Sr. Specialist, Economic Growth and Trade (EGT)

Working from home
Sep 12, 2023
Oct 12, 2023
Full Time
The Europe & Eurasia Business Unit seeks a Sr. Specialist, Economic Growth and Trade! In the last two decades, extreme poverty has dramatically declined, and incomes have increased, complemented by improvements in health, education, gender equality, security, and human rights. To contribute to poverty reduction, Chemonics facilitates resilient, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth across the globe. Using a systems approach, we work with governments, the private sector, financial institutions, and business-support organizations to tackle the most challenging obstacles to economic growth. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The Economic Growth and Trade (EGT) practice team designs and implements Chemonics' corporate economic growth and trade strategy. The EGT practice's core mandate is to 1) engage actively with Chemonics' EGT projects to capture evidence on best approaches to inform future program design, 2) serve in line roles and as technical advisors to develop innovative EGT proposals, and 3) lead thought leadership and industry outreach to position Chemonics as an industry leader in economic growth and trade. The EGT team provides technical support to a portfolio of 18 standalone EGT projects valued at $537 million across geographic regions and sub-technical sectors including, but not limited to, workforce development, tourism, entrepreneurship and enterprise development, business enabling environment, public financial management, local economic development, financial services and inclusion, international trade, and regulatory reform.

We are looking for a demonstrated leader who will work proactively on our core practice responsibilities, including managing our IDIQs, providing technical support to new business and ongoing projects, fostering internal knowledge-sharing, and engaging with the development industry.

Primary Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Business Development
  • Undertakes technically relevant line roles in proposal development and helps influence program design aligned with technical best practices and evidence.
  • Participates in strategy sessions early in capture to guide teams on the competitive landscape, client preferences, potential partners and personnel, and innovative or evidence-based approaches.
  • Reviews solicitations and draft proposals, providing teams with technical input and guidance customized to the opportunity.
  • Supports relationships and engagement with clients, consultants, and partners to advance successful new business opportunities.
  • Oversees data entry and record keeping to enable the Practice to track, analyze, and share development trends and sector performance.
  • Develops demand-driven resources to address knowledge gaps identified in partnership with new business teams, based on previous proposal decisions and the forward market.

Technical Approaches
  • In collaboration with Advisor or Senior Advisor, provides demand-driven technical support to projects in the technical portfolio, such as serving as a thought partner to help solve specific technical implementation challenges or facilitating access to other technical and cross-cutting expertise to support implementation of innovative or integrated approaches.
  • Supports development and delivery of demand-driven training courses, learning resources, knowledge sharing events, and ad-hoc technical discussions to engage the global workforce, leveraging technical working groups and community of practice members as leaders and contributors, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates connections among Chemonics' projects implementing similar approaches to learn from one another.
  • Researches cutting-edge tools, frameworks, or approaches available within the industry for potential project use.
  • Helps identify and maintain records for a cadre of staff and consultants globally with expertise in varying sub-specialties within the technical area.
  • Collaborates with project leadership, other technical and cross-cutting practices, and evidence and learning team to support integrated applied research initiatives aligned with the client's learning agenda.
  • Captures project innovation and learning to repurpose for proposal, other project, and external use.

Industry Outreach and Client Engagement
  • Supports collaborative working relationships with USAID technical staff, strategic partners, and stakeholders, and continually promotes outstanding client service and technical leadership.
  • Provides routine management, reporting, and oversight to Chemonics' Indefinite Quantity Contracts, as assigned.
  • Identifies opportunities and supports efforts to highlight the work of our global practitioners in international fora, notably including presentation development and preparation for conferences or webinars.
  • Represents Chemonics at external events and industry meetings.
  • Partners with new business and outreach teams to position Chemonics externally for forward market opportunities by identifying content and drafting articles, blogs, video, or audio content to publish on social and other media.
  • Supports feedback or input on client's draft policies, strategies, frameworks, or technical documents, on request.

Inclusive Management
  • Fosters an inclusive workplace and lives the values of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovating, and exceeding expectations.
  • Manages workloads of self and supervisee(s) in carrying out work plan activities and administrative and operational processes, employing adaptive management techniques to continually improve performance.
  • Develops and manages practice budget in accordance with corporate guidance and performs routine reporting.
  • Collaborates with Enterprise-level business functions including innovation, knowledge management, and strategic communications and oversees routine reporting and responses to ad-hoc data and record requests.
  • Promotes staff development through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating professional growth opportunities.
  • Supervises and evaluates performance of assigned staff.
  • Communicates clear performance goals and standards and ensures staff receives regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competence areas.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required, including serving as acting Advisor as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the required knowledge, skills, and/or abilities needed to perform the principal duties.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of technically relevant work experience required.
  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred in related field.
  • Knowledge of client and industry trends in the technical discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting business development efforts for USAID or other donors.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively lead meetings, give presentations, and network within the industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with internal and external counterparts, including clients, partners, and technical experts.
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year; experience working on technical programs in developing countries preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor staff.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Foreign language proficiency preferred.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply by 11:59 PM EST October 03, 2023. Finalists will be contacted. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Chemonics is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision
Chemonics will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Chemonics, or (c) consistent with Chemonics legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

The Salary Range for this position is expected to be: $84,320 - $105,400.

An employee's pay position will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, seniority, performance, shift, travel requirements, and business or organizational needs.

Overtime exemption status may change due to state regulatory requirements.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, ESOP, 401(k), and other benefits to eligible to US based employees. Please visit to find out more about the benefits this position is eligible for.

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