Millennium Challenge Corporation Resident Country Director (Tunisia), MC-301-2D in Tunisia, Tunisia
The Resident Country Director (RCD) position resides in the Africa Division of MCC's Department of Compact Operations (DCO) and reports to the Deputy Vice President for Africa. The RCD for Tunisia will be physically based in Tunisia. As an official U.S. Government employee (USG), the RCD will be part of the USG country team and will collaborate closely with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.
The RCD leads MCC's implementation of its compact investment in a partner country and provides ongoing oversight, guidance, advice, technical feedback, and support to the country's Millennium Challenge Account entity (the MCA), which undertakes the country's responsibility for compact program implementation. The RCD plays a critical role in the compact's success by: Providing oversight, feedback, and guidance to government counterparts with respect to the development and implementation of the compact program, including interfacing with high-level government stakeholders. Coordinating the management, oversight, and support activities of a multidisciplinary country team based in MCC headquarters in Washington, DC. Providing leadership and advice to the MCA during their startup phase, including but not limited to activities such as recruitment, HR and administrative systems, design and implementation of quality assurance systems, project management systems, financial management systems, and corporate governance. Assisting the MCA and other entities of the partner country government in ensuring that compact implementation is in accordance with MCC policies, standards, and guidelines. Ensuring proper implementation of MCC approvals and other internal control procedures, as well as audit and impact evaluation efforts. Anticipating and planning to mitigate potential problems (including substantive or administrative issues) and tracking milestones and concrete progress on Compact's entry-into-force and/or implementation and suggesting appropriate actions such as program modifications. Serving as an observer on the MCA board of directors and exercising MCC's rights and authorities as designated in the compact and any supplemental agreements. Performing site visits and reporting on the progress of compact implementation to key internal and external stakeholders. Responding to inquiries from the MCC headquarters, the U.S. Congress, other USG agencies, and other key stakeholders. Keeping the U.S. Chief of Mission (COM) informed regarding MCC activities and developments in country and attending and participating in the Embassy's USG country team meetings as well as classified security, Congressional Delegation (CODEL) and other briefings for senior USG officials. Organizing public outreach and representational events related to the implementation of compact activities in Tunisia, including helping represent MCC in interactions with CODELs, other donors, representatives of the local business community and civil society, and other interested parties. Leading coordination and collaboration efforts with other donors, private sector and civil society organizations, and representing MCC in meetings with other donors and in other settings where various country strategies may be formulated and discussed or USG policies represented. Preparing and providing clearances on briefing papers, speeches, talking points, and reports on compact implementation and issues related to MCC activities and approaches. Providing day-to-day management and supervision of the local MCC staff, including the Deputy Resident Country Director (DRCD), office, and budget, in close coordination with relevant staff at the U.S. Embassy and MCC headquarters. Liaising with the Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability office on all reviews of the compact program. Managing, supervising, and reporting on MCC's in-country presence, including procurement, staffing, budgeting, and financial and asset management needs. Completing other responsibilities and special projects related to MCC activities as delegated or requested by MCC Washington.
Conditions of Employment
Selective Placement Factor (Screenout); Applicants must be fluent in French. (If you do not meet this requirement, your application will not receive further consideration. This information must be included in your resume). Qualifying experience for the MC-2d level includes ten years of relevant work experience in developing or transitioning countries, either in the private sector or with an international financial institution, multilateral organization, international or local NGO, the USG or other internationally-focused entity. Examples of specialized experience includes: (1) experience leading, managing, analyzing, designing, or providing advisory services for large scale (over $10 million) international development programs in infrastructure development, particularly in the trade and transport and/or water sectors; (2) experience as a team leader or project manager managing large-scale infrastructure and technical assistance programs in developing or emerging markets; (3) developing, negotiating and managing complex international projects and/or partnerships with multimillion dollar annual budgets in a multidisciplinary team environment; (4) experience starting up new programs or businesses in developing or emerging markets; and (5) management-level experience in the private sector, bilateral or multilateral development organizations, or an international NGO. NOTE: This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
A successful candidate for the RCD position must be able to interact effectively with others, both within the assigned country and with MCC headquarters. In-country, continuous communication with the U.S. Embassy and the host-country government, including at very senior levels, is required. Electronic communication is the most common method of communications with MCC headquarters, and candidates should note their level of proficiency in specific software packages and internet uses. MCC expects both oral and written communications to be clear, accurate, and articulate.
HIGHLY DESIRED: Experience living and working in developing countries at a senior management level, particularly countries in Africa. Demonstrated international experience in managing/supervising large, multi-sector investment programs (over $10 million), including preparation, supervision and execution of workplans and budgets. International experience developing and/or implementing projects in or related to the trade, transport or water sectors. An advanced degree in finance, international development, education, business, engineering, law, or other relevant discipline. Familiarity with North African culture. 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.
Required international travel may be as low as 15% of the time but travel in country may be as high as 50% of the time. Although the position is advertised equivalent to SES, MCC uses a pay banded system to compensate employees. This position is pay band 2D which is generally equal to SES in pay only. 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 specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign 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 specified period. Selected individual will be required to a sign 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.