Project Finance Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 01, 2020
Oct 02, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Office of Structured Finance and Insurance (OSFI). Serves as a senior officer managing the most complex, sensitive, or precedent-setting finance projects; and responsible for carrying out the full range of new project financings and undertakes all tasks required to process transactions from initial screening through due diligence, negotiating and structuring, approval, documentation, closing and funding.

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  • Perform the full range of activities in the structured debt finance origination process, including reviewing business plans, off-take agreements, financial model projections/financial model sensitivities for structured debt finance applications.
  • Prepare written portions of necessary documents and memorandum, such as loan papers, which are required in the credit approval process.
  • Present loan origination to credit approval committees.
  • Negotiate complex terms and conditions in insurance contracts and structured debt finance agreements.
  • Conducting outreach to expand the prospective insurance and structured debt finance pipeline.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • If selected, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).
  • This is a term appointment with an initial not-to-exceed date 2 years and may be extended up to a total of 4 years.
  • This position is subject to random drug testing while you occupy the position.


Applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position.

More specifically, this requirement involves (1) Experience conducting and reviewing the most complex loan origination including ALL the following: financial analysis, legal structuring, economic or political risk analysis, due diligence, risk exposure, detailed credit analysis, presentation to credit approval committees, and loan negotiations of limited recourse finance transactions in developing countries; AND (2) Conducting analysis on political, economic or credit risks in business transactions; AND (3) Creating, analyzing, auditing, and running sensitivities on the most complex financial models for international project finance projects; AND (4) Working on the most complex international investments or international financial transactions within the following areas: commercial bank, investment bank, international financial institution, or multilateral organization; AND (5) Expert level experience in the project finance industry with experience gained in at least three (3) of the following areas : corporate finance, accounting, credit analysis, international investments and or commercial/investment banking. Note: Experience gained in the last 5 years is highly desirable.

Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements no later than 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education is not eligible for substitution at this grade level.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must:
1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria;
2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and
3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
For more information: .

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
Telework Suitability : The duties of this position are suitable for telework. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment : This term appointment may be extended up to a maximum total period of 4 years or terminated at any time at management's discretion. Selection does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other positions or to be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional appointment.

Selection for this position may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position is subject to random drug testing while you occupy the position.

Work Schedule : This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous: DFC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

Recruitment and relocation incentives may be authorized for this position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Financial and Statistical Data Analysis
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Written Communication

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire:
3. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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