About the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency connects the U.S. private sector to infrastructure projects in emerging markets. We achieve our mission by funding feasibility studies, technical assistance and pilot projects that integrate the innovation and expertise of American companies. We also connect overseas project sponsors with U.S. partners through our reverse trade missions, industry conferences and expert workshops.
In 2020 every $1 USTDA invested in its programs generated $112 in U.S. exports.
USTDA has facilitated $74 billion in U.S. exports since its founding in 1992, supporting 4,000 infrastructure activities in 139 countries.
- Project Recommendation: Evaluates prospective projects in sectors such as telecommunications, transportation, energy, agribusiness, healthcare, and the environment. Solicits and reviews proposals from U.S. Embassies, U.S. companies, and public and private sectors in the region.
- Analyzes and evaluates proposals and technical assistance requests to determine viability and their importance to regional economic development and U.S. export opportunities.
- Definitional Mission Coordination: Coordinates in-country visits by Definitional Mission teams, composed of USTDA’s technical experts, to conduct in-depth reviews on selected projects for further consideration.
- Due Diligence: Works closely with USTDA Headquarters to conduct pre-contractual due diligence, such as clarifying outstanding issues, obtaining relevant legal and financial documentation, or conducting additional analysis.
Business Development/ Marketing
- Participates in regional conferences, workshops, trade missions to represent USTDA program and services.
- Outreach: Maintains professional contacts with decision makers from U.S. and foreign private and public sectors; apprising them on USTDA's products and services from an early stage for the development of infrastructure projects.
- Marketing Materials: Collaborates with USTDA Headquarters and U.S. Mission officials to develop briefing and marketing materials, social media and press information on USTDA activities.
- Counseling: Addresses clients’ questions and concerns regarding USTDA programs and projects.
- Funding Approval: Drafts project memoranda to obtain grant approval for technical assistance infrastructure projects and business partnership programs.
- Analyzes key issues such as development priority, implementation financing, U.S. export potential, foreign competition, potential impact on the environment and U.S. labor. Coordinates with all participants to ensure statement of work and factors meet USTDA funding criteria.
- Grant Agreements: Assists in preparing grant agreements, coordinates signing between the U.S. Government and grantees, and administers grant amendments when necessary.
- Project Monitoring: Obtains regular project updates, identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, recommends contract amendments when warranted.
- Project Evaluation: Works with Headquarters’ Research Analysts and Country Managers to assess U.S. export potential and expected developmental outcomes for pertinent projects. Upon project completion, works with the Office of Monitoring & Evaluations to determine final outcomes, developmental results and U.S. commercial benefits.
Major Initiatives and Partnerships
- Serves as the main in-country point of contact for USTDA's major initiatives and partnerships in the region, such as the Power Africa and Prosper Africa partnerships and similar partnerships for other sectors.
- Supports other technical assistance programs requiring more direct participation in project development than grantee-structured funding projects.
- The job holder will serve as Contracting Officer Representative and be responsible for managing numerous contractors to work on such projects.
- Liaises between post's administrative officers and USTDA Headquarters on budget and fiscal matters, represents USTDA on the ICASS Working Group, manages the annual budget; plans, facilities visits for USTDA officials and representatives.
Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.