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Job Title

Resilience Coordinator

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18-40


 

Advert Details

Recruiter: USAID Kenya Updated on: 2018-03-20 02:10:03
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 a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to serve as the USAID Somalia Resilience Coordinator who will facilitate broad support to mobilize resilience efforts that leverage development funding from the USAID Somalia Office in coordination with humanitarian resources of the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) and Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
 

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.

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

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 resilience, community development, humanitarian assistance, economic growth, during which there must be a:

• Minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working on programs related to resilience within a complex operating environment;

• 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 resilience-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.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Education:  Null points; minimum criteria required

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

Prior work Experience: 30 points

Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible   management experience with a USG entity, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in resilience, community development, humanitarian assistance, economic growth, during which there must be a:

• Minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working on programs related to resilience within a complex operating environment;

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

Knowledge: 35 points

The incumbent must have an expert-level understanding of development and/or resilience-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.  

Abilities and Skills: 25 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

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: Mission Notice 18-40

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 03/06/2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: 03/19/2018  at 4:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Resilience Coordinator

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 a U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to serve as the USAID Somalia Resilience Coordinator who will facilitate broad support to mobilize resilience efforts that leverage development funding from the USAID Somalia Office in coordination with humanitarian resources of the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) and Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).  While the Resilience Coordinator sits in the Somalia Office’s Economic Growth Team, the Coordinator will engage all units in the Somalia Mission, as well as USAID humanitarian offices. S/he will provide regular updates to USAID Somalia Mission leadership.  

The Resilience Coordinator will serve as the convener for resilience related activities within the Mission. S/he will provide intellectual leadership across the resilience-related activities, and provide technical guidance and administrative support to AOR/CORs and activity managers to increase impact of activities that support resilience.  S/he is also expected to participate as a senior team member to help align the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of resilience-related projects/activities as part of the ‘whole of Mission’ resilience investments.  This will include serving as an AOR/COR for coordination and learning efforts related to resilience.    

The Resilience Coordinator will play a key role in resilience activity coordination among the broader donor community. S/he is expected to take a leadership role in resilience forums and working groups that link international partners and Somali government counterparts. The Coordinator will also serve as a link to the USAID Center for Resilience in Washington.

The assignment requires regular travel to Somalia in adherence to Mission standard operating procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Private Enterprise Officer/Economic Growth Office Chief or designee, the duties and responsibilities of the Resilience Coordinator include:

Resilience Coordination and Related Duties 

The Coordinator serves as a technical advisor on resilience issues for the Somalia Office, OFDA, and FFP. This includes facilitating the sequencing, layering, and integration of multiple development and humanitarian efforts within targeted geographies to improve household, community and national resilience.  S/he provides guidance on resilience programming, cross sectorial integration of resilience concepts, and engages colleagues on current USAID policy.  The Resilience Coordinator will serve as an AOR/COR for resilience coordination and learning efforts that build on humanitarian and development activities in resilience.  As a senior advisor, the Resilience Coordinator is responsible for supporting the development of annual work plans, implementation, and evaluation and monitoring of programming that supports resilience as appropriate. The Coordinator serves as the lead for collaboration, learning, and adaptation efforts.  S/he also develops training materials and provides training to Mission staff and implementing partners on integrating resilience concepts in project design and implementation.

Technical Specialist Representational and Other Duties 

Working in close collaboration with USAID’s humanitarian offices, the Coordinator serves as a convener and mobilizer for resilience activities. In doing so, the Coordinator links projects/activities with good technical practices and innovative solutions to ensure efficient, effective, and meaningful results are attained in accordance with Agency standards and following best practices and procedures. The Coordinator monitors and evaluates both directly managed or supported resilience projects/activities through site visits, security permitting, reporting, and trends analysis with an eye towards learning and constant improvement, works in close collaboration with the other Specialists in the Mission to seek complementarity with other projects/activities. This includes working with third-party monitoring agents to capture resilience program impact.  The Resilience Coordinator prepares or contributes to high quality internal and external reporting and communications as required related to activities that support resilience, such as success stories and USAID and inter-agency planning and programming documents. 

The Resilience Coordinator plays a leading role in fostering and managing relationships with other donors, implementing partners, Somali government counterparts, and other stakeholders, in resilience activities, and for providing technical guidance as appropriate.  S/he will promulgate good technical resilience programming practices developed by the USAID Center for Resilience, other USAID Missions, and other international and local partners. The Resilience Coordinator participates in partners and coordination meetings. The Resilience Coordinator represents USAID at official meetings and events and provides written reporting as appropriate.  S/he coordinates VIP and other TDYs related to personally managed and Office-wide activities, as required. The Resilience Coordinator participates in strategy development and financial analysis with other Team and Office staff, and with other Offices in areas related to resilience activities.

Support development of Mission strategies and plans to promote resilience programming.  The Coordinator will also serve as a link to the USAID Center for Resilience in Washington, serving as a conduit for good practices and lessons learned related to resilience.

Position Elements

Degree of Responsibility for Decision-making:  This position requires the ability to act independently in a complex and highly sensitive political and economic 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 provide senior guidance and coordination to a diverse portfolio of resilience related activities. The Resilience Coordinator will be required to serve as an AOR/COR for resilience coordinating 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.   This includes updating the Somalia Resilience Framework as necessary. The incumbent must also engage senior USAID colleagues in Washington on resilience issues as the primary convener for resilience issues for USAID Somalia. 

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 resilience programming characterized by multi-disciplinary development and humanitarian 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 Resilience Coordinator will perform his/her duties under the direct supervision of the Economic Growth 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. The Resilience Coordinator will also be responsible for updating USAID Somalia and US Mission to Somalia senior leadership on resilience efforts.  

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 Resilience Coordinator 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 USAID programming in Somalia decisions - and policy-making.  The individual will provide expert advice and support in the management and implementation of Somalia Resilience Framework as well as the Somalia Strategic Framework document, which is USAID Somalia’s highest development strategy and policy.  S/he is responsible for coordination and joint approaches among humanitarian assistance and development programming.  S/he will also work closely with senior-level FSNs, USDHs, and USPSC. 

Level and Purpose of Contacts: The Resilience Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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 Resilience Coordinator also mentors, trains, and supports the day-to-day activities of staff engaged on resilience.

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]

IV. 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.

V.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.

VI. 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:
  1. Employer’s FICA Contribution
  2. Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
  3. Pay Comparability Adjustment
  4. Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation
  5. Annual and Sick Leave
  6. 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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