Central African Republic: Development Program Specialist (CAR/C-LRA)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Central African Republic
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: AID-18-01

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 6, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 28, 2018

4. POSITION TITLE: Development Program Specialist (CAR/C-LRA)

5. MARKET VALUE: FSN-11

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of

[USAID/Central African Republic)

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 5 years renewable depending on funds availability

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Bangui, Central African Republic

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Certification for employment

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

A. Basic functions of the position

Based in Bangui, CAR and under the general supervision of the Regional Team Leader in the Peace and Security Office (PSO), the incumbent shall serve as the USAID/DRC’s point person in the Central African Republic. In this capacity, the incumbent shall assume primary or alternate management of up to four activities. The incumbent’s portfolio comprises Counter-Lord’s Resistance Army (C-LRA) and Central African Republic (CAR) programming, including stabilization and recovery programs to help establish the foundation for durable peace in CAR and the LRA-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). On a regular basis, the incumbent interacts with the other PSO team members, Embassy Bangui offices, the USAID/DRC Program Office, Financial Management Office, Contracting Office, and other programmatic teams, the U.S. military, donors, government and civil society counterparts. Periodic in-country travel within CAR as well as travel to Kinshasa, DRC will be necessary.

B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Management 60%

The incumbent shall serve as Contracting Officer/Agreement Officer’s Technical Representative or alternate (COR/AOR) for up to four grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts with USAID implementing partners. Activity management shall consist of:

  • Maintaining close contact with NGO or contractor chiefs of party
  • Developing work plans, Performance Management Plans (PMPs), and reviewing calendars
  • Monitoring activity implementation by meeting with implementing partners, conducting site visits, analyzing technical and financial reports
  • Preparing procurement documents as required, including scopes of work, action memoranda, justifications, waivers, and financial management documents
  • Preparing budget and work plan realignments when needed
  • Recommending approval of key personnel for programs
  • Performing accrued expenditure calculations and funds pipeline analyses
  • Coordinating USAID programs with other donors, government officials and local NGOs

20 %

Strategic Planning and Reporting

The incumbent shall obtain background and information needed to guide USAID interventions and the development of USAID policy positions in the CAR/C-LRA sector. The incumbent shall, on an as-needed basis, assist in developing strategic planning and reporting documents, including strategies; annual Operational Plans; annual Congressional Budget Justifications; and other reports as required. The incumbent will served as a key member of the PSO team by advising PSO and other technical offices on cultural contexts and local perceptions of USG programs. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Reporting on results achieved
  • Analyzing macro political and development trends, opportunities, and issues
  • Creating linkages with other USAID teams and partners networks as needed
  • Establishing synergies among USAID and other USG implementing partners
  • Preparing ad-hoc reports and situation updates as requested
  • Assisting in strategic planning and project and activity design
  • Participating on evaluation and assessment teams
  • Drafting descriptions for new programs
  • Serving on technical evaluation committees to review proposals for new activities

20 %

Representation and Donor Coordination

The incumbent shall, on an as-needed basis, represent USAID at meetings, conferences, seminars and other events, with responsibilities to include:

  • Communicating USAID’s position to representatives from the Government of CAR, other donor organizations, and or UN agencies
  • Working with USAID communications specialist and Embassy Bangui Public Diplomacy Officer to coordinate press coverage of USAID activities by local media
  • Assisting in drafting success stories and outreach materials
  • Serving on sub-sector donor coordination groups, such as for security sector reform

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested candidates.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT: skiyanga@usaid.gov

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

a. Education:

Master’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Public Administration, Political Science, Conflict Prevention, Law, International Development, or a closely related field.

b. Prior Work Experience:

Five years of work experience in international development, disaster relief, or similar, with an international or governmental organization. Must include at least three years of project/activity management experience.

c. Language:

French: 4 Verbal/Written. English: 4 Verbal/Written.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The selection and evaluation criteria of the selected candidate will be based on the analysis of his/her experience in the technical domain, education required, level of language required. The applicants who obtain the highest score based on the criteria defined will be interviewed or passed the written test if necessary (depending on the TEC chair’s decision). The security clearance and medical clearance is required for the top ranking candidate, after conducting and receiving the positive reference checks.

Quality ranking Factors:

  1. Technical Knowledge of a USG Program: 40 points

Skill in developing a work plans and performance management plans “PMP”, good knowledge in performing funds pipeline analyses, coordinate USAID program with donors, partners and local NGOs

  1. Ability to develop a strategic planning and reporting document: the incumbent will be a technical advisor of a PSO team for all evaluation technical issues. (20 points)

  2. Communication skills: 20 points

Experience in reporting verbally or writing the ongoing or accomplished activities both in English and French between USAID, donors and local partners. Drafting success stories, serving on sub-sector donor coordination groups

  1. Experience in establishing synergies among USAID and other USG implementing partners: Create a link with other USAID teams and partners network (20 points)

How to apply:

IV. PRESENTING AN OFFER

  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form- DS-174 Application for U.S. Federal Employment along with a cover letter and a CV written in English.

The DS-174 Application form can be found in the US embassy website https://cd.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/job-opportunities/ 2.Offers must be received by February 28, 2018 at 17.00 (Bangui time) via email to usaidhrkinshasa@usaid.gov.

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

V. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the Contracting Officer informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms:

  1. Authorization for release of information

VI. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

The incumbent will benefit from family and other miscellaneous allowances, including an end of year bonus for those eligible, as well as annual and sick leave, and medical coverage.

VII. TAXES

The employees are responsible for calculating and paying local income taxes. The U.S. Mission does not withhold or make local income tax payments.

VIII. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLA– USES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at

  2. https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf .

  3. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms .

  4. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs .

  5. Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “**Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,**” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635. See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations .

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