International Program Specialist

Commercial Law Development Program

About the organization

Established in 1992, CLDP is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms. CLDP’s unique, government-to-government technical assistance draws upon highly-experienced regulators, judges, policymakers, business leaders and attorneys from both the public and private sectors to deliver results that make meaningful and lasting changes to the legal and business environments of our host countries.


CLDP is looking for an energetic, innovative, adaptable, and results-oriented individual who will enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced, and mission-driven organization as an International Program Specialist. The major geographical focus of programming for this position will be Middle East/North Africa (MENA).
This position will require frequent travel to countries in the MENA region on official travel.
Duties include:
• Assisting in the design and implementation of technical assistance programs related to government procurement, anti-corruption, ethics, cross-border trade, etc with attorney advisors;
• Identifying and securing the logistical support needed to execute technical assistance programs through multiple procurement mechanisms;
• Developing and planning program budgets based on CLDP interagency agreements, to include tracking budgets, notifying funding agencies of spending rates, and managing procurements;
• Traveling overseas to prepare and implement trainings, workshops, and consultations;
• Monitoring federal regulations and departmental policies to ensure that all CLDP plans and expenditures comply with the relevant requirements;
• Liaising with government officials, judges, Embassy personnel, and other high-level diplomatic, community, and business leaders in foreign countries;
• Managing project M&E (monitoring and evaluation), including data collection, reporting of programmatic indicators, and assisting in the design of M&E plans


• Applicants must possess one or more years of specialized experience, including volunteer work through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, and/or community organizations).
• Fluency in French or Arabic is required; Additionally, applicants must be able to satisfy the below qualifications:
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with peers and high-level U.S. and foreign officials;
• Ability to manage program budgets, complex logistics, and complete procurement requests;
• Flexibility to adapt to rapidly evolving circumstances;
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
This job is available to applicants with active or recently expired non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status with possibility of extension, including but not limited to alumni of the Boren scholarships, Fulbright program, Critical Language Scholarship, and Peace Corps. NCE is a special federal hiring status applicable for certain federal jobs. For more information on NCE, visit


GS 09, Step 1 (With promotion potential to GS 12)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To be considered, please submit the following to Isabel Crist at [email protected] or [email protected] by using the subject line “MENA International Program Specialist Applicant LAST NAME”:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility

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