Project Finance Specialist

This position is part of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). As a PROJECT FINANCE SPECIALIST you will be responsible for supporting public and private sector entities that promote and make investments. The incumbent will undertake business development and early execution support and direction for investors to DFC programs.

Major Duties:

  • Works with other U.S. government agencies to support an all-of-government approach to catalyzing U.S. investment in the region.
  • Develops strategy for and manage business development efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains business relationships with U.S. and foreign corporations, U.S. and foreign commercial banks, relevant business associations, and development finance institutions.
  • Makes recommendations concerning new DFC business opportunities; works with U.S. and partner country government officials to identify and facilitate investment opportunities.
  • Identifies key potential clients or client groups, associations, industry sectors, regions, and/or target markets on which marketing efforts should focus.
  • Reviews projects submitted for DFC support to investment to determine their suitability.
  • Performs analyses of: nature of proposed projects; credit-worthiness of sponsor; suitability of proposed technology; key risks related to contractual obligations; financial conditions of project parties; and country-related risks.
  • Coordinates with relevant business lines in Washington, DC to develop a term sheet for the transaction and seamlessly transition the project to a deal team to finalize the credit approval and closing.

Please Note: This is not a Bargaining unit position.

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/trial 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. Continued employment will be subject to submission of all documentation necessary to obtain the security clearance.
  • This position will require domestic and foreign travel.
  • This position may be eligible for special pay allowances (e.g., post allowance (COLA), post hardship differential, housing, dependent education, etc.).
  • The selectee is required to attend pre-deployment training and complete such training to the satisfaction of the DFC.
  • The selectee will need to obtain a Department of State medical clearance before being cleared to report to the overseas duty station.
  • This is a Term appointment. Selectee(s) will sign a statement acknowledging the term appointment.


You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirements.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience which is directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience:

 1) managing the business development of international investments or financial transactions.

2) managing multiple international project finance investments.

3) performing the full range of work related to project financing to include underwriting, due diligence, approval process, and negotiation of loan documentation.

4) coordinating with international development finance institutions, financial institutions, or international development organizations on financing international projects in emerging markets. 

Note: Education is not substitutional at this grade level.

Skill in speaking Ukrainian and/or Russian is preferred but not required.

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.

Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignment to this location requires a one (1) year commitment. The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the DFC.

  • This position is subject to NSDD-38 approval. If the position does not receive NSDD-38 approval, a final job offer will not be made.
  • Ukraine has been designated as an unaccompanied post. No family members or members of household are authorized to reside at post.
  • Selectee will be required to onboard and initially work from DFC Headquarters in Washington, DC or a remote worksite (in accordance with agency policy) to prepare for deployment for a one-year tour in Kyiv, Ukraine. Pre-deployment processing can take several months due to general requirements and individual considerations. This initial 13-month term appointment is projected to be extended to the length necessary to allow for a full one-year deployment in Kyiv, Ukraine upon completion of pre-deployment processing. Further extensions subject to Department of State and DFC policies in effect at the time of consideration not-to-exceed the four-year limitation on term appointments.
  • Vacancy exists for Ukraine in January 2025. Report date is an estimate and subject to change. An employee may be required to report earlier or later than the estimated report date based on the needs of the DFC and changing requirements at post.
  • Overseas employees in foreign areas receive the base pay on the GS pay chart with annual cost-of-living adjustments. Additional allowances such as a post hardship differential and Cost of Living Allowance are provided where conditions warrant.
  • Potential selectee will temporarily remain in a different location, whether domestic or international, before being authorized to travel to the overseas post. This is to complete the required training and security and/or medical clearances.
  • Host nation determines the selectee's diplomatic status and it is their sole discretion under applicable international law. Diplomatic status must be granted in order to proceed to the overseas post.
  • Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at
  • Information on Ukraine may be found at

Additional Information:

Stipulations of Employment: Term appointments may be shortened or extended up to a maximum of four years based on the needs of the agency without further competition. Subsequent employment for DFC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities. Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary/trial period.

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 

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 incentive and annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized for this position. 

Applications for this position are only accepted through USAJOBS and must be received by 11:59 pm (ET) on June 14.