Director, External and Government Affairs

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. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the External and Government Affairs team, which is responsible for the planning and execution of the USADF’s legislative, public affairs, communications and donor engagement programs and activities.

2. Works closely with USADF's President & CEO and the rest of the agency's management team to define and implement a strategic external relations and communications agenda that will enable the agency to disseminate its programs as clearly and accurately as possible in order to maximize learning and impact, and to facilitate partnerships and fundraising.

3. Formulates policies and procedures governing information dissemination functions for USADF. Maintains press and media contacts and develops press and media materials such as press releases and program activity background papers. Serves as principal contact for local and international press and media, and as the USADF liaison with the Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassies in various African countries. Advises the President & CEO and other USADF senior management staff on press and media relations.

4. Manages all congressional liaison activities between the Foundation and members of Congress, and congressional staff members, committees and top officials. Promotes better understanding of and support for USADF programs by developing and implementing a legislative agenda on key priorities concerning USADF.


In order to qualify for the Director, External and Government Affairs, GS-1035-15 position at the USADF, qualified candidates must possess a minimum of 52 weeks specialized experience at the GS-14 or equivalent coordinating and executing a communications program that engages Congress, the media and external stakeholders, for public or private donor programs, and/or international development assistance organizations.



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