United States of America: Food for Peace Officer

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

At the GS-11 level, the FFPO will serve as a Country Backstop Officer (CBO). The primary role of the FFPO working at the GS-11 level will be to support an SFFPO in the management of one or more country portfolios. At the GS-12 and GS-13 levels, the FFPO and the SFFPO, respectively, serve as a Country Backstop Officer (CBO) and an Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR). The primary roles of the FFPO and the SFFPO are to analyze food needs, recommend and implement food security strategies, and manage FFP food assistance programs carried out by implementing partners, predominantly Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and Public International Organizations (PIO) such as the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in one or more countries.

As part of a Geographic Team, the successful candidate will carry out the following functions for assigned countries:

At the GS-11 level equivalent:
• With technical guidance from her/his supervisor and the SFFPO, will serve as secondary point of contact for the U.S. Government (USG), implementing partners, and others on food assistance issues for the assigned country(ies).

• Under the direction of her/his supervisor and the SFFPO, assess food needs based on a variety of sources, including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, PVOs, and PIOs.

• Under the direction of his/her supervisor and working in collaboration with the SFFPO, identify priorities for funding, review appeals and proposals, and recommend programs to be supported. Draft and assemble documentation for program approval and funding.

• With technical guidance from her/his supervisor and the SFFPO, monitor programs through field visits, reporting by field staff, and information provided by implementing partners to maximize program effectiveness and ensure programs are being implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines.

• For review by her/his supervisor and the SFFPO, draft information products (e.g., updates, memoranda) on food security conditions and FFP programs and support the SFFPO to prepare briefings and to represent FFP in meetings and working groups with other USAID colleagues and representatives from other agencies.

• Accompany the SFFPO or other FFP staff on overseas trips in order to perform tasks and activities in support of above duties and responsibilities.

• Represent FFP on DCHA’s Crisis and Opening Action Coordination Team (COACT) and if applicable, serve on detail to DCHA’s Program, Policy and Management (PPM) when tasked to serve as FFP’s policy advisor on food assistance.

At the GS-12 level equivalent:

• In close coordination with supervisor, will serve as primary point of contact for the USG, implementing partners, and others on food assistance issues.

• Under the direction of his/her supervisor, assess food needs based on a variety of sources, including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, PVOs, and PIOs.

• Under the direction of his/her supervisor, identify priorities for funding, review appeals and proposals, and recommend programs to be supported. Draft and assemble documentation for program approval and funding.

• With guidance from his/her supervisor, monitor programs through field visits, reporting by field staff, and information provided by implementing partners to maximize program effectiveness and ensure programs are being implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines.

• Draft information products (e.g., updates, memoranda) on food security conditions and FFP programs, provide briefings, and represent FFP in meetings and working groups with other USAID colleagues and representatives from other agencies.

• Travel overseas to perform tasks and activities in support of above outlined duties and responsibilities.

• Represent FFP on DCHA’s Crisis and Opening Action Coordination Team (COACT) and if applicable, serve on detail to DCHA’s Program, Policy and Management (PPM) when tasked to serve as FFP’s policy advisor on food assistance.

At the GS-13 level equivalent:

• Serve as primary point of contact for the USG, implementing partners, and others on FFP-funded programming and other food assistance issues.

• Assess food needs based on a variety of sources, including field assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reporting from USAID field staff, PVOs, and PIOs.

• Identify priorities for funding, review appeals and proposals, and recommend programs to be supported. Draft and assemble documentation for program approval and funding.

• Monitor developments in assigned countries and programs to identify food assistance response options and/or policy issues related to food assistance, and make program or policy recommendations to FFP leadership.

• Develop, monitor, evaluate programs through field visits, reporting by field staff, and information provided by implementing partners to maximize program effectiveness and ensure programs are being implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines. Recommend performance measures for country programs and individual projects.

• Draft and/or edit information products (e.g., updates and memoranda) on food security situations and FFP programs, provide briefings, and represent FFP in meetings and working groups with other USAID colleagues and representatives from other agencies.

• Represent FFP on possible longer-term travel to overseas ‘duty stations’ in support of above duties and responsibilities.

• Mentor/train incoming FFP CBOs on specifics of FFP authorizing and appropriating legislation and interpretation and office procedures, when required.

• Represent FFP on DCHA’s Crisis and Opening Action Coordination Team (COACT) and if applicable, serve on detail to DCHA’s Program, Policy and Management (PPM) when tasked to serve as FFP’s policy advisor on food assistance.

The incumbent at all three GS levels may also be assigned to serve as an Emergency Policy Analyst and Program Coordinator or Program Operations Specialist with FFP’s Policy and Technical Division (PTD) or Program Operations Division (POD) or serve on a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) or a Response Management Team (RMT) with OFDA.

Food for Peace Officers are expected to spend 10 percent of their time contributing to organizational learning activities, attending trainings, and/or mentoring FFP staff.

How to apply:

Applications must be received by 4:00 PM on November 30, 2017 at the address specified in the cover
letter via email: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. A complete, current resume. See cover page for resume requirements.

  2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

  3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

The complete solicitation, including cover page and QRFs, and the AID 302-3 form are available at https://www.ffpjobs.com

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

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