OTI Country Representative - Somalia

The OTI Country Representative – Somalia is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Nairobi, Kenya. Applications for this position are due no later than December 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. 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.


The USAID/OTI Somalia program will support the larger objectives of the U.S. Government to promote stability and political transition, and counter violent extremism, in Somalia. The new program will focus on providing assistance to communities newly liberated from the al-Shabaab militant group, providing support to newly-formed regional administrations, and assisting other emergent political priorities related to the Vision 2016 agenda laid out by the international community and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). In close coordination with the State Department representatives, other USAID programs, other U.S. Government actors, UN stakeholders, other donors, and the FGS, and with consideration of U.S. Government priorities, OTI’s rapid and targeted programs will address emerging issues and empower local partners to complement broader stabilization efforts and foster positive political change.

The Country Representative is a member of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Africa Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Africa Team Leader based in DC, while also having dual reporting to the leadership of the USAID Field Office for Somalia. The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be the strategy development, design, oversight and management of OTI’s Somalia 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.

This post is an 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 stabilization, counterinsurgency, community-driven development, elections, subnational governance, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, and human rights. Prior work experience with U.S. Government agencies or managing program operations in civil conflicts is preferred. Willingness to work alongside military colleagues (both U.S. and non-U.S.) is essential. 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. Experience in remote project management is highly desirable, as this position is Nairobi-based yet will be overseeing a localized program in Somalia.


At a minimum, the applicant must have:
A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;
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 stabilization, 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 one or more developing countries undergoing political transition or conflict;
Two (2) years of 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.
Crossposted from PCDN
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