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.
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:
- Provides Agreement and Contracting Officer Representatives with
guidance on the USAID program cycle, project design, and monitoring and
- 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;
- Conducts initial screening of some DIV proposals. Provides technical
feedback and guidance to the applicants.
- 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.
- Supports the preparation of award packages in compliance with
procurement policies and best practices.
- 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;
- 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
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.
- 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;
- Prepares budgets and financial tracking sheets as needed to
support the team;
- Facilitates coordination of Mission engagement activities and
direct services to Missions;
- Provides short term backstopping support as requested for
- Researches, plans, analyzes, and organizes technical and/or
statistical information and develops data for use in briefings,
publications, and reports;
- Prepares program communications such as cables, memoranda, and
letters that seek approval or request information relative to program
- 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;
- Collects and makes arrangements for distribution of material to
the USAID missions, USAID/W offices, host country institutions, and
- Provides technical assistance as requested or assigned;
- Supports the
division’s Mission and Bureau
outreach and relationship management;
- Supports the
division’s internal and external communication activities.
- 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
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Qualification, Education and/or Experience:
- Master’s degree in business, economics, public
policy or a relevant field.
- At least 5 - 8 years’ professional experience
including positions working for or supporting social enterprises and/or
businesses, impact investing, venture capital, management consulting,
- Experience implementing, supporting or
measuring programs in developing country context is preferred.
- Track record of solving problems by identifying
areas for improvement, iterating, and delivering results
- Track record of building trusted relationships
Strong Skill-sets Needed:
- Verbal Communication
- Organizing and Planning
- Data Analysis
- Project Management
USAID Assumptions and Constraints:
on this effort must possess the ability to obtain a current “Secret”
compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d); USAID
Graphic Standards (available at www.usaid.gov/branding), USAID Mission & Core Values (available at http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/mission-vision-values) or any successor branding/mission/core values
collaboration with USAID Lab and other Operational Units
- 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.
- 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.
- Vendor will provide staffing to provide the services described
within this document.
- 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.
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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