Senior Project Management Specialist (Economist) – US Embassy
|Hiring Agency:||American Embassy Khartoum|
|Position Title:||Senior Project Management Specialist (Economist) – All Interested Applicants|
|Open Period:||09/08/2021 – 09/22/2021|
|Series/Grade:||LE – 4005 11|
|Work Schedule:||Full-time – The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)|
For More Info:
- HR Section
- [email protected]
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
• All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.
The Project Management Specialist-Economist works throughout Sudan in targeted areas under the humanitarian portfolio, primarily, but not exclusively, in Darfur, Central and East Sudan and Three Areas, provides technical oversight and guidance on USAID strategies, programs, and activities that advance economic growth, food security and social protection goals and objectives. The incumbent represents USAID and liaises with senior leadership of the Government of Sudan, major donors and partners.
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
I. Activity Management (55%)
Leads the design, implementation, and performance management of an evolving and dynamic portfolio of economic growth, food security and resilience activities. Works in close coordination with the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BRA) Country Backstop Officer in USAID/Washington to provide strategic management and oversight of all activities in his/her portfolio. Monitors and reports on implementation of ongoing programs. Conducts regular site visits to review activity implementation. Coordinates with the BHA Office to ensure effective oversight of activities. Based on the information collected during field visits, communicates findings and recommendations to BRA management, BHA/W, and, as appropriate, to partners and GOS counterparts. Recommends adjustments and improvements in USAID activities to promote efficiency, effectiveness, and cost savings. Ensures that partners are in compliance with all relevant USAID regulations, policies, and procedures. Applies specific and in-depth knowledge of applicable USG laws, legislative directives, and regulations, particularly regarding the allowable use of BHA resources. Ensures commodities and cash resources are properly and effectively utilized as approved in program documents and that resources are distributed to the intended beneficiaries. Monitors resource utilization, pipelines, and dispatch and distribution status of activities. Coordinates and plans with other Mission programming, on the development side, to improve resilience to disasters, address root causes of resilience vulnerabilities, alternative livelihoods, and natural resource management in an integrated and multi-sector approach. Manages annual work planning and performance reporting processes. Arranges and participates in activity and program evaluations. Reviews performance reports to ensure that Implementing Partners are in compliance with the performance expectations outlined in their work plans and, in their contract, (s) agreement (s) and host-government agreements.
II. Multi-Stakeholder Engagement and Representation (25%)
Liaises regularly with GOS officials, major donors, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other partners on issues impacting the economic resiliency of chronically food insecure populations. Establishes and maintains effective partnerships with senior Government of Sudan counterparts in relevant ministries, donors, and other stakeholders to ensure coordination of activities, support best practices, and jointly achieve economic resilience and food security objectives. Serves as a technical expert and member for relevant GOS and donor coordination fora, including the Sudan Humanitarian Partners Team and other Technical Committees. Represents USAID at these forums to provide technical insights and promote integration of food assistance with other programs and sectors. Builds and develops cross-office and cross-sector partnerships within the USAID Mission. Works with other parts of USAID and the U.S. government to promote integration of food assistance with other programs and priorities. Represents the BHA Office and its priorities in joint initiatives to support the achievement of food security and economic resiliency objectives. Prepares and delivers presentations to government officials and various stakeholders on USAID’s food assistance programs and activities at local, regional and international workshops and conferences. Maintains close working relations with relevant USAID Offices in Washington including the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RPS) Country Backstop Officers.
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III. Strategic and Technical Leadership (20%)
Serves as a technical advisor on strategies, activities, and approaches to help households, communities, systems, and institutions address the root causes of economic resilience vulnerabilities, food insecurity, and malnutrition. Guides strategic and technical decision making on best use of BHA resources, with a focus on chronically food and economically insecure populations. Provides expert strategic guidance on best practices and approaches to a) increased capabilities, assets and activities to create and maintain a livelihood and improved nutrition; b) increases and diversifies household income; c) provides opportunities for microfinance and savings; d) builds resilience and reduce vulnerability to shocks and stresses; and e) implements and refines social protection programs to achieve any of the results listed above. Supports Mission-driven processes related to strategy, project, and activity design and implementation as they relate to food insecurity. Drafts high-quality technical reports and analyses on food insecurity, social protection, and resilience and the general economic situation in the country and how it impacts household and country level food security. Stays abreast of GOS and donor priorities in these areas.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
Post Entry Training: The incumbent is expected to possess the necessary technical skills/abilities required to perform the duties and responsibilities required of the position. Post entry training will, therefore, be focused primarily on the Agency-specific established policies, procedures and regulations.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration and Management, or Agriculture is required.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
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Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant, progressively responsible and professional work experience in applied research, extension, nutrition education, agribusiness, environment, or economic development including experience in the management, analysis, and interpretation of data, and presentation of findings is required. Must have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with public institutions and the private sector is required. Substantive experience with program/project development, management and program monitoring, preferably for an international organization is required. Experience with pastoralist systems and/or dry land development or closely related issues is essential. Experience working with or liaising with the Government of Sudan is required.
Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have strong knowledge of food security, economic growth, and vulnerability factors in Sudan. S/he must have specialized knowledge and demonstrated expertise in economic growth with vulnerable populations, emergency or nonemergency food assistance programs (including nutrition), social protection or resilience program management as well as a proven ability to work effectively with high-level personnel from government, donors, implementing partners and other development organizations is required. S/he should have an understanding of Sudan-specific processes, programs and strategies relevant to his/her portfolio. The position also requires direct experience with the Government of Sudan (GOS) and an expert knowledge and understanding of the different branches in the GOS in order to enhance effective communication and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation, which is critical for policy reform within the context of economic resiliency and food assistance. S/he requires a high degree of political savvy to effectively coordinate policy reforms across the portfolio and a broad knowledge of the GOS economic growth, resiliency, and food security programming in various ministries, institutions, and agencies.
Skills: This position requires superb communication skills and an ability to exercise sound and independent judgment, discretion and patience on a daily basis. This position requires flexibility and the ability to accept and react to changing policy direction with sound analyses, professionalism and poise. More specifically, the incumbent is required to: identify issues and proactively seek solutions to complex problems; conduct research, including evaluating and integrating information from multiple sources, in order to assess the impact of potential activities on food security; and work under extreme pressure. This position requires very good diplomatic and interpersonal skills to effectively manage relationships, facilitate negotiations and play a technical advisory role on economic growth, resilience, food security, and social protection. S/he must have negotiation skills and must demonstrate the ability to discuss difficult topics while maintaining and strengthening positive working relationships with the counterparts.
English: Level IV (Fluent, speaking, reading and writing) is required. (This may be tested)
Arabic: Level IV (Fluent, speaking, reading and writing) is required. (This may be tested)
Benefits and Other Info
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name) may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
- USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf
- Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
- Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
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
How to Apply
Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by the closing date of this announcement.
Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online , and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.
- University Degree
- Other Document (Experience Certificates)
- Other Document 2 (Experience Certificates)
- Proof of Citizenship
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in U.S. Mission.
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