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USAID, OTI Deputy Team Lead, Washington, DC

USAIDOTI USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

The OTI Deputy Team Leader is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Washington D.C.  Applications for this position are due no later than July 31, 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.

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Introduction

The Deputy Team Leader is a member of the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Field Programs Division, reports to the OTI Regional Team Leader or his/her designee, and is based in Washington, DC. OTI currently has five regional teams: Pakistan (PAK), Africa (AFR), Middle East (ME), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Europe & Asia (EA). OTI’s Regional Teams are responsible for all program implementation-related activity in the specific region.

OTI is looking to hire Deputy Team Leaders for multiple regional teams, which will be determined upon hiring.  Ultimate team assignments will depend on office needs at the time of award, with consideration given to an individual’s background, experience, skills, and preference. The Deputy Team Leader will work in close coordination with the relevant Regional Team Leader to establish an effective team, manage existing country programs, participate in new country program design, assessments, and develop and maintain collaborative and productive relationships with counterparts within OTI, throughout USAID and the Interagency.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform complex country analysis and program design to develop existing and future program strategies in high priority countries;
  • Prepare documentation for any required program contracts, grants or cooperative agreements;
  • Ensure completion of OTI project budgeting and contracting action needs;
  • Participate in design and implementation of country program operations to include management, logistical, budget, administrative and contractual issues;
  • Ensure the preparation of documentation for any required program contracts, grants or cooperative agreements;
  • When required, supervise staff as delegated by the Regional Team Leader. Provide orientation, training, and mentoring to 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;
  • As requested by embassies or USAID Missions, provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick-impact programming model. Support to embassies and USAID Missions may also 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;
  • Participate in country analysis and program design to develop existing and future programs and strategies;
  • Manage and/or participate in the selection of program implementers such as grantees, contractors, and personal services contractors. Within guidelines provided by the Regional Team Leader, negotiate program and project agreements with governmental and non-governmental (NGO) counterparts;
  • Although not a policy maker, the individual influences program policy by reason of recognized expertise in the particular field of development assistance;
  • Support of implementation and management of assigned country program(s), including contractors and grantees working under country programs and provide support, when needed, as an auxiliary team member in the field, being prepared to travel to difficult posts overseas for up to three months if required;
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and recommend performance measures for country programs and individual projects, including contractors and grantees;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with NGOs, international donors, Department of State, U.S. Government agencies and others interested in particular OTI country programs;
  • Coordinate with other DCHA offices, USAID divisions, the Department of State, the National Security Council, and other U.S. Government agencies and departments;
  • Represent OTI in high-level conferences and meetings, explain and interpret policies and requirements to others, and negotiate important issues with other groups, the USAID Mission (if present), the Department of State, the National Security Council, and other U.S. Government agencies and departments;
  • Coordinate and assist with the conceptualization of new OTI-wide program options including analytic frameworks and strategic objectives. Participate in the design and implementation of new country program operations to include management, logistical, budget, administrative and contractual issues;
  • When required, act as Regional Team Leader during his/her absence, or in other Regional Team roles (e.g. Country Representative or Deputy Country Representative in the field for short periods of time);
  • 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 and activities as required for the successful implementation of programs.

Education/Experience Required:

At a minimum, the applicant must have:

  • 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, of which two (2) months must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political transition.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

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

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