Chief Operating Officer

U.S. African Development Foundation

About the organization

The U.S. African Development Foundation is an independent US government agency. USADF invests in African grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. USADF promotes local economic development; and creates pathways to prosperity for marginalized populations and underserved communities. Utilizing a community-led development approach, USADF provides seed capital and local project management assistance improving lives and impacting livelihoods while addressing some of Africa’s biggest challenges around food insecurity, insufficient energy access, and unemployment, particularly among women and youth. Over the last five years, throughout Africa’s Horn, Sahel and Great Lakes regions USADF has invested more than $115 million dollars directly into over 1000 African owned and operated entities, and impacted over four million lives.


1. Assists the CEO in all aspects of the administration of USADF operations, including, but not limited to, developing and directing the implementation of program and administrative policies, goals, objectives, and priorities in order to promote the mission, values, business model and practices with key constituencies, customers and development stakeholders in the United States, Africa and worldwide.

2. Participates fully in the day-to-day operations of the USADF, directly supervising and coordinating through subordinate supervisors, staff and contractor personnel, the following administrative and support functions: budget, finance, information technology, human resources, procurement and other related operational support services. Ensure that program and administrative operations are strategically planned, fully integrated and that service delivery is effective, efficient, well-coordinated, and customer-service oriented.

3. Provides leadership advice, guidance, and direction to staff on operational policies and procedures, implementation of new strategic initiatives and functional mandates, and oversees key stakeholder and client relationships. Ensures appropriate alignment of people, and assets across and between USADF/Washington divisions to achieve equitable workloads, optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

4. Provides critical technical assistance and advice to the Board, CEO, and other supervisors regarding overarching priorities and specific goals.


In order to qualify for the Chief Operating Officer, GS-0301-15 position, qualified candidates must possess a minimum of 52 weeks specialized experience at the GS-14 or equivalent leading or coordinating the program support operations (budget/accounting, human capital, information technology, procurement, etc.) of a multi-functional, public or private donor program or international development assistance organization, in addition to, expert knowledge of marginalized populations in developing countries (particularly Africa), the socio-economic conditions associated with marginalized populations and approaches to addressing the needs represented.


$137,849.00 - $166,500.00

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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