CONSEJO MEXICANO DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES

USAID Project Management Specialist

Position Title:USAID Project Management Specialist (CAID86) – Open to All Interested Candidates (Environmental Finance)

Duties

The Project Management Specialist (Environmental Finance) is located in the Office of Sustainable Development (OSD), USAID/Mexico and works under the direct supervision of the OSD Director and/or his/her designee.

The Specialist is the Environmental Finance Team Lead and a core senior member of the OSD responbile for an annual $6 million portfolio of pioneering partnerships in ways that bring market-based solution and other financial incentives for better natural resource management and sustainable value chains. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert on technical area(s) at the intersection of development finance and impact investing with specific sectors such as forestry and agriculture. Impact investing refers to investing with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. The incumbent provides expert advise and technical assistance to USAID staff, implementing partners (IPs), host government counterparts and the private sector in working with the private sector to develop market-based solutions and other financial incentives for better natural resource management and sustainable value chains.The incumbent works closely with the Mission colleagues to conceptualize, design, implement, monitor and evaluate, and manage new programs. The Specialist seeks to leverage development funding through effective engagement with  the private sector and development transactions in USAID/Mexico’s priority sectors including agriculture, forestry, and, potentially, energy. S/he coordinates closely with the donors, host governments and investments partners and is responsable for identifying , developing and closing “deals” while integrating lasting developmental impacts through appropriate implementation, monitoring and evaluation. S/he also coordinates closely with the U.S. Embassy’s Economic section on sector analyses and  to identify opportunities for U.S. private sector interests.

Open Period: 11/30/2020 – 01/22/2021
Format MM/DD/YYYY

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained on our website at:
https://mx.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/CDMX-PD-CAID86-.pdf

SOLICITATION: https://mx.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/Solicitation-Nov30.pdf

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements
Experience:

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in program design and management, budget management, oversight, evaluation and implementation of technical projects in the are of development finance, investment banking, private equity or consulting is required. Strong experience in building public-private partnerships and engaging and collaborating with the private sector on environmental-related issues

Education Requirements:

University degree in a field relevant to development finance, sustainable finance, investment banking, business administration, natural sciences, forestry, climate finance, environmental economics, or other related field is required.

Evaluations:

Language:  Fluent English is required. Fluent Spanish is required.

To meet the English language requirement for this position, you must present either:

English test results that are less than 2 years old from TOEIC or TOEFL (ITP or IBT).  Level IV scores are: TOEIC 850pts, TOEFL ITP 620pts, IBT 106.  If you don’t have current results, we recommend a TOEIC test for its low cost and delivery of results directly to us in under 24 hours. If you opt to use this, please upload your scheduled test confirmation e-mail so that we know to look for your results in our database: TOEIC Standard Testing Services, Gauss 9 Int 201-A, Col. Anzures, C.P. 11590, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, México. Tel. (55) 5540-3555 • (55) 5540-3959.

OR

Alternatively, you may present one of the following earned in an English Speaking Country: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree.

To meet the Spanish language requirement for this position, you must present either:

Spanish testing results from the U.S. Embassy or Berlitz. Applicants should contact Carmen Caballero at (55) 5080-2000 extension 4336 on M-W-F from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Non-EFMs will be responsible for test fee. You also may present your results in Berlitz Spanish tests for Listening and Reading, Speaking and Writing. Please request more information here: dostesting@berlitz.com.

OR

Alternatively, you may present one of the following earned in a Spanish Speaking Country: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

Qualifications:

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications and complete a mandatory probationary period for LE Staff.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits
Agency Benefits:

The U.S. Mission in Mexico City offers a competitive compensation package to our Locally Employed Staff:

  • Medical and life insurance;
  • Paid U.S. and Mexican holidays (20 per year aprox.);
  • 12 days of vacation per year;
  • Paid sick leave;
  • Affiliation to IMSS, AFORE and INFONAVIT; and
  • Opportunities to travel abroad for training, and more.
Other Information:

USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf

Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms

Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs

Ethical Conduct.  By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
  • The Mission may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  • Current employees of the Mission who have not successfully completed their initial probationary periods are not eligible to apply. Current employees of the Mission who have less than 1 year in their current position are not eligible to apply. Current employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory or MBC score of 100 points or less, on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
How to Apply

Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. An alternative application method will be provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

Required Documents:
  • Current Resume
  • Languages score
  • Degree certificate/title with Transcripts
  • Residency permit (for non-local applicants) OR Proof of Mexican Citizenship (INE; birth certificate, Mexican Passport)
Next Steps:

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Mexico.

For more info:

Rubí Mecalco
55 5080 2000 x4140
mecalcorv@state.gov

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