Ghana: OTI Senior Regional Specialist – Lake Chad Basin

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 07 Aug 2017

The OTI Senior Regional Specialist – Lake Chad Basin is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Ghana. Applications for this position are due no later than August 7, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. 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 OTI Senior Regional Specialist for Lake Chad Basin (LCB) position was developed because: (1) USAID’s portfolio of countries in Africa that face various forms of fragility or crisis has increased, making OTI’s experience and programming methodology more relevant, timely and sought after; and (2) as USAID’s lead operational unit for crisis intervention programming, OTI is evolving to carry out more assessments, provide more experientially-based technical advice and analysis, and explore countries that face possible political crises earlier in order to deepen understanding, identify opportunities and constraints, and to be more prepared to execute programming when necessary.

The Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will assist the Senior Regional Specialist/Africa to represent and serve as a liaison between OTI and a wide array of individuals and institutions including USAID Field Missions, other Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) office representatives, regionally based officials from the State Department, the Department of Defense, and other agencies of the U.S. Government, international organizations, and the nongovernment community abroad on political transition, conflict and post-conflict issues in the region. In this capacity, the Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will visit, as necessary, ongoing OTI programs in the region as well as proposed and potential country program sites, and may be called upon to support other regions as needed. This position will be based in the OTI Africa Field office-Accra and include extensive travel, particularly within the Africa region.

The Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will serve as OTI’s LCB Regional Approach Team Lead, overseeing the coordination and articulation of OTI’s approach and impact across the LCB region and guiding research, analysis, learning and cooperation across country programs. She or he will report to the Senior Regional Advisor for Africa. The Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will lead in designing OTI regional tools and platforms and develop procedures, minimum program requirements, and best practices for OTI’s regional approach. The Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will mentor and train OTI Country Teams on these tools and procedures and help determine the learning and training needs of in-country staff assigned to OTI’s LCB Regional platform.

The Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will inform the OTI Africa Field Office’s contributions to broader office policy and process discussions and promote state-of-the-art transition programming. As requested, the Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will cultivate and share best practices found in the field with OTI’s Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team. Through coordination with the ABC team Senior Regional Specialist/LCB will stay abreast of current regional approach thinking, policy determinations and lessons learned, and best regional approach practices from other regions.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as OTI’s Lake Chad Basin (LCB) Regional Approach Team Lead, ensuring effective implementation of OTI’s LCB Strategy;

  • Provide support that will include but not be limited to: orientation, training and mentoring for LCB regional staff regarding tools and processes involved in OTI’s Regional Approach; collaboration on and coordinate work planning, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; contribute to staff performance evaluation; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved to respective managers (i.e. Regional PO to responsible COP); resolve non-movement on implementation of “transnational” activities;

  • Lead and oversee OTI’s regional approach team, including the LCB Field Program Coordinator, providing guidance and input into the development of work plans and tasks for individual country LCB Regional Program Officers as well as contributing to their performance evaluations, and supervising and mentoring OTI Country Representatives (CRs) on matters involving OTI’s LCB Regional Approach;

  • Ensure effective CR and Implementing Partner Chief of Party (CoP) participation and resource allocation for developing, evolving and implementing OTI’s Regional Approach;

  • Provide final field approvals on all documents, reporting and communications regarding OTI’s regional approach and collective LCB programs’ understanding, analysis and impact;

  • Oversee and manage the design and management of a LCB regional learning, research and analysis mechanism;

  • Lead in the development of LCB regional theories of change, objectives, and subsequent structuring of a regional database;

  • Supervise the development of regional mapping products for cross-program analysis and to better describe OTI’s regional approach and impact;

  • Ensure individual country program participation and compliance with overall regional objectives and database and mapping requirements;

  • Monitor and evaluate OTI country programs’ progress on the OTI regional approach through regular communication with staff, reports from the country programs, USAID/WA and Washington, liaising with the OTI Program Office (PO) and Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Office teams, and regular site visits;

  • Design LCB regional staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and ensure dedicated LCB regional staff work objectives and tasks are well defined;

  • Ensure that LCB regional staff are highly qualified, trained, and mentored in all critical aspects of OTI operations and programming;

  • Represent OTI LCB field programs’ regional efforts in inter- and intra-agency policy and crisis task forces;

  • Provide management and oversight to the OTI Lake Chad Basin Field Program Coordinator (FPC) as well as direct input into the work plans and performance evaluations of OTI LCB Regional Program officers (RPOs) across OTI’s LCB programs.

  • Lead in the production of reports and documents articulating OTI’s LCB regional approach and the collective impact of OTI programs in the region.

  • Provide insights and perspective to the OTI Senior Regional Advisor for Africa about the needs and implementation of country programs.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Regional Specialist/Africa in support of OTI’s Africa field mission, including, if required, other representational duties in support of OTI programs.

  • When required, participate on and/or contribute to assessments for possible new country startups, and contribute to new country analysis for OTI.

  • In the absence of the Senior Regional Specialist/Africa, the Senior Regional Specialist/LCB may be asked to serve as OTI’s representative, regional focal point, and liaison for new country start-ups, strategic analysis and dialogue with senior U.S. government officials and representatives throughout the region.

Minimum Qualifications Required for this position

At a minimum, the applicant must have:

  • A Master’s degree with seven (7) years of project management experience including project design with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, organizational development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;

OR

  • A Bachelor’s with nine (9) years of project management experience including project design with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, organizational development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;

AND

  • A minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience, of which two (2) years must include supervising in a management capacity (defined as supervising at least one other supervisor within an office, division, or team);

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience working with political transition programs implemented through a grants-under-contract mechanism with a U.S. Government foreign assistance bureaucracy;

  • A minimum of three (3) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process 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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