Program Analyst II (CDI)



This position is located in the U.S. Global Development Lab’s (Lab) Center for Development Innovation (CDI).  The Lab is an organization established to harness the power of Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership to significantly accelerate the achievement of foreign policy and development goals. The Lab’s two part mission is: 1) produce breakthrough development innovations; and 2) accelerate the transformation of the U.S. development enterprise. 


The Program Analyst II is a full-time position that will be a key member of the CDI Development Innovations Ventures (DIV team). The position is fully integrated into the DIV team and works closely with DIV staff and contacts internal and external to the Agency. This position involves two primary roles: (1) contributing to the strategic sourcing and applicant due diligence process of DIV, and (2) providing strategic advice and technical support for a portfolio of organizations that receive DIV grant awards.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Program Analyst II provides support to a portfolio of organizations that receive grant awards through an impact investing model operated by USAID DIV. They liaise with innovators, program managers and technical experts on due diligence of proposals submitted to DIV.  The position  provides support to Lab technical staff, performing a variety of both complex and analytical duties. These duties range from routine tasks such as maintaining program files, to more complex analytical-type tasks such as collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for various program documents; designing and maintaining spreadsheets in support of financial and other tracking systems; and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to make strategic and policy recommendations to managers. The position will also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with staff in Missions and other Washington Bureaus.  The Program Analyst II will work closely with the team and provide input on related technical and managerial issues. The Program Analyst II will also work with other members of the team to assist in areas such as mission engagement and coordination, overall administrative support and other duties.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provides Agreement and Contracting Officer Representatives with guidance on the USAID program cycle, project design, and monitoring and evaluation.
  2. Supports grant and contract design and monitoring for the organization; keeps abreast of new developments and emerging issues by attending meetings, workshops and staying current with policies; formulates recommendations for Bureau actions in response to these developments and shares with colleagues;
  3. Conducts initial screening of some DIV proposals. Provides technical feedback and guidance to the applicants.
  4. Executes rigorous due diligence of proposals; assesses the commercial or technical viability of a product or service; reviews business and scaling plans; assesses competitive landscapes, solicits feedback from experts within and external to USAID and from customers; actively engages with applicants to shape high-potential projects; presents analysis and funding recommendations to the Investment Committee; serves on some Investment Committees.
  5. Supports the preparation of award packages in compliance with procurement policies and best practices.
  6. Provides strategic advice and technical support for a portfolio of organizations that receive DIV grant awards, including assistance to technical staff and recipient organizations to ensure that financial and technical reports are prepared and submitted as required;
  7. Liaise with other offices and teams within the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID missions, functional bureaus, and independent offices and develop a working knowledge of USAID policies and guidelines;  
  8. Leverage lessons learned from DIV and its peers to influence and shape how the Lab, Agency and sector as a whole think about generating and using evidence.
  9. Provides guidance and assists with the preparation of various program documents and correspondence such as memos and waivers, amendments, project authorization documents, Congressional Notifications, Technical Notifications, and requests, ensuring that all documentation is complete and in compliance with USAID rules, regulations, and standards;
  10. Prepares budgets and financial tracking sheets as needed to support the team;
  11. Facilitates coordination of Mission engagement activities and direct services to Missions;
  12. Provides short term backstopping support as requested for technical staff;
  13. Researches, plans, analyzes, and organizes technical and/or statistical information and develops data for use in briefings, publications, and reports;
  14. Prepares program communications such as cables, memoranda, and letters that seek approval or request information relative to program matters;
  15. Collects and compiles data for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources such as cooperating agency reports, USAID reports and documents, and technical staff and ensures that schedules and deadlines are met;
  16. Collects and makes arrangements for distribution of material to the USAID missions, USAID/W offices, host country institutions, and cooperating agencies;
  17. Provides technical assistance as requested or assigned;
  18. Supports the division’s  Mission and Bureau outreach and relationship management;
  19. Supports the division’s internal and external communication activities.
  20. Maintains/or provides assistance with administrative and financial tracking systems, and assists in the design and maintenance of spreadsheets and databases to support these systems; and
  21. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualification, Education and/or Experience:

  1. Master’s degree in business, economics, public policy or a relevant field.
  2. At least 5 - 8 years’ professional experience including positions working for or supporting social enterprises and/or businesses, impact investing, venture capital, management consulting, and/or grant-making
  3. Experience implementing, supporting or measuring programs in developing country context is preferred.
  4. Track record of solving problems by identifying areas for improvement, iterating, and delivering results
  5. Track record of building trusted relationships with partners



Strong Skill-sets Needed:

  1. Listening
  2. Writing
  3. Editing
  4. Verbal Communication
  5. Teamwork
  6. Multitasking
  7. Organizing and Planning
  8. Data Analysis
  9. Project Management


USAID Assumptions and Constraints:


1.    Staff working on this effort must possess the ability to obtain a current “Secret” clearance.

2.    Requires compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d); USAID Graphic Standards (available at, USAID Mission & Core Values (available at or any successor branding/mission/core values policies.

3.    Requires collaboration with USAID Lab and other Operational Units



  1. Vendor’s proposed price for this effort is based on the assumptions below. Should any of our assumptions be invalid, a change could be considered under the Project Change Control Process.
  2. If support is required outside of core business hours, Vendor will coordinate with USAID to provide support, with the understanding that overtime will be managed by compensating the resource(s) with time off during the following week.
  3. Vendor will provide staffing to provide the services described within this document.
  4. Vendor and USAID will mutually agree upon the specific activities and schedule to be accomplished by the resources assigned to the scope described within this document to be consistent with the capacity of the resources.


Estimated Schedule:



Place of Performance:

Washington, DC -  Ronald Reagan Building (RRB).  On-site support with limited telework.

Travel - Limited International and Domestic Travel


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