OTI Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor – Worldwide

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 17 May 2018

The OTI Position Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor – Worldwide is an intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13/14 equivalent level and located worldwide. Applications for this position are due no later than May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm 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 Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor position utilizes the experience and skills gained from working with political transition programs and operations oversight and management in the field, to provide ad hoc support for assessments, new country start-ups and program implementation support, as well as training and mentoring of staff both in the field and in Washington. The employee will also be involved in strategic design of various OTI country programs and the development of management products for OTI based on lessons learned. The Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor is considered an expert in the field of political transition programming overseas.

The OTI Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor position was developed to allow OTI to take advantage of the accumulated experience of field staff following closure of the country program(s) that they managed. As OTI is evolving to carry out more assessments, provide more experientially based technical advice and analysis, and facilitate earlier consideration of countries that face possible political crises, having access to individuals with hands-on experience in transition programming will enhance our ability to deepen understanding, identify opportunities and constraints, and be more prepared to execute programming when necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The OTI Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor – Worldwide position utilizes the experiences and skills gained from working with political transition programs and operations oversight and management in the field to provide ad hoc support for assessments, new country start-ups and program implementation support, as well as training and mentoring of staff both in the field and in Washington. The Personal Services Contractor (PSC) employee will also be involved in strategic design of various OTI country programs and the development of management products for OTI based on lessons learned. The incumbent is considered an expert in the field of political transition programming overseas.

The work of the Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor requires teamwork, the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility. As a member of an operational office, the incumbent is willing and able to perform a wide range of administrative functions to help ensure programmatic success. The incumbent is flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change, and remains professional and respectful of colleagues and authority in a diverse workforce. She or he places a premium on the building of positive relationships with his or her respective team both in the field and in Washington, and with key stakeholders both in and outside of USAID. The incumbent is a team player, able to prioritize and follow up on their own actions without prompting, while also assisting a busy supervisor to track and respond to incoming requests and routine tasks, filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team. The incumbent is responsible, service-oriented, organized, pays close attention to detail, and is able to receive and respond to constructive criticism in a professional manner. The Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas, presents solutions, and is a positive role model for colleagues both in and outside of OTI.

Under the direct supervision of the Washington-based Chief, Field Programs Division (FPD) or his/her designee, the Transition Advisor/Senior Transition Advisor will perform the following duties:

At the GS-13 Transition Advisor level:

  • Fill critical program implementation staffing needs in the field and in Washington, DC, including the provision of ad hoc support to new OTI country program start-ups, ongoing OTI country programs and on-call technical assistance;

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

  • Assist the OTI Country team with new country start-ups, or provide support while the OTI Country Representative or Deputy Country Representative is on leave or when OTI has not determined the length of a new country program, but is required to have a presence on the ground;

  • Support closeout activities related to OTI programs, and provide technical assistance to ongoing evaluations of OTI programs in the field;

  • Participate in conceptualizing and designing 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;

  • In collaboration with the OTI Country team, update and revise program management guides, including strategic planning and field operations materials;

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

  • Develop information management products and improved business practices for OTI based on research and personal field experience lessons learned;

  • Draft 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 and in providing guidance on designing and managing final evaluations;

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

  • Review program budgets and propose changes and adjustments and draft any written justifications that will assist in securing quick approvals;

  • 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;

  • Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model. Support to Embassies and USAID Missions may also include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including but not limited to rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews and management reviews;

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

  • Advise the OTI team in identifying or seeking out NGOs, international donors, and USG agencies of importance to OTI programs in Washington and the field, and develop and maintain professional relationships with them;

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

  • Assist the OTI Country Team in determining program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental counterparts, within the guidelines provided by the OTI Chief, FPD, or his/her designee;

  • 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.

At the GS-14 Senior Transition Advisor level:

  • Fill critical program implementation staffing needs in the field and in Washington, DC including the provision of ad hoc support to new OTI country program start-ups, ongoing OTI country programs and on-call technical assistance;

  • 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;

  • Act as OTI’s in-country Start-Up Manager for limited periods of time for new country start-ups, or provide support while an OTI Country Representative is on leave, or when OTI has not determined the length of a new country program, but is required to have a presence on the ground;

  • Execute closeout activities related to OTI programs, and provide technical assistance to ongoing evaluations of OTI programs in the field;

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

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief staff on their potential programmatic impact;

  • Conceptualize and design the country program with project managers and grantees;

  • Monitor and evaluate the country program, individual projects, and contractor and grantee performance;

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

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

  • Ensure that all field staff adhere to security restrictions;

  • Conceptualize and design country program strategies and objectives in close coordination with staff from OTI, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and/or the implementing partner based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. Refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country possibly linked to neighboring country programs if considered appropriate;

  • Independently plan, design, and monitor OTI programs;

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

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

  • Draft 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;

  • 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;

  • Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model. Support to Embassies and USAID Missions may also include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including but not limited to rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews and management reviews;

  • Advise the OTI Country Team with determining program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental counterparts, within the guidelines provided by the OTI Chief, FPD, or his/her designee;

  • 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, and USG agencies of importance of OTI programs in Washington and the field, and develop and maintain professional relationships with them;

  • Liaise with other DCHA offices, other USAID divisions and the State Department on program and policy direction;

  • Negotiate, within the guidelines provided by the OTI Chief, FPD, or his/her designee, program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental counterparts;

  • Supervise the implementation of OTI-financed activities, including overseeing and/or managing the selection of program implementers such as grantees and contractors;

  • Supervise staff as delegated by the supervisor (e.g. Deputy Country Representatives, 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; evaluated 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

  • Report to the Chief of Field Programs or his/her designee, and to the USAID Mission Director (or Ambassador when no Mission Director is present) in the field.

MININUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

At the GS-13 Transition Advisor level:

  • A Master’s degree with five (5) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

AND

  • Five (5) 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;

AND

  • Three (3) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country.

AND

  • One (1) year of supervisory experience.

At the GS-14 Senior Transition Advisor level:

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

OR

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

AND

  • 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;

AND

  • Four (4) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country;

AND

  • Three (3) years of 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.

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