International Trade Specialist (Global Programs)

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jan-19-2018
  • Posted
    Dec 27

Position description

Welcome to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency!

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions, while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

USTDA is ranked among the top three federal agencies in its category and government-wide, based on key indices measured by the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). These key indices measure employee engagement and employee perceptions of the inclusivity of their agencies. For more information on the survey, please see www.fedview.opm.gov.

The International Trade Specialist, known functionally as a Country Manager for Global Programs, assists the Director for Global Programs in promoting economic development in the assigned regions by funding feasibility studies, consultancies, training programs, and other project planning services in support of USTDA's global initiatives, in particular the Global Procurement Initiative (GPI). The incumbent is normally assigned a portion of a geographic region and makes recommendations regarding USTDA's approach to major country partnership programs for the expansion of GPI and tracks the development of procurement trends and infrastructure projects in the countries with active USTDA GPI.

Responsibilities

As an International Trade Specialist (Global Programs) typical work assignments include:

  • Assist the Director for Global Programs in promoting economic development in the assigned regions by funding feasibility studies, consultancies, training programs, and other project planning services to support USTDA's global initiatives, and specifically the GPI.
  • Plan and develop a variety of projects by analyzing proposals from U.S. companies, U.S. Embassies, foreign governments and ministries, foreign companies, trade associations, etc., to develop projects and/or partnerships in host countries.
  • Evaluate project proposals to determine the technical and economic viability of the project, its importance to the economic development of the host country, and the U.S. export opportunities. Perform due diligence on prospective USTDA contractors and grantees.
  • Develop and maintain business relationships with embassy officials, government officials, and private sector representatives in the U.S. and assigned countries.
  • Represent the Director for Global Programs in a variety of venues to provide information about, explain, advocate, and defend USTDA global program activities.
  • Assist the Director for Global Programs in arranging USTDA's annual strategic planning meetings and drafting the Agency's Annual Strategic Plan.

Qualifications

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.

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 professional-level experience analyzing, developing, and/or coordinating training programs or infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/).

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following basic qualification requirements for this position.

1. Education: An undergraduate or graduate degree in the fields of marketing, business administration, political science, public administration, history, business or commercial law, economics, finance, international trade, or international relations.
AND
2. Specialized Experience that demonstrated knowledge of: economic, psychological, and sociological influences bearing upon consumption patterns; business practices pertaining to wholesale, retail, manufacturers' distribution, distribution costs, finance and tax structure, and similar areas of activity or concern; and international economic and political factors influencing balance of payments, monetary exchange and tariffs, and their bearing on the distribution of commodities.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, applicants must also meet the specialized experience requirements below. 

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that which is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

For the GS-09 grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting industry-specific research related to infrastructure and development projects; 
  • Conducting research and providing project support services, such as preparing grant agreements, scopes of work for contracts, studies, feasibility studies, or other grant activities related to foreign assistance programs; 
  • Experience conducting and providing research on international trade, technical, and economic trends; 
  • Experience associated with foreign assistance programs, trade policy, commercial development, finance, banking, or other activities that contribute to the development of infrastructure initiatives or other similar initiatives requiring capital investment; 
  • Conducting work in support of the development and maintenance of business relationships with U.S. and foreign private sector representatives and government officials in the development of major infrastructure projects.

For the GS-11 grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience conducting industry-specific research related to infrastructure and large-scale development projects; 
  • Experience conducting research and providing project support services, such as preparing grant agreements, scopes of work for contracts, studies, feasibility studies, or other grant activities related to foreign assistance programs; 
  • Experience conducting and providing research on international trade, technical, and economic trends; or
  • Experience implementing foreign assistance programs, trade policy, commercial development, finance, banking, or other activities that contribute to the development of infrastructure initiatives or other similar initiatives requiring capital investment; 
  • Developing and maintaining business relationships with U.S. and foreign private sector representatives and government officials in the development of major infrastructure projects.

For the GS-12 grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience at this grade level include but are not limited to:

  • Professional level industry-specific research related to infrastructure and large-scale development projects;
  • Conducting research and providing project support services, such as preparing grant agreements, scopes of work for contracts, studies, feasibility studies, or other grant activities related to foreign assistance programs; 
  • Experience conducting and providing research on international trade, technical, and economic trends; 
  • Experience implementing foreign assistance programs, trade policy, commercial development, finance, banking, or other activities that contribute to the development of infrastructure initiatives or other similar initiatives requiring capital investment; 
  • Developing and maintaining business relationships with U.S. and foreign private sector representatives and government officials in the development of major infrastructure projects.

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.

You may have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education, as described under Specialized Experience, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.

GS-9: A master's degree or equivalent degree or two full years of progressively higher- level education leading to such a degree, or an LL. B or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. Typically, qualifying fields of study include: Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Public Administration, or other closely related programs in social studies.

GS-11: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate studies leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. Typically, qualifying fields of study include: Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Public Administration, or other closely related programs in social studies.

Education

To qualify based on education, submit a copy of your transcript or list of courses with credit hours, majors, and grade point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. You can receive credit for education received outside of the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the U.S. when you apply.

Education alone will not qualify for the GS-12 level.

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

Application instructions

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