Resident Threshold Director (The Gambia), MC-301-2d

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


This is a term position that will last 5 YEARS. MCC has the option of extending this appointment.

At the start of this assignment, the Director will lead the MCC country team to finalize the development of the threshold program. During this portion of the assignment, which is expected to last approximately six months, the Director will split time between Washington, DC and Banjul, The Gambia. After a threshold program grant agreement is signed, the Director will be physically based in Banjul.
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The Resident Threshold Director (RTD) leads and represents MCC in the oversight of a threshold program investment in a partner country by fulfilling the following responsibilities:
  • Providing ongoing guidance, advice, technical feedback, and support to the ministries and agencies designated by the government of The Gambia to implement the program.
  • Coordinating the management, oversight, and support activities of a multidisciplinary threshold program team based at MCC headquarters in Washington, DC, including oversight during in-country missions by MCC staff and MCC consultants.
  • Assisting the government ministries, departments, and agencies of the government of The Gambia, and any private firms engaged during the program to ensure that implementation is carried out in accordance with MCC policies, guidelines, and standards.
  • Keeping the U.S. Chief of Mission (COM) informed regarding threshold program activities in country, and, as appropriate, attends and participates in embassy country team meetings, Congressional delegation (CODEL) visits, and other briefings for senior officials of the U.S. Government (USG).
  • Ensuring proper management of MCC approvals and other internal control procedures, as well as audit and monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Serving as an observer on the board of directors of the accountable entity and exercising MCC's rights and authorities as designated in the threshold program grant agreement and any supplemental agreements.
  • Organizing public outreach and representational events related to the implementation of the threshold program.
  • Managing and reporting on MCC's in-country presence, including procurement, staffing, budgeting, financial, and asset management needs, and coordinates in-country visits by MCC staff and technical advisors.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • Relocation expenses to post will be authorized
  • Some domestic and international travel is required


To qualify for pay band 2D you must meet the following:
Applicants must have ten years of relevant work experience in or with developing or transitioning countries, either in the public or private sector, such as experience obtained with the United States Government (USG), an international financial institution, multilateral organization, international development firm, international or local NGO, or other internationally-focused entity. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

Examples of specialized experience includes:
  • experience leading, managing, analyzing, designing, or providing advisory services for large scale (over $5 million) international development programs, particularly involving policy and institutional reform;
  • experience as a team leader or project manager managing technical assistance and capacity building programs in developing or transitioning countries;
  • developing, negotiating and managing complex international projects and/or partnerships with multimillion dollar annual budgets in a multidisciplinary team environment;
  • experience starting up new programs or businesses in developing or transitioning countries; and
  • management-level experience in the private sector, bilateral or multilateral development organizations, or an international NGO.
  • NOTE: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

    • Experience living and working in developing countries, particularly countries in Africa.
    • International experience developing and/or implementing projects in or related to the energy sector.
    • An advanced degree in finance, international development, education, business, engineering, law, or other relevant discipline.
    • Familiarity with the history, politics, and culture of West Africa

    A successful candidate for the RTD position must be able to interact effectively with others, both within the assigned country and with MCC headquarters. In-country, continuous communication with the U.S. Embassy and the host-country government, including at very senior levels, is required. Electronic communication is the most common method of communications with MCC headquarters, and candidates should note their level of proficiency in specific software packages and internet uses. MCC expects both oral and written communications to be clear, accurate, and articulate.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.


    Additional information

    • This is a full-time term position, in the excepted service that will last 5 YEARS. MCC has the option of extending this term appointment for one additional year.
    • The position is equivalent to SES/SL pay only. This position is pay band MC-2D which is generally equal to SES/SL pay only.
      RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION BONUS may be authorized for this position. If you are not a current federal employee this position may authorize a one-time Recruitment bonus to be paid over a specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
    • If you are a current federal employee this position may authorize a one-time Relocation bonus to be paid over a specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
    • Selectee may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience.
    • The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower level, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
    • Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
    • Pay: 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.
    • DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination.
    • Selectee may be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) or 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.
    • Selectee may be required to complete a probationary/trial period.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    A review of your application and supporting documents will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for the position. The HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position such as:
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence

    Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be placed in 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 and may be called for an interview.

    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your category can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities, and you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Application of veteran's Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. http://

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
    • Resume - Applicants MUST utilize resumes created using the USAJOBS-formatted Resume Builder (
    • Unofficial college transcripts - if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify "Unofficial" transcripts are acceptable. If selected for the position, prior to your appointment, an official transcript will be required.
    • 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) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: .
    • If you are eligible for Special Appointment eligibility (e.g., 30% compensable veteran, individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps or other noncompetitive eligibility candidates.) requires submission of supporting documentation. For more information visit:,,

    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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