Project Management Specialist – US Embassy
|Hiring Agency:||American Embassy Khartoum|
|Position Title:||Project Management Specialist (Food AID/Agri-Business) – All Interested Applicants|
|Open Period:||05/31/2021 – 06/14/2021|
|Series/Grade:||LE – 4005 10|
|Work Schedule:||Full-time – The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)|
For More Info:
- HR Section
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• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
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* All Interested Applicants
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.
For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov
The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Project Management Specialist (Food AID/ AgriBusiness) will ensure effective management and targeting of BHA resources in Sudan. His/her primary responsibilities are to develop, implement, and monitor the implementation of emergency and non-emergency Title II and International Disaster Assistance (IDA) food aid that target agricultural, agro-industrial and value chain projects to build resiliency and improve the nutrition of vulnerable populations.
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
The Specialist works throughout Sudan in targeted areas under the humanitarian portfolio, primarily, but not exclusively, in Darfur; Central and East Sudan and Three Areas. The Major Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Strategic Planning and Coordination (30%)
Specialists provides analytical and intellectual leadership in promoting best practices to drive food security by agriculture development and creation of a private sector agribusiness focused enabling environment.
In an integrated and multi-sector approach the Specialist coordinates between Humanitarian and Development assistance to encourage private-sector led investments in the value chains in agriculture including, horticulture and livestock, to drive incomes and employment opportunities in targeted areas. The Specialist performs duties related to Agribusiness and Enterprise Development issues, which includes work with the relevant federal and state ministries, other Government of Sudan (GoS) entities, the private sector and coordination with other key stakeholders within the USG such as the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) Country backstop Officers. Participates in USAID multi-sectoral and integrated planning and strategy sessions regarding agriculture business, food aid and food security and advises about food security and resilience needs and support of market-led export-oriented development.
2. Program Management and Oversight (30%)
In regular field monitoring visits, the Specialist collects primary and secondary data about Food security and underlying factors, including the role of food aid commodities in Sudanese households. Participates in inter-agency food and agriculture assessments. Assesses the quality of implementation of USG supported food aid activities, especially the effectiveness and accuracy of targeting, efficiency of distribution, and evidence of actual or potential for diversion of food aid. Analyses the nature, prevalence, and outcome of prominent household livelihood pursuits and factors that enable or constrain their success. This will be achieved by spending on average, 10-15 days per month in rural Sudan interviewing men and women who engage in various livelihood pursuits. These interviews are conducted in homes, in community meetings, at sites of income generating activities, and at sites of food aid or other relief or development activities. Care is taken to include interviews with both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of food assistance. Interviews cover points outlined by a general interview guide, but the Specialist engages interviewees using an informal, conversational style to gain the interviewees’ trust, and gather and cross-check accurate information in a non-threatening manner. Specialist often joins multi-agency assessments led by the government or another agency, especially World Food Programming (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Specialist works closely with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) so that the monitoring activities are complementary, and not redundant.
3.Coordination, Representation, and Communication (20%)
Meets with relevant USAID, UN, NGO partners, private sector actors, research facilities and related consultant experts to share, receive and discuss information related to household food security, agribusiness development and market-driven value chain development and targeting and use of food aid. Represent USAID at monthly and extraordinary UN, NGO- or GOS- led inter-agency meetings coordinating relief and resilience activities in: food aid, food security and livelihoods, nutrition, and agriculture. Seeks out experts in these relevant fields and engage with them for information exchange nd in-depth discussion about needs for appropriate intervention. Prepares internal notes and briefings on these topics. Develops and implement strategies for effective outreach to the private sector and other potential partners that aim towards enterprise-driven or market-driven models and pursue new ways to collaborate and leverage resources.
Provides the Mission with policy recommendations and advice on the strategic engagement process on working in partnerships on agri-business with private sector, SMEs and startups in an integrated multi-sector approach.
4. Technical Analysis and Troubleshooting (20%)
Reports findings of field monitoring visits and meetings with other experts to USAID/BHA and implementing partners, including recommendations to resolve issues that need to be addressed and other ways to improve programming.
In the field, the specialist communicates both positive and negative observations about agriculture business, resilience and food security activity implementation, including constructive advice about ways to overcome obstacles, to take greater advantage of enabling factors, and to assure adherence to USAID policies and regulations.
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: Bachelor’s degree is required in a field relevant to agricultural economics, economics, agribusiness, business, international development 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.
Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible and related field work experience in food security, emergency and non-emergency food security, nutrition, value chain development, agribusiness, livestock, business, agricultural economics, economics, and/or food systems is required.
Job Knowledge: Knowledge of principles and ethical implementation of international development and relief, knowledge and experience with food aid programs is required
(specific experience with Title II programs). Must have technical expertise in a food aid/ food security related field ( e.g., agriculture, nutrition, international development, economics, veterinary science). Knowledge of and experience in applying methods of collecting and analyzing information, including informal, participatory, qualitative and quantitative methods is required.
Skills: Competency in computer basic skills, to include knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, e-mail, and internet required. Experience using databases and analytic packages such as SPSS, Access, or geographic information system (GIS). Must have an ability to review, evaluate and apply complex policies and regulations. Ability to provide rapid, concise, accurate reporting, both verbally and in writing is required. Must have an ability to work cooperatively in teams and multicultural environment and have willingness to regularly undertake extensive field work assignments for weeks at a time, often in austere conditions, spending approximately 50% of the time away from his/her base of operations. Good interpersonal communication skills and a solution-seeking attitude is required.
- 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 U.S. Mission 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. Required Documents:
- 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.