OTI Deputy Country Representative (Colombia)

USAIDOTIUSAID Office of Transition Initiatives

The OTI Deputy Country Representative – Colombia is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Colombia. Applications for this position are due no later than April 18, 2018 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.

After a half-century of intractable violence resulting in 6 million victims (including over 4 million displaced), in 2016 the Government of Colombia (GOC) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement mapping out an end to Colombia’s fifty-year internal armed conflict. Elements of the agreement include rural reform, countering illicit crops and alternative development, political participation, and restitution for victims. Despite this historic achievement, the initial phase of peace accord implementation has been slow, causing a crisis of confidence within Colombia about the government’s ability to implement the accords in a way that benefits the country. The current moment is a critical window of opportunity for Colombia to maintain positive momentum toward peace by demonstrating progress and the benefits the accords should bring.

The Colombian government has asked the international community for support to implement reforms that will address the legacy and causes of conflict. The United States Government (USG) has worked closely with Colombia since increases in aid in the 1990s, and the country remains a critical US ally in the region. Colombia is an active partner in the US fight against trans-national criminal networks, a co-provider of technical assistance to other countries in the hemisphere and a key trade partner. The USG has clearly stated its support for peace in Colombia and maintains a robust portfolio of assistance toward achieving that goal.

In July 2015, in anticipation of the signing of the peace accord, OTI began a program to support the GOC in the critical rapid response phase of peace accord implementation. The program’s objectives are to support the GOC in rapid peace accord implementation in critical peace geography, and to strengthen connections between local actors in that geography so that they can be strong partners in peace accord implementation. OTI works in the departments of Norte de Santander, Arauca, and Putumayo, as well as with national government entities in Bogota.

The Deputy Country Representative principal responsibility will be the development, oversight and management of OTI’s Colombia 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 and local government officials. This position requires excellent managerial (project and personnel) and communication skills, an ability to perform in a complex and highly-sensitive political environment, experience in policy formulation and negotiation, an understanding of grantee and contractor/USAID relationships, and a strong interest in assisting countries in transition. 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.

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 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;
  • Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick-impact programming model in embassies or USAID Missions. 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;
  • Review proposals and grant concepts and work with diverse groups, many of which have not previously had international funding;
  • Collaborate with 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;
  • Take the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Manage and/or supervise the FSN staff, including program officers, administrative assistants nd drivers alongside of the Country Representative;
  • Supervise staff as delegated by the Country Representative (e.g. Program Managers, Program Assistants, Administrative Program Assistants, etc.). Provide orientation, training, and mentoring for USAID 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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;
  • One (1) year of supervisory experience.

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