Senior Private Sector Advisor, FSL-02, Bureau for Asia

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

Job Description

The Senior Private Sector Advisor will be responsible for developing and managing USAID activities to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth by promoting regional integration, increased market linkages for smallholder farmers and agribusiness development with an emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and business services. 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, 10, 12, and 21) are highly encouraged to apply.

Description of Key Duties: The Senior Private Sector Advisor will provide technical leadership on program development and implementation in the Asia region to engage the private sector through Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. S/he will develop, maintain, and evaluate a portfolio of strategic activities that support Agency and Bureau objectives related to a market-based approach to agriculture, including food safety and agricultural trade. S/he will provide technical assistance to the Asia Bureau and USAID Missions in Asia to pursue new partnerships in agriculture, 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 agriculture programs while ensuring linkages between the agriculture portfolio and the economic priorities and strategic objectives in Asia.

S/he will provide leadership on economic issues with regional economic institutions, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). S/he will also lead in cross-sectoral, cross-team efforts to develop new and strategic opportunities for financing in Asia, including financing for agriculture and food security investments.

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 in support of FTF goals. S/he will initiate and direct the development and/or refinement of Mission FTF scaling-up plans and strategies by providing recommendations for sustainable ways to involve private sector entities and other in-country stakeholders in the agricultural value chain.

S/he will be entrepreneurial, resourceful, and innovative to identify and conceptualize promising initiatives and leverage USG, private sector, and host country resources.

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 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 Private Sector 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 Private Sector 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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