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USAID recruits Economist Officers to design, lead, manage and contribute to U.S. assistance programs overseas in developing countries. USAID economists support assistance programs in the areas of country strategy development, sectoral program choices, project design, project economic analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition, economists have the opportunity to oversee and manage economic growth programs related to Macroeconomic Reform; Economic Policy and Institutions; Business, Legal and Institutional Reform; Financial Sector Reform; Privatization; and Trade and Investment.
Strategic Planning:Assists in the planning of a broad range of economic growth program activities, including identifying opportunities for integrating development assistance principles with economic growth sector programs; participates in the formation of policies and guidelines to further economic growth activities. Contributes to strategic planning documents, country assistance strategies, sector strategies, and similar planning exercises. Employs economic analyses, such as inclusive growth diagnostic/constraints analysis, and insights derived from them to provide guidance to senior managers for decisions about allocation of resources across sectors, and as input to cross-cutting issues such as environment or gender.
Program Analysis: Participates and assists in the development of plans and programs for technical assistance, strategic planning, and other activities within the economic growth sector. Performs analyses of macroeconomic and sector trends relating to country of assignment to inform senior management and program managers of relevant factors that may affect the U.S. assistance program. Supports design and evaluation of projects in all sectors. Performs economic analysis, such as cost-benefit analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis, as appropriate, of new project proposals and/or oversees contracted economic analyses. Communicates results of analysis both verbally and in writing to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a manner easily understood.
Reviews statistical soundness of data used to track program performance, proposes reliable and cost-effective statistical indicators of program success, and provides input into data collection and analysis performed by sector offices. Contributes economic criteria into scopes of work for project and program evaluations and briefs evaluation teams regarding economic background and conditions within which USAID programs operate.
Economic Policy Guidance:Serves as a technical resource to foreign assistance activities in the area of economic growth. Supports activities within the economic growth sector by reviewing and analyzing data and providing assistance and advice on economic growth issues. Assists in coordinating and managing strategies, policies, concepts, procedures, and guidelines for establishing programs in the economic growth sector. Identifies and analyzes macroeconomic and microeconomic constraints to development, both sector-wide and country-specific, and recommends courses of action.
Develops professional contacts, supports and contributes to joint analytic activities with economists and other officials in the host country government, resident missions of the international financial institutions, bilateral donors, embassies, as well as within the local academic and business communities, including the U.S, international and local chambers of commerce.
Collaborates with host country economists in the analysis of economic development problems, policy issues, project design and implementation.
Program Management:Contributes to the selection, design, implementation, and evaluation of foreign assistance activities in all program areas by identifying and analyzing economic issues relevant to their success, including the incentives affecting the behavior of those affected by those activities; the likely fiscal sustainability of those activities after donor assistance ends, the feasibility and desirability of greater reliance on market mechanisms, and similar issues. Provides technical advice on the likely impact of economic growth on social outcomes, and on the impact of social sector investments on economic outcomes.
Performs a variety of duties related to special projects involving program issues that contain complex elements. Assists in managing special crosscutting initiatives and task force groups to accomplish programmatic goals. These groups may review specific programs of the organization or develop new initiatives in various program areas.
During Washington assignments, coordinates assigned activities with other USAID Bureaus and Offices, the Department of State, other U.S. Government agencies, and the private sector.
SFS - Advancement to Senior Foreign Service on a merit basis is possible for employees who secure tenure and satisfy the requirements of promotion boards.
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