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USAID Job in Abuja for a USPSC Program Officer

Jan 2, 2017, 11:22 AM

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria
is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the
position below in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA):

Job Title: USPSC Program Officer
Solicitation No.: SOL-OFDA-17-000018
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Start Date: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.
Period of Performance: Two (2) years, with three (3) option years.
Who May Apply: U.S. citizens
Introduction

OFDA is responsible for coordinating the USG’s humanitarian response to
the complex emergency in Nigeria, establishing programs to meet clearly
defined humanitarian needs, and for overseeing OFDA’s current and future
humanitarian assistance programming. OFDA maintains a regional office
in Nigeria headed by the Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA), who oversees
staff, programs, and operations for OFDA in-country.

The Program Officer (PO) in Abuja, Nigeria will monitor OFDA-funded
programs, liaise with international organizations (IOs) and with the NGO
community, provide assessments when appropriate, and make program
recommendations. The team in Nigeria is working to allocate USG
humanitarian assistance funding to support humanitarian programs. USAID
anticipates significant additional humanitarian programming for Fiscal
Year 2017. The PO will work with implementing partners to ensure that
programming meets strategic objectives and to shepherd programs through
the approval process. This position reports directly to the OFDA SHA in
Abuja, Nigeria.

Objectives

  • OFDA requires the services of a PO for Nigeria to coordinate
    disaster response activities and carry out its lead role in facilitating
    and coordinating USG emergency assistance overseas.
  • The Program Officer (PO) in Abuja, Nigeria will monitor
    OFDA-funded programs, liaise with international organizations (IOs) and
    with the NGO community, provide assessments when appropriate, and make
    program recommendations.
  • The PO will work with implementing partners to ensure that
    programming meets strategic objectives and to shepherd programs through
    the approval process.
  • This position reports directly to the OFDA SHA in Abuja, Nigeria.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • The PO will provide full time in-country coordination and
    management of OFDA programming for humanitarian emergency and disaster
    risk reduction activities throughout Nigeria.
  • The PO will work in close collaboration with a program team that
    may include Senior Regional Advisors (SRA), SHAs, Senior Program
    Officers (SPO), Program Officers (PO), Field Monitors, Team Leaders,
    Deputy Team Leaders, Disaster Operations Advisors and Specialists, and
    /or Program Assistants.
  • The PO must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging
    and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to
    U.S. Embassy security guidelines.
  • The PO may assist in humanitarian assistance activities
    elsewhere in the region as needed. Working under the guidance and
    supervision of the SHA, the PO will support OFDA’s program office in
    Nigeria with the coordination and management of humanitarian and
    disaster risk reduction activities.


Contextual Specialty:

  • Develop and maintain specialized understanding of humanitarian
    developments within Nigeria to include political, social, and
    operational issues impacting humanitarian efforts.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of USAID and USG humanitarian
    priorities and strategies within Nigeria and USAID/OFDA’s contributions
    and comparative advantages of those efforts.
  • Provide regular reporting, through official cables and other
    means, on issues related to the humanitarian situation in Nigeria.
    Provide overviews of patterns and trends in the humanitarian situation
    and keep the Regional Advisor (RA), SPO, and other program staff current
    on response issues. Provide regular reports on site visits, meetings,
    general atmospherics and other issues that impact humanitarian relief
    efforts.
  • Prepare briefing papers, notes and presentations on OFDA
    programming for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.


Portfolio Management:

  • Develop and maintain a detailed working knowledge of OFDA’s humanitarian portfolio in Nigeria.
  • In close coordination with the RA, SPO, and Disaster Operations
    Specialist (DOS), work with NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies that are
    developing proposals for OFDA (including grant amendments and
    extensions). Ensure that draft proposals are in compliance with "OFDA’s
    Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting." Review concept
    papers and proposals, and provide recommendations/comments to OFDA for
    final funding determination.
  • Assist headquarters based Agreement Officer’s Representatives in
    managing humanitarian awards by providing field-based insights,
    knowledge, and perspectives.
  • Travel as permitted to support team efforts to assess, evaluate
    and monitor humanitarian conditions in Nigeria, and make strategic
    recommendations for appropriate interventions.
  • The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out
    assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or
    methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.
  • Work with OFDA’s program staff based in Washington, D.C., the
    regional office in Dakar, Senegal, and in Nigeria in the development of
    OFDA’s programming for response and disaster risk reduction activities
    in Nigeria, ensure complementarity between the two strategies, and
    oversee implementation of each.
  • Support team efforts to continually assess emergency response
    and disaster risk reduction needs in Nigeria in order to ensure that
    OFDA’s programs are appropriately responsive.


Representation:

  • Support the SHA in maintaining relations with the humanitarian
    community in Nigeria in representing USAID and OFDA on humanitarian
    issues. This will include but is not limited to UN agencies, IOs, NGOs,
    USG personnel, donors, host government authorities, and others.
  • With guidance from the RA or SPO, coordinate with the donor
    community on policy issues affecting humanitarian operations, and
    develop integrated, non-duplicative programs.
  • Maintain regular contact with OFDA grantees, as well as other UN
    agencies, IOs, and NGOs. As requested by the RA, meet regularly with
    donors, host government officials, USG agencies, and others on
    humanitarian issues in order to explain, advocate for, and advance
    OFDA’s priorities and to help coordinate USG and international
    humanitarian activities.
  • Participate in and report on joint donor humanitarian
    evaluations and UN-led assessments, and participate actively in the
    international community response structures.


Leadership:

  • Serve as peer mentor to team members on grants management and
    portfolio management, to include OFDA’s business process,
    portfolio-specific budget and workload management, and post-award
    monitoring and management.
  • Participate, as assigned, in office-wide discussions on
    initiatives that impact program implementation to provide field-based
    perspectives.


General Duties:

  • Serve in program positions on response teams, assessment teams,
    or to provide coverage for field offices within and outside the region,
    which may deploy on short notice for up to 90 days.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services
  • and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  • Serve in program positions on Washington-based RMTs for up to 45 days.


Supervisory Relationship:

  • The Program Officer will take direction from and report to the OFDA SHA based in Abuja, Nigeria or his/her designee.


Supervisory Controls:

  • The PO will report to the Senior Humanitarian Advisor in Abuja,
    Nigeria and maintain close coordination with the program team in
    Washington, DC. Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource
    available; the USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines,
    projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and
    carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach
    or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.


Physical Demands:

  • The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical
    demands. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site
    visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long
    periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of
    moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).


Work Environment:

  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting. During
    deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may
    additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing
    of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.


Education / Experience Required For this Position
Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not
meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT
qualified for the position:
  • Bachelor’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to,
    the specialized field (including international relations, political
    science, economics, food policy, or a related field), and five (5) years
    of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and
    humanitarian assistance, which must include at least one (1) year of
    on-the-ground international field experience working in humanitarian
    assistance.
  • This experience must include one or more of the following: needs
    assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or
    post-emergency rehabilitation aid.


Or

  • Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the
    specialized field (including international relations, political
    science, economics, food policy, or a related field), and four (4)
    years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency
    relief and humanitarian assistance, which must include at least one (1)
    year of on-the-ground international field experience working in
    humanitarian assistance.
  • This experience must include one or more of the following:
    needs assessment, analysis, emergency relief program operations, or
    post-emergency rehabilitation aid.


Selection Factors
Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not
meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the
position:
  • Applicant is a U.S. Citizen.
  • Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume
    requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted
    towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.
  • Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
  • Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.
  • USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to
    complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed.
    Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top
    Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided
    by USAID.


Applicant Rating System
The applicant rating system factors are used to determine the
competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other
applicants. Applicants must demonstrate the rating factors outlined
below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the
information provided. The rating factors are as follows:
Professional Experience (10 points) :

  • Experience monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context.
  • Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle
    to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster
    risk reduction, and resilience.
  • Specific experience implementing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, and reporting.


Skills and Abilities (10 points) :
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief,
    transition, or disaster risk reduction activities with host governments
    in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief,
    transition, or disaster risk reduction activities with other donors and
    diplomatic missions in the midst of international humanitarian crisis
    situations.
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief, transition, or disaster risk reduction activities within the USG.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences orally and through written products.
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in coordinating relief,
    transition, or disaster risk reduction activities with international and
    national non-governmental humanitarian partners in the midst of
    humanitarian crisis situations.


Program Management (10 points) :
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USG acquisition and assistance regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, designing, or evaluating
    proposed humanitarian interventions against response or disaster risk
    reduction strategies and identified need.
  • Demonstrated experience managing USG acquisition and assistance
    awards to include post-award administration and regulation compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with multiple country representatives to develop, track, and maintain a large budget.


Interview Performance (40 points)
Timed Writing Test (15 points)
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 points)
Total Possible Points: 100
Basis of Rating:
  • Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and
    Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the
    Applicant Rating System. Those applicants determined to be
    competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and
    satisfactory professional reference checks.
  • Applicants are required to address each factor of the Applicant
    Rating System in their resume, describing specifically and accurately
    what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received as
    it pertains to each factor. Be sure to include your name and the
    announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to
    address the selection factors and/or Applicant Rating System factors may
    result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience,
    education, training and/or awards.
  • The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and required to
    provide a writing sample. OFDA will not pay for any expenses
    associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic
    credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for
    selection. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained
    independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an
    applicant. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if
    vacancies become available during future phase of the selection
    process.


Remuneration
  • GS-12 equivalent ($62,722 - $81,541 - not eligible for locality
    pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market
    value based upon the candidate’s past salary, work history and
    educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range
    will not be entertained or negotiated.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications which must include all required documents stated below to: recruiter@ofda.gov

Required Documents
Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

  • Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held
    (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates
    (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be
    detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year),
    locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the
    solicitation requirements.
  • Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
  • Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current
    and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may
    be contacted for a reference.
  • Education and any other qualifications including job-related
    training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or
    accomplishments.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Optional: Where you heard about this job (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs,
    Career Fair, etc.).Your resume should contain sufficient information to
    make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience
    requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be
    clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information
    sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result
    in loss of full consideration.
  • USPSC Application Form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.


Note
  • Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.
  • By submitting your application materials, you certify that all
    of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct,
    complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on
    and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent
    information on or attached to your application may result in you being
    eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated
    after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.
  • To ensure consideration of applications for the intended
    position, please reference the solicitation number on your application,
    and as the subject line in any email.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA
    reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become
    available during future phases of the selection process.
  • Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received.
  • Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications


Application Deadline 15th February, 2017.

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