General Business Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Analyst, Business
Full Time


You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

This position is located in the Bureau for Economic, Growth, Education and Environment, Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise, located at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

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As a General Business Specialist you will:
  • Serve as an Agency leader, working with other USAID bureaus, in developing strategies to leverage private financing for development and directs staff in outreach, technical assistance, policy, resource allocation, and identifying and evaluating resources that can be used to develop public-private partnerships.
  • Seek the latest substantive thinking in the delivery of development activities and achievement of development outcomes through private sector engagement, from sources within and outside the U.S. and then relate such findings and knowledge to USAID's policies and programs.
  • Have responsibility for the direction and management of private sector engagement efforts in order to grow the Agency's pool of strategic private sector partners and alliances and maximize the use of private sector engagement to achieve specified goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership to USAID teams that are focused on identifying potential new private sector partners and nurturing relationships with new as well as existing strategic private sector partners; ensure USAID's efforts are closely linked to advancing high priority Agency initiatives in areas such as food security, education, health, energy, and small business and entrepreneur development and growth.
  • Develop plans and prepare reports or other working documents related to complex program issues for major USAID programs utilizing an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects and management structures of the organization.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with various high-level individuals such as senior Agency officials and executives of major corporations to identify and develop strategies for maximizing the potential of outreach project opportunities.
  • Work with senior members of the office to provide hands-on technical assistance to USAID Missions - via both in-person travel and remote support - on identifying, designing, and implementing private sector engagement in USAID programs; counsel USAID staff and officials at multiple levels of USAID as well as senior and executive staff of other government agencies and private sector partners on Agency matters and advise on the appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period

USAID/EGEE is seeking an applicant to serve as part of a leadership team, seeking to:

  • Strengthen the agency's capacity to effectively and strategically partner with the private sector and other key stakeholders through provision of training, knowledge products, technical advisory services, and other technical support to Agency customers.
  • Foster broad-based public and private sector engagement, and bring private sector partners into the Agency's strategic development priorities, including building partnerships based on principles of shared interests and values.
  • Manage the Agency's relationships with strategic global private sector partners, and support coordination and networking across all the strategic partners.
  • Support USAID team in building partnerships and catalyzing investments which bring market-based solutions to development outcomes.
  • Lead efforts to foster new forms of partnering to deliver sustainable development impact, including collective action approaches to problem solving and systems change.
  • Conduct research and advance thought leadership on partnering with the private sector, with a particular focus on building the evidence base for private sector engagement and demonstrating where and how private sector engagement results in sustainable development impact.
  • Build and manage a private sector relationships and networks over time, effectively building institutional relationship management platforms and processes, as well as supporting private sector and development actors in identifying aligned interests and developing partnerships and joint activity planning.


GS-15-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes experience: (a) in financial structuring, corporate finance, early stage investing and financial sector rules and regulations sufficient to generate new concepts and methodologies in the field of private investment and finance; (b) providing technical leadership and oversight to the team responsible for executing and supporting investment opportunities that further the US Government's top international development priorities; (c) expertise in foreign assistance regulations and the policies and legal authorities governing the types of programming and investments in the US Government; and (d) in other international development banks and institutions when partnering strategically with the private sector and other key stakeholders.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, ​ no Transcripts are required.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to people the world's most vulnerable. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit .For more information about USAID, visit .

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

M ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information


Selective Service Registration: .

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the selective placement factors, experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "Gold," "Silver," and "Bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "Gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (Gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. (You must provide proof of disability rating with a letter from the Veteran's Administration showing disability percentage rating).

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:

Technical Competence


Influencing and Negotiating

Oral Communication

Written Communication

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities ( veterans' preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act ).
  • If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs ).
  • ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent, along with your application/resume package.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an (unofficial transcript) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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