Associate Director/Director (Environmental & Social Performance), MC-301-3b/3a

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 19, 2021
Closes
Oct 27, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Environmental & Social Performance (ESP) Practice Group, Department of Compact Operations (DCO), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band 3b/3a which is generally equal to GS-14/15.
The first cutoff date for referral of applicants is 9/24/2021. If no selection is made, applications will be referred until a selection is made or on the closing date.
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Responsibilities

As the Associate Director/Director, Environmental & Social Performance (ESP) you will report to MCC's Global Practice Leader for Environmental & Social Performance and serve as a member of MCC's ESP Practice Group. You will collaborate with MCC staff and partner country counterparts to help promote sound environmental and social performance of MCC-funded activities and ensure compliance with MCC's environmental and social standards and guidelines. Primary duties include:
  • Evaluate the environmental and social performance of MCC-funded activities and identify opportunities for enhancing project design and implementation. Support and ensure integration of environmental , climate and social considerations and good international practice into project design and implementation.
  • Oversee MCC program development and implementation activities to ensure they are consistent with the MCC Environmental Guidelines, International Finance Corporation's Environmental & Social Performance Standards, and other international best practices.
  • Review project-related documents including environmental, climate and social assessments and management plans, construction bidding documents, work plans, and ensure environmental, climate and social considerations are factored into the design, feasibility, implementation, timing, and costs of Compact activities.
  • Conduct, direct, and/or evaluate complex environmental, climate and social assessments and analyses, management plans, and resettlement action plans.
  • Manage consultants, and inter-agency agreements to ensure that environmental and social-related deliverables and work products are acceptable. Prepare and/or review terms of reference, budgets, timelines and cost estimates for ESP-related procurements for civil works and consultant services, and provide contract and project management support.
  • Undertake regular site visits to MCC partner countries in support of project development and implementation.
  • Enhance and develop the capacity of MCA partners and MCC staff to manage environmental, climate and social risks, impacts and opportunities throughout project development and implementation.
  • Contribute to ESP Practice initiatives, provide intellectual leadership, and supervise and mentor junior ESP staff.
  • Represent MCC to and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including other US Government agencies, NGOs, international development organizations, senior officials within the U.S. and MCC partner country governments and strengthen partnerships to enhance project results.
  • Keep abreast of current thinking, approaches, policies and regulations related to relevant environmental, climate and social issues.
  • Perform 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
  • 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


Qualifications

Selective Placement Factor (Screen out): Applicants must be proficient in French (verbal communication and reading). If you do not meet this requirement, your application will not receive consideration for this position. Please ensure that this information is included in your resume.

To qualify for pay band 3b 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 4a (GS-13) or an equivalent level that is directly related to the work of this position and that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, this experience must include activities such as: providing technical advice on the assessment of environmental, climate and social risks and impacts associated with development projects/programs in developing countries; experience managing or undertaking technical analysis of environmental, climate and social issues and providing recommendations to enhance the design and implementation of development projects in a variety of sectors such as transportation, agriculture, water/sanitation, energy, or municipal infrastructure; experience planning and managing technical consultant services; and experience communicating environmental and social concepts to stakeholders both orally and in writing. Note: This experience MUST be 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 that is directly related to the work of this position and that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, this experience must include activities such as: providing technical advice and guidance on the assessment and management of environmental, climate and social risks and impacts associated with development projects/programs in developing countries; experience managing or undertaking high-level technical analysis of environmental, climate and social issues and developing recommendations to enhance the design and implementation of development projects in a variety of sectors such as transportation, agriculture, water/ sanitation, energy, and municipal infrastructure; experience planning and managing technical consultant services; and experience communicating environmental and social concepts to stakeholders both orally and in writing. Note: This experience MUST be documented within your resume or application.

The following qualifications are highly desirable:
  • An advanced degree in environmental, social or natural sciences, environmental engineering, planning or a related field.
  • Fifteen or more years of experience in the field of environmental and/or social assessment, management and monitoring or a related field.
  • Experience undertaking high-level technical analysis of environmental and social risks and impacts and providing effective communication to enhance the design and implementation of development projects.
  • Broad international development experience, including management and/or leadership roles.
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

  • 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 may be required to report to MCC's office space. MCC has and will continue to offer flexible work arrangements.
  • 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:
  • Administration and Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


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:// www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#GS-PROF-OCCUPATIONS

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , 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 ( http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/
  • 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 https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/ . 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: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
  • 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: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/
  • If you are a current or former political appointee (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or presidential appointee employee), you must submit a copy of a your SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent appointment (position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee, agency, beginning and ending dates of appointment, etc.).


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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