The OTI OTI Deputy Country Representative – Burkina Faso is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Burkina Faso. Applications for this position are due no later than June 25, 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.
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INTRODUCTION: The OTI Deputy Country Representative – Burkina Faso is a member of the Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Africa (AFR) Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Country Representative or his/her designee. This position is based in Burkina Faso. The Deputy Country Representative’s principal responsibility is to support the OTI Country Representative in the development, oversight, and management of the OTI country program.
In line with U.S. foreign policy objectives, the USAID/OTI Burkina Faso program will work to maintain and deepen stability within Burkina Faso while also addressing the threat posed by violent extremist organizations (VEOs) in northern Burkina Faso. The country has experienced enormous change in recent years following the resignation of President Compaore in 2014 after 27 years in office. The new democratic government under President Kabore faces a growing threat from VEOs. The country’s north was long neglected by the previous government and suffers from entrenched poverty and underdevelopment. It is also adjacent to unstable parts of Mali and Niger where significant VEOs operate, some with professed ties to Al Qaeda or the Islamic State. These groups have produced a significant increase in extremist attacks across the broader Liptako-Gourma region (the bordering tri-state region of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger), and despite Burkinabe and regional efforts to secure the border, these groups have launched attacks within Burkina Faso. Other attacks have come from Burkinabe-based VEOs – most notably Ansarul Islam, which has blended jihadism with attacks on a social and political order seen as discriminating against Burkina’s north.
USAID/OTI’s Burkina Faso program will help bolster local efforts to strengthen community structures and institutions to foster a unified resistance against VEO threats. Additionally the program will work closely with the Burkinabe government to support efforts to serve vulnerable populations, such as through the government’s Emergency Plan for the Sahel. The program will work closely with other USAID/OTI programs in the region to better connect U.S. Government efforts in Liptako-Gourma.
Due to the sensitive, fragile, and challenging environments in which OTI operates, the office’s approach to programming is one that seeks to find creative, entrepreneurial, and unique ways to approach problem. These dynamic contexts require that OTI programs adapt to rapidly evolving situations and that OTI teams continually explore assumptions and test innovative tools and methods to achieve program objectives. Given OTI’s short-term political mission, its unpredictable working environments and the diffuse problems it seeks to address, OTI has developed a system for fast transitions. OTI has developed a program approach that uses iterative strategic planning, where staff constantly monitors the current political situation, create relationships with communities and stakeholders, and undertake activities that monitor and evaluate programs in order to design future activities and inform priorities. Core qualities of a successful OTI program are characterized by a team that is able to be: fast, flexible, iterative, adaptive, and entrepreneurial.
- DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Represent OTI interests during meetings with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country government officials, international organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international donors interested in DCHA/OTI activities;
- Provide guidance on the identification and development of projects that meet OTI funding criteria, further OTI programmatic objectives, and complement other projects and programs implemented by other OTI offices, U.S. government agencies and donor organizations;
- Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model in embassies or USAID Missions. Support to embassies and USAID Missions will include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming, including rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews and management reviews;
- Review proposals and grant concepts and work with diverse groups, many of which have not previously had international funding;
- Collaborate with the Country Representative in monitoring the performance of OTI implementing partners in the implementation of OTI-financed activities designed to achieve OTI strategic objectives;
- Travel to monitor and assess political conditions, implementing partner operational platforms, meet with potential grantees, host-country government and other program counterparts, and develop activity ideas;
- Mentor and train other OTI and implementing partner field staff;
- Take the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products, such as weekly reports, cables and digest reports;
- Assume higher representational responsibilities, potentially serving as Acting OTI Country Representative in his/her absence;
- Perform a wide range of administrative functions including budget preparation, financial management, records management, and travel assistance to help ensure programmatic success;
- Coordinate with the OTI Country Representative to develop an exit strategy that ensures reasonable time to transition from OTI programs to follow-on USAID or other donor programs;
- Communicate regularly and share program information with other USAID project managers, the US Embassy, bilateral donors, UN Organizations, International Organizations, and indigenous and international NGOs to ensure visibility and synergy of USAID/OTI activities;
- Support the Country Representative to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Report to the OTI Country Representative and OTI/Washington on the status of: 1) grant development and implementation, 2) OTI contractor performance, 3) Foreign Service National (FSN) staff support needs and morale, 4) communication and coordination issues among OTI offices with other U.S. Government entities, 5) security concerns, 6) relations with local partners including local, state and national government representatives, and 7) other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;
- Manage and/or supervise the FSN staff, including program officers, administrative assistants and drivers alongside of the Country Representative;
- Supervise staff as delegated by the Country Representative (e.g. Program Managers, Program Assistants, Program Administrative Assistants, etc.). Provide orientation, training and mentoring for USAID 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.
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s Degree with five (5) years of work experience;
A Bachelor’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
- A minimum of 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;
- One (1) year of overseas field experience working in a developing country;
- One (1) year of supervisory experience.
Please direct questions about this position or the application process to the OTI Recruitment Team at email@example.com.