International Program Specialist (GS-09; GS-12)

U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program

About the organization

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, 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 and North Africa (MENA). This includes the Gulf (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait) and the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco).

Though U.S. government official travel is currently restricted due to COVID-19, this position may require travel to countries throughout the MENA region when official travel can safely be resumed.
The incumbent will perform duties such as:

• Assisting attorneys with the design and implementation of technical assistance programs related to the rule of law;
• Identifying and securing the logistical support needed to execute technical assistance programs through multiple procurement mechanisms;
• Developing, planning and preparing overall program budgets based on CLDP interagency agreements including tracking budgets as expenditures occur, notifying funding agencies of spending rates, and sending regular bills for CLDP programs;
• Traveling overseas to prepare and implement trainings, workshops;
• Monitoring federal regulations and departmental policies to ensure that all CLDP plans and expenditures comply with the relevant requirements;
• Liaising with government officials, judges and other high level diplomatic, community, and business leaders abroad.


Applicants must possess one or more years of specialized 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). 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;
• Fluency in French required;
• Proficiency in Arabic preferred;
• 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


GS-09; GS-12 (Starting salary $60,129)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please email the following to Blake Candler at [email protected] with "MENA IPS Job Application" in the subject line:

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility

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