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    This is an excepted service, time-limited, term appointment for up to 5 years, with the possibility of renewals. Excepted service positions do not afford competitive status.

    The Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), a program area of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is responsible for planning, conducting, administering, and coordinating the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) programs on international trade capacity building, sustainable agriculture and food security.  The Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDAD) of OCBD is responsible for coordinating USDA participation in technical assistance, training, and development programs undertaken on behalf of developing nations. Specific emphasis is oriented toward, but not limited to, administering and implementing U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programs under Participating Agency Service Agreements (PASAs).  The Agricultural Markets Systems Development (AMSD) Branch of DRDAD manages these agreements with USAID for USDA experts in specific technical fields to provide long- and short-term services and advice to USAID-managed programs in Washington and the field.

    The position is titled Program Advisor (Investment Advisor).
    The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Agricultural and Market Systems Development (AMSD) Branch but will work directly with USAID's Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise.  The position is located in USAID’s Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3).  The Program Advisor (Investment Advisor) will work with the private sector, local and international organizations, field missions, and coordinate with technical officers from the appropriate bureaus to develop programs, policies and strategies to support transactions through which USAID leverages its funds, and the funds of other Government agencies, with those of the private sector and other partners, to increase total investment in the geographies and development sectors (e.g., agribusiness, energy, health and education) critical to the Agency.

    Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

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    Following are the major, though not all inclusive, duties of this position:

    • Provides expert guidance and assistance on developing, reviewing and/or implementing Mission or other operating unit strategies and transactions that seek to mobilize private capital in furtherance of USAID development objectives, including assistance with transaction due diligence, structuring and execution.
    • Initiates and maintains relationships with investors, financial institutions and other potential private sector partners active in USAID focus countries and sectors and seeks to identify and act on opportunities for alignment of their goals and investments with USAID and USG priorities.
    • Conducts and oversees research and advises on concepts and methodologies for promoting sustainable development programs and activities and the mobilization of private capital for development.
    • Designs and manages grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and/or interagency agreements that provide technical assistance services to the field and other USAID operating units and partners.
    • Provides thought leadership on the conceptualization and implementation of the PCM office’s learning agenda, knowledge management, and outreach efforts to USAID operating units, microenterprise practitioners, academic and research institutions, other USG and donor agencies, congress and the general public.
    • Provides periodic briefings and written reports to USAID, USDA and other government officials and external partners on program issues. Briefings and reports include any shift in emphasis, new or anticipated workloads, and changes in requirements.
    • Serve as the main point of contact and liaison between USAID missions and the incumbent's assigned Bureau as well as with other USAID Bureaus and Offices and USG Agencies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and foreign travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/439418000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.