The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a key foreign affairs agency, formulating and implementing the President's International Development Strategy. USAID carries out this mission in over 100 countries around the world as well as in Washington, D.C. This position is in USAID's Office of the General Counsel, Africa Division.
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The Power Africa (PA) legal officer serves in an attorney-advisor role, providing overall legal advice and guidance to the Africa Bureau (AFR) and PA. In particular, the incumbent will work closely with the PA Coordinator's Offices in Washington, DC, and Pretoria, South Africa and with Resident Legal Officers throughout Africa on PA implementation issues. Many of the transactional activities planned by PA will involve the division within GC that provides legal advice to the Global Development Lab and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (GC/LAB & GC/E-3). The incumbent will assume a broad range of responsibility, consistent with her/his experience and expertise.
The incumbent provides overall legal advice and guidance to AFR and PA and other Agency offices, bureaus, and missions relating to the functions and work of such offices, including, but not limited to: (1) USAID engagement with the private sector to achieve PA goals for increased electricity supply and access in Africa; (2) USAID management of the inter-agency initiative, including developing and maintaining working relationships with other U.S. Government agencies and international institutions; (3) legal support for PA transactions, including credit guarantees and due diligence support; (4) the application of law, regulation, policy, and guidance on USAID PA projects and activities; (5) congressional, GAO, IG, and public inquiries; (6) initiating proposed procedures and legislation, where appropriate; and (7) developing guidance and templates for USAID engagement with private sector entities in foreign assistance activities; and (8) other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel required.
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You must be a U.S. citizen member in good standing of a bar in the U.S. You must have a minimum of five years' experience in the practice of law in the private or government sectors.
You must be a U.S. citizen in good standing of a bar in the U.S. You must have a minimum of five years' experience in the practice of law in private and/or government sectors. Prior energy experience, especially with energy projects in developing countries, is highly desirable. Corporate, transactional and/or experience with federal government rules and regulations is a plus. Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse range of clients and colleagues is required.
Graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or foreign equivalent).
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