General Development Officer

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 May 2020

Job Description

Description of Position:

The General Development Officer (GDO) will serve as part of the Private Sector Engagement (PSE) team as a Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor. Private sector engagement is fundamental to the Agency goal to end the need for foreign assistance. This position supports the Agency’s call to action for USAID staff and partners to embrace market-based approaches as a more sustainable way to assist countries and communities in achieving development and humanitarian outcomes at scale. This is based on the premise that private enterprise is one of the most powerful forces for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating countries to self-reliance.

Description of Key Duties:

The GDO/Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor will have broad responsibility for fostering broad-based private sector engagement. S/he will be responsible for advising, developing, and implementing engagement strategies and activities to involve private sector investment/finance activities. S/he will identify and develop high quality, impact-driven partnerships with private sector entities and other key stakeholders that address key USAID priorities. The incumbent will strengthen the Agency’s capacity to effectively and strategically engage the private sector and other key stakeholders through provision of training, knowledge products, technical advisory services, and other technical support to Agency customers. S/he will promote private sector engagement across the Agency, bringing private sector partners into the Agency’s strategic development priorities and building partnerships based on principles of shared interests and shared value. The incumbent may also serve as a Contracting/ Agreement Officer’s Representative on large-scale, complex contracts; Lead and oversee technical proposal reviews; and evaluate contractor and grantee performance on a regular basis; evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as needed. S/he manages relationships with strategic private sector partners and supports coordination and networking across strategic partners. S/he will lead efforts to foster new forms of partnering to deliver sustainable development impact, including collective action approaches to problem solving and systems change. The incumbent will also support research and advance thought leadership on partnering with the private sector, with a particular focus on building the evidence base for partnerships and on demonstrating where partnerships result in sustainable development impact.

Qualifications Required:

  • Graduate-level degree in business, finance, international affairs, international education, public policy, or related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in program management, particularly as it relates to partnerships and/or private sector engagement, including proposal/application review, work plan development, and grants and/or contract management (as an A/COR or Activity Manager).
  • Minimum of two years of experience in budget formulation, execution, and reporting of diverse project portfolio(s).
  • Experience interpreting OMB and Congressional policies or regulations and developing recommendations for leadership.
  • Ability to understand the technical nuances of development challenges and proposed market-based solutions.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize tasks and work efficiently.
  • Solutions-oriented team player who is also able to work independently and on own initiative.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships and navigate complex, multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance.

About the Organization

Description of Office:

The Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment’s Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Team comprises the Global Development Lab’s (LAB) Center for Transformational Partnerships and the E3/ Private Capital and Microenterprise team. The PSE Team seeks to advance the ways that USAID collaborates with private sector partners in order to produce sustainable and cost-effective development impact at scale. To achieve this overall goal, CTP focuses on engaging the private sector and building strategic partnerships in several key focus areas, as well as building the capacity of USAID staff around the world to build local and global partnerships through training and tailored advisory services. The team addresses a broad range of issues related to private investment, capital market development, entrepreneurship and enterprise development, and financial inclusion. The team assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Agency policies, strategies, and programming that focus on leveraging private investment in support of both Agency and host country priorities. The Office contributes to achievement of internationally agreed goals for reduction of poverty and improvements to living standards of the poor. By mobilizing private capital to priority programs and projects, the Office seeks to impact key economic factors that greatly reduce poverty and increase economic growth, such as: infrastructure and technology, capital markets, enterprise development, and job creation.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume/CV;

  • Short-written statement of interest; and

  • Three professional references.

Please submit your application package via email to Please use the subject line “FSL Application Package Lab/CTP FL-02 Your Full Name.” Application submissions are required by June 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Packages not submitted by the deadline with the specified subject line—or incomplete packages—will not receive consideration. Applicants selected for an interview will also be asked to provide a writing sample. For questions, please contact Kathleen Omar (

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