U.S. Mission Niamey
Vacancy Announcement Number: 2016-34
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates / All Sources
POSITION: Program Management Specialist- Senior Democracy, Governance and Conflict Specialist (SDGCS-USAID)
OPENING DATE: October 12, 2016
CLOSING DATE: October 25, 2016
WORK HOURS: Full-time 40 hours/week
SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN- 12
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 3
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The U.S. Mission in Niamey, Niger is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Program Management Specialist- Senior Democracy, Governance and conflict specialist (SDGCS) in the USAID- field office of USAID/West Africa.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION
The Senior Democracy, Governance and Conflict Specialist (SDGCS) is the senior-level specialist on democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG), conflict management and mitigation (CMM), and countering violent extremism (CVE) issues and provides direction, advice, policy guidance and substantive input in the design, implementation, and monitoring of related regional and bi-lateral activities in Niger. In this context, the SDGCS will provide expert technical oversight and manage a set of specific regional and bilateral activities related to DRG, CMM, and CVE with an average annual value estimated at $5-10 million. The SDGCS is integral to bilateral strategic planning for programs, donor coordination, report writing, and management of related bilateral resources. In addition, the SDGCS plays a lead role in representing Niger for regional DRG, CMM, and CVE issues, including political analysis, donor coordination, and overseeing activities. The SDGCS will be expected to coach and mentor a junior FSN technical specialist and will work in close collaboration with the other technical teams in the USAID Niger Office. Finally, the SDGCS works closely with the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, participating in Interagency Working Groups and other relevant meetings.
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below and attach specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
A minimum of a Master’s degree in law, political science, international relations, public administration/public policy, political economy, international development, international relations, or other related social science field is required.
2. Prior Work Experience
A minimum of 7 years of professional work experience is required, including a minimum of six years of experience working in the DRG, CMM, and/or CVE sectors. Demonstrated work experience in providing expert analysis and advice on complex programming issues, designing and managing multi-million dollar project activities for international organizations, using complex information technology systems to monitor and evaluate projects and results, and tracking budget execution and documentation is required. The candidate with a steady progression over time of increasing responsibilities in related work is preferred
3. LANGUAGE: Fluency in French (level IV) and English (level IV); in both oral and written communication in professional, technical and policy communication with host country government representatives and partners across sectors. . English will be tested.
4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The SDGCS must be able to demonstrate experience in applying new solutions to problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods, and to design, administer, and/or conduct comprehensive activities, the boundaries of which are extremely broad within the DRG and conflict sectors, but difficult to determine in advance, and to identify and propose solutions to problems which are characterized by their breadth and complexity.
The SDGCS must be able to work in a highly demanding environment and be capable of handling tasks with varying deadlines; must have good teamwork skills and strong interpersonal skills; must be able to communicate complex and difficult policy and programmatic issues in a manner that is clear to knowledgeable laypersons without oversimplifying; and, must be able to maintain and adhere to high standards of professional conduct. The selected candidate must demonstrate the ability to manage and coordinate activities to achieve an operational unit’s objectives through demonstrated work experience. Versatility in the use of computer software, especially Microsoft Word and Excel, is required. The ability to plan, organize, and manage complex negotiations, teleconferences and multi-layered stakeholder consultations is required. The ability to do basic financial analysis and budgeting is also required.
5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: Mastery of the program principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques of development assistance in general and DRG, CMM, and/or CVE in particular, is required. Demonstrated understanding of procedures, regulations, and policies typical to a large international organization or government agency such as USAID is required, as is a detailed and broad knowledge of development and political issues in Niger. The SDGCS must have a good understanding of U.S foreign assistance mechanisms and instruments and must have demonstrated experience in obtaining the willing agreement, cooperation and support of relevant national-level counterparts. Counterparts in Niger include, but are not limited to other U.S. Government agencies, international and local NGOs international donors, and the Government of Niger.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained on our website at http://Niamey.USEmbassy.gov or by contacting the Human Resources Office at 20-72-26-61 Ext. 4015/4146.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2) AEFM / USEFM
(3) FS on LWOP**
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.
ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold the following: non-sensitive security clearance.
5. Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.