About the Agency
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
As a Economist, the incumbent will be the Bureau technical expert in economics, formulates policy and programming guidance for strategic program planning for a major agency organization, such as a regional office or national program office. Analyzes, designs, implements, and evaluates policy reform and sectorial adjustment programs for countries, sub-regions, and the region as a whole, that focus on key agency priority areas within the economics, and economic development, area. Advises field Missions and grantee organizations in the application of Bureau priorities and strategies to regional and country economic problems. Represents Bureau interests to senior-level and other host-government officials, as well as representatives of local private sector and NGO entities. Participates in monitoring the expansion of program initiatives throughout the region, their relationship to sectorial development constraints, and advises field missions and USAID/Washington on courses of action. Consults with appropriate internal and external organizations. Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas, such as the assigned country or program areas in the economic sector. Activities include assessing gaps in applied research; interacting with PVOs/NGOs, bilateral and multi-lateral donors, other USG institutions, think tanks, Congressional staff, and others; assessing capabilities and identifying various organizations to serve as change-agents; and ensuring appropriate program/project documentation is professionally executed. Advises Office, Bureau and Mission staff on a variety of economic program/project issues. Provides project development support on the design and implementation of Bureau portfolio, which includes a variety of sectorial projects. Leads the design and development of new economic and economic development, programs/projects, including initial reconnaissance of projects; preparation of scopes of work for feasibility studies; selection of study contractors; and review and approval of completed feasibility studies. Reviews program/project proposals for economic, financial, technical, social, and environmental soundness; and recommends or takes appropriate actions. Evaluates data generated by other studies and serves as an advisor to top-level USAID officials concerning the adequacy, accuracy, and contribution to USAID programs. Makes decisions and recommendations on the basis of extensive economic analysis. Makes manageable, difficult, and complex concepts clear; promotes an understanding of the issues and facilitates problem resolution. As described in the above duties, the incumbent will seek to leverage development funding through effective engagement with the private sector in the Asia region by utilizing GDAs, other similar public private partnerships; DCA credit guarantees and other related transactions.