Foreign Service Private Enterprise Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 April 2020
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Job Description


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.

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.


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 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.

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