Country Director (Sierra Leone), MC-301-2d

Washington, D.C
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 15, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located within the Department of Compact Operations (DCO), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The Country Director (CD) will be physically based in Washington DC for the first part of the term and then assigned to Sierra Leone for the remainder of the term.

Although the position is advertised equivalent to SES/SL in pay, MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band MC-2D which is generally equal to SES/SL pay only.
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  • Provides ongoing guidance, advice, technical feedback, and support on compact development and implementation issues to the compact country.
  • Manages MCC's day-to-day operational relations with compact countries, including providing guidance to the government officials and non-government stakeholders on MCC's investment criteria and standards, and agency processes and procedures.
  • Provides advice and guidance on complex operational issues affiliated with the development and implementation of long-term international assistance programs for developing countries.
  • Provides oversight to all Compact development and implementation activities, including capacity building, construction, policy reform and other project implementation activities.
  • Leads multidisciplinary country team(s) to design and plan economic growth projects; and leads management of the MCC Resident Country Mission, including supervising a Deputy Country Director (DCD).
  • Manages, supervises, and reports on MCC's in-country presence, including procurement, staffing, budgeting, financial, and asset management needs.
  • Manages the annual administrative budget allocated to compact development and implementation, including travel.
  • Advises and supports MCA on tracking, analyzing and developing budget and procurement processes, and creating systems, processes, and reports that facilitate ongoing monitoring and assessment of progress on Compact implementation.
  • Provides guidance to government officials and other stakeholders on MCC's investment criteria, processes and procedures to ensure the development and effective implementation of economically viable investments to reduce poverty through economic growth.
  • Represents the agency to governments, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and civil society.
  • Exercises supervision over subordinate staff. Ensures a continuing affirmative application of MCC policies concerning equal opportunity.
  • Performs other 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 will not be paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days
  • Some domestic and international travel maybe required


To qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Applicants must have ten (10) years of relevant work experience in developing or transitioning countries, either in the private sector or with an international financial institution, multilateral organization, international or local NGO, the USG or other internationally- focused entity.

Examples of specialized experience includes: experience providing guidance, advice, technical feedback, and support on the development and implementation of large multi-year international development programs ; experience providing oversight to development and implementation activities of large multi-year international development programs, including capacity building, construction of infrastructure, policy reform and other project implementation activities; experience managing activities such as procurement, staffing, budgeting, financial, and asset management needs; and, experience representing an agency to governments, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and civil society. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

HIGHLY DESIRED: Experience working in transitioning or developing countries, in particular any prior work experience in Africa, and in particular West Africa or in Sierra Leone.


A successful candidate for the Country Director 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 Excepted Service TERM POSITION not-to-exceed 60 months.(MCC has the option of extending a term appointment).
  • 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.
  • Promotion Potential: If the position is advertised with promotion potential, the selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition. Selection at a lower pay band level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
  • 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 and to ensure that you have been placed in the appropriate quality category. 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
  • Technical Competence

You will be evaluated based on Category Rating procedures. 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:
  • 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.
  • If you are displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. See . To be considered eligible under ICTAP or CTAP, you must be placed in the "well-qualified" category for this position, as described above.
  • 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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