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The Millennium Challenge Corporation: Associate Director/Director(Social and Gender Assessment)


Closing date: May 25, 2011

Background:

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected developing countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. To receive assistance, eligible countries are required to enter into a public agreement (Compact) with the MCC that includes a multi-year plan for achieving shared development objectives and the responsibilities of each country in achieving those objectives, regular benchmarks to measure progress, multi-year financial plan, and a plan to ensure accountability for the use of MCA assistance.

This position is located in the Department of Compact Operations/Technical Services, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

The primary purpose for this position is to participate in work associated with MCC's social and gender assessment functions including the integration of social and gender analysis in detailed project design and monitoring and oversight of social and gender impacts of projects funded by the MCC.

Key Requirements:

* U.S. Citizenship
* Relocation Expenses will not be authorized.
* Travel requirements: frequent international travel
* Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance and pass a drug test.

Specific Duties:

* Work as part of a practice team led by the Senior Director for Social and Gender Assessment to strengthen MCC's engagement across sectors in current thinking, approaches, strategies and tools related to gender integration in large-scale international development programs.
* Provide project-level technical leadership on gender and other social issues related to design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international development projects.
* Conduct policy-level and other reviews of opportunities and constraints to address gender equality issues in various development sectors.
* Evaluate the technical adequacy of project-specific social and gender analyses and plans including design documents, social and gender assessments, environmental and social management plans, and gender integration plans.
* Contribute to the development and refinement of guidance documents, operational procedures, performance standards and other social/gender practice-related priorities including documentation of best practices and other technical reports.
* Write and review terms of reference, develop budgets, timelines and cost estimates, manage contractors and conduct evaluations for procurement actions.
* Contribute to training and capacity-building activities for colleagues and country partners.

Qualifications:

Specialized Experience:

* Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
* Qualifying experience for Pay Band 3b includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the Pay Band 4a or GS-13 or an equivalent level, which is directly related to work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is experience conducting social and gender assessments and analyzing relevant policy and socio-cultural factors and providing recommendations to integrate social and gender assessment findings into detailed project design.
* Qualifying experience for Pay Band 3a includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the Pay Band 3b or GS-14 or an equivalent level, which is directly related to the work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is experience managing, coordinating, and conducting social and gender assessments; analyzing relevant policy and socio-cultural factors, providing recommendations to integrate social and gender assessment findings into detailed project design, and experience in the oversight and/or monitoring and evaluation of international development projects.
* Note: We recommend that your application clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement.
* Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

Education:

* Education does not substitute for the required experience. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Competencies:

1. Skill in applying advanced internationally accepted social and gender analytical concepts, frameworks, and methodologies for the design, assessment, and monitoring of poverty reduction projects.
2. Skill in conducting, coordinating and managing complex social (including gender) quantitative and qualitative research activities including social and gender assessment, due diligence of proposed projects, and evaluation research.
3. Knowledge of training and other capacity-building methods and tools for increasing the social and gender competency of development professionals in both the donor and recipient countries.
4. Skill in providing guidance on social and gender issues, undertaking technical analyses of social (including gender) issues, and integrating the results of social and gender analyses including social/gender risk management measures into detailed project designs.
5. Skill in the assessment and documentation of best practices related to social and gender outcomes of development projects in a variety of sectors including (but not limited to) agriculture, infrastructure, health education and finance.

To Apply:

Job Announcement Number: MCC-11-0052-DE

To view a complete job description and application instructions, please visit:
http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=98583022

Closing date: May 25, 2011.

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