Program Officer/Senior Program Officer (Energy), MC-301-4b/4a

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Miscellaneous



Summary

This position is located in the Infrastructure, Environment and Private Sector (IEPS) Division, Department of Compact Operations (DCO), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Although the position is advertised equivalent to GS-12/13, MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band4b/4a which is generally equal to GS-12/13.

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Responsibilities

  • Performs a variety of recurring assignments associated with the management and oversight of the design, development, and implementation of energy sector programs and projects in MCC Compacts. As required, prepares or Assists in the development of plans for energy sector programs and projects in compact development and in implementation including overall power sector analysis, project scheduling, budgeting, change management, contract administration, and project controls.
  • Provides support as the energy sector lead for the assigned multi-disciplinary country team consisting of a combination of MCC staff, consultants and contractors overseeing country programs involving energy projects. Works on multiple countries concurrently.
  • Participates in projects in context of political-economy, environmental, social, and health and safety contexts or other variables and unknowns affecting planning, design and operational criteria and often- present critical challenges with respect to costs and economics.
  • Participates in the design and development of Compacts, including, but not limited to: sectoral assessment of constraints analyses, concept papers, and proposals; collection and analysis of data and information to finalize proposals; coordination with consultants on feasibility assessments and on project appraisal; drafting portions of the internal investment memorandum and other decision documents, supporting such inputs with appropriate analyses and supporting studies.
  • Uses appropriate project management tools and tracks implementation progress, anticipating and identifying issues as they arise and concurrently developing optimal solutions with a view of sustainability.
  • Prepares relevant documentation and reports, maintains the required databases during implementation of projects. Uses appropriate project management tools and tracks implementation progress, Develops, consolidates, and/or prepares briefing and background materials on energy sector projects, issues and topics.
  • Provides analytical support on a variety of energy sector matters in support of EPG goals, preparation of conference presentations, briefers, and other such quick- turnaround activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days
  • Some domestic and international travel is required
  • Qualifications

    To qualify for pay band 4B you must meet the following:
    Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 4c (GS-11) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, examples of specialized experience are: experience with electric utility operations, energy sector infrastructure project and program design, development and implementation issues; experience with power sector reform projects covering policy, legal, regulatory and market structures; experience participating in the development of project plans particularly in international development context; andexperience developing, consolidating and preparing reports, briefing and background materials on projects, issues and topics. This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

    To qualify for pay band 4A you must meet the following:
    Have at least one year of specialized experience relevant to the position duties and comparable to the MCC Pay Band 4b (GS-12) or an equivalent level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, examples of specialized experience are: experience with electric utility operations, energy sector infrastructure project and program design, development and implementation issues; experience with power sector reform projects covering policy, legal, regulatory and market structures; experience participating in the development of project plans including scheduling, budgeting, contract administration, and project controls, particularly in international development context; and experience developing, consolidating and preparing reports, briefing and background materials on projects, issues and topics. This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

    HIGHLY DESIRABLE:
    Project management training and certification (e.g., Project Management Institute (PMI) certification)
    Fluency in French. Please include language and level of proficiency in your resume.
    Experience in emerging and developing countries, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia


    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.

    Education

    Additional information

  • RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION BONUS may be authorized for this position. If you are not a current federal employee this position may authorize a one time recruitment bonus to be paid over a 24 month service period. Selected individual will be required to sign a service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
  • If you are a current federal employee this position may authorize a one time Relocation bonus to be paid over a 24 month service period. Selected individual will be required to sign a service agreement prior to receiving any bonus payments.
  • Selectee may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience.
  • The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower level, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
  • Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
  • Pay: Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
  • Promotion Potential: If the position is advertised with promotion potential, the selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition. Selection at a lower pay band level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
  • DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination.
  • Selectee may be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government contractor issued travel card to be used for official business.
  • Selectee may be required to complete a probationary/trial period.
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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    A review of your application and supporting documents will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for the position and to ensure that you have been placed in the appropriate quality category. The HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position such as:

  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


  • You will be evaluated based on Category Rating procedures. Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be placed in one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and may be called for an interview.

    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your category can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities, and you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Application of veteran's Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#GS-PROF-OCCUPATIONS Read more

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Applicants MUST utilize resumes created using the USAJOBS-formatted Resume Builder (http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/
  • Unofficial college transcripts - if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify 'Unofficial' transcripts are acceptable. If selected for the position, prior to your appointment, an official transcript will be required.
  • If you are displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. See https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/. To be considered eligible under ICTAP or CTAP, you must be placed in the 'well-qualified' category for this position, as described above.
  • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  • If you are eligible for Special Appointment eligibility (e.g., 30% compensable veteran, individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps or other noncompetitive eligibility candidates.) requires submission of supporting documentation. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities, http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/individualswithdisabilities.asp,http://www.opm.gov/disability
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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