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Job Title:  Director (Country Team Leader) - Liberia, MC-301-3a
Agency:  Millennium Challenge Corporation
Job Announcement Number:  MCC-996224-14-021-DCO-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$115,000.00 to $158,000.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 to Friday, November 29, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


If you are looking to be a part of a dynamic team environment then MCC is the place for you! Visit our WEBSITE at to see the life changing projects our staff are undertaking.

MCC’s mission is to reduce poverty through economic growth. Our model is defined by principles of selectivity, country ownership, transparency, and a focus on results. Our values identify who we are and what is important to us. MCC’s values are CLEAR - Collaboration, Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Respect. We recruit staff that will embody and uphold these values.

This position is located in the West Africa Region of the Department of Compact Operations (DCO), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).


  • Occasional Travel
  • Required international travel may be as low as 15% of the time, but travel in country may be as high as 50%


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days
  • Drug testing


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The incumbent of this position provides leadership and guidance to country teams on compact development and appraisal of a compact consistent with MCC Compact development guidelines, MCC corporate priorities as well as relevant DCO goals - and with input from a comprehensive set of government, public and private sector stakeholders both in the United States and in the partner country.  This includes providing guidance and performance input for key MCC team members, managing the compact development as well as travel budget and ensuring timely completion of compact development milestones. Specific duties will include:

  • Providing overall leadership of the  MCC compact development process and of a multi-disciplinary compact development team;
  • Serving as the principal liaison and lead negotiator vis-à-vis the partner country government  -- and is responsible for managing relevant aspects of external relations with US Embassy, other USG agencies, MCC board representatives, other multilateral and bilateral donors, and program stakeholders;
  • Serving as the point-of-contact within MCC on all matters pertaining to the compact development process of the country;
  • Establishing timelines for the overall process and each component piece and ensuring team members are working to schedule;
  • Ensuring quality, completeness, consistency, and accuracy of major internal documents related to compact, external documents (e.g. press releases, fact sheets, CNs, etc.) and legal agreements (e.g. Compact, 609(g) agreement, etc.); 
  • Guiding the development and implementation of 609(g) agreements (project preparation funding agreements) and due diligence plan and budgets to ensure judicious and timely use of those resources;
  • Staying current on partner country context of relevance to the compact development and implementation process including sector policy, development indicators, private sector and donor activity as well as security;
  • Reviewing all team work products and providing final quality control and clearance before vetting with senior management;
  • Developing annual travel plan and budget, and coordinating and approving the travel of all country team members and consultants;
  • Briefing senior management on the progress of the team and programmatic issues, as requested;
  • Chairing periodic Country Team meetings, including resolving issues and keeping members on-track;
  • Raising to senior management any issues requiring management intervention, including guidance on or resolution of programmatic or personnel matters;
  • Supervising  country relations staff working on the transaction;
  • Providing performance feedback, as requested, on team members to their respective supervisor;
  • Consistent with the MCC Approvals Matrix and Standards of Clearance, approving or leading the approval process of key decisions and/or documents.

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience working in transitioning or developing countries, in particular any prior work experience in West Africa, in particular  Liberia. 
  • An advanced degree in finance, economics, international development, business, or a related discipline.


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Selective Placement Factor (Screen Out):  Applicants must have experience working on the development, appraisal or implementation of medium to large-scale (budget of $10 million or more) infrastructure project or poverty reduction program in a developing country in Africa.  (If you do not meet this experience requirement, your application will not be considered for this position).

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For Pay Band 3a, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (Pay Band 3b or GS-14) in the Federal service or equivalent experience.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is experience leading and managing the development, implementation and appraisal process for medium  to large-scale (budget of $10 million or more) international development projects including: developing detailed project implementation plans; developing strategies regarding policy and institutional reform; managing a multi-disciplinary team and project budgets; implementing complex projects with a limited timeline and budget; and analyzing and advising high-level government officials and other stakeholders on development challenges and technical assistance programs to address these challenges.




Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position such as:

  1. Knowledge of poverty reduction and economic growth projects in developing countries.
  2. Knowledge of complex political economies of developing countries.
  3. Ability to successfully develop and implement medium and/or large-scale (budgets of $10 million or more) international development programs, using problem tree analysis.
  4. Ability to utilize project management tools sufficiently to manage medium to large-scale (budget of $10 million or more) infrastructure projects or technical assistance programs.
  5. Ability to collaborate effectively with high-level government officials, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders on developing and implementing international development projects.
  6. Ability to analyze,  interpret and speak proficiently on a country-level economic growth diagnostic study.
  7. Skills to effectively manage a multi-disciplinary tem of professionals.
  8. Ability to present information orally and in written form in a persuasive, clear, succinct, and diplomatic manner.

Your resume must specifically and clearly show how you meet the qualifications required and your possession of the required KSAs/competencies. You will be evaluated based on Category Rating procedures. Based on the information you provided in your application package, we will assign you to one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category. Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category.

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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the work history portion thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position in order to verify specialized experience.



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MCC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. More information: 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.


  • This is a full-time, term position not-to-exceed two years (24 months). (The MCC has the option of extending this appointment for one year – not to exceed 36 months).
  • Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
  • Selectee may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE/ 450).
  • Government Travel Card – You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business.
  • 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.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary/trial period.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and granting of a federal “Top Secret” security clearance and passage of a drug test.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.



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Candidates who do not submit complete a complete application as indicated below will not be considered. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package:

We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information: 

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary
  • Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

Determining length of general or specialized experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 29, 2013.

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  996224.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  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.


  • Resume - Relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.
  • 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 applicable.
  • If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Eligible ICTAP/CTAP employees within the commuting area must submit proof of eligibility.
  • If you are eligible for Special Appointment eligibility (e.g., 30% compensable veteran, individualswith disabilities, former Peace Corps or other noncompetitive eligibility candidates.) requires submission of approved supporting documentation and declaration of eligible Special Appointment.For more information visit:,,
  • 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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