Tunisia: Country Representative/Senior Country Representative – Libya

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Tunisia
Closing date: 20 Mar 2017

The OTI Country Representative/Senior Country Represenative – Libya is a full-time Personal Service Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14/15 equivalent level and located in Tunisia. Applications for this position are due no later than March 20, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time (EST). For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The Country Representative is a member of the DCHA/OTI Middle East Regional Team, reports to the OTI Regional Team Lead or designee, and is based in Tunis, Tunisia. The incumbent may be required to travel regionally as necessary. In addition while travel to Libya is currently restricted, U.S. Government restrictions may change in the future, requiring the incumbent to travel to approved locations in Libya. The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be development, oversight and management of DCHA/OTI’s Libya country program. The incumbent will be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to senior-level government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.

The OTI Libya program supports the larger objectives of the U.S. Government to support a more stable, unified, and democratic Libya. In close coordination with State Department representatives and other USG actors, OTI’s rapid and targeted program addresses emerging issues and empowers local partners such as local and national government offices, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups, and media outlets to leverage timely and locally driven activities that increase credibility and confidence in national and local governance.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-14 Country Representative level:

Note: Duties and responsibilities are listed in order of importance for this position

  • Manage a high-profile program in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and provide programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees) ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;

  • Based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy, conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy, and other U.S. agencies and departments, as well as national and local government officials, and local civil society representatives. When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country, linked to neighboring country programs, where appropriate;

  • Communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, the U.S. Embassy and other donor organizations;

  • Supervise, lead, build, and motivate a team comprised of USPSCs and a significant number of implementing partner staff in multiple locations in the country of performance. Continuously review and design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff. Maintain staff morale in a difficult security and work environment;

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact;

  • Analyze and report on current political developments and security concerns, as well as other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

  • Travel extensively in low security areas of focus to monitor and assess political conditions, meet with potential grantees, and develop activity ideas;

  • Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on implementing partner performance, the appropriateness of the partner’s scope to OTI’s country objectives, partner’s budgets, and modifications thereto;

  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract up to $250,000 with OTI COR approval, in accordance with the ADS (USAID’s Automated Directives System);

  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ensure that OTI’s programs and activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned are applied to ongoing or future activities;

  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;

  • Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;

  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, Ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international NGOs, and other pertinent agencies and organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with them in order to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;

  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, and contingency and evacuation plans;

  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government, as appropriate;

  • Articulate program strategy to external actors and communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, and other donor organizations; prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and periodic reports to the USAID Mission, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate;

  • Perform related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful completion of country programs and operations.

At the GS-15 Senior Country Representative level:

Note: Duties and responsibilities are listed in order of importance for this position

  • Manage a high-profile program in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and provide programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees) ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;

  • Play a lead role in helping the Libya Transition Assistance Response Team and USG interagency partners understand the Libya context and develop a USG assistance strategy for Libya;

  • Based on a mastery of political analysis and U.S. Government policy, conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy, and other U.S. agencies and departments, as well as national and local government officials, and local civil society representatives. When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country, linked to neighboring country programs, where appropriate;

  • Communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, the U.S. Embassy and other donor organizations;

  • Expertly supervise, lead, build, and motivate a team comprised of multiple USPSCs, and a significant number of implementing partner staff, in multiple locations in the country of performance. Continuously review and design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff. Maintain staff morale in a difficult security and work environment;

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on high level analyses and their potential programmatic impact;

  • Analyze, synthesize, and report on current political developments and security concerns, as well as other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

  • Travel extensively in low security areas of focus to monitor and assess political conditions, meet with potential grantees, and develop activity ideas;

  • Provide high level and nuanced recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on implementing partner performance, the appropriateness of the partner’s scope to OTI’s country objectives, partner’s budgets, and modifications thereto;

  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract up to $250,000 with OTI COR approval, in accordance with the ADS (USAID’s Automated Directives System);

  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ensure that OTI’s programs and activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned are applied to ongoing or future activities;

  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;

  • Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;

  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, Ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international NGOs, and other pertinent agencies and organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with them in order to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;

  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, and contingency and evacuation plans;

  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government, as appropriate;

  • Articulate program strategy to external actors and communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, and other donor organizations; prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and periodic reports to the USAID Mission, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate;

  • Perform related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the successful completion of country programs and operations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At the GS-14 Country Representative level:

  • A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

AND

  • Minimum of six (6) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, stabilization programming, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political instability;

  • A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff), of which at least one (1) year must include supervisory management experience (defined as supervising at least one other supervisor within an office, division, or team).

At the GS-15 Senior Country Representative level:

  • A Master’s Degree with ten (10) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with twelve (12) years of work experience;

AND

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in political transition, complex crises, community development, stabilization programming, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

  • Minimum of five (5) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political instability;

  • A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff), of which at least two (2) years must include supervisory management experience (defined as supervising at least one other supervisor within an office, division, or team).

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience leading teams to design, implement, and monitor and evaluate small grants programs in operationally complex political and conflict environments;

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience representing an organization within or to the USG and other governments, donors, or local partners, at high levels, to inform programming and policy.

Please direct questions about this position or the application proces to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.

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