The Office of the General Counsel (GC) provides legal advice, counsel, and services to Agency officials and ensures that USAID programs are administered in accordance with applicable legislation and policy. GC is organized to provide direct legal support to the Agency’s pillar and regional bureaus and independent offices. We partner with USAID leadership and staff to develop innovative solutions and provide actionable legal advice to advance the Agency mission, further U.S. foreign policy, and national security interests, and deliver the best value for the American people. Attorneys in GC are leaders in Agency responses to new development challenges. We routinely negotiate and draft agreements and other instruments which serve the foreign policy and international development interests of the United States. Our expertise is regularly and urgently needed when the U.S. Government responds to international crises and events, such as natural disasters or political changes. We serve as key advisors on a wide range of legal and policy matters, such as project design and implementation, contracting and grant-making, public international law, investment and credit activities, and personnel and ethics matters. We have significant engagement with partner country governments, bilateral and multilateral development partner counterparts, the U.S. and foreign private entities, and other stakeholders. The environment is fast-paced and exciting, with attorneys regularly facing highly complex, high-profile, and novel legal and policy issues.
Our core GC values are as follows: Commitment: inspired by USAID’s mission, we provide the highest caliber legal advice, zealous representation, and innovative solutions to deliver results. Autonomy: we empower staff to initiate and lead legal projects to their conclusion, encourage staff to engage in the breadth of GC and Agency work, and support staff in finding work-life balance through scheduling, flexibility, and telework. Teamwork: we value various perspectives, support each other in our challenges, teach and learn from one another, and treat each other with dignity and respect. Leadership: we encourage all GC members to build their leadership capacity and model Agency core values and ethics. GC members seek optimal solutions to seemingly intractable problems and significantly contribute to broader Agency needs and priorities. Diversity: we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace.
As Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition and Assistance, your duties will include the following:
- Planning, assigning, supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of six GS lawyers, one foreign service (FS) lawyer, one or more paralegals, and one or more legal intern(s), as assigned;
- Resolving legal issues on acquisition and assistance (A&A) matters, to include all aspects (operational and policy) relating to contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other forms of financial assistance;
- Serving as lead counsel in advising Agency officials, including those in the Bureau for Management’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) on a broad range of matters dealing with proposed and existing U.S. Government-wide law, regulations, and policy relating to A&A;
- Providing advice and guidance on statutory provisions and legislative history of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, relating to the procurement of goods and services;
- Training USAID staff and non-USAID officials on acquisition and assistance law;
- Representing GC and the Agency in meetings and conferences with senior officials and counsel, both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Congress, the White House Counsel’s Office, the National Security Council, the Departments of State, Agriculture, Justice, Treasury, Commerce, Transportation, and Interior, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the International Development Finance Corporation, as well as the Office of Management and Budget, the GAO, and GSA; and
- Representing USAID in negotiations relating to contracts, funding agreements, public-private partnerships, and other transactions with contractors, non-governmental organizations, foundations, private sector entities, foreign governments, and multilateral organizations (including the United Nations and the multilateral development banks) in the U.S. and overseas.
Occasional travel – Amount of travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent’s time. Travel includes domestic and international locations.