International Trade Specialist

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-30-2019
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

The incumbent assists a Regional Director in promoting economic development by funding feasibility studies, consultancy, training programs, and other project planning services. The incumbent is normally assigned a portion of the geographic region and makes recommendations regarding USTDA's approach to major infrastructure projects there.

This announcement may be used to fill vacancies in one or more of USTDA's geographic Regional Offices.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate the potential of infrastructure development projects in emerging markets to facilitate U.S. exports and job creation.
  • Make preliminary determinations of the project's ability to meet USTDA funding criteria, including ability to obtain implementation financing and support U.S. exports and jobs.
  • Support USG foreign policy priorities by promoting host country economic growth.
  • Represent the Agency in a variety of forums to provide information about, explain, advocate, and defend USTDA program activities.
  • Develop and maintain business relationships with embassy officials, government officials, and private sector representatives in the U.S. and assigned countries.
  • Perform due diligence on prospective USTDA contractors and grantees.
  • Track ongoing and completed projects to assess commercial and developmental impact in order to assist the Evaluations Office with monitoring project developments.
  • Draft briefing materials, memoranda, talking points, speeches, and other written materials that support USTDA's leadership, the regional teams, and other stakeholders relevant to USTDA's project activities.
  • Provide formal and informal oral presentations to business groups, USTDA leadership, foreign audiences, and other stakeholders relevant to USTDA's project activities.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Background and security investigation for Top Secret Clearance.

Qualifications

At the GS-09level,you must meet one of the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include, but are not limited to:

Experience conducting substantive economic, trade or industry research to support international projects in key infrastructure sectors (e.g., energy, transportation, telecommunications and environment).

Experience may also include: familiarity with foreign assistance programs that promote U.S. exports; familiarity with such transactional instruments as grant agreements, scopes of work, contracts, feasibility studies, financial agreements or other documents that support the development of major infrastructure projects; or familiarity in developing and maintaining project tracking systems, conducting corporate or agency strategic planning and developing tools that improve operational efficiency;
OR

B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related in one of the following fields marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations; 
OR
C. A Combination of education and experience as list above.

At the GS-11 level, you must meet one of the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include, but are not limited to:

Experience conducting substantive economic, trade or industry research to support international projects in key infrastructure sectors (e.g., energy, transportation, telecommunications and environment).

Experience may also include: experience with foreign assistance programs that promote U.S. exports; experience developing and maintaining project tracking systems, conducting corporate or agency strategic planning and developing tools that improve operational efficiency; experience providing foreign assistance or financial support for infrastructure projects; or experience managing relations with a variety of stakeholders (including inter-agency officials, foreign government officials, financial institutions and U.S. industry representatives) involved in major infrastructure project development; 
OR
B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related in one of the following fields marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations;
OR

C. A Combination of education and experience as list above..

At the GS-12level, you must meet the following qualification:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include but are not limited to:

Professional level industry-specific research experience related to infrastructure and large-scale development projects and experience conducting substantive economic, trade or industry research to support international projects in key infrastructure sectors (e.g., energy, transportation, telecommunications and environment).

Experience may also include: extensive experience with foreign assistance programs that promote U.S. exports; experience negotiating, drafting or managing such instruments as grant agreements, scopes of work, contracts, feasibility studies, financial agreements or other documents that support the development of major infrastructure projects; experience developing and maintaining complex project tracking systems, conducting corporate or agency strategic planning and developing tools that improve operational efficiency; experience providing foreign assistance or financial support for major infrastructure projects; experience managing complex relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including inter-agency officials, foreign government officials, financial institutions and U.S. industry representatives) involved in major infrastructure project development; or experience managing the work of contractors or consultants for major infrastructure projects.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is: 

  • Demonstrated experience linking businesses with export opportunities and/or supporting the development of infrastructure in emerging economies.


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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements. 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Application instructions

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