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Access to Justice Advisor

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18-20


 

Advert Details

Recruiter: USAID Kenya Updated on: 2018-02-12 08:53:29
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Human Rights / Protection Offer: $89,370 to $116,181 equivalent to GS-14

 

Introduction

The USAID/Somalia Field Office seeks to contract for a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to provide expert management and technical leadership of an upcoming flagship $25 million Expanding Access to Justice (EAJ) activity and related programming that may arise.
 

Minimum Requirements

Applicants are required to be a U.S. Citizen residing in Kenya in order to be considered.  No relocation benefits apply. This position is a Local Hire U.S PSC and receives only the limited benefits specified below.  Any contract offered under this solicitation will not offer benefits that are available to Offshore Hire U.S PSC.

The incumbent must meet the following requirements in education and professional experience:

1. Education: Bachelor’s and post graduate degree in a relevant area such as international development, social sciences, or law.

2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience with a USG entity, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, justice reform, human rights, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; within which there must be a:

• Minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working on human rights, civil society capacity building, community development, or other relevant programs;

• Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, training, and guiding staff).

3. Language Proficiency: Fluent (Level IV), fluent verbal and written English communication skills and analytical ability are required. 

4. Knowledge:  The incumbent must have an expert-level understanding of development and/or conflict-related programs characterized by multi-disciplinary approaches, and their role in U.S. foreign policy.  S/he must have comprehensive knowledge of donor programming policies and international donor regulations, procedures, and practices.  Candidates must show past experience in performing successfully at high levels, with minimal supervision and daily direction. 

5. Abilities and Skills:  The incumbent must have demonstrated ability in dealing effectively and diplomatically with customers from a variety of organizations.  The individual must be able to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts with both senior and working level staff in USAID/East Africa, USAID/Washington, and the inter-agency, as well as development partners, donors, and other stakeholders.  The individual must be able to effectively identify, mobilize, and draw upon the expertise of USAID personnel, including subordinate staff.

Candidates must have the ability to independently manage activities and deliver quality, timely products that require minimal review and oversight.  Proven written and oral English communication skills, as well as strong research, teamwork, and interpersonal skills are required to perform successfully in this position.  The incumbent must be comfortable developing outreach strategies, and delivering formal briefings and presentations. 

The ability to provide information and advice with objectivity is required.  The incumbent must be able to excel in a fast-paced, multi-cultural work environment, and be able to deliver multiple tasks simultaneously.  The individual must therefore apply expert-level analytical skills and judgment to determine the best solution from the range of possible alternatives.

I.EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Education:  Null points; minimum criteria required

Bachelor’s and post graduate degree in relevant area such as international development, social sciences, or law.   

Prior work Experience: 25 points

Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience with a USG entity, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, justice reform, human rights, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; within which there must be a:

Knowledge:  30 points

The Access to Justice Advisor must have an expert-level understanding of the nature of the goals of transitional and development programs and is conversant with U.S. foreign policy priorities.  S/He must have comprehensive knowledge of donor programming policies and international donor regulations, procedures and practices.  S/He must have knowledge of:

Skills and Abilities:  35 points

The individual must also have excellent interpersonal skills in order to: 1) facilitate productive professional relationships with other members of the broader USG team and with development partners; 2) demonstrate flexibility; 3) effectively manage more than one activity at a time; and 4) work effectively as a team member in an established culturally diverse environment.

The Advisor should have the ability to work independently to develop completed work without technical review.  Skills to analyze and resolve a wide range of problems arising in programming structuring and project development are necessary, and the individual should be comfortable developing outreach strategies, business presentations, and communications tools.  The individual must have demonstrated skills in related areas such as participatory planning, community development, post conflict transition, and country political and economic issues.

Demonstrated coordination and organizational skills within a multi-cultural work environment is required, along with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to work effectively under pressure.  The Advisor will handle many different overlapping tasks and projects characterized by shifting or changing priorities, and must apply the highest analytical skills and judgment to determine solutions from the range of possible alternatives.  The ability to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under pressure is essential.

Language Proficiency: 10 points

Fluent (Level IV), outstanding verbal and written English communication skills are required. 

TOTAL:  100 points

 

 


 

Job Specification

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: Mission Notice 18-20

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 02/12/2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: 02/26/2018  at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Access to Justice Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE: $89,370 to $116,181 equivalent to GS-14

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options Not-to-exceed five (5) subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance or better.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: USAID/W issued clearance level at the Facility/Computer Access Level

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES/POSITION DESCRIPTION

Background/Introduction

The USAID/Somalia Field Office seeks to contract for a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to provide expert management and technical leadership of an upcoming flagship $25 million Expanding Access to Justice (EAJ) activity and related programming that may arise.   The EAJ activity will support a community-driven justice model emphasizing a user-centered focus to expand citizens’ access to justice in targeted locations throughout Somalia. This activity will include capacity development of legal aid organizations/clinics along with identification of new partners, developing best approaches for the financial and institutional sustainability of paralegal/legal aid organizations (which includes grant management) and setting a robust research agenda to identify gaps in the justice sector that lead to unresolved conflicts for individuals and communities. The EAJ program will work with a variety of local stakeholders (local authorities, elders, religious leaders, civil society, and the private sector) in all phases of project identification and implementation.  Lasting peace in Somalia requires the establishment of viable governance structures, the rule of law, and a legitimate electoral process, which will collectively strengthen democracy and human rights for all Somalis.

The Access to Justice Advisor reports to the Office Chief of the DSG team in the USAID/KEA/Somalia Field Office.  The Office portfolio includes programming in public sector reform, elections and political processes, stabilization, and legislative strengthening.  A new program in state and local governance is under development.  The Access to Justice Advisor will be responsible for coordinating the rule of law activities within the broader DSG portfolio and managing other awards (as needed), as well as coordinating with the Economic Growth and Education teams, and the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) to ensure synergies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the DSG Office Chief or her designee, the duties and responsibilities of the Access to Justice Advisor include:

(1) Serve as the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) for the flagship EAJ activity ($25 million award) and for other rule of law-related implementing mechanisms managed by the DSG team, performing site visits where security permits and ensuring progress toward agreed-upon goals, targets, and objectives. 

(2) Serve as lead USAID liaison on rule of law/justice initiatives with USAID senior management, technical personnel, U.S. Embassy and Department of Defense management and staff, senior diplomats, host government officials, UN organizations, and indigenous and international NGOs.  Maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of actors to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and strive to achieve maximum synergy with other programs.

(3) Represent USAID Somalia on committees and workgroups with other USG agencies, the Federal Government of Somalia, and donors working on or implementing rule of law/justice reform interventions and programs, ensuring USAID’s portfolio and approaches are relevant and effective in the Somali environment. 

(4) Provide expert programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to USAID’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees), ensuring that activities are contributing to USAID’s program objectives and are within the scope of their award instrument.

(5) Develop, recommend, and oversee the implementation of strategic and programmatic shifts in USAID rule of law activities when necessary to respond to changing political circumstances.  Lead development or amendments as needed of project activity awards and approval documents, correspondence, and other documentation.

(6) Lead the conceptualization and development of program strategies and objectives in close coordination with USAID personnel and U.S. Mission to Somalia, Department of State, and host-country officials, based on political analysis and U.S. Government (USG) policy. When necessary, help refine strategic objectives and lead the development of new programmatic approaches.

(7) Supervise the Stabilization Program Management Specialist to ensure activities over which s/he has oversight are aligned with the new Inclusive Governance Project Document.

Position Elements

Degree of Responsibility for Decision-making:  This position requires the ability to act independently in a complex and highly sensitive political environment, and advanced experience in negotiation with high-level government counterparts.  The incumbent must be able to independently plan, design, and carry-out interventions and studies, and must be able to oversee a diverse portfolio of stabilization activities. The incumbent will also provide technical and programmatic advice and support for the management and implementation of the Somalia Transition Framework Strategy, the highest level strategic planning document for the Somalia Field Office which guides all programming priorities, policies, and activities of USAID’s program in Somalia.  In this case, the incumbent’s role in facilitating Mission engagement with host country government in access to justice/human rights activities, and facilitating the implementation of effective development cooperation in this multi-sectoral area of interventions, is critical to ensure that USG investments are directed towards the greatest results.

Level of Complexity:  Responsibilities involve areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, interpretation and evaluating processes due to the difficult work environment in Somalia. Additionally, there are continuing changes in program, political and security developments, unknown phenomena, or continuing requirements, and the work requires implementing new techniques, establishing criteria, or developing new information.  Complexity in managing processes and programs that span across countries, U.S. Embassies (Kenya and the US Mission to Somalia), and multiple host country governments (Federal Government of Somalia and 6 Federal Member States that do not yet form a cohesive government), requires the incumbent to be constantly in tune to, flexible, and responsive to changing political, security, programmatic and organizational demands.

Knowledge Level:  The incumbent must have an expert-level understanding of rule of law/justice development and/or conflict-related programs characterized by multi-disciplinary approaches, and their role in U.S. foreign policy.  S/he must have comprehensive knowledge of donor programming policies and international donor regulations, procedures, and practices.  The incumbent must show past experience in performing successfully at high levels, with minimal supervision and daily direction.  

Supervisory Controls:  The Access to Justice Advisor will perform his/her duties under the direct supervision of the Democracy, Stabilization, and Governance Office Chief of the USAID/KEA/Somalia Field Office.  Supervisory direction will consist of prioritizing broad objectives and results areas.  The individual must exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, resolving problems and conflicts, and taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. 

Guidelines for Required Work: USAID administrative policies and precedents, ADS chapters, USG/Embassy/USAID/and Bureau and Mission directives, and technical Monitoring and Evaluation references, including specific references, are available.  The Access to Justice Advisor is required to understand Mission and Agency-specific policies and procedures which govern program activity management in addition to the USAID/KEA/Somalia Field Office established administrative operating procedures, policies and formats. Oral guidance from the immediate supervisor and specific detailed instructions will be given (when necessary) for carrying out unique assignments. The incumbent will be required to be proactive in keeping abreast of evolving guidelines and policies, including but not limited to the Automated Directives System (ADS), Mission Orders, Mission Notices, USG Procurement regulations, and USAID Program Strategy and Policy Documents.  In many instances, the incumbent will have to rely on his/her knowledge and extensive prior experience to enforce guidelines as s/he carries out his/her duties. The incumbent must be able to use excellent judgment and the ability to deal with ambiguity at all levels.

Scope and Effect of the Work Performed:  The individual serves in a role that directly influences Somalia Field Office decision- and policy-making.  The individual will provide expert advice and support in the management and implementation of DSG Inclusive Governance Project as well as the Somalia Strategic Framework document, which is USAID Somalia’s broadest and highest development strategy and policy.  S/he is responsible for coordination and joint approaches with the Economic Growth and Education technical offices as relevant to the Access to Justice/rule of law portfolio.  S/he is responsible for coordinating with senior government and donor officials, and defining USAID policy and programming positions in national and regional forums with non-USG senior stakeholders.  S/he will also work closely with senior-level FSNs, USDHs, and USPSCs, requiring high-level expertise and experience. 

Level and Purpose of Contacts: The Access to Justice Adviser will be required to maintain solid working relationships with various USAID and USG Offices and relevant partners.   Contacts will be at both the highest management and working levels with the U.S. Mission to Somalia and other bilateral and multilateral donor organizations, host-country officials of multiple Federal and State-level ministries, relevant academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society.  Contact will be of a continuous nature through day-to-day meetings and periodic review sessions. The Advisor will represent the Somalia Field Office at various meetings.  The purpose of contacts is to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups who are typically skeptical, resistant, or uncooperative, and who must be approached skillfully and tactfully to obtain the desired effect.

Supervision Exercised:  The Access to Justice Advisor also mentors, trains, and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Stabilization Specialist, a Cooperating Country National (CCN) staff.  The Advisor will also provide day to day guidance to the work of the Program Management Assistant as it relates to the requirements of the Advisor’s portfolio.

Security Clearance Requirement: The selected candidate must have a HSPD-12 (Facilities and Computer Access). 

Travel Requirement: The incumbent will be expected to travel to Somalia on an as-needed basis depending on the security situation and access to the travel destination. 

Support Items: The incumbent will be provided with the support services, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform the work. 

Sunday Pay: Is not authorized.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 

• U.S. Citizens currently residing in Kenya

• Submit a complete application as outlined in the solicitation section titled APPLYING;

• Be able to obtain a USAID/W issued clearance level at the Facility/Computer Access Level;

• Be able to obtain a medical clearance;

• Be willing to travel to travel to Somalia on an as-needed basis depending on the security situation and access to the travel destination;

• Employment is subject to funds availability and all the required approvals obtained.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The primary location of work will be on the U.S. Embassy/USAID compound in Nairobi, Kenya. No special demands are required to perform the work.

12. POINT OF CONTACT: Executive Office/Human Resources, Patrick Bii, HR Assistant, email at [email protected]

I.APPLYING

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

(1)Eligible offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 302-3, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-302-3

(2)An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (no more than five pages), cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, copies of all relevant certificates and include three (3) to five (5) references, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts. 

(3)Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3 and submitted following the steps below;

 

Step 1:  Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com if not already registered. If already registered, log in and ensure all updated attachments are uploaded.

Step 2: Attach a cover letter, AID 302-3 and copies of all relevant certificates including referee information. Scan and attach them as one attachment on section marked “Upload Certificates” under my profile. Note: All offers MUST be submitted online. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Step 3: Search for this position and click on Complete Questionnaire to Apply. Each offeror must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

(4)To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

II.LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the CO informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.

 

III.BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a Local Hire PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

  1. BENEFITS:

               (a)Employer’s FICA Contribution

(b)Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance

(c)Pay Comparability Adjustment

(d)Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation

(e)Annual and Sick Leave

(f)Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)

This position is a Local Hire U.S PSC and receives only the limited benefits specified above.  Any contract offered under this solicitation will not offer benefits that are available to Offshore Hire U.S PSC.  Benefits that the successful candidate will not receive include, but are not limited to:

1.Access to Embassy medical facilities, Cash Checking, AEA Commissary Access, Pouch Mail Service (DPO/APO)

2.Cost of Travel to and from Post;

3.Shipment and storage of UAB and HHE;

4.Shipment of POV (Private Own Vehicle);

5.R&R and Home Leave Travel; and

6.Housing

 

2.ALLOWANCES:

Local Hire U.S PSC will not be eligible for allowances listed in the Standardized Regulations Government Civilian Foreign Areas Sections cited below – (if applicable, as found in the Standardize Regulations (DSSR) - sections cited below):

1.Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120)

2.Living quarters allowance (Section 130)

3.Cost of living Allowance (Chapter 210)

4.Post Allowance (Section 220)

5.Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230)

6.Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)

7.Education allowance (Section 270)

8.Educational Travel (Section 280)

9.Post differential (Chapter 500)

10.Payments during Evacuation/authorized Departure (Section 600)

11.Danger Pay (Section 650)

 

VII.TAXES

USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes.

 

VIII.USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing USPSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. AIDAR:  The Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) Appendix D – “Direct USAID Contracts with U.S. Citizens or U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clauses “General Provisions,” found at: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/aidar.pdf
  2. Contract Cover page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms

3.Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs):  AAPDs/CIBs for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs

       4. Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635. See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations

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