About the Agency
This position is located in the department of Legal Affairs of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The successful candidate will serve as a Senior Commercial Counsel and advise on the legal and policy aspects of OPIC's finance, private equity investment funds and political risk insurance programs. Work includes negotiating and preparing loan documentation and closing transactions. The types of financing vary from project finance, infrastructure loans, loans to SMEs and microfinance institutions, to loans to private equity funds. The loans can be high or low in dollar values but often involve complex negotiation and documentation. The projects are always located in a developing country.
- Occasional Travel
- Occaisional travel may be required.
- You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
DUTIES: Back to top
In this position, you will:
- Manage legal issues for a portfolio of OPIC projects in the full spectrum of OPIC business lines: project, asset-based, and corporate financing, financing for private equity funds and other financial intermediaries, special assets, political risk insurance and insurance claims and insuring timely, high quality legal support to these projects.
- Handle the entire loan documentation and negotiation process. With respect to loans where outside counsel has been retained, acts as head of the legal negotiating team ("first chair") in complex, multi-million dollar international transactions involving U. S. sponsors of infrastructure projects, such as renewable energy and renewable resources, as well as projects in the manufacturing and service industries.
- Supervise the partners and associates of outside private legal firms who are procured to supplement OPIC's legal team in completing transactions. Provide legal advice on a variety of matters involving the following: for direct finance transactions, preparing and negotiating loan agreements, project completion agreements, guarantees, pledges, mortgages, assignments, and debt service reserve agreements.
- Review project documents, such as, concession agreements, power purchase agreements, and engineering, procurement and construction agreements is a plus. For private investment funds, provide legal advice in connection with structuring, negotiating, and documenting OPIC's financing for the fund.
- For special assets, provide legal assistance in connection with restructuring, negotiating, and documenting the OPIC workouts, bankruptcies, and collection actions. For political risk insurance transactions, drafts and reviews insurance and reinsurance contracts, analyzes insurance claims and drafts determinations as to their validity.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
Grade 14: Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicant must have international transactional experience, including workouts, experience in representing lenders, private equity fund formation experience, strong drafting skills, and knowledge of issues relating to collateral, intercreditor arrangements, jurisdiction, arbitration, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Preference will be given to those applicants with significant experience as outlined above. Candidates must have one of the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus have one year of professional legal experience equivalent to the GS-13 level as described above. Minimum Requirements: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet all requirements, including education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
All applicants must possess a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (of any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's):
1. Ability to write and draft complex documents.
2. Ability to analyze complex legal questions and present arguments in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner.
3. Ability to understand, interpret, and apply laws and policies.
4. Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies listed above . However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
We will review your resume and transcripts (if applicable), to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and/or work experiences as it relates to the specialized experience and your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of two quality categories: Highly Qualified and Qualified. Names of candidates in the Highly Qualified Category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume, as well as provide the required supporting documentation. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified. If you are entitled to 5 point veterans' preference and qualify for the position, your name will be placed above qualified nonveterans eligibles in your assigned category. If you are a disabled veteran with a service-connected disability of 10% or more and you meet the minimum qualification of the position, you will be listed at the top of the highest quality category. For information on veterans preference see Fedshirevet .
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Best-Qualified category for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
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BENEFITS: Back to top
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OTHER INFORMATION: More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links below.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and www.opm.gov/disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - If you received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout with the Federal government, you must submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.
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