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Africa Small Business Catalyst Program Manager

at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation in Washington, DC

About the Job

The United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Acquisition requires a Personal Services Contractor (PSC) for a full-time equivalent Africa Small Business Catalyst Program Manager

This solicitation is only be open to individual applicants. The PSC shall be a sole proprietor who will have an employee-employer relationship with the DFC. The level of effort and responsibility is generally equivalent to a GS-14, Step 1 through GS-14, Step 8.

The contractor shall serve as a senior officer managing the most complex, sensitive, or precedent-setting finance projects, and performs this work in combination with senior manager duties that encompass program development and management for a financing program supporting early-stage companies.

The contractor is responsible for managing the Africa Small Business Catalyst (ASBC) program and carrying out the full range of new project financings and undertakes all tasks required to process transactions from initial screening through due diligence, negotiating and structuring, approval, documentation, closing and funding. Work involves coordinating finance for international projects, including providing advice and staff support on planning, developing, implementing and evaluating issues related to credit, risk, social impact and DFC policy. At this level, the contractor provides critical support that involves business development, analysis of issues, supporting the agency when no need for agreements outside of already established parameters is expected, and negotiating with other U.S. agencies, private consultants, or foreign governments on language in documents to which the United States Government is or will be a signatory. Work may be conducted in any country and any sector in alignment with ASBC program priorities and objectives.

The Government intends to offer a firm fixed price contract to the individual whose quote conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous of the Government, price and other factors considered in accordance with the Request for Quotes (RFQ). The anticipated period of performance is 29 September 2021 to 28 September 2022 with four (4) one-year option periods which will be exercised at the Government’s need or discretion. The Government will issue one award from the solicitation.

Basis for Award: This acquisition is being conducted under FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items and FAR Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures. Applicants will be evaluated using the factors identified in the RFQ attached. No hardcopies of the solicitation will be issued. Noncompliance is grounds to eliminate the proposal from consideration for award. All responsible sole proprietors may submit an application which shall be considered by the agency.

Submit all questions via e-mail to Questions or comments regarding this solicitation must be submitted in writing, cite the solicitation number, and be directed to the following Government representative and not DFC staff. Telephonic inquiries will not be entertained due to the possibility of misunderstanding or misinterpretation.


EDUCATION and CERTIFICATION: A minimum of a master’s degree in international business/studies, international relations, finance, business, economics, or political science, or a related field or a bachelor’s degree plus 8 years of work experience in a relevant field.

EXPERIENCE: The PSC shall have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the last 10 years in evaluating or responding to requests for financial support from entrepreneurs or businesses, and a broad and comprehensive knowledge of international business practices.

OTHER: Ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance and be a U.S. Citizen

To apply

To apply for this position, send the following documents in one email to by August 9th, 2021 at 3pm EST:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • College transcripts (may be unofficial)
  • Copies of any relevant certifications
  • 3 - 5 Professional References that include the reference’s name, email address, phone number, name of organization, dates of professional experience with applicant, and relationship to applicant. At least two references must be from a supervisor.