Senior Advisor (USG Modernization) to the Prosper Africa Executive Secretariat, FSL-01

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 December 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 January 2020

Job Description

FSL Opportunity - Senior Advisor (USG Modernization) to the Prosper Africa Executive Secretariat, FSL-01

Foreign Service Limited Position Opportunity: Senior Advisor for United States Government (USG) Modernization to the Prosper Africa Executive Secretariat (PAES), FSL-01, Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD)

Position Title: Senior Advisor for USG Modernization, FSL-01, Backstop 02
Position Location: Prosper Africa Executive Secretariat, Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $134,789-$164,200
Opening Date: November 21, 2019
Closing Date: December 16, 2019

Bureau Description:
The Bureau for Africa (AFR) is the USAID/Washington Operating Unit charged with managing USAID economic development programs in Africa. The Office of Sustainable Development (SD) has the responsibility of providing technical support for these programs.

The Prosper Africa initiative is a whole-of-U.S. Government effort to substantially increase trade between and investment in the United States and African nations. The initiative aims to improve the U.S. Government’s (USG) ability to encourage and facilitate engagement by U.S. businesses in Africa, accelerate African economic competitiveness and the growth of the continent’s middle class, and improve the business environment in promising African economies. The success of the Prosper Africa Initiative relies heavily on the USG doing business differently and aims to permanently change how the USG supports the private sector. Prosper Africa is 16 USG agencies working to advance two-way trade between and investment in the United States and African nations. With over 50 tools to support transactions, agencies have a lot to offer. But many private and public sector stakeholders find navigating USG agencies a constraint to doing business, and as a result do not benefit from the full range of de-risking and advocacy tools available.

To achieve its objectives, the Prosper Africa initiative will prioritize and align actions along three lines of effort:
(1) modernize and synchronize USG capabilities and efforts,
(2) facilitate transactions, and
(3) foster fair and accessible business climates and robust financial markets (i.e., policy and enabling environment).

The Prosper Africa Executive Secretariat (PAES), supported by USAID, and housed in and logistically and administratively supported by AFR/SD, coordinates, convenes, facilitates, and advises sixteen agencies and departments (i.e., the interagency members) through working groups as the agencies endeavor individually and collectively toward meeting the Prosper Africa goal.

Description of Position:
The incumbent will provide leadership and vision across the USG to advance aligned operations and access to the USG. The Senior Advisor for USG Modernization provides leadership, technical expertise and advisory, facilitation, consultation, and coordination services to the Prosper Africa Interagency Coordinator (Coordinator), Washington and Africa-based deal teams, and the 16 Prosper Africa Interagency members and the interagency member working groups focused on USG Modernization.

Key responsibilities of the position include convening, coordinating, facilitating, and advising Prosper Africa interagency members in the development and implementation of the USG Modernization Line of Effort (LoE) and related planning, communication and other materials to ensure a collaborative and unified approach; represents the PAES, liaising with interagency member leadership and staff, private sector officials in the United States and Africa, and others to facilitate the development of, summarize and convey positions and feedback on, and synthesize interagency input on proposals and recommendations; reconciles different opinions and harmonizes input and feedback offered by interagency members to achieve consensus and ensuring a unified voice in comprehensive strategy and related documents; ensures that responses to inquiries or issues related to USG Prosper Africa LoE and related functions and activities are comprehensive (i.e., represent the whole-of-government effort and reflect the broad Prosper Africa goal) and receive timely attention.


The incumbent must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the FSL-02 level in the federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. U.S. Citizenship required with the ability to obtain a secret clearance.

Application Instructions: Interested employees should submit a detailed resume/CV, a cover letter, and security clearance level, if any Application submissions are requested by December 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to:
– Cheryl (Cherie) Klein, AFR/PAES,

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