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Visionary Consulting Partners seeks a Development Credit Authority Portfolio Analyst to support USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA). Duties will be performed in Washington, DC/Remote. Performance starts IMMEDIATELY, to May 30, 2017. The DCA structures and issues partial credit guarantees to encourage private capital lending to creditworthy but underserved borrowers throughout the developing world. These guarantees, which typically cover 50% of realized loss, enable USAID to leverage private sector wealth for sustainable economic development. Since 1999, the DCA has supported over 450 risk-sharing guarantees and has made available over $4.3 billion in private financing to more than 160,000 entrepreneurs around the world. The guarantee is a flexible tool that can be applied to a wide range of development projects and are available to virtually any type of lender seeking to deploy debt capital into the markets in which USAID programs Operate.

Responsibilities Include: For each guarantee, DCA provides project development, risk assessment and portfolio monitoring services to Mission field offices. DCA is organized into regional teams consisting of several investment officers, who manage new transactions, and a portfolio analyst, who supports the management of active portfolio of guarantees. In addition to regional teams, DCA has a Strategic Transactions Group (STG) that complements the work done by DCA regional teams by generating broad, high-impact transactions. In addition to providing client services to USAID Missions, the office monitors and manages the Agency's legacy credit portfolio, serves as the central technical repository of credit-related information and best practices, and serves as an advisor to senior leadership on the broader issues of access to capital and the growth of capital markets.

The Portfolio Analyst will represent the DCA Office to USAID Missions in the field and partner financial institutions. The Portfolio Analyst will implement, monitor, and report on guarantee performance as well as synthesize large quantity of DCA portfolio data to identify trends and develop solutions and recommendations that will assist in better deal structure and portfolio monitoring. Furthermore, this role requires the individual to review and approve loan schedules, analyze financial statements when required, monitor compliance of DCA guarantees and trouble shoot any issues that arise from these risk-partners. Specific deliverables are detailed below.

Expected Deliverables Include:
Ability to synthesize and analyze large quantity of DCA portfolio data in Excel to identify trends, areas of strength and risks. Support other ad hoc data related projects directed by senior management. Monitor and report on guarantee performance on a regular basis including analyzing utilization of guarantees to determine trends and analysis of bank financial statements as needed. Review and approve loan schedules. Provide guidance related to guarantee implementation and portfolio management issues for DCA project development activities. Monitor compliance of DCA guarantees. Also, Maintain regular communications with the USAID field office and financial institutions in each country and ensure each project is performing according to the Monitoring Plans; Occasionally visit Missions, financial institutions and beneficiaries in-person; Assess financial performance of DCA portfolio and recommend and execute restructuring; Modify and amend guarantee agreements to ensure utilization and overall effectiveness of the DCA guarantee; Ensure that all fees are paid on a timely basis by partner banks and manage DCA claims and recoveries processes; Communicate and coordinate with financial institutions to troubleshoot problems related to the guarantee; Provide risk assessment support for the annual reestimate exercise; Provide guarantee evaluation support, as needed; Prepare and conduct presentations on DCA performance and lessons learned to USAID senior management, the Credit Review Board, and external audiences.

Preferred QUALIFICATIONS: Strong analytical skills, the ability to read and analyze financial statements, and previous experience in financial sector development. Ability to manage multiple tasks and work within a team setting. Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills. Strong written and oral communication skills. Attention to details. Exceptional interpersonal, problem solving, and time management skills. Proficiency in French is preferred. A degree in economics, business, international development, finance or a related field. Proficient in MS word, Excel and PowerPoint and statistical applications.

Required Application Materials: The following application materials must accompany applications: CV; Writing sample; and Contact information for two references.

TO APPLY: Write Position VCP-E3DC1514 on the subject line. Please submit all required documents listed above to Also include your salary history utilizing Form AID 1420-17 as part of your application. The form can be found at Only finalists will be contacted. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be accepted through August 2016. Organization Information: Visionary Consulting Partners, LLC is a Woman Owned, equal opportunity employer.



The United Nations seeks a Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer is sought in New York. The incumbent will be responsible in supporting the Division and Branch in diverse aspects of public administration, people engagement in public policy, public accountability and public governance for development strategies, in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. REQUIRES: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in public administration, public affairs, political science, international relations, economic affairs, social science, development studies or a related field is required. A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in areas of governance, public administration and development policies is required. Supervisory and management experience is desirable. Experience in sustainable development and international development issues are desirable. Experience in government or international organizations in the areas of public policy making for sustainable development is desirable. Closing date: 8/12/16. Apply online at: If you are a UN staff member, you must submit scanned copies of your two latest Performance Appraisal System reports at the time of application to email:, Fax: 1-917-367- 0524. Reference vacancy no: 56863.



The United Nations seeks a Senior Legal Officer in New York. Duties: Serves as a recognized expert in one or more areas of concentration, and independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex, and often sensitive and/or conflicting legal matters involving issues relating to international, public, and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of concentration. REQUIRES: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in international law. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. Experience and a thorough understanding of the United Nations system or other similar organization is desirable. Publications on topics of public international law are desirable. Participation in activities of learned international law societies and experience with lecturing on topics of public international law is desirable. Closing date: 8/12/16. Apply online at: If you are a UN staff member, you must submit scanned copies of your two latest Performance Appraisal System reports at the time of application to email:, Fax: 1-917-367-0524. Reference vacancy no: 61759.



The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a nonprofit scientific and charitable organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. IAVI will help advance the development of an AIDS vaccine by: 1) Adding value to the HIV vaccine field by identifying opportunities and gaps in vaccine discovery and development where IAVI's capabilities can best be leveraged and add the most value, 2) Partnering to advance quality HIV vaccine candidates to the clinic, 3) Ensuring that investments in HIV prevention and AIDS vaccine R&D remain central to the public policy and international health and development agendas by serving as a voice for the field in partnership with stakeholders and donors. IAVI is a young, dynamic and mission-driven organization, and the work environment is fast-paced and intellectually stimulating, relying on the good cheer and high level of collaboration amongst its committed staff members.

IAVI is recruiting for a Program Coordinator to serve as primary point of contact and key relationship manager for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on the implementation of a new and transformative Africa-centered model of global partnership to Accelerate the Development of Vaccines and New Technologies to Combat the AIDS Epidemic (ADVANCE). Funded by USAID under a new $160 million cooperative agreement, this flagship initiative will dramatically accelerate development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

The Program Coordinator will play a critical implementing role for this new program, maintaining comprehensive financial, program and technical knowledge related to the full scope of activities under the cooperative agreement. He/she will coordinate the development of annual USAID workplans and reports, serve day-to-day project management needs across the ADVANCE Leadership Team, provide technical and implementation support to the Project Director (IAVI President & CEO, Mark Feinberg, MD, PhD) and other senior leaders on the project, and maintain strategic communication and regular contact with USAID. In support of the ADVANCE Leadership Team, this position will also play an important facilitating role for strategic alliances and co-funded activities with other funders and external research collaborators, including partners at the Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other US Government agencies involved in vaccine research, for example.

This position resides in the Executive Office of IAVI's Research & Development (R&D) Department, as part of the R&D Portfolio Management and Operations Team. This team has responsibility for integrating IAVI programs with organizational strategy, which provides a unique opportunity for the Program Coordinator to engage with all aspects of IAVI's R&D program. He/she will report to the Executive Director, R&D Portfolio Management and Operations, and work closely with the Executive Director for Global Public Giving, located in IAVI's External Relations Department. As noted above the Program Coordinator will collaborate closely with IAVI's President and CEO and other individuals across the organization, including especially IAVI's East Africa Office in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as key staff in Finance & Administration.

Key Responsibilities:
Maintain comprehensive financial, program and technical knowledge related to the full scope of activities within ADVANCE, including collaborating with colleagues across IAVI departments (R&D, Finance & Administration, External Relations) and working closely with IAVI regional offices in East Africa and India
Serve as primary point of contact for USAID program managers and relevant stakeholders
Serve day-to-day project management needs across the ADVANCE Leadership Team and provide technical and implementation support to the Project Director (Dr. Feinberg) and other senior leaders on the project
Maintain primary responsibility for coordinating development of annual workplans for implementing USAID-supported activities, reporting on the implementation of these activities and executing the daily coordination of and strategic communication for ADVANCE
Coordinate and communicate with research collaborators and donors on strategic alliances and discussions on co-funded activities

Experience and Skills:
Master's or PhD degree in a relevant discipline (biological sciences, business, management, economics, law, international relations, public health or a related area)
At least 8 years of professional experience coordinating, managing or implementing biomedical research projects
Demonstrated broad understanding of vaccine research and development program, including necessary elements of epidemiology, clinical and field vaccine trials, project management, financial management, knowledge management, strategic coordination and communication
Demonstrated experience as project manager with a strong eye for detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to take initiative as new situations and opportunities arise
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to prioritize and produce high quality work under challenging deadlines
Good interpersonal skills with proven ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively in teams with others from a range of disciplines and cultures
Professional experience interacting with US Government agencies, advocacy groups, policymakers, local collaborators and host governments is preferred
Experience using Microsoft Office and knowledge management programs

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The United Nations seeks a Deputy Director, Programme in Nairobi. Duties: Support the Director in the management and administration of the Division: undertake and supervise the day-to-day management and administration of the Division; serve as officer in charge in the absence of the Director; coordinate with the relevant offices on handling of management and administrative issues and for delivery of programmatic outputs and services. REQUIRES: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international law, international environmental law or in a related area. A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in development and implementation of international law with emphasis on international environmental law or related area is required. Proven management skills including funding and human resources management. Years of relevant experience at the international level, five of which should be at the United Nations will be an added advantage. Apply online at: If you are a UN staff member, you must submit scanned copies of your two latest Performance Appraisal System reports at the time of application to email:, Fax: 1-917-367- 0524. Reference the Appropriate Vacancy No. Closing date: 8/5/16. Vacancy no: 56631


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