International Development Positions
Job Title: Global Climate Change Specialist (Economics and Markets)
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service (Time Limit) Appointment
Length of Appointment: Up to 5 years
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Duty Location: Washington DC
Opening Date of Announcement: May 10, 2013
Closing Date of Announcement: June 7, 2013
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance for this assignment.
The individual selected for this position will be administratively assigned to the Rural Development and Natural Resources Branch (RDNR) 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/RDNR). Although the incumbent will be employed by USDA, s/he will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), Office of Global Climate Change.
The USAID Global Climate Change (GCC) Office is responsible for technical leadership and support to USAID’s climate change programs, as they relate to Adaptation, Clean Energy, and Sustainable Landscapes. This includes participation in international fora that deal with the multi-sectoral issues of climate change, coordinating with international organizations that have taken the lead on climate change mitigation and for analytical work to deepen understanding of climate change and its impact on agriculture and the environment in developing and transition countries. The GCC Office provides technical support to more than 40 USAID Missions, manages and implements global climate change programs, and pilots and evaluates new analytical and programmatic approaches to address climate change mitigation, adaptation, and integration into the broader USAID portfolio. The GCC Office helps ensure compliance with the Agency’s Climate Change and Development Strategy (2012) and reports on USAID’s contributions to the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative. The Office also supports the Agency Global Climate Change Coordinator, who is co-located in E3, particularly with the development and analysis of finance-related metrics.
The successful candidate will be responsible for forging strong professional partnerships with other federal agencies in developing and implementing inter-agency efforts to address climate change in cooperation with developing nations. S/he will provide technical support and advice to USAID field missions and bureaus in the development and implementation of USAID-sponsored climate change program activities, particularly those related to the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Plan program (EC-LEDS). Among other things, EC-LEDS activities build host government capacity for economic analysis of proposed climate actions and promote developing country participation in emerging international environmental markets. S/he will also develop and maintain strong collaboration with the Agency’s economists and private sector officers and promote integration of climate adaptation and mitigation objectives in the Agency’s traditional economic analyses and economic growth programs.
· Advanced knowledge of economics, finance, business, or related field, and experience working on economics and finance issues relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation, preferably in an international development context.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to synthesize information quickly, communicate ideas effectively to groups of experts and provide concise and accurate briefs for high level officials, domestic and foreign.
· Demonstrated ability to excel in a high-paced, multi-tasking environment while managing effective implementation of core activities, tasks and assignments.
· Experience working in developing countries and with developing country institutions. Experience with USAID or USAID-supported activities preferred.
· Experience with emerging international environmental markets and economic instruments, such as emissions offsets, payments for environmental services, renewable energy credits, and feed-in tariffs, particularly in developing countries.
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 with the Subject Line: “OCBD-13-130” which includes the following:
2. MUST submit cover letter individually addressing your experience and qualifications of the “Required Skills”.
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: Terence Albrecht
Email Address: Terence.Albrecht@fas.usda.gov
Telephone: (202) 690-1916
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, ChChapter 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.
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