OTI Deputy Country Director - Macedonia

The OTI Deputy Country Representative is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Macedonia. Applications for this position are due no later than October 28, 2015 at 5:00pm 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.                        
Introduction
The OTI Deputy Country Representative – Macedonia - is a member of the Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Yemen, Europe and Eurasia, Asia (YEA) Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Country Representative in Macedonia.
The Deputy Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be development, oversight and management of USAID/OTI's Macedonia country program.  The incumbent will be called upon to support the OTI Country Representative with managing an implementing partner and may be called upon to represent OTI’s program to local partners, senior-level U.S. government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.

From peaceful independence in 1991 to 2001, Macedonia was the only former Yugoslavia country to emerge without suffering bloody inter-ethnic conflict despite its own multicultural makeup. Macedonia’s transition continues to be a work in progress and it has been challenged by political turmoil in the first half of 2015. As a result, Macedonia is facing its greatest political crisis since the violent conflict in 2001.

Recent events have shed light on alleged criminal behavior by government officials that surfaced from the leaking of illegally wiretapped conversations. The content of these tapes, released by the opposition, prompted Macedonians to take to the streets in May 2015 demanding government reforms and the resignation of the prime minister.  Following counter-rallies in support of the government and unrelated violence between Macedonian security forces and an armed group in northern Macedonia, the EU intervened and brokered a political deal, with support from the United States, between the ruling coalition and the opposition on July 15, 2015. The parties agreed to a plan with a short timeline for reform that includes the opposition's return to parliament, the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged crimes exposed by the wiretaps, the appointment of opposition members to senior positions in several ministries, increased media freedom, the prime minister's resignation 100 days before parliamentary elections, reforms to the electoral process, and new parliamentary elections in April 2016.
Aligned with USG policy priorities, USAID/OTI’s program will support reform efforts laid out in the July 2015 political agreement and engage the population on reform processes including key issues pertaining to the April 2016 elections and beyond. USAID/OTI activities will be designed to promote democratic space and civic engagement. Focus areas will include greater civic engagement and public awareness through media programming and related outreach activities as well as increasing civil society engagement with the population to advocate around key reform issues. 
The USAID/OTI program will coordinate with, and complement, other USAID and Department of State assistance efforts, as well as those of other donors – particularly as it pertains to support for media and civil society.
Duties
Under the direct supervision of the DCHA/OTI Country Representative or his/her designee, the Deputy Country Representative will perform the following duties:
  • 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;
  • 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 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, administrative assistants and drivers;
  • 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;
  • Perform other duties as determined by the supervisor or OTI Regional Team Leader to ensure successful OTI program implementation.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. See detailed instructions for demonstrating Education/Experience under "Applying")
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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