The OTI Senior Deputy Country Representative is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Sudan. Offers for this position are due no later than October 1, 2021 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.
The Senior Deputy Country Representative is a member of the Bureau of Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) Southern and Eastern Regional Team, reports to the OTI Sudan Sr. Country Representative/Country Representative or designee, and is based in Khartoum, Sudan. The incumbent may be required to travel regionally as necessary. The Senior Deputy Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be development, oversight and management of CPS/OTI’s Sudan country 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.
The OTI Sudan program supports the larger objectives of the U.S. Government to support a more stable, unified, and democratic Sudan. In close coordination with State Department representatives and other USG actors, OTI’s rapid and targeted program addresses emerging issues and empowers local partners such as local and national government offices, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups, and media outlets to leverage timely and locally driven activities that increase credibility and confidence in national and local governance.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide strategic guidance and oversight to research and monitoring initiatives to understand the political environment, identify and target program interventions, verify delivery of assistance, and evaluate the effects of programming;
● 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), and international donors 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;
● Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model in U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions. Support to U.S. 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;
● Collaborate with the Sr. Country Representative/Country Representative, and support/mentor other OTI field staff, 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 independently assess political conditions, implementing partner operational platforms, meet with potential grantees, senior host-country government and other program counterparts, and develop recommendations in response to evolving dynamics;
● Assume the lead and/or mentor others on collecting and analyzing information, as well as, drafting/editing regular reporting products for internal and external audience;
● Regularly assume high-level representational responsibilities serving as a subject matter expert including, but not limited to serving as Acting Country Representative in their 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 Sr. Country Representative/Country Representative to develop an exit strategy that ensures reasonable time to transition from OTI programs to follow-on USAID or other donor programs;
● Actively collaborate 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 OTI Sr. Country Representative/Country Representative to ensure cross portfolio use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
● Report to the OTI Sr. Country Representative/Country Representative and OTI/Washington on the status of: 1) grant development and implementation across the portfolio, 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, and drivers alongside of the Country Representative;
● Supervise staff as delegated by the Country Representative. 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; and,
● Serve on temporary details within OTI, other USAID bureaus/offices, or other USG agencies under this scope of work for a period not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail must be directly related to the scope of work. Contracting Officer (CO) approval is required for the temporary detail. Any extension past the six months requires CO approval.
At a minimum, the offeror must have:
(1) A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;
(2) Six (6) years of project management experience with any of the following organizations, including but not limited to: a non-governmental organization in community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; an international assistance organization, or a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency;
(3) Two (2) years of overseas field experience (in person or virtual). A virtual temporary duty (TDY) is defined as work that would have been conducted in an overseas location if not for the global COVID pandemic;
(4) Two (2) years of supervisory experience (includes mentoring, guiding, and/or training staff).
Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at [email protected]
How to apply
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