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USAID OTI Deputy Country Representative/Senior Deputy Country Representative – Iraq (Tandem)

  • full-time job
  • Iraq
  • Sep 26, 2018

Website USAIDOTI USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

The OTI Deputy Country Representative/Senior Deputy Country Representative – Iraq (Tandem) is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13/14 equivalent level and located in Iraq. Applications for this position are due no later than September 27, 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.

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

INTRODUCTION:

The Deputy Country Representative/Senior Deputy Country Representative is a member of the DCHA/OTI Middle East Regional Team, reports to the OTI Iraq Country Representative or designee, and is based in Iraq. The incumbent will be required to travel within Iraq between Baghdad and Erbil, and regionally as required. The incumbent will play an important role informing the strategic direction and overall effectiveness of the program. The incumbent will also be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to senior-level government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.

The OTI Iraq program supports the larger objectives of the U.S. Government, with a focus on supporting conflict-affected minorities. In close coordination with State Department representatives and other USG actors, OTI’s rapid and targeted program addresses emerging issues and empowers local partners to leverage timely and locally driven activities that enhance engagement between government and citizens and promote norms of tolerance, coexistence, and dialogue.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the GS-13 Deputy Country Representative level:

  • 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 US embassies or USAID Missions. Support to US embassies and USAID Missions may 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;
  • Assume the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products;
  • 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, Administrative Program 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.

 

 

At the GS-14 Senior Deputy Country Representative level:

  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight to research and monitoring initiatives to understand the political environment, identify and target program interventions, verify delivery of assistance, and evaluate the effects of programming;
  • 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 continued 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 US embassies or USAID Missions. Support to US embassies and USAID Missions may 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;
  • Evaluate proposals and grant concepts and work with diverse groups, many of which have not previously had international funding;
  • Collaborate with the Country Representative, and support/mentor other OTI field staff, 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 independently assess political conditions, implementing partner operational platforms, meet with potential grantees, senior host-country government and other program counterparts, and develop recommendations in response to evolving dynamics;
  • Assume the lead and/or mentor others on collecting and analyzing information, as well as, drafting/editing regular reporting products for internal and external audience;
  • Regularly assume high-level representational responsibilities serving as a subject matter expert including, but not limited to serving as Acting 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;
  • Actively collaborate and share program information with other USAID project managers, the U.S. Embassy, bilateral donors, United Nations organizations, international organizations, and indigenous and international NGOs to ensure visibility and synergy of USAID/OTI activities;
  • Support the Country Representative to ensure cross portfolio 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 across the portfolio, 2) OTI contractors 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, Administrative Program 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, program and operations requests.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Master’s Degree with five (5) years of work experience;

OR

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

AND

  • 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 (including mentoring, guiding, and/or training staff).

 

GS-14 Senior Deputy Country Representative

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

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

OR

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

AND

  • Six (6) 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;
  • Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country;
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, guiding, and/or training staff).

 

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

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