United States of America: OTI Senior Policy Advisor (Multiple Positions) – Washington, D.C. (Revised)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 21 Sep 2018

The OTI Senior Policy Advisor (Multiple-Positions) is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Washington, D.C. Offers for this position are due no later than September 21, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to submit an offer, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.


The Senior Policy Advisor 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 Senior Policy Advisor is supervised by an OTI Division Chief or his/her designee.

The incumbent for this position will be expected to initially work with the Field Programs Division (FPD), which provides management and oversight for all active and potential programs that OTI implements around the world, including supervision of all Washington and field-based program management and surge staff, maintenance of country watch lists, organization of assessments for new country engagements, program implementation and performance management, and monitoring and evaluation. Given the operational contingent nature of OTI’s work, the incumbent may be required to work with any OTI division or the Senior Leadership team for short or long periods of time. The vast majority of the workload for this position will be in direct support of political transition program implementation.


The work of the Senior Policy 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 has a high level of integrity and attention to detail to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent is highly 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 able to prioritize and complete tasks without follow-up by the supervisor, while also filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team. The Senior Policy 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 DCHA/OTI Chief of Field Programs or his/her designee, the Senior Policy Advisor will perform the following duties:

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

● Represent OTI program equities in intra/interagency policy discussions on key topics such as countering violent extremism; stabilization; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, coordinating and connecting teams with ongoing conversations, building up our knowledge base for best practice, mapping key groups and forums for engagement, and building relationships;

● Contribute to cross-office learning and knowledge management on key topics such as countering violent extremism; stabilization; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration by connecting program teams with resources, providing technical assistance, and ensuring lessons and best practices are shared across teams;

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

● 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;

● Represent and articulate OTI’s mission and learning on key topics in academic, think tank, and other forums among the community of practice;

● Develop outreach strategies and improved business practices for OTI based on research and lessons learned from personal field experience;

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

● In collaboration with the relevant OTI regional team, conduct, assessments for possible new country programs, and visits to field sites in areas where OTI conducts business;

● Conceptualize and design country program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID and U.S. Department of State personnel, and local partners, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. Assist in refining strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in-country, possibly linked to neighboring country programs if considered appropriate;

● Identify or seek out NGOs, international donors, think tanks, academics, 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 or assist in drafting documents outlining future planning and vision in the development and implementation of OTI programs, as well as advise in developing and improving country program monitoring and evaluation systems, providing guidance on designing and managing final evaluations;

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

● Supervise staff as delegated by the OTI supervisor including Technical Advisors, Program Managers, Program Assistants and Program Admin Assistants. 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;

● 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;

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


(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. See detailed instructions for demonstrating Education/Experience under “Applying”)

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

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


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


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


(3) A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country undergoing conflict.

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.