Program Analyst II – USAID (Washington, DC) – Requires SECRET clearance



The fight against corruption is a key challenge of our lifetime.  As the President said in the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, corruption “rots democracy from the inside and is increasingly weaponized by authoritarian states to undermine democratic institutions.”  It also impedes development across all sectors and robs citizens of the dignity and progress they so richly deserve.  For these reasons, the Administrator has activated the Anti-Corruption Task Force (ACTF) to strengthen, elevate, and integrate anti-corruption across USAID’s work.  This position is located in USAID’s Anti-Corruption Task Force (ACTF). The ACTF is recruiting motivated staff who want to help boost and shape the Agency’s response to anti-corruption, one of the Administrator’s signature efforts.


The five ACTF pillars serve to: (1) shape ambitious anti-corruption policy commitments and programmatic deliverables to announce at the Summit for Democracy; (2) lead USAID’s engagement in the development of a national anti-corruption strategy as required by the National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM); (3) work closely with Regional and Pillar Bureaus and field Missions to launch new, multisectoral anti-corruption initiatives as opportunities and challenges emerge; (4) develop risk-based, tailored safeguards to address gaps in USAID’s risk-management architecture; and (5) build long-term capacity at USAID to respond to the growing demand for anti-corruption interventions.


The ACTF is seeking a Program Analyst II to support the historic elevation of anti-corruption at USAID and across the U.S. government. The Program Analyst II will support finding and developing partnerships with actors inside and outside government in support of the ACTF’s work. In particular, we seek to build meaningful partnerships and co-create programming with the private sector, other donors, civil society, and local solvers to accelerate the use of innovation and technology in the fight against corruption, particularly transnational corruption. The ACTF is a small team in which you will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to this important policy area at a critical time.


This position supports cross-cutting work among the Pillars of the Anti-Corruption Task Force. The position reports to the ACTF Transnational Organized Crime lead. The Program Analyst II would work in close collaboration with other members of the ACTF, especially as it relates to design of relevant programming.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support the design and implementation of the Combating Transnational Corruption Grand Challenge (“the Grand Challenge”) in collaboration with partners.
  2. Initiate, sustain, and shape engagements with partners, including businesses, associations and alliances, technologists and innovators, philanthropists, other governments and donors, civil society organizations, and media for the Grand Challenge.
  3. Identify and support the development of partnerships for other ACTF programmatic efforts in coordination with Pillars 1 (Summit for Democracy deliverables) and 3 (Integration)
  4. Coordinate with relevant stakeholders, including people impacted by transnational corruption, end users of Grand Challenge innovations, the U.S. Government interagency, and relevant USAID Bureaus, Missions, and independent offices to support the Grand Challenge and other ACTF efforts, as relevant.
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualification, Education and/or Experience:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Policy, Technology, Business or related field. Master’s preferred.
  2. Superb communication skills, including communicating with, and on behalf, of senior officials.
  3. Organized, with excellent follow-through.
  4. Takes initiative and spots opportunities to proactively engage.
  5. Familiarity with international relations, development, and governance topics.
  6. Strong teamwork skills.
  7. Comfort working in a fast-paced, fluid, and entrepreneurial environment.


Preferred Qualification, Education and/or Experience:

  1. Experience designing and/or implementing open innovation programs (such as Grand Challenges, prize competitions, challenge funds, or hackathons) or applying co-creation within USAID or other donor programs.
  2. Experiencing building and/or implementing collaborations with the private sector and/or other donors
  3. Familiarity and experience with communications, public relations, social media and/or digital publishing tools.


Strong Skill-sets Needed:

  1. Listening
  2. Writing
  3. Editing
  4. Verbal Communication
  5. Teamwork
  6. Multitasking
  7. Organizing and Planning
  8. Data Analysis
  9. Project Management


USAID Assumptions and Constraints:


1.    Staff working on this effort must possess the ability to obtain a  “Secret” clearance.

2.    Requires compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d); USAID Graphic Standards (available at www.usaid.gov/branding), USAID Mission & Core Values (available at http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/mission-vision-values) or any successor branding/mission/core values policies.

3.    Requires collaboration with USAID DDI and other Operational Units as well as across the interagency.



  1. Vendor’s proposed price for this effort is based on the assumptions below. Should any of our assumptions be invalid, a change could be considered under the Project Change Control Process.
  2. If support is required outside of core business hours, Vendor will coordinate with USAID to provide support, with the understanding that overtime will be managed by compensating the resource(s) with time off during the following week.
  3. Vendor will provide staffing to provide the services described within this document.
  4. Vendor and USAID will mutually agree upon the specific activities and schedule to be accomplished by the resources assigned to the scope described within this document to be consistent with the capacity of the resources.


Estimated Schedule:



Place of Performance:

Washington, DC –  Ronald Reagan Building (RRB).  On-site support with limited telework.

Travel – Limited International and Domestic Travel

Please email info@esghire.com for more information.