Tunisia: Development Program Specialist

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Tunisia
Closing date: 13 Apr 2018

OPEN TO: Tunisian citizens and residents with valid work permit at the time of application to work in Tunisia

POSITION: Development Program Specialist – USAID

CLOSING DATE: Friday April 13, 2018

WORK HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/week

SALARY: *Ordinarily Resident (OR):* FSN-11 TD 52,585 gross annual salary


The U.S. Mission in Tunis is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Development Program Specialist with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.

NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.


Incumbent reports to the Director of the Program Office (PO), and serves as the ranking employee after the Office Director. S/he serves as the de-facto Deputy Program Officer, helping guide all aspects of the planning and implementation of USAID’s annual program budget of approximately $60 million and overall portfolio of approximately $160 million. The incumbent assists the Director of the Program Office to manage the PO, to lead and direct program staff and assist technical staff on formulating the country strategy; program budgeting; project development and procurement planning; implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development objectives, and providing customer service to the Mission. Manages and coordinates the implementation of the cross-cutting USAID/Tunisia development objectives and activities; promotes public/private partnerships and serves as liaison with USAID/Washington, the Embassy Tunis Assistance Coordination Office, the State Department’s Office of the Assistance Coordinator in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC), the Government of Tunisia (GoT), the community of bilateral and multilateral donors, and USAID’s implementing partners. Incumbent carries representational functions with senior GoT officials and at high-level events organized by international and local donors.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

1. EDUCATION: At least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public or Business Administration, International Affairs or other field relevant to foreign assistance delivery.

2. EXPERIENCE: At least seven years of relevant work experience, for example international affairs, development programming, project management, budgeting, reporting and/or writing and editing in English.

3. LANGUAGE: Level IV (Fluent) in English, French and Arabic. (This will be tested**).**

4. JOB KNOWLEDGE: In-depth, professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to foreign assistance programs in Tunisia and the region. Knowledge of the political, social and economic structure of Tunisia essential, including knowledge of GOT institutions, policy directions, objectives, and priorities relating to USAID activities.

5. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have excellent communication skills and inter-personal skills is required. The ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate policy and programmatic activities is required. Verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy are also required to develop sustainable working relations within the Embassy community, MERP staff, GoT officials, and international donors. Ability to work effectively in a team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, project, and administrative matters.

INFORMATION: If additional information is required, kindly contact Human Resources Office at 71 107- 478/ 71 107 – 320.


  1. Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

  3. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

DEFINITION: Ordinarily Resident (OR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:

  • A citizen of the host country; or
  • A non-citizen of the host country (including a U.S. citizen or a third-country national) who is locally resident and has legal and/or permanent resident status within the host country and/or who is a holder of a non-diplomatic visa/work and/or residency permit; and/or
  • Is subject to host country employment and tax laws

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

How to apply:

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the application is not qualified.

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174 / 05-216)

— USE: Expiration date 05/31/2019 the form can be obtained at: Tunisia.usembassy.gov

DO NOT — USE any other date & form, your application will not be accepted. The Form is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources.

  1. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g.
    transcripts, degrees, etc.)


Mailing Address: Human Resources Office American Embassy Tunis

Les Berges du Lac

1053 Tunis, Tunisie.

FAX Number: 71.107.080

E-mail Address: TunisApplicants@state.gov