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

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 16 May 2018

The OTI Senior Transition Specialist Lead – Washington, D.C. is a full-time personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-15 equivalent level and located in Location. Applications for this position are due no later than May 16, 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.

INTRODUCTION:

This position is located in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, (DCHA), Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), is a member of OTI’s Senior Leadership, is the head of the Programs, Learning and Innovations (PLI) division, consisting of two teams: the Program Office (PO) unit and the Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) unit. The incumbent reports to the OTI Deputy Director.

The DCHA/OTI Program, Learning, and Innovations division consists of two teams, the Program Office (PO) and the Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) unit. The PO provides OTI with strategic guidance on country-level and office-level budgeting, strategy, and program performance issues, and increases key stakeholder awareness of and support for OTI as a key instrument in carrying out U.S. foreign policy objectives through political transition programming. OTI’s PO maintains technical oversight of the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions (SWIFT) Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IQC), the Programming Development Quickly (PDQ) IQC, the Support that Augments Rapid Transitions (START) IQC, and manages coordination of programming within the Foreign Assistance (F) framework. The PO plays a key role in the initial OTI country assessment process, periodic country program and management reviews, and final evaluations. Also, the PO provides support to ongoing OTI country programs through managing country budgeting decisions and allocation of resources, and setting standards and providing guidance on strategic planning, decision-making, and implementation. In addition, the PO provides reports on OTI country activities for DCHA, OMB, the Department of State, and Congress. The ABC unit facilitates learning within country programs and across the organization, and supports the evolution and application of OTI’s business model through: 1) training, facilitation and program performance management support and 2) innovative technical tools and approaches. ABC supports learning processes and develops new platforms and resources to support the “learn and adapt” principle core to all OTI country programs. Also, ABC fosters sharing lessons learned across country programs, develops standardized learning resources, introduces application of new technology, and coordinates with key stakeholders through sharing of innovations and lessons from field programs and helping shape the policy environment in which OTI operates. OTI’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning capacity as well as its Knowledge Management resources are housed within ABC.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-15 Senior Transition Specialist Lead level:

  • Coordinate the work efforts of technical personnel in conducting conceptual systems analyses, evaluations, or investigations of highly unstructured and interconnected problems involving complex administrative or programmatic issues and problems, particularly those involved with the Transition Initiatives account that work in support of rapid and flexible political transition programs overseas;

  • Advise and collaborate closely with other Senior Leaders on the development of OTI program strategies and budgets, and office policies and practices. Advise and make recommendations to OTI Senior Leadership on a strategy outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs. Advise OTI’s Senior Leadership team through regular reports that include observations, problems, and recommendations regarding OTI programs. Participate in office leadership responsibilities and initiatives such as bureau and office-level strategic design, change management and workforce planning;

  • Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives, ensure staff work objectives and tasks are well defined, and ensure that recruitment is initiated immediately when staffing needs arise. Ensure staff is highly qualified, trained, and mentored in all critical aspects of OTI operations and programming. Ensure that employee performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner in accordance with OTI office policy;

  • Lead, manage and directly supervise OTI Deputy Chiefs, Team Leaders, and bullpen staff. Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for staff; explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations; recognize good performance; communicate and take action where performance needs to be improved;

  • Coordinate and communicate with other DCHA, USAID, State Department, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Congressional members and staffers, Department of Defense, other U.S. Government agency personnel in Washington and the field, as well as non-governmental organizations to share lessons learned and possibly form collaborations for relevant transition programming in the field;

  • Provide expert advice and guidance on DCHA/OTI’s business methods in implementing political transition programming, to include the methodology and implementation of Grants Under Contracts in relation to the provision of political transition programming in conflict-prone countries;

  • Coordinate planning and reporting with USAID/DCHA’s Office of Program, Policy, and Management (PPM), and the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance; and coordinate effective utilization of technical assistance resources to plan for, manage, and accomplish OTI program objectives;

  • Ensure effective cross-divisional collaboration and communication, especially in coordinating and monitoring the flow of information and collaboration between Programs, Learning and Innovations (PLI) and Field Programs Division;

  • Oversee reports such as Annual Reports to Congress, Congressional Budget Justification, annual Operational Plan and Performance Plan and Report (PPR) coordination, including collecting and inputting key information points, budget projections, and areas, objectives and elements for each country program. Coordinate responses within DCHA with PPM, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) and Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) offices, and other offices;

  • Prepare reports and/or written analysis regarding USAID policies and positions on difficult or complex matters, specifically in relation to political transition programming and the mechanisms to support the work;

  • Participate in the design and implementation of new country program operations to include complex country analysis and program design to develop future and existing programs and strategies for political transition programming in conflict prone, high priority countries, including effective oversight of budget and contractual issues;

  • Oversee OTI outreach support for field programs and link with office-level strategic engagement;

  • Manage and/or participate in program performance and management reviews of OTI programs through in-country site visits, reporting on or ensuring final reports are completed and recommendations are received and acted on by relevant OTI staff; and

  • Perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies, not to exceed six months.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

  • A Master’s Degree with nine (9) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with eleven (11) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

AND

  • Six (6) years supervising (leading and managing) teams implementing complex political transition and post-conflict programming that supports US foreign policy interests and involves contract and financial oversight, of which three (3) years must include supervising at a management level (supervising supervisors).

  • Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country undergoing political transition.

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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