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Vice President, Office of Catalytic Investments

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This position is part of the Office of Catalytic Investments (OCI), U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). As the Vice President of Office of Catalytic Investments you will have overall responsibility for leading and managing the Office of Catalytic Investments of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).


Major Duties:

The Vice President, Office of Catalytic Investments will focus on strategically increasing DFC's deployment of catalytic financing to address pressing global challenges that are often overlooked or under invested in by private capital. Office of Catalytic Investments will seek to elevate and standardize DFC's approach to support higher risk transactions, develop and expand the capacity within all DFC business units to structure catalytic capital transactions, and communicate the Agency's capabilities and priorities to external stakeholders. The Office will also develop transactions and new platforms drawing upon the full breadth of DFC's product offering - from medium-to long-term loans, guaranties, direct equity, technical assistance, and political risk insurance.


  • Drives development of a strategy for DFC's deployment of catalytic capital and targets.
  • Provides overall direction on DFC's catalytic capital strategy and updates to the strategy in accordance with U.S. Government priorities.
  • Develops relationships with companies, financial institutions, and foreign government officials.
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction to staff on the development of products and ensures they are fit-for-purpose to support stakeholder needs.
  • Drives development of a governance framework for DFC's deployment of catalytic capital.
  • Supports development and quality of catalytic capital guidelines, tools, and communication products.
  • Oversees investment activity for the office.
  • Works with investment teams to prioritize potential investment opportunities based on office strategy as well as sector strategies, Administration priorities, and feasibility of the project.
  • Proactively engages with internal colleagues and with external stakeholders to cultivate and advance new approaches and/or new application of DFC's products to address key development challenges and market failures. Advise on the development and implementation of selected approaches.
  • Serves as a member of DFC's senior leadership team and participates in the Agency's overall strategy development, goal setting and execution of Agency-wide priorities and initiatives.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must submit resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented security clearance
  • Within 30 days of your start date, you will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278)
  • This position may require foreign travel to developing countries
  • Selection may require completion of a one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period unless met during prior Federal service



Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


You may qualify at the SL-00 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirements:



Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience related to this position. This experience must be at or above the GS-15 grade level or equivalent. Your resume must reflect experience in all of the following:

  • Experience developing and/or managing a financial business or business unit;
  • Experience with identifying and developing innovative approaches and structures that encourage private capital to flow into under-served markets and/or sub-sectors; AND
  • Experience working in emerging markets, including applying innovative and blended finance in these markets.




MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQS): Maximum of two pages per MTQ. Applicants must address the following mandatory qualifications separate from their resumes. Statements must provide specific examples that address relevant experience, accomplishments and evidence that you possess demonstrated superior technical qualifications. You will not be considered for this position if you fail to submit qualification statements specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification requirement.

  • Demonstrated ability providing effective leadership and supervision to subordinates in a multi-tiered organization.
  • Demonstrated experience providing strategic leadership and direction in planning, implementing, and evaluating short- and long-range initiatives to support strategic business plans and cross-functional business solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of examining and estimating the risk of a potential investor based on the

investor's underlying business practices.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of underwriting debt, guarantee, direct equity, and/or fund transactions.
  • Demonstrated experience sourcing and developing catalytic and innovative transactions capable of demonstrating to future investors the viability of an approach in a challenging market or sub-sector.


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional Information:

Please Note: This is not a Bargaining unit position.


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility showing type of discharge/character of service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit documentation from the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) showing type of discharge/character of service and your disability percentage. You may also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the documents listed in this form to support the claim for veteran preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit:


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


Telework Suitability: The duties of this position is suitable for telework. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.


Stipulations of Employment: Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.


Work Schedule: This position allows for a flexible work schedule.


Miscellaneous: DFC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit


Recruitment and relocation incentives may be authorized for this position.


Employees in SL positions are entitled to accrue annual leave at the rate of 8 hours per biweekly pay period regardless of the length of their Federal service, and can accumulate a total of up to 90 days (720 hours) of annual leave. All Federal employees including SL members earn 13 days of sick leave each year.


This announcement may be used to fill similar positions, if additional vacancies occur.


*Applications for this position are only being accepted through USAJOBS and must be received by 11:59 pm (ET) on December 27th, 2023 to be considered.