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OTI Civil-Military Transition Assistance Specialist/ Senior Civil-Military Transition Assistance Specialist – Washington, D.C.

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  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Nov 26, 2017

USAIDOTI USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

The OTI Civil-Military Transition Assistance Specialist/ Senior Civil-Military Transition Assistance Specialist – Washington, D.C.  Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 and GS-14 equivalent level and located in Washington, D.C. Applications for this position are due no later than November 27, 2017 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.

Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

INTRODUCTION:

USAID/OTI has found itself sharing operating space with the U.S. military, in conflict theaters where U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) operate such as Somalia, in peacetime or post conflict environments such as Haiti, and previously, in conventional conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  While joint planning and coordination is a necessary condition for all U.S. Government actors working in conflict and transition environments, USAID/OTI continues to encounter other non-kinetic military elements in the field, particularly SOF elements such as Civil Military Support Elements (CMSEs) and Military Information Support Teams (MIST).  OTI also encounters, and has worked with Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs and Marine Special Operations Teams (MSOTs).

In an effort to provide consistent guidance to OTI staff on managing engagement with the military, in January 2015 OTI established a civil-military (civ-mil) steering committee charged with establishing a framework to guide OTI towards pursuing its civ-mil engagement more strategically.  This framework supports OTI’s Vision by:

  • Ensuring the Department of Defense (DoD), as a key interagency partner, understands OTI’s role in responding to complex political crises when planning interagency response efforts.
  • Utilizing DoD’s logistical capabilities to extend OTI’s visibility and physical access to areas appropriate for OTI programming but difficult to reach.
  • Increasing the information and resources that OTI has to effectively respond to complex political crises.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-13 Civ-Mil Transition Assistance Specialist level:

  • Serve as OTI’s main liaison to USAID’s Office of Civil Military Cooperation (CMC);
  • Represent, in coordination with CMC/ Operations, Learning and Outreach Division (OLO), OTI in appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) training, conferences, and exercises with subsequent reporting to OTI divisions on activities, lessons learned, successes, and proposed future activities;
  • Coordinate with DoD and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to provide OTI staff with briefings on military procedures, assets, roles, capabilities, culture, chain-of-command, and transition assistance-related activities;
  • Deliver OTI briefings and training to military officers;
  • Establish relationships with relevant Department of Defense counterparts;
  • Participate in think tank events on civ-mil collaboration and post-conflict stabilization;
  • Assist in the formulation of an OTI strategy for civil-military coordination;
  • Convene and chair OTI’s civ-mil working group;
  • Advise FPD regional teams on their civ-mil engagement strategy and objectives;
  • Design, develop, and manage civ-mil knowledge management systems, resources, tools, and products;
  • Work with the Training Steering Committee to identify and advertise useful training opportunities (online and in person) that will prepare staff for working with the military on stabilization programs;
  • Travel, as requested, to military bases/facilities in the United States and overseas, including potentially austere environments;
  • As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies; and,
  • Perform other related duties as determined by the supervisor to help ensure successful OTI program implementation.

 

At the GS-14 Senior Civ-Mil Transition Assistance Specialist level:

Perform the same duties as the GS-13 level but with less supervision, greater decision-making authority, and greater independence of action.

  • Serve as OTI’s main liaison to USAID’s Office of Civil Military Cooperation (CMC);
  • Represent, in coordination with CMC/ Operations, Learning and Outreach Division (OLO), OTI in appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) training, conferences, and exercises with subsequent reporting to OTI divisions on activities, lessons learned, successes, and proposed future activities;
  • Lead coordination with DoD and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to provide OTI staff with briefings on military procedures, assets, roles, capabilities, culture, chain-of-command and transition assistance-related activities;
  • Design and deliver OTI briefings and training to uniformed military officers;
  • Establish relationships with Department of Defense counterparts;
  • Participate in think tank events on civ-mil collaboration and post-conflict stabilization;
  • Provide intellectual leadership in the formulation of an OTI strategy for civil-military coordination;
  • Convene and chair OTI’s civ-mil working group;
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and provide FPD regional teams with technical assistance on their civ-mil engagement strategy and objectives, coordination with the military in the field, and other guidance as needed;
  • Design, develop, and manage civ-mil knowledge management systems, resources, tools, and products;
  • Spearhead efforts, in collaboration with the Training Steering Committee, to identify and advertise useful training opportunities (online and in person) that will prepare staff for working with the military on stabilization programs;
  • Travel, as requested, to military bases/facilities in the United States and overseas, including potentially austere environments;
  • As required, perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington OTI headquarters, including within other USAID offices, bureaus or other USG agencies; and
  • Perform other related duties as determined by the supervisor to help ensure successful OTI program implementation.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At the GS- 13 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

(2) Five (5) 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

(3) One (1) year of overseas field experience working in one or more countries undergoing political transition.

At the GS-14 level:

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

OR

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

AND

(2) Seven (7) years of project management experience including project design with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, organizational development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;

AND

(3) A minimum of three (3) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition.

Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

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