Wednesday, January 27, 2016

OTI Country Representative - Burma

The OTI Country Representative - Burma is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Burma. Applications for this position are due no later than February 3, 2016 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 Country Representative is a member of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Europe and Asia Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Europe and Asia Team Leader based in DC, while also having dual reporting to the USAID Burma Mission leadership. The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be the strategy development, design, oversight and management of OTI’s Burma program. The incumbent will 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, local government officials, and local beneficiaries.

The OTI Burma program supports the larger objectives of the U.S. Government in Burma in close coordination with the State Department representatives and other USG actors. Consistent with USG priorities, OTI’s rapid and targeted assistance supports the ongoing democratic transition in Burma, with the overall goal of deepening and sustaining reforms and fostering legitimate processes for pursuing peace.

This post is a senior 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 Country Representative should have extensive management experience (both project and personnel) and understand the basics of grantee and contractor/USAID relationships. The candidate should be able to communicate effectively with grassroots organizations and their constituencies, national and local government officials, U.S. Government agencies, and international organization officials. 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 peace processes, national dialogues, conflict mitigation and management, good governance, mediation/arbitration, and human rights. Prior work experience with U.S. Government agencies or managing programs in transition contexts 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 environments.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The work of the Country Representative requires teamwork, the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility. As a member of a highly operational office, the incumbent is willing and able to perform a wide range of administrative functions to help ensure programmatic success. The incumbent has a high level of integrity and attention to detail to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change, and remains professional and respectful of colleagues and authority in a diverse workforce. She or he places a premium on the building of positive relationships with his or her respective team both in the field and in Washington, and with key stakeholders both in and outside of USAID. The incumbent is able to prioritize and complete tasks without follow-up by the supervisor, while also filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team. The Country Representative is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas, presents solutions, and is a positive role model for colleagues both in and outside of OTI.

Under the direct supervision of the Washington-based DCHA/OTI Regional Team Leader for Europe and Asia or his/her designee, the Country Representative will perform the following duties:
  • Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy and local civil society officials, based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy. When necessary, refine strategic objectives and advocate on behalf of new programmatic approaches in country, linked to neighboring country programs where appropriate;
  • 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;
  • Communicate and coordinate in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, the U.S. Embassy, and other donor organizations;
  • Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives and recruit, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff, providing regular feedback;
  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact;
  • Manage and provide day-to-day programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees), ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;
  • Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on the implementing partner’s performance, budget, and appropriateness of scope in achieving OTI’s country objectives, presenting modifications thereto;
  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract in accordance with USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS);
  • Ensure that OTI programs and activities are monitored and evaluated, and that lessons learned feed into ongoing or future activities;
  • Analyze and report on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;
  • Ensure appropriate resource allocation among OTI field offices and implementing partners;
  • Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;
  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, ambassadors, local government officials, UN organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other pertinent agencies and organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;
  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, contingency and evacuation plans;
  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to the in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government;
  • Prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and quarterly reports to the U.S. Embassy, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate;
  • Supervise field staff in conjunction with the Regional Team Leader (e.g. Deputy Country Representative, 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 and program and operations requests;
  • Perform other related duties as determined by the supervisor to ensure successful OTI program implementation. 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the applicant must have:
(1) A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
OR
A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;
AND
(2) Six (6) years of project management experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in political transition, stabilization, community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
(3) Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries undergoing political transition or conflict;
(4) Two (2) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

SELECTION FACTORS:

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)
Applicant is a U.S. Citizen;
Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements;
Supplemental document specifically addressing how the candidate meets each of the Evaluation Factors submitted;
Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance (NOTE: Dual citizens may be asked to renounce second-country citizenship);
Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance;
Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

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