Project Finance Specialist (Investment Officer – Social Enterprise Finance)
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
United States
Application deadline 10/18/2023
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement High school/GED

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This position is part of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Office of Development Credit, Social Enterprise Finance Team. As a Project Finance Specialist (Social Enterprise) you will be responsible for the most complex, sensitive, or precedent-setting finance for international projects, including providing advice and staff support on planning, developing, implementing and evaluating issues related to credit, risk, and policy.

Major Duties:

    • Conducts in-depth analyses of new loan proposals to determine their financial, operational, technical, economic, legal, marketing, and political feasibility, as well as their alignment with DFC financing objectives and requirements.
    • Performs in-depth analyses of: the nature of the proposed business ventures; financial statements; country related macroeconomic and microeconomic risks; risks related to project contractual obligations; the eligibility, financial standing and business background of the sponsor.
    • Negotiates with key interested parties on DFC loan terms, including pricing, fees, covenants, collateral security, credit enhancements, and policy requirements.
    • Coordinates project financial plans and co-creditor arrangements with equity investors, creditors and grant providers, such as development finance institutions and banks, Export-Import Bank, and global, regional or local investors and asset allocators.
    • Consults with recognized industry experts on the technical aspects of proposed projects.
    • Obtains information through field visits, correspondence with officials of the host country, private firm representatives, U.S. AID and Embassy personnel and other sources needed to analyze applications for DFC financing assistance.
    • Prepares recommendations and required papers and correspondence. Presents loan proposals to the various approval officers and committees. Reviews and comments on contracts, obtains appropriate agency clearances and obtains investor’s signatures and fee payments.
    • Works with the business development team to develop new business opportunities.

Please Note: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE, local 1534.

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
    • Within 30 days of your start date, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450)
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
    • This position will require foreign travel to developing countries


Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements no later than the closing date of this announcement.

You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirements:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service that includes:

    • performing in-depth analyses of international project(s) and/or corporate financing of international investments in emerging markets to include impact investments and/or blended finance structures, the viability of the business model, and the market opportunity;
    • negotiation of terms and agreements with counter-parties; AND
    • analysis of credit risks of borrower and/or investee including financial conditions and track record of sponsors, management and other project parties.

Note: Education is not substitutional at this grade level.

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.

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

Additional Information:

Salary will be based upon the locality pay areas, as defined by OPM, and will be adjusted based upon the selectee’s duty location.

This position is eligible to be 100% remote. Applicants are encouraged to select “location negotiable” as their preferred duty station, if they are interested in a remote opportunity. The option to work out of the DFC’s office in downtown Washington, DC is available to candidates who are interested. If applicants select Washington, DC as their preferred duty station, the selectee will be expected to report to the office and follow the agency’s telework policy.

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.

**Applications for this position are only being accepted through USAJobs. Use the following link to apply: Please note, this announcement is set to close at 11:59 pm (ET) on October 18th, 2023, and all applications must be received at the link provided by the closing date to be considered.