By US Agency for International Development Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 22 Oct 2018
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NO.: 18-153
2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 5, 2018
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: October 22, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)
4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Resilience, Livestock Dev. & Trade)
5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 11(Step 1 4,327,568 KSH to Step 13 7,356,848 KSH per annum)**.** In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
NOTE: If selected, a TCNPSC will be paid on the Local Compensation Plan.
6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 1 year (12 months from start date)
7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:
· Undergo a comprehensive background investigation,
· Undergo a health check to obtain a medical clearance and;
· Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.
9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)
10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens, Third Country Nationals and Current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.
NOTE: USAID will only fill this position either as CCNPSC or TCNPSC as per the Agency’s Hiring preference
11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.
The Project Management Specialist, Regional Resilience, Livestock Development and Trade, is a senior member of the Office of Economic Growth and Integration (OEGI). He/she will manage Feed the Future (FTF) funded programs and relationships in support of improved livestock development and trade in the region; and collaboration, learning and adaptation; and regional coordination to promote resilience activities in the Horn of Africa. The individual will also serve as a member of the USAID Horn of Africa Resilience Network (HoRN) that links USAID Kenya and East Africa Mission, USAID Somalia, USAID Ethiopia, and USAID Uganda as well as the USAID Bureaus for Africa, Food Security (BFS), Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), and Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) to coordinate humanitarian and development assistance to promote investments that support improved resilience through local, national, and regional programs.
The primary responsibility of the position is to manage regional programs in support of national and community level initiatives and developing relationships with senior regional officials to coordinate USAID activities. OEGI works in partnership with a multitude of African institutions to achieve local development goals and promote U.S. foreign policy objectives. The OEGI and its partners jointly seek to reduce barriers and facilitate increased regional and global trade; to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the region, particularly in agricultural value chains; to support improved transit corridors; to engage in adaptation and clean energy initiatives in response to global climate change; to improve access to clean water and sanitation; and to help maintain regions rich biodiversity as a sustainable and globally recognized asset. The OEGI coordinates with bilateral USAID Missions within East Africa on policy, program, and technical issues
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Technical Support Services to African Regional Partners and USAID Missions (60%)
Manage regional programs and activities which promote regional trade in agriculture. Provide coordination for USAID support to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the IGAD Center for Pastoral and Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) that will promote and share knowledge on projects in regional food security, natural resources, peace and security and disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa to increase resilience and economic growth. Provide technical support services to partner African institutions and USAID missions in the region. This support includes being able to brief and thoroughly discuss technical issues at length with a multitude of stakeholders with varying levels of technical capacity. The incumbent should be able to analyze the potential applicability of innovations from one country into another country or geographic areas. Areas of expertise should include, agricultural research, technology transfer, and topics linking agriculture with nutrition, and food security
Knowledge Management Support of Regional Programs (20%)
Assist OEGI and the Contracts/Assistance Office in the design and management of grants, agreements, and contracts with regional programs in areas to include Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and resilience. Provide leadership in the writing of technical program descriptions and scopes of work, providing technical support to resilience knowledge management projects and serving as USAID Agreement Officer’s Activity Representative (AM) or COR/AOR (technical project supervisor) or alternate COR/AOR for awards, leading or participating in field supervision visits, evaluation teams, as needed.
This might include frequent regional travel. Manage the capture, retention and sharing of USAID and stakeholder’s collective knowledge through connecting people to information, experience and expertise. Provide up to date information on innovation and development as relates to USAID/KEA’s and the HoRN’s portfolio. Maintain professional collaborative and/or team working relationship with the technical and analytical branches of other USAID bureaus, missions, offices, and staff. Coordinate the regional internal-USAID network of resilience team members supporting IGAD to promote resilience work and identify areas of synergies with bilateral missions.
Representation and Reporting (20%)
A respected development professional, the Project Management Specialist, Livestock Development and Trade will be called upon to liaise with local, regional, and international private-sector partners, as well as agricultural policy and promotion officials in the public sector. He/she may be required to represent USAID to a number of different stakeholders including Ambassadors, Mission Directors, other senior USG Agency representatives, regional economic communities, national level counterparts, bilateral and multilateral donors, and corporate executives. As a member of the Agriculture and Food Security team, participate in the writing of annual and other reports, success stories, press releases, etc.; prepare approval documents, budgets, and memos; help manage USAID’s internet-based information management systems and respond to tasks from within USAID/KEA, Washington, as needed. The incumbent will also liaise with bilateral HoRN Missions, and respective resilience staff, on reporting responsibilities and other duties that may arise in respect to resilience and economic growth activities.
A. Supervision Received: The incumbent will receive supervision from OEGI Deputy Chief or designee. Assignments are made orally and in writing.
B. Supervision Exercised: None
C. Available Guidelines: Available guidelines include USAID Mission Orders, Mission strategy, and other relevant reports; the Automated Directives System (ADS); and, USAID Mandatory and Standard Provisions, the FAR and AIDAR, and other published and unpublished guidelines. Guidelines are often general in nature and not specific to the situation at hand, requiring considerable interpretation.
D. Exercise of Judgment: Substantial judgment (discretion) is used daily in giving technical guidance to USG, USAID, and national governments and regional bodies. Independent judgment is required for developing, implementing, and managing assigned program/project activities, for reporting, and for other assignments. Substantial judgment is required in analyzing and determining whether or not to recommend approval of proposed programs/projects, in choosing among alternative proposals, and in evaluating data for reliability.
E. Authority to Make Commitments: No Authority to make commitment
F. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: The Specialist maintains a full range of contacts within the within USAID and the USG; governmental organizations; and, maintains contact with IPs and grantees implementing USAID-funded programs/projects/activities.
G. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year.
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.
A. Education: Master’s degree in agricultural economics, entrepreneurship development, livestock science, veterinary science, pastoral livelihoods, or food security is required.
B. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of working experience is required with organizations directly involved in livestock development, livestock marketing, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, economic development or pastoral livelihoods. Knowledge and understanding of the provisions and principles of resilience programming. Knowledge and understanding of food security and livelihoods in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in the Horn of Africa. The position requires a good knowledge of and practical skills in statistical analysis, as well as with Microsoft Office Suite, etc. Management experience and experience with the private sector are preferred. Experience with pastoralist systems and/or dry land development or closely related issues are essential.
C. Post Entry Training: Familiarization and training in specific USG and USAID procedures, regulations, and methods will be provided. Participation in courses offered for USAID staff will be supported, as appropriate. The incumbent will be expected to successfully complete the course for COR/AOR and become certified as soon as practical, in compliance with USAID regulations. Other standard courses, including Programming Foreign Assistance, Performance Management Plan, and Project Design and Management, are directly relevant to the performance of core responsibilities. Subject to the availability of funds, the incumbent will be encouraged to participate in courses, seminars, web-based learning opportunities, conferences and other activities related to the functions of the position USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) and related Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs) provide relevant guidance on topics related to the roles and responsibilities of the incumbent
D. Language Proficiency (List both English and host country language(s) proficiency requirements by level (II, III) and specialization (sp/read): Level IV (fluent) knowledge of English is required. The incumbent must have excellent oral and written language and communication skills in English, including strong presentations skills, the ability to persuade and mobilize stakeholders across the East African region, and the ability to prepare professional quality reports and presentations for both technical and general audiences.
E. Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have a good knowledge of the institutions in East Africa involved with livestock development, livestock trade and marketing, resilience, food security, and agricultural research. These include the regional economic communities; regional and national research organizations; national agricultural research institutes, policy institutes; international institutes and private sector organizations. He or she should have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with public institutions and private sector partners that support resilience activities and interface with implementing and governmental partners. He/she should also be fan1iliar with issues of resilience pertinent both inside and out of East Africa, including the policies in place within East African countries to address matters of food security and resilience. The incumbent will be expected to learn the USAID/KEA Regional Cooperation Development Strategy and implement relevant objectives through his/her portfolio
F. Skills and Abilities:
· Good oral presentation and writing skills; and show evidence of capacity to tum out high quality written work under tight deadlines.
· Ability to summarize complex quantitative information from multiple sources in graphs and tallies and combine it with text to explain the underlying reality as clearly and unambiguously as possible.
· Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships across cultures, on teams, and with a broad range of institutional partners.
· Proven track record of working effectively in teams.
· Disciplined work habits and capacity to get tasks done on time with a minimum of oversight in coordination with other competing priorities.
· Proven capacity to develop and nurture good working relationships with staff at all levels in partner organizations, such as regional agricultural development institutions, International agricultural research organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc.
· Ability to work at ease with senior level officials from public and private sectors in both the U.S. and countries of East Africa.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
Applicants must submit a resume/cv which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.
Prior work experience (30 points)
Job Knowledge (40 points)
Skills and abilities (30 points)
Total possible points: 100
Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
How to apply:
Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com
Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.
Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages), a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya.
External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach an updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to MyJobsInKenya .
Note to Applicants:
Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted through myjobsinkenya.com as stated in Section IV.
Submissions will only be accepted through www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV and relevant education certificates) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.
USAID DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING) AND DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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