Associate Director/Director (Economist), MC-110-3b.3a

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 15, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Policy and Evaluation (DPE), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Although the position is advertised equivalent to GS-14/15, MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band 3b/3a which is generally equal to GS-14/15.
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Responsibilities

  • Develops operationally-relevant ways of integrating the economics of gender, climate, and fiscal risks and contingent liabilities from public private-sector partnerships and blended finance transactions in infrastructure into MCC Compact/Threshold program and project designs.
  • Analyzes the primary constraints to growth and the economics and policy frameworks in the sectors under consideration, and makes recommendations on sector requirements and reforms that will stimulate both public and private investment and optimize impact on productive assets.
  • Evaluates proposals of eligible countries and analyzes the quality of the economic logic in compact proposals including the potential impact on growth, implicit subsidies, economic return of proposed projects, and quantitative reasoning behind economic development proposals.
  • Develops and coordinates economic analysis plans for country compacts. Analyzes accountability data and keeps abreast on the extent to which compacts raise the economic growth of developing countries. Recalculates economic rates of return resulting from changes in projects due to unforeseen economic or other conditions.
  • Develops or makes necessary revisions to models (e.g., cost-benefit analyses, beneficiary analysis, etc.) that are complex and requires a sophisticated application of economic theory to assess the economic impact of changes to Compacts.
  • Provides input into program design processes to enhance the cost-effectiveness and targeting of investment proposals under consideration. Maintains a current profile of the economics of ongoing projects, including the maintenance of current ERR models, and provides timely analysis of the economic implications of possible changes in project design.
  • Provides timely and accurate economic guidance and analysis, under tight deadlines, in environments where data can be limited and parameters relevant to the analysis are not always fully known or can shift quickly.
  • Evaluates and interprets study findings and prepares authoritative reports and recommendations based on those findings for publication.
  • Develops articles and speeches to maintain active communication between the agency, the development policy community, and the academic community. Makes presentations about MCC to a variety of stakeholders, both within the US and in developing countries.
  • Oversees maintenance of data for economic indicators affiliated with international assistance programs for developing nations, and maintains currency on research relevant to the indicators.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required


Qualifications

This position has a minimum education requirement.

You must have a degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
OR
A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify for pay band 3b you must meet the following:

Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 4a (GS-13) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, this experience is defined as: experience applying economic principles, concepts and practices and modeling complex economic concepts and conducting quantitative analyses like cost-benefit analysis, distributional analyses and beneficiary analyses; experience applying economic principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques to issues of economic growth or in developing countries with important economic policy implications; and experience preparing comprehensive reports that provide recommendations and findings in complex and critical areas of economic analysis. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

To qualify for pay band 3a applicants must meet the following:
Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 3b (GS-14) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, this experience is defined as: applying economic principles, concepts and practices and modeling complex economic concepts and conducting quantitative analyses like cost-benefit analysis, distributional analyses and beneficiary analyses; experience applying economic principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques to issues of economic growth and in developing countries with important economic policy implications; developing and presenting comprehensive reports and analyses that provide recommendations in complex and critical areas of economic analysis: and preparing comprehensive reports and findings that provide recommendations in complex and critical areas of economic analysis. Note: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

Highly Desirable: French language proficiency. Please include level of proficiency, oral and writing, in your resume.

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.

Education

Additional information

  • Veterans preference does not apply when selecting individuals under Direct Hire Authority (DHA).
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is operating in a state of maximum telework and most employees are teleworking full-time. Consequently, you will start your work in a temporary telework status and in a virtual environment. Your temporary telework arrangement will remain in effect until the agency informs you that MCC is open and operational for all staff. MCC will provide as much advance notice as possible before you are required to report to MCC office space
  • 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 when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. 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).
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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:

  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


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.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
  • Resume - Applicants MUST utilize resumes created using information included in the USAJOBS-formatted Resume Builder ( https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/
  • If the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify "Unofficial" transcripts or documents showing that you meet the education requirements are acceptable. If selected for the position, prior to your appointment, an official transcript will be required and verified.


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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