travel may be required.
• Statement of Employment & Financial Interest (i.e. Office of Government Ethics “OGE Form-450”, or similar statement) may be required.
• Active System for Award Management (SAM) ( registration and be listed as sole-proprietor before the contract is awarded. An active SAM registration is not required at the time of application (although candidates are highly encouraged to initiate the registration process before submission), but must be complete and active before the contract is awarded.
• Designated and/or random drug testing required.


The PSC will conduct research and analysis in support of activities within the EA Division and DPE. Specific duties and responsibilities vary by position level. Please see the full solicitation posting for detailed information.


• A minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, public policy or a closely related field that has a significant quantitative analysis component. Doctoral degree strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge of relevant sub fields of development economics, statistics and econometrics.
• Experience in applied policy analysis or equivalent thesis work (For 4B level at least 2 years; for 4A level 3-5 years; for 3B level more than 5 years).
• Familiarity with issues related to economic growth or micro economic topics relevant to growth and poverty reduction. For higher levels, specific knowledge of the methodology of Hausmann, Rodrik and Velasco is required.
• Experience with data analysis, including the analysis of household and/or firm surveys.
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to discuss complex economic and policy issues orally and in writing.
• Knowledge of statistical software.
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel, to include understanding and creating complex formulas, building graphs and charts, and manipulating large amounts of data.

Please see the following link for information on this position and how to submit a complete application:

About the Organization

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a Federal Corporation created under Title VI of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004. MCC’s mission is to reduce poverty around the world through the promotion of sustainable economic growth based on the principle that aid is most effective when it strengthens good governance, economic freedom and investments in people. For more information on the MCC, please visit

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