Job Overview


Welcome to U.S. Trade and Development Agency!

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. We link U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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The Agency is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join our team of legal professionals.  Attorney-Advisors at USTDA are involved in every aspect of the agency's program and operations, resulting in a legal practice that is challenging, diverse, and that has significant impact at home and abroad.  Ideal candidates will have exceptional analytical skills, an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, will be skilled at developing and maintaining excellent client relationships, and want to work in a fast-paced environment.  Spanish language ability is strongly preferred for this vacancy because the selectee will assist USTDA's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Team.


Serving as an Assistant General Counsel, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for providing guidance in support of USTDA's implementation of its statutory mandate to promote U.S. private sector participation in economic development projects throughout the world.  As such, the incumbent provides advice on the legal aspects of the agency's program and administration.  Among other duties, the incumbent may perform the following:

·         Advise program staff on project structure, on issues arising during project implementation and on project close-out, as necessary;

·         Participate in grant preparation, review and negotiation;

·         Review contracts between partner countries and U.S. companies for the performance of USTDA-funded projects;

·         Analyze and resolve issues arising under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and other laws relevant to U.S. trade and foreign assistance programs;

·         Negotiate inter-agency agreements with representatives of other U.S. government agencies;

·         Interpret federal administrative statutes and regulations, and provide counsel on matters such as Ethics, Privacy Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, FAR Contracts, and FOIA;

·         Prepare agency administrative reports, policies and guidelines; and

·         Participate in agency and inter-agency working groups, and represent the agency in dealings with a variety of USTDA stakeholders.