Senior Economic and Private Capital Advisor, FSL-02, Bureau for Asia

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 August 2019

Job Description

The Senior Economic and Private Capital Advisor will be responsible for providing technical leadership on economic program development and implementation, including technical support to field Missions, supervising analytical and technical inputs and reviews of programs, providing expert advice and analysis to Asia Bureau senior management, and supporting interagency coordination. In addition, s/he will support ASIA/TS in the implementation of regional economic programs and activities. S/he will be expected to manage projects and/or serve as Contracts Officer Representative (COR) and/or an Agreement Officer Representative (AOR). Other backstops (e.g., BS 02, 11, 12, and 21) are highly encouraged to apply.

Description of Key Duties: The Senior Economic and Private Capital Advisor will develop USAID economic activities to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth that advances USAID and the Bureau’s development objectives of a rules-based and enterprise-driven growth that accelerates partner countries’ journeys to self-reliance. S/he will advocate for and represent the Bureau in interagency discussions on infrastructure, digital economy, and regional economic integration.

S/he will contribute to the Bureau’s technical assistance to bilateral Missions across a broad range of economic activities, including on trade capacity building, regional economic cooperation through multilateral platforms like Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). S/he will work in collaboration and coordination with the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), and the Global Development Lab as appropriate in leveraging technology, innovation and partnerships. S/he will be entrepreneurial, resourceful, and innovative to identify and conceptualize promising initiatives and leverage USG, private sector, and host country resources. S/he will pursue new partnerships, working with potential partners and their relationship managers to identify areas of common interest and best ways to pursue shared goals. S/he will lead design and procurement processes as needed, coordinate with relevant USAID officials and partners, and ensure partnerships yield optimal results.

S/he will serve as the technical lead and project manager responsible for USAID’s contributions to the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN), which is the interagency body mandated to coordinate efforts to assess projects, direct development finance, and coordinate technical assistance to advance the U.S. Government’s strategic plan for private sector engagement in Asia’s infrastructure. S/he will provide technical assistance to the Asia Bureau and USAID Missions in Asia to pursue new partnerships, particularly with the private sector while identifying areas of common interest and best ways to pursue shared goals and ensure partnerships yield optimal results. This includes engaging with Missions in the design, development, management, and/or evaluation of programs. S/he will also engage the private sector through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and other agricultural activities in the Asia region. S/he will serve as a key advisor in developing and managing interventions to promote increased market linkages for smallholder farmers, food safety, agribusiness development, and technology development and transfer.

Qualifications Required:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Preferably currently hold a Secret-level security clearance. A Secret-level security clearance is required for this position.
  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (e.g., international development/relations, economics, business, agriculture, public administration).
  • Project management ability and/or demonstrated experience serving as Contracts Officer Representative (COR), and/or an Agreement Officer Representative (AOR).
  • Strong understanding of broad economic development concepts, the structure of economies, and the role that competitiveness and trade play in increasing efficiency and productivity in economies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with multiple USG stakeholders and the ability to operate in a fast-paced, complex, and evolving policy environment.
  • Must be able to travel internationally up to 25 percent of the time, including to underdeveloped areas.

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter, detailed CV/resume, and the contact information for at least three relevant professional references to mmonteleone@usaid.gov with “ASIA FSL Application: Senior Economic and Private Capital Advisor” in the subject line by the position closing date.

About the Organization

Description of the Bureau: The Asia Bureau provides overall leadership for Agency programs across the region, including many countries at the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda. The vast and diverse region covers East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia as well as the South Pacific. USAID programs focus on building democratic institutions and processes, increasing access to quality education and workforce training, increasing trade, investment and productivity, improving the management and sustainable use of natural resources, and improving health, population, and nutrition. The Bureau is responsible for overall strategic planning in the region and program coordination with other U.S. Government agencies and private organizations and supports the work of 20 USAID field Missions.

Description of Office: Asia Bureau’s Office of Technical Services (ASIA/TS) is responsible for providing technical support to field Missions, supervising analytical and technical inputs and reviews of programs, providing expert advice and analysis to Asia Bureau senior management, and supporting interagency coordination. In addition, ASIA/TS also implements regional programs in support of its field Missions. The Senior Economic and Private Capital Advisor will be assigned to the Economic Growth Team in ASIA/TS. S/he will report directly to the Economic Growth Team Lead.

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