Social Specialist

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Washington, DC
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Applications are only being accepted through USAJobs. Use the following link to apply: This announcement is set to close at 11:59 pm (EST) on August 22nd, 2023. All applications must be received at the link provided by the closing date to be considered.
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This position is part of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Office of Development Policy (ODP), Social Risk Assessment Division. As a Social Specialist, you will be responsible for appraising potential and previously-approved DFC-supported investments to identify environmental and social risks and ensure compliance with applicable standards.

Major Duties:
Identifies, collects, and provides in-depth analysis of relevant information concerning the potential impact of proposed projects on the environment of the host country and globally and the potential impact of proposed projects on neighboring communities and workers. Reviews project-specific environmental and social policies and procedures and provides gap analyses between corresponding national and international legal and regulatory frameworks.

Conducts environmental and social assessments for projects under consideration for DFC support in debt finance, insurance, and equity finance. DFC’s social assessments consider issues – such as socioeconomic status, vulnerability, gender, human rights, cultural heritage, labor and working conditions, resettlement, health and safety, security, and stakeholder engagement – pertaining to individuals, communities and workers potentially affected by projects.

Provides guidance and support to prospective and existing clients on appropriate methodologies for assessing and managing environmental and social risks particularly related to social, labor, and human rights issues. Reviews policies, plans, reports, analyses, and other documentation from DFC clients and provide specific and constructive feedback for improvements to meet international standards.

Monitors the actual social (and, as assigned, environmental, health and safety) impacts of previously approved DFC projects through analyses of third party monitoring reports and through site visits. Prepares reports identifying issues of non-compliance with DFC contract conditions and makes recommendations for appropriate corrective action on social risk topics.

Monitors emerging policy changes in World Bank, IFC and other development finance institutions’ social and environmental standards. Keeps track of current events relevant to human rights, environmental and social risks, and labor rights. Disseminates to staff and DFC clients good practices and lessons learned related to the environmental and social aspects of DFC supported investor operations.

Represents DFC’s social policies, including on labor and human rights, and DFC’s overall environmental and social review and oversight processes to external stakeholders. – – Supports management with responses to comments by external stakeholders regarding potential social impacts of prospective projects and reported impacts of existing DFC-supported projects.

Supports senior-level analysts and managers with the above duties on more complex, socially sensitive projects receiving DFC support or under DFC consideration.

Please Note: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE, local 1534.

Additional Information:
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Telework Suitability: The duties of this position are suitable for telework. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment: Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

Work Schedule: This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous: DFC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

Recruitment and relocation incentives may be authorized for this position.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Must submit resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

Must be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance

This position will require foreign travel to developing countries

Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements no later than the closing date of this announcement.

You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to conduct research or analysis on social sustainability/social sustainable development topics in an international context;


B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position;


C. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to analyze and apply international frameworks or standards related to social sustainability and social performance, such as those from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) or an international organization like the United Nations or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Note: Education is not substitutional at this grade level.

Please Note: Applicants may be asked to produce a writing sample during the interview stage.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.