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Advisor for Business Scaling

Job Title: Advisor for Business Scaling
Grade: GS-1101-13
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limited) Appointment
Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Duty Location: Washington, D.C.
Opening Date of Announcement: 4/18/2014 
Closing Date of Announcement: 05/02/2014

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be security cleared for assignment.

Overview:

The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Agricultural and Market Systems Development (AMSD) Branch of the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDA), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/AMSD) but will work directly with USAID’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances within the Development Innovation Ventures Division (IDEA/DIV).

DIV’s objective is to support the discovery of better ways to solve big problems. Founded in 2010, DIV’s model is designed to help us advance what works while avoiding long term investments in what does not. DIV blends tiered risk management systems from venture capital; research approaches from economics; and development expertise from nonprofits and government.  DIV’s team manages a fund of around $25 million and leverages an additional $17+ million from other donors and foundations. DIV holds a competition for bold development ideas, pilots them in small increments and tests their effects, and scales those that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-efficiency. In the innovative process, DIV encounters both failures and successes: but when ideas fail, lessons are learned quickly and at relatively low expense; and when ideas succeed, it’s possible to find out how to reach millions of people at a fraction of the usual cost. DIV has funded in over 20 countries and various sectors including global health, economic development, water/sanitation/hygiene, energy, and education. DIV supports a range of organizations, including social businesses, academic institutions, and not-for-profits. For more information, please visit our website at www.usaid.gov/DIV

The Advisor for Business Scaling will help grantees maximize their success and build relationships with impact investors and related organizations. The incumbent will work with grantees seeking to grow their innovative idea through either public or private paths and will provide knowledge and insight about how best to execute their strategies. After developing a system to prioritize a sub-set of grantees to support, s/he will work closely with fellow DIV team members to provide ongoing assistance. In addition, s/he will develop and maintain partnerships with tech hubs, accelerators, incubators, think tanks, university labs, etc. to share DIV’s information and findings from its projects to inform their pipeline, research priorities, and awareness of DIV as a potential off-ramp for their investments.

Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Advise grantees on ways to improve business plans and implementation strategies;
  • Provide business development advice to grantees seeking to raise additional capital;
  • Advise on human capital strategy, management, and organizational structure;
  • Identify opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency by refining operating models;
  • Prior to award, perform due diligence and financial analysis on a number of select proposals;
  • Grow DIV’s pipeline and options for off-ramps by developing, managing, and growing new partnerships; and,
  • Other special projects as necessary

Basic Qualification Requirements:

Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Required Skills:

  • Mastery of business concepts, principles, practices, laws, and regulations related to conducting quality due diligence assessments. Two to four years of work experience in a management consulting, strategy and operations, or value creation role. Work experience in development is preferred.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and deliverables, develop and implement strategies, and work both independently as well as part of a team. Proven track record working in cross-functional teams, ideally across sectors and geographic regions. Having the ability to influence and lead without authority are key to the success of this role.
  • Thorough knowledge of business related policies, goals and objectives and subsequent performance plans designed to achieve certain outcomes within specific timeframes.
  • Knowledge of short and long term strategic business planning and assessment methodologies and implementation initiatives.  Ability to plan, organize, and implement programs, projects, and activities involving substantial agency resources or that require extensive changes in established procedures.
  • Knowledge of financial, statistical, comparative and trend analysis tools and interpretation abilities necessary to detect and investigate noted anomalies. Ability to assess and evaluate innovative solutions to make recommendations and provide assistance to improve business-related operations.
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communications to develop and implement recommendations, guidance and provide customer assistance. Written and oral communication skills including preparing communications materials, training and support resources, presentations, or reports for diverse audiences including executive- level decision-makers.

Please read all the instructions before you begin.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package to:

FAS-SCHB-APPLIC@wdc.usda.gov and Abiola.Adeyemi@fas.usda.gov with the subject line:

OCBD-14-166 which includes the following:

  1. Resume
  2. MUST submit cover letter individually addressing your experience and qualifications of the “Required Skills”
  3. References and a two to four page writing sample may be requested of short-listed applicants.

In addition to your Application Package, if you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15) and the proof requested on the form.

Applications that do not include a cover letter that directly and individually addresses the required skills will NOT be considered. Attachment should be limited to a total of 5 MB or less, as emails with large attachments may be blocked by the USDA email firewall.

Direct all inquiries to:

ProgramOfficer: Abiola Adeyemi
Branch: USDA/FAS/OCBD/DRDA/AMSD
Email Address: Abiola.Adeyemi@fas.usda.gov
Telephone: 202-720-8096

NOTE:A career status employee that is outside of FAS that accepts this position will be appointed to a Schedule B, Excepted Service time limited appointment. This appointment does not offer re-employment rights back to career status within FAS, as described in CFR, Chapter 352. The employee may seek re-employment rights from their losing agency prior to accepting this Schedule B appointment. Please note that agencies are not required to grant re-employment rights.

REASONABLE ACCOMADATION POLICY STATEMENT:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Advisor for Partnerships and Outreach

Job Title: Advisor for Partnerships and Outreach
Grade: GS-1101-13
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limited) Appointment
Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Duty Location: Washington, D.C.
Opening Date of Announcement: 4/18/2014
Closing Date of Announcement: 5/02/2014

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be security cleared for assignment.

Overview:

The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Agricultural and Market Systems Development (AMSD) Branch of the Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDA), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS/OCBD/DRDA/AMSD) but will work directly with USAID’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances within the Development Innovation Ventures Division (IDEA/DIV).

DIV’s objective is to support the discovery of better ways to solve big problems. Founded in 2010, DIV’s model is designed to help us advance what works while avoiding long term investments in what does not. DIV blends tiered risk management systems from venture capital; research approaches from economics; and development expertise from nonprofits and government.  DIV’s team manages a fund of around $25 million and leverages an additional $17+ million from other donors and foundations. DIV holds a competition for bold development ideas, pilots them in small increments and tests their effects, and scales those that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-efficiency. In the innovative process, DIV encounters both failures and successes: but when ideas fail, lessons are learned quickly and at relatively low expense; and when ideas succeed, it’s possible to find out how to reach millions of people at a fraction of the usual cost. DIV has funded in over 20 countries and various sectors including global health, economic development, water/sanitation/hygiene, energy, and education. DIV supports a range of organizations, including social businesses, academic institutions, and not-for-profits. For more information, please visit our website at www.usaid.gov/DIV

The Advisor for Partnerships and Outreach will lead the design and implementation of an engagement strategy, create and maintain linkages with key networks, and package DIV information and results for a variety of audiences.  The incumbent will develop strategic partnership opportunities and serve as the relationship manager for existing partnerships.

Specific tasks may include by are not limited to the following:

  • Refine DIV engagement/communications strategy to resonate with a variety of audiences (e.g. Congress, sectorial experts, thought leaders in the international development community, and within USAID)
  • Use a variety of methods to execute this strategy. This could include writing, social media, events, speaking engagements as well as conducting outreach to identify and develop strategic partnership opportunities (e.g. think tanks, media, networks, associations).
  • Serve as a relationship manager for several such partnerships to raise the profile of the program and the results of its portfolio.
  • Leverage networks to encourage entrepreneurs, NGOs, innovators, academics and private firms to apply to DIV’s global competition.
  • Create processes to aggregate relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Respond to selected information requests from a variety of stakeholders; and
  • Work on special projects as needed.

Basic Qualification Requirements:

Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Required Skills:

  • Mastery of business and industry practices related to the position overview.  Extensive experience in a professional workplace and flexibility to thrive in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment.
  • Knowledge and skills in identifying, planning, organizing, and directing activities implemented by a team. Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and deliverables, develop and implement strategies, and work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information on a variety of relevant topics (i.e., customers, sectors, technology, and industrial base), to select and develop a strategy, and to plan and coordinate team efforts.
  • Skill in resolving complex problems requiring innovative thinking, novel solutions, and exceptional ingenuity through judgment and professional understanding.  In-depth knowledge and skill in collecting, understanding, and applying best practices with proven results when operating under tight deadlines.
  • Skill at the mastery level in leveraging relationships, engagements, activities and developing partnerships with an entrepreneurial mindset, and through cooperative efforts. Skills and experience in developing relationships and partnerships with key leadership and opinion makers. Diverse and strong networks among relevant, complementary, and potentially competing partners preferred (e.g. impact investors, incubators, universities, USG agencies, and media).
  • Demonstrated ability to express, in writing and orally, recommendations, report, and analysis, integrating complex issues into a unified message. Demonstrated skills including preparing communications materials, training and support resources, presentations, or reports for diverse audiences.

Please read all the instructions before you begin.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package to:

FAS-SCHB-APPLIC@wdc.usda.gov and Abiola.Adeyemi@fas.usda.gov with the subject line:OCBD-14-167 which includes the following:

  1. Resume
  2. MUST submit cover letter individually addressing your experience and qualifications of the “Required Skills”
  3. References and a two to four page writing sample may be requested of short-listed applicants.

In addition to your Application Package, if you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15) and the proof requested on the form.

Applications that do not include a cover letter that directly and individually addresses the required skills will NOT be considered. Attachment should be limited to a total of 5 MB or less, as emails with large attachments may be blocked by the USDA email firewall.

Direct all inquiries to:

Program Officer: Abiola Adeyemi
Branch: USDA/FAS/OCBD/DRDA/AMSD
Email Address: Abiola.Adeyemi@fas.usda.gov
Telephone: 202-720-8096

NOTE: A career status employee that is outside of FAS that accepts this position will be appointed to a Schedule B, Excepted Service time limited appointment. This appointment does not offer re-employment rights back to career status within FAS, as described in CFR, Chapter 352. The employee may seek re-employment rights from their losing agency prior to accepting this Schedule B appointment. Please note that agencies are not required to grant re-employment rights.

REASONABLE ACCOMADATION POLICY STATEMENT:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests forreasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Presidential Management Fellow (PMF)

Duration: 2-6 months

Position: Program Specialist (multiple slots available)

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The DIV team is looking for someone who is highly motivated and eager to apply proven expertise in improving the operations of businesses or non-profit organizations to solving large-scale development challenges.  DIV operates in an entrepreneurial, start-up like culture, with team members contributing to many aspects of the office. As such this rotation can be adapted to the skills and interests of the Presidential Management Fellow

This position is open only to PMFs seeking rotations. Applicants who are not already in the PMF program will not be considered.

Specific tasks may include but are not limited to working with the DIV team on the following: 

Due Diligence & Scaling Projects

  • Provide intellectual leadership and support in analytical and implementation support for DIV grantees that require rigorous evaluation methods to prove impact 

  • Assist in implementing DIV’s impact evaluation requirements (i.e. including reviewing grantee monitoring and evaluation plans, writing results-oriented milestones to track grantee progress, etc)

  • Provide expertise and conduct due diligence to assess DIV proposals in varoius development sectors

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide intellectual leadership and support in analytical and implementation support for  DIV grantees that require rigorous evaluation methods to prove impact 

  • Assist in implementing DIV’s impact evaluation requirements (i.e. including reviewing grantee monitoring and evaluation plans, writing results-oriented milestones to track grantee progress, etc)

  • Liaise with key evaluation leads in USAID missions and Bureaus to disseminated DIV’s evaluation methodologies and outcomes

Communications and Partnerships

  • Identify, build and strengthen relationships with private sector innovators, investors, foundations, governments, donors and other potential partners in support of scaling proven models and projects           

  • Develop media strategies to disseminate engaging information to raise awareness of DIV's scaling approaches, methodology and outcomes within USAID and with external partners

  • Communicate the opportunity of DIV’s global competition to relevant audiences

Application Instructions: Space is limited and applications are accepted on a rolling basis but dates for the rotation are flexible. Please send a resume with subject line titled “PMF Rotation” to divjobs@usaid.gov.

Ongoing DIV Position Openings

DIV seeks to hire highly motivated individuals with various skill sets including:

  • private sector scaling and public sector scaling

  • outreach

  • due diligence of project proposals

  • monitoring and evaluation

Application Instructions: Candidates for non-civil service positions are currently being considered. Interested candidates should send their resumes to DIVjobs@usaid.gov and use the email subject line to state their primary skill set from those listed in the paragraph above. Candidates should be U.S. citizens. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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Last updated: April 23, 2014

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