OTI Deputy Country Rep (Monitoring & Eval) – Pakistan

The OTI Deputy Country Representative (Monitoring & Evaluation) – Pakistan is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Pakistan. Applications for this position are due no later than August 11 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation atwww.OTIjobs.net.    
INTRODUCTION
USAID/OTI launched The Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in November of 2007, and subsequently expanded the program into priority areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in September of 2009, and Sindh and Punjab in October of 2011.
The PTI program supports the Government of Pakistan’s (GOP) development efforts to better integrate FATA/KP into the political and economic mainstream of Pakistan. PTI also supports the GOP in identifying community priorities and addressing some of the region’s most immediate needs, which requires close coordination with ongoing USAID, State Department, and Department of Defense activities in the region. In Sindh and Punjab, PTI works to counter violent extremism in order to build a foundation for political and social development in conflict-prone communities in Pakistan.
The Deputy Country Representative post is a middle-management position requiring excellent managerial and communication skills, an ability to perform in a complex and highly sensitive political environment, experience in policy formulation and negotiation at the highest levels (government and non-government organizations), and a strong interest in assisting countries in transition. The candidate must be mature, self-reliant, a team player, a problem solver, and able to manage a diverse portfolio of grants. The incumbent should have extensive management experience (both project and personnel) and understand the basics of grantees and contractor/USAID relationships. The Deputy Country Representative must communicate effectively with grassroots organizations and their constituencies, national and local government officials, U.S. Government agencies, and clerics or other religious leaders. Since work may require continued changes in program direction and implementation, including frequent coordination, the individual will be someone who is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change.
Familiarity with a wide range of issues is necessary, including monitoring and evaluation and related learning and research experience community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy/governance and human rights. Prior work experience with U.S. Government agencies or managing program operations in civil conflicts is preferred. The successful candidate will possess excellent political analysis and reporting skills, and the ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy, responsibility and authority in a highly stressful environment while exercising sound judgment in politically charged and challenging security environments.
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), international donors, and others 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;
  • 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 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;
  • Assist 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 government and other program counterparts, and develop activity ideas;
  • Mentor and train OTI and implementing partner field staff as required;
  • Take the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products;
  • When required, 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;
  • Provide technical assistance based on research and personal field experience to enable the program to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them;
  • Advise partners in developing and refining program objectives, monitoring and evaluation systems, and other resources to aid in the research and learning process;
  • Design and develop knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products;
  • Communicate regularly 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 the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • When required, 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;
  • Assist the Country Representative in managing and/or supervising the FSN staff, including program officers, monitoring and evaluation officers, and administrative assistants, as appropriate;
  • Supervise staff as delegated by the Country Representative (e.g. Program Managers, Program Assistants, Administrative Program Assistants, etc.). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for 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; and
  • Perform related duties as determined by the supervisor or OTI Regional Team Leader to ensure successful OTI program implementation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
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 six (6) months must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political transition;
Six (6) months of supervisory experience (including mentoring, guiding, and 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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