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Director, Economic Governance and Trade

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Crown Agents USA Inc


Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a Director, Economic Governance and Trade in our Washington, DC office.

Our Business

We are change agents for greater global prosperity, delivering practical innovations in economic governance and tradehumanitarian solutions and food securityhealth systemsmonitoring, evaluation, and learning; and, supply chain as a partner of the US Government.

As a subsidiary of Crown Agents Limited, we leverage the expertise, resources, and network amassed from over 180 years of international development experience. Crown Agents works in 100+ countries, with on-the-ground presence in more than 35 and 13 permanent corporate offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We are wholly owned by a nonprofit foundation, allowing us to combine corporate agility with a commitment to reinvesting our profits in transforming lives.

Located in Washington, DC and incorporated in 1998, Crown Agents USA provides technical assistance and support to clients such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the U.S. Department of State (DoS), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

 Role & Responsibilities

The Director, Economic Governance and Trade (EGAT) is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation and management of practice areas, including strategic planning, project management, personnel, budgeting, and client management.  S/he will contribute to the CA-USA EGAT practice area strategy implementation goals by participating in thought leadership while building and maintaining relationships within the global Crown Agents’ community.  S/he will lead CA-USA’s EGAT business development efforts through: identifying proposal opportunities; providing technical guidance to bid facilitation teams; maintaining relationships with the donor and prime organizations; and participating on bid teams, to further the growth of the EGAT project portfolio for the U.S. division of Crown Agents.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Design and implement Economic Governance and Trade practice area strategies;
  • Provide strategic support in the identification of EGAT proposal opportunities, contribute technical inputs during proposal development, and authorize final budget and technical proposal;
  • Supervise and mentor EGAT practice team members, conducting regular performance reviews and analyzing team performance, identifying training and development gaps;
  • Establish and maintain appropriate EGAT systems, policies and procedures, ensuring staff receive necessary training; 
  • Maintain full and up to date knowledge of project issues, providing oversight and guidance as required and ensuring the EGAT projects are performing within budget and opportunities to maximize revenue are identified;
  • Overall responsibility for creation and presentation of monthly programmatic reviews to executive staff;
  • In coordination with senior leadership, identify risks and trends, implement appropriate solutions and manage outcomes;
  • Act as central point of contact with EGAT clients;
  • Act as development and career progression advocate for EGAT team members, promote collaboration and transfer of ideas and information between home office and field based teams, and instill CA-USA values by example;
  • Contribute to the CA-USA EGAT strategy implementation by participating in thought leadership and building/maintaining relationships within the global community for new bid opportunities, enhance existing strategic partnerships and expand current projects;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Business Administration, International Development, or a related field.
  • 15 or more years related experience in a related Economic Growth and Trade program management role required. 
  • Strong knowledge and history of effectively contributing technical inputs for Economic Governance and Trade programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with best practices in international trade, governance, public financial management, economic development, and/or a related field.
  • Strong analytical skills; business intuition, and common sense.
  • Solid judgment and apparent leadership skills.
  • Persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Demonstrated intermediate or above skills in MS Office Suite applications required.
  • Related work history carrying out technical writing and managing the bid production process required.
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for the company mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and effectively manage budgets.
  • Strong record of effectively leading a performance-based and outcome-based program and staff, including experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and managing a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and business development professionals.
  • Prior management of USAID, MCC, or privately funded projects desired.
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations preferred.
  • History of international travel and/or management of projects overseas highly desirable.
  • Must demonstrate personal attributes such as loyalty and integrity in addition to being successful in challenging environments and difficult situations, which is inherent in this position.
  • Fluency in English is required; bilingual or multilingual ability preferred.
  • Legal ability to work in the United States is required.
  •  International travel up to 30% required.


Application Process

To apply to this position, please email your CV to careers@crownagents.com, including your name, along with “16-76 Director, EGAT”, in the subject line.  Visit our website at www.crownagentsusa.com for more information about our company. No phone calls, faxes or walk-ins please.  Crown Agents USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affords equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.

Candidate must be able to demonstrate legal right to work in the United States.

Crown Agents USA will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualified disabilities in accordance with the ADA. If you require a reasonable accommodation for our application process, please contact our Recruiting department directly. Requests will be kept confidential and shared strictly on a need-to-know basis only.

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