Project Finance Specialist (Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia)

Washington, D.C
Oct 28, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Full Time


This position is in the Mission Transaction Unit (MTU), Office of Development Credit (ODC). As a Director, Project Finance, you will be responsible for managing relationships with executive stakeholders at USAID missions and financial institutions, providing technical assistance, and monitoring monitor complex financial relationships with a goal of maximizing utilization of products and development impact. You will service the Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and Eurasia areas.
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  • Conducts in-depth analyses of new loan and/or guarantee proposals to determine their financial, technical, economic, legal, marketing, and political feasibility.
  • Performs in-depth analyses of proposed business ventures, financial statements, country related macroeconomic and microeconomic risks, and project contractual obligations risks and the eligibility of the sponsor.
  • Negotiates with key interested parties on DFC loan and/or guarantee terms, including collateral security and completion support, and policy requirements.
  • Consults with recognized industry experts and obtains information through field visits, correspondence with officials of the host country, private firm representatives, USAID and Embassy personnel and other sources.
  • Presents loan and/or guarantee proposals, reviews contracts, obtains appropriate agency clearances, and obtains investor's signature and fee. Prepares subsidy estimates and coordinates subsidy transfer process from USAID missions to the DFC.
  • Develops new business opportunities in conjunction with USAID missions and recommends DFC transaction structures and opportunities to USAID missions that highly align to their development objectives.
  • Coordinates project financial plans and co-creditor arrangements with other creditors, such as development banks, IFC, Export-Import Bank, and commercial or investment banking institutions.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to communicate fluently in Spanish, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must submit Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period
  • If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450)
  • Travel required.


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

You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal service that demonstrates your ability to perform in-depth analyses of international project and corporate financing of international investments in emerging markets, to include the viability of the business model; the market opportunity; the financial conditions and track record of sponsors, management and other project parties; country-related legal, macroeconomic and microeconomic risks; and other related factors.

This position requires interaction with individuals that speak fluent Spanish in the course of their daily interactions.

Demonstrated experience working on financial transactions for international project finance in emerging markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia preferred.

Selective Placement Factor: This position requires a Selective Placement Factor (SPF). SPFs are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. The SPF for this position is demonstrated experience fluently communicating information in Spanish, both verbally and in writing.

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, including volunteer experience.


Education may not be substituted for experience 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 is 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 : Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

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
  • External Awareness
  • 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
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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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