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Job Title:Resident Country Director (Lesotho), MC-0301-2d

Agency:Millennium Challenge Corporation

Job Announcement Number:MCC-602625-12-016-DCO

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$125,000.00 to $165,000.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 23, 2012 to Thursday, March 15, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE two years


1 vacancy - Lesotho, LT LesothoView Map


United States Citizens


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The Resident Country Director (RCD) position is administratively housed within the Department of Compact Operations, and reports directly to the Deputy Vice President for East & Southern Africa (EASA). The RCD will be physically based in Maseru, Lesotho.  As an official U.S. Government employee, the RCD will be part of the USG country team and must collaborate closely with the U.S. embassy.


The RCD will be responsible for all in-country aspects of implementation and closeout of the compact, between MCC and the Government of Lesotho (GOL), which aims to improve the provision of water supplies for industrial and domestic use, improve health outcomes, and remove barriers to foreign and local private sector investment.  The compact comprises three main projects focused on water, private sector development and health. 



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation or security clearance required
  • Relocation expenses to post WILL BE paid
  • Some domestic and international travel is required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required


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The RCD will provide on-going oversight, guidance, advice, technical feedback, and support to the Millennium Challenge Account - Lesotho (MCA-Lesotho), while managing a multi-disciplinary team based at MCC’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  The RCD plays a critical role in the compact’s success by:

  • Providing oversight, feedback, and guidance to Government of Lesotho (GOL) officials with respect to the implementation and closeout of the compact program.
  • Coordinating the management, oversight and support activities of an MCC implementation support team, to assist the GOL and to ensure that compact implementation is in accordance with MCC policies, standards and guidelines.
  • Liaising with the Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office on all reviews of the compact program.
  • Ensuring proper implementation of MCC approvals and other internal control procedures, as well as audit and impact evaluation efforts.
  • Serving as an observer on the MCA-Lesotho Board of Directors and exercising MCC’s rights and authorities as designated in the compact and any supplemental agreements.
  • Performing site visits and reporting on the progress of compact implementation to key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responding to inquiries from the MCC headquarters, the U.S. Congress, other USG agencies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Keeping the U.S. Chief of Mission (COM) informed regarding MCC activities and developments in country, and attending and participating in USG country team meetings as well as classified security, Congressional Delegation (CODEL) and other briefings for senior USG officials.
  • Organizing public outreach and representational events related to the implementation of compact activities in Lesotho; including helping represent MCC in interactions with CODELs, other donors, representatives of the local business community and civil society, and other interested parties.
  • Leading coordination and collaboration efforts with other donors and civil society organizations, and representing the MCC in meetings with other donors and in other settings where various country strategies may be formulated and discussed or USG policies represented.
  • Preparing and providing clearances on briefing papers, speeches, talking points, and reports on compact implementation and issues related to MCC activities and approaches.
  • Providing day-to-day management and supervision of the local MCC staff, office, and budget in close coordination with relevant staff at the U.S. Embassy and/or MCC headquarters.
  • Managing, supervising, and reporting on MCC’s in-country presence, including procurement, staffing, budgeting, and financial and asset management needs. 
  • Preparing for and implementing a compact closeout plan that adheres to MCC’s guidance and policies, and ensure sustainability of program results.


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Qualifying experience for the MC-2d level includes ten years of relevant work experience in developing or transitioning countries, either in the private sector or with an international financial institution, multilateral organization, international or local NGO, the USG or other internationally-focused entity.

Examples of specialized experience includes: (1) designing and implementing large-scale infrastructure and/or technical assistance programs; (2) serving as a team leader or project manager managing medium- to large-scale infrastructure and/or technical assistance projects in developing or emerging markets; (3) developing, negotiating and managing complex international projects with multimillion dollar annual budgets in a multidisciplinary team environment; and (4) senior management-level experience in the private sector, a development organization such as World Bank, an international NGO, an international commercial bank, or the U.S. Foreign Service, (including the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, USAID or similar international development agency).

A successful candidate for the RCD position must be able to interact effectively with others, both within the assigned country and within MCC headquarters. In-country, continuous communication with the U.S. Embassy and the host-country government is required. Electronic communication is the most common method with MCC headquarters, and candidates should note their level of proficiency in specific software packages and internet uses. MCC expects both verbal and written communications in to be clear, accurate, and articulate.

NOTE: This experience MUST be well documented on your resume or application


You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience on the desired knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies described below. All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts.


  • Experience in developing and managing large-scale international development projects in developing or emerging markets.
  • Cross-functional project management including the integration of project, financial, human resources, and communications management.
  • Experience leading high-performing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural settings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Representational capabilities at senior levels, including corporate, NGO, foreign government and U.S. government officials, as well as with community-level stakeholders.
  • Budget and financial management capabilities.
  • Ability to managing large-scale projects in developing and/or emerging markets.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • An advanced degree in finance, economics, international development, business, civil engineering, law, or a related discipline.


  • Experience living and working in developing countries at a senior program management level, particularly in East and Southern Africa.
  • Demonstrated international experience in managing/supervising large, multi-sector investment programs (e.g. over $50 million), including preparation, supervision and execution of work plans and budgets.
  • International experience in the management, development and implementation of large-scale infrastructure and/or technical assistance projects working in close collaboration with foreign governments. 


If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or your responses are not supported by your resume, your score will be adjusted.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered Other benefits include convenient location to metro, eligibility to join State Department Federal Credit Union, flexible work schedule and free use of an on-site gym and locker room with shower facility.


  • Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
  • Selectee must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.
  • Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450).
  • All qualification requirements must be met by closing date of the announcement.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • Travel Requirements: Some travel may be required.
  • This is a full-time, term position not-to-exceed 24 months). (The MCC has the option of extending a term appointment.)
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • Required international travel may be as low as 15% of the time, but travel in country may be as high as 50% of the time.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  1. Your Résumé showing relevant experience (include month and year MM/YY and hours worked per week) (cover letter optional).
  2. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  602625. 

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If applying on line poses a hardship:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents (if applicable) must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Resume - Your relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.
  • If you are claiming preference, Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).
  • If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant, you must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel actions form with your application.  More information:
  • Form – Demographic Information on Applicants, OMB No. 3046-0046.  This form is available at (Optional).


MCC-HR Applications
Phone: (202)772-6810
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
MCC Department of Compact Operations
875 15th St NW
Washington, DC
20005 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will review your résumé and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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