International Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 11

Position description

GS-09 to GS-12


Established in 1992, CLDP is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and transitional countries through commercial legal reforms. CLDP’s unique, government-to-government technical assistance draws upon highly-experienced regulators, judges, policymakers, business leaders and attorneys from both the public and private sectors to deliver results that make meaningful and lasting changes to the legal and business environments of our host countries.

More information about CLDP can be found at:


CLDP is looking for an energetic, innovative and results oriented individual who will enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced and mission driven organization as an International Program Specialist (IPS). The major geographical focus of programming for this position will be Europe/Eurasia. This includes Southeast Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The work may require travel to countries throughout Europe and Eurasia.

The incumbent will perform duties such as:
• Assisting attorneys with the design and implementation of technical assistance programs related to the rule of law;
• Identifying and securing the logistical support needed to execute technical assistance programs through multiple procurement mechanisms;
• Developing, planning and preparing overall program budgets based on CLDP interagency agreements including tracking budgets as expenditures occur, notifying funding agencies of spending rates, and sending regular bills for CLDP programs;
• Traveling overseas to prepare and implement trainings, workshops and consultations;
• Liaising with government officials, judges and other high level diplomatic, community and business leaders in foreign countries. This includes initiating and maintaining ongoing working relationships.


Applicants must possess one or more years of specialized 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). Additionally, applicants must be able to satisfy the below qualifications: 
• Ability to conduct program activities using either Russian or another Slavic language preferred;
• Ability to manage program budgets, complex logistics, and complete procurement requests;
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with peers and high-level U.S. and foreign officials.



Application instructions

• You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position. 
• Must be eligible for a secret clearance. Following a Conditional Offer of Employment, selectee must undergo a background investigation for a Secret security clearance. 
• This job is available to applicants with active non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status. NCE is a special federal hiring status applicable for certain federal jobs.

For Consideration, please submit the following: 

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility

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