Solicitation for U.S. Personal Services Contractor (U.S.PSC) Senior Trade Advisor, GS-14 At US Agency for International Development


  1. SOLICITATION NO.: Mission Notice 22-44
  2. ISSUANCE DATE: March 23, 2022
  3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: April 08, 2022 at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)
  4. POINT OF CONTACT: Executive Office/Human Resources, Patrick Bii, HR Assistant, email at
  5. POSITION TITLE: Senior Trade Advisor
  6. MARKET VALUE: $95,973 to $124,764 annually equivalent to GS-14. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
  7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) year base period, with three one-year options subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance or better.
  8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya
  9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens and/or U.S Resident Aliens[1] residing in Kenya. Citizenship, if dual, must be clearly stated.


The Private Sector Solutions Center of Excellence within the Office of Economic Growth and Integration (OEGI) in USAID oversees programming and engagement in the trade sector. USAID works with the Government of Kenya and the private sector to increase trade among East African countries and globally. USAID promotes two-way trade and investment linkages between Kenya and the U.S., and helps Kenyan and American firms take greater advantage of trade opportunities including those provided by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). USAID supports a range of trade-related areas including: capacity building, building a private sector enabling environment, market access, mitigation of non-tariff barriers, and investment and export promotion. In addition, USAID has worked to enable safer trade during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support job creation and economic growth through expanded trade, USAID is seeking applications from local-hire U.S. citizens interested in the position of Senior Trade Advisor.


The Senior Trade Advisor will serve as a technical specialist for OEGI on trade issues including trade agreements, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, regional integration, trade policy, standards, and trade-capacity building.

Specific Duties: S/he will have the following specific duties:

● Analyze and summarize impacts of trade policies and developments, and advise Mission management on issues relating to trade in Kenya and East Africa.

● Assess the status of Kenyan and East African trade regulations, procedures and practices and draft reports on bilateral and regional trade regimes.

● Identify trade capacity building needs and lead design and oversight of trade capacity building interventions.

● Establish and maintain high-level contacts within U.S. trade agencies, the Government of Kenya, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other relevant organizations.

● Support technical trade discussions with bilateral and regional partners.

● Prepare briefing materials, plan events, and manage field activities as needed.

12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The primary location of work will be on the U.S. Embassy/USAID compound in Nairobi, Kenya. No special demands are required to perform the work.**


The incumbent must meet the following requirements in education and professional experience:

Education (10 points): Minimum of Master’s in Economics, International Trade, Law, Business or related discipline is required. **

Prior Work Experience (25 points): A minimum 10 years of relevant working experience in trade policy or trade capacity building implementation is required. **

Job Knowledge (40 Points): The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge of laws, policies, and regulations related to trade, as well as in-depth knowledge and understanding of international, regional, and U.S. trade agreements. The successful candidate will have a firm grasp on approaches to trade capacity building, and strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in complex interagency environments. **

Additional Required Skills & Abilities (25 points):

This is a technical position within the Private Sector Solutions Center in OEGI. The incumbent must be able to demonstrate a combination of technical and analytical abilities related to trade policy and/or trade capacity building.**

The incumbent must be able to work effectively with U.S. and Kenyan/East African counterparts and to recognize potentially sensitive areas that arise in trade discussions. S/he must have strong organizational skills, good attention to detail, and be able to work effectively with limited supervision.**

The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. S/he must be able to analyze and communicate complex policy and programmatic issues in an understandable manner. S/he must have excellent English writing and editing skills, as well as an ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive documents including briefing papers, project design documents, and reports. **

Total Possible Points: 100

[1] U.S. resident alien means a non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

How to apply

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

1) Offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with individuals,” available at

2) An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (no more than five pages)**, cover letter** explaining your qualifications for the position, copies of all relevant certificates and include three (3) referees, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts.

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to by the closing date and time indicated above.

To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors – The Offeror will be required to show proof that the Offeror is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before the first date of onboarding, or submit an approved reasonable accommodation to the CO. If the contractor does not meet this requirement the contract may be terminated.