United States of America: OTI Senior Transition Specialist – Washington, D.C.

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Jan 2018

The OTI Senior Transition Specialist – Washington, D.C. is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Washington, DC. Applications for this position are due no later than January 30, 2018 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.


The Sr. Transition Specialist position utilizes the experience and skills gained from working with political transition programs and operations in the field to provide support and guidance for program implementation, staff training and mentoring, assessments, and the development and application of lessons learned. The Sr. Transition Specialist is supervised by an OTI Division Chief (Program Learning, and Innovation Division or Field Programs Division) or his/her designee.

The incumbent for this position will be expected to initially work with the Program, Learning, and Innovation Division (PLI), which develops, oversees, and manages critical processes supporting the implementation of OTI country programs. In carrying out these responsibilities, the PLI Division engages with local partners (both government and non-governmental) in the country of operation, counterparts in the U.S. Embassy, the USAID Missions, USAID and Department of State Regional Bureaus, the National Security Council, the Congress, and foreign and international donor organizations. The Sr. Transition Specialist will initially provide regular guidance and leadership for the OTI Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) team in Washington headquarters, including the management and supervision of ABC staff focusing on learning, training, innovation, monitoring and evaluation, and development of technology tools in support of OTI country programs. The PLI/ABC team supports OTI’s mission by facilitating learning within country programs and across the office, providing leadership on the program strategic planning processes that form OTI’s business model, identifying best practices and promoting innovation.

In order to help ensure successful political transitions overseas in rapidly changing environments, the Sr. Transition Specialist will ensure that OTI staff, implementing partner staff, and other key players have the information and training they need to start up new programs, seek out and work with appropriate beneficiaries in the field, and manage and close out activities effectively and efficiently. The vast majority of the workload for this position will be in direct support of political transition program implementation.


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

  • Assist with the development of information management products and improved business practices for OTI based on research and personal field experience lessons learned;

  • Provide training and mentoring on OTI program implementation for OTI staff both in Washington and the field as required;

  • Conduct, in collaboration with the relevant OTI regional team, assessments for possible new country programs, and visits to field sites in areas where OTI has projects;

  • Execute, if required, closeout activities related to OTI programs, recommend strategic courses of action, facilitate closeout meetings, and provide ongoing evaluations of OTI programs in the field;

  • When required, negotiate, within the guidelines provided by the OTI supervisor, or his/her designee, program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental counterparts;

  • Conceptualize and design country program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID and U.S. Department of State personnel, and other governmental and non-governmental actors, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. When necessary, assist in refining strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country, possibly linked to neighboring country programs if considered appropriate;

  • Represent and articulate OTI’s mission and global programs to visitors, senior officials from international organizations, bilateral donors and national and local foreign government officials;

  • Identify or seek out NGOs, international donors, U.S. Government (USG) agencies and other organizations of importance to OTI programs in Washington and the field, and develop and maintain professional relationships with them;

  • Advise and/or assist in drafting documents outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs, and assist in developing and improving country program monitoring and evaluation systems, providing guidance on designing and managing final evaluations;

  • Advise Senior Management and Team Leaders on budget processes and reviews, preparing justification documentation when necessary;

  • Update and revise, as needed, program management guides, including strategic planning and field operations materials;

  • Serve as a liaison with other DCHA offices, other USAID divisions and the State Department on program and policy direction;

  • Help ensure that OTI’s programs and their activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned from the activities feed into ongoing or future activities;

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

  • When required, supervise staff as delegated by the OTI supervisor (e.g. Technical Advisors, Program Managers, Program Assistants, Program Admin Assistants, etc). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests;

  • Fill critical program implementation staffing needs in Washington, D.C. and the field including the provision of ad hoc support to new OTI country program start-ups and on-call technical assistance, including providing supervisory support;

  • As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies;

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

  • When required, act as Division Chief, or in other team roles;

  • Provide other services as required to fulfill OTI’s program objectives as related to this scope of work.


At a minimum, the applicant must have:

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


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


  • A minimum of six (6) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, domestic or international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;

  • A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in humanitarian assistance, political transition, stabilization or democracy building programs, of which a minimum of one (1) year must be field experience in one or more countries undergoing political transition;

  • A minimum of four (4) years supervisory experience.

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.