General Development Officer/Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 April 2019

Job Description

General Development Officer FL-0301-02

Introduction:

This U.S. Agency for International Development position is located in the Global Development Lab (Lab), an organization established to harness the power of science, technology, innovation and partnership (STIP) to significantly accelerate the achievement of foreign policy and development goals. The Lab’s goal is to produce breakthroughs that truly bend the curve. Using this vision as the foundation will drive the kind of systematic changes that are needed to accelerate improvements in development methodology. The Lab will achieve this vision through a two-part mission: 1) produce breakthrough development innovations; and 2) accelerate the transformation of the U.S. development enterprise.

Private sector engagement is fundamental to the Agency goal to end the need for foreign assistance. This position is part of the Agency’s call to action for USAID staff and partners to embrace market-based approaches as a more sustainable way to support 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.

This position will serve as Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor within the Lab’s Center for Transformational Partnerships (CTP). S/he will have broad responsibility for fostering broad-based private sector engagement (PSE) and identifying and developing high quality, impact-driven partnerships with private sector entities and other key stakeholders that address key USAID priorities.

Major Duties:

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.
  • Foster broad-based private sector engagement, and bring private sector partners into the Agency’s strategic development priorities, including building partnerships based on principles of shared interests and shared value.
  • Manage the Agency’s relationships with strategic private sector partners, and support coordination and networking across all the Lab’s strategic partners.
  • Lead efforts to foster new forms of partnering to deliver sustainable development impact, including collective action approaches to problem solving and systems change.
  • 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 and result in sustainable development impact.

As Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor, the incumbent performs the following duties and responsibilities.

Liaison and Public Outreach (30 percent)

  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with senior Agency officials, executives of major corporations, members of Congress, senior members of the executive branch, senior US Government officials, and/or senior officials of other donors in connection with developing and utilizing strategic partnerships to achieve USAID goals and US foreign policy objectives. S/he fosters collaboration with other US Government agencies that are also engaged in the building of private sector alliances in order to advance US Government foreign policy objectives.
  • Coordinates Agency-wide outreach in order to solicit information and data that can be used to improve the quality and number of Agency private sector alliances. S/he guides LAB/CTP/GPs compilation of data and preparation of reports on the status of various work activities and initiatives, funding and program results and impact.
  • Serves as a key Agency representative and consultant at interagency and international meetings dealing with the development and use of private sector engagement to achieve international development objectives.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities to participate as a recognized expert on private partnerships in business and/or international development conferences, conferences of industry associations and influential private sector organizations. S/he identifies and develops strategies for maximizing the potential of outreach project opportunities for public advocacy for private sector engagement in international development, engaging the media and in other ways demonstrating the Agency’s leadership in the use of partnerships to achieve development and foreign policy objectives.

Program Leadership, Management and Oversight (30 percent)

  • Serves as an agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue, generate policy recommendations, and develop interventions and Agency mechanisms to advance the Agency’s engagement of the private sector in the accomplishment of its development objectives. S/he also serves as an Agency leader, working with CTP staff and colleagues from other USAID bureaus to develop strategies to leverage private financing for development. S/he directs staff in outreach, technical assistance, policy, resource allocation, and identifying and evaluating resources that can be used to engage the private sector.
  • Seeks the latest substantive thinking in the achievement of development outcomes through private sector engagement with entities within and outside of the US. S/he then relates such findings and knowledge to USAID’s PSE-related policies and programs.
  • Oversees and administers broad, emerging, and critical Agency programs and operations. S/he has responsibility for the direction and management of private sector engagement programs to grow the Agency’s pool of strategic private sector partners and alliances while maximizing the use of leverage to achieve Agency goals and objectives.
  • Provides advisory support to top Agency leaders around the world on change management and internal business process improvements to enhance the effectiveness of major Agency operations and functions related to private sector engagement.
  • Participates in the development and documentation of long-and short-range planning efforts and evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as needed.
  • Oversees or supports procurement planning and obligation monitoring, develops recommendations for timely reallocations to meet priority program and operational needs, and directs implementation of decisions to ensure timely obligation of all resources.
  • Develops strategies for planning and implementing financial policies, procedures, and management controls to fulfill multi-year objectives for a program with agency-wide impact. Provides financial advice to management officials for proper program planning and effective decision-making. Provides financial advice applicable to all stages of program planning and policy formulation. Serves as a technical authority in determining short- and long-range program goals, objectives, and key indicators that measure program performance. Collaborates with high-level program management officials in planning annual program activities.
  • Provides leadership to matrix teams focused on identifying potential new private sector partners and nurturing relationships with existing and new strategic private sector partners. S/he ensures the unit’s efforts are closely linked to advancing high priority Agency initiatives in areas such as food security, education, health, energy, and small business and entrepreneur development and growth.
  • Supports the translation of new legislation into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of new legislative requirements on Agency private sector engagement programs. S/he is recognized as an Agency authority in formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad or long-range impact on the Agency’s public-private alliance building activities.

Advice and Guidance (40 percent)

  • Leads efforts to provide expert advice and guidance on government programs and policies which are of significant interest to the public and Congress. S/he identifies Agency policy, procedures or other impediments to creating and utilizing PSE to achieve Agency development objectives and US Government foreign policy objectives. S/he develops, proposes and helps implement solutions to address such impediments.
  • Counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of USAID as well as senior and executive staff of other government agencies and private sector partners on Agency matters. S/he advises on the appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives. S/he also serves on interagency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the topic of private sector engagement.
  • Plays a major role in the identification, selection, and development of partnerships that support the Agency’s ability to have a major impact on some of the world’s most critical development challenges. S/he seeks the latest substantive thinking in the delivery of development activities through private sector engagement from sources within and outside the U.S., relating such findings and knowledge to PSE related policies and programs of USAID.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will show evidence of:

  • Graduate-level degree in a business, finance, international affairs, international education, public policy, or related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years 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 2 years experience in budget formulation, execution, and reporting for 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; and
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships and navigate complex, multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Appointment Type: Foreign Service Limited (FSL)
Position Title: General Development Officer
Grade: FP-02
Open Period: April 15, 2019 through April 30, 2019
Duty Location: USAID, Washington, DC

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume no later than April 30th via email to lab-ctp-fsl-general-development-officer-applications@usaid.gov. Applicants selected for an interview will also be asked to provide a writing sample.

Secret Level Clearance required.

About the Organization

The U.S. Global Development Lab (the Lab) seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a General Development Officer (FSL-02 level) for Private Sector Engagement (PSE) in the Center for Transformational Partnerships (LAB/CTP). 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.

The General Development Officer will serve as Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor and will have broad responsibility for fostering broad-based private sector engagement. 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 will also manage relationships with strategic private sector partners and support 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 and result in sustainable development impact.

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