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Kenya: Local Hire U.S. Personal Services Contractor (PSC): Program Advisor – Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGO) Coordinator 57 views1 application

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UN Jobs in Kenya. Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 06 Sep 2019

Attachment 1:

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. SOLICITATION NO.: Mission Notice (MN) 19-140
  2. ISSUANCE DATE: 08/22/2019
  3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: 09/06/2019 at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)
  4. POSITION TITLE: Program Advisor – Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGO) Coordinator
  5. MARKET VALUE: $76,687 to $99,691 equivalent to GS-13

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

  1. 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.
  2. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya
  3. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Facility/Computer Access
  4. STATEMENT OF DUTIES/POSITION DESCRIPTION

Background/Introduction

The incumbent primarily supports the management of the Regional Development Objective Grant Agreements (RDOAGs) with the Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) as an implementing framework under the East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS). S/he will also provide technical and programmatic support on various aspects of the USAID program cycle to ensure the effective implementation of USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) programs under the RDCS and the Kenya Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). This includes supporting efforts related to on-budget collaboration with Kenya and the RIGOs under USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) initiative. S/he will be based in the Strategic Planning and Analysis (SPA) Office. The assignment covers Kenya and East Africa, and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The SPA Office is responsible for broad program support, coordination, and specific project management functions for USAID/KEA, which includes Kenya and East Africa Regional Operating Units. SPA serves as the principal advisor to the Mission Director on the entire program cycle to include: (a) social, economic and developmental issues; (b) strategic planning, programming, and budgeting; (c) program and project activity development; (d) monitoring and evaluation of the platform’s portfolio; (e) environmental compliance; (f) outreach and communications; and (g) limited program implementation of cross-cutting activities that fall within USAID/KEA’s Development Objectives under the Kenya CDCS and East Africa RDCS. The Office provides leadership and support on strategic planning, program design and development, monitoring and evaluation, and special issues and initiatives related to program and project strategy and design to all technical offices. In addition, SPA keeps a pulse of major development trends in Kenya and the East Africa region to inform new programming needs and reinforce learning. In addition to SPA leadership (Office Chief and two Deputy Office Chiefs), SPA has five functional teams: Planning and Project Design, Strategic Budget Management, Performance Management and Learning, Communications and Outreach, and Cross-cutting (environmental compliance; gender integration and LGBTI rights; Science, Technology, Innovations and Partnerships [STIP]; donor coordination; and economic analyses). SPA’s approved staffing level totals 33 positions.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent will primarily support the management and implementation of RDOAGs and similar agreements with the RIGOs and other regional organizations and institutions as an implementing framework under the East Africa Regional RDCS. S/he will also provide technical and programmatic support on various aspects of the USAID program cycle to ensure the effective implementation of USAID/KEA programs, including supporting efforts related to the implementation of Kenya and East Africa’s Journey to Self-Reliance. As a Program Advisor, the incumbent will also be expected to provide support in all areas of the program cycle and coordinate with bilateral counterpart Missions.

Specific Duties: S/he will have the following specific duties:

(1) Implement the RIGO management structure within SPA and the Mission, liaise with external (RIGOs; regional organizations, businesses, and institutions; non-U.S. diplomatic missions and embassies) and internal USG counterparts (USAID/KEA technical and support offices and USAID bilateral Missions/U.S. Embassies in the region), and coordinate SPA efforts to manage the RDOAGs and corresponding direct[1] implementing mechanisms under the RDOAGs (such as fixed award grants or program contributions). (40%)

The following are illustrative activities under this component:

● Facilitate SPA and Mission engagement with the RIGOs, including: coordinating the preparation for executive level consultative meetings, portfolio reviews, and field visits; preparing talking points, briefing papers; and recommending strategic approaches and policies vis-à-vis USAID collaboration with the RIGOs.

● Establish structures and procedures for oversight and coordination of RIGO-managed activities.

● Coordinate the RIGO Working Group meetings, prepare agendas and meeting notes, track follow-up actions, hold after action reviews, etc.

● Draft new or amend RDOAGs or similar agreements along with the relevant Mission offices and the RIGO partners.

● Collaborate with the SPA RIGO/technical backstops in preparing Implementation Letters (ILs) and similar instruments as well as official correspondence related to the RDOAGs and USAID’s collaboration with the RIGOs.

● Research/develop policies for engaging the RIGOs and strengthening their capacities.

● Develop and implement a framework for coordinated communication with RIGOs, USAID bilateral missions, and U.S. embassies in the region.

● Prepare talking points, policy papers, and analyses related to the RIGOs.

● Track development and other relevant issues and events affecting the RIGOs and other regional organizations that may impact the achievement of the RDCS’s goals and objectives.

(2) Coordinate SPA efforts in implementing the Journey to Self-Reliance related to the RIGOs and future on-budget collaboration with Kenyas, serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the provision of official USG development assistance to the Government of Kenya (GOK) and the RIGOs. This includes facilitating the pivot to J2SR by working on the development of relevant processes, indicators, strategic communications/documents, and strategies to start leveraging resources, such as the GOK, RIGO, other donor agencies, local organizations or private sector. (20%)

The following are illustrative activities under this component:

● Participate in multi‐disciplinary teams to develop capacity assessments and sustainability procedures/processes; provide input and guidance on J2SR-consistent program development and implementation services for Kenya and EA.

● Provide regular reports to concerned stakeholders (Mission leadership, USAID/Washington, USAID bilateral missions, other USG, etc.) regarding activities and progress made toward developing and achieving bilateral and regional USAID J2SR targets.

● Facilitate knowledge sharing, continuous learning and the development of a community of practice among all USG stakeholders involved in direct programming in the region.

● Assist in increasing the percentage of USAID/KEA assistance that is provided via J2SR-consistent mechanisms, supporting efforts to strengthen the organizational and programming capacity of Kenya and the RIGOs.

● Support Mission efforts to improve the institutional capacity of the RIGOs in leading development efforts within the East Africa region.

● Support SPA-related efforts on Public Financial Management Risk Assessment Framework (PFMRAF) or similar assessments and other related activities for the Kenya Mission.

(3) With guidance and administrative direction, implement recommendations resulting from the East Africa Regional Platform Assessment, including informing the Mission on potential changes to operations and program support; facilitate strategic planning to align regional policy priorities and operational direction; and enable leadership in USAID/Washington and the Mission to identify and address East Africa operations and program support requirements. (20%)

The following are illustrative activities under this component:

● Plan and conduct internal Mission meetings to develop next steps based on USAID/Washington recommendations;

● Prepare post-recommendation strategic approaches and Mission policies, talking points, briefing papers;

● Facilitate SPA and Mission roll-out of recommendations to USAID bilateral missions, RIGOs and other regional partners including: coordinating the preparation for executive-level consultative meetings to identify opportunities for collaboration creating a framework and processes for coordination.

● Coordinating and convening intra- and interagency round table discussions on key transnational issues.

(4) Provide program cycle advice and support to the RIGOs, particularly in the areas of project and activity design; monitoring and evaluation and learning; cross-cutting activities; and outreach activities. (20%)

● Support the preparation of concept papers, project and activity design, providing advice especially for directly-funded RIGO activities.

● Support the preparation of budget reports for directly-funded RIGO activities.

● Provide inputs for development outreach and communications (DOC) materials.

● Support the Mission’s collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA), particularly with respect to the RIGOs.

● Perform other program cycle functions, including backstopping other SPA Office staff, as assigned.

The Contractor must exercise good judgment, often under times of stress and limited time frames, in making decisions and providing advice to the SPA Office Chief/Deputy Office Chief and Mission Management on all areas outlined above. It is also understood that the order of priority may change given other strategic priorities to achieve Mission development goals and outcomes.

Position Elements

a. Degree of responsibility for decision-making assigned to the position: The incumbent will provide requisite technical and programmatic advice and support (internal and external) for the management and implementation of the RDCS and RDOAGs. The RDCS is the highest level strategic planning document for the Mission which guides all programming priorities, policies, and activities of the Mission and the RDOAGs are the regional agreements setting the principles of the USG-RIGO partnership. In this case, the incumbent’s role in facilitating Mission engagement with the RIGOs; establishing the Mission structures and procedures for coordination of RIGO-managed activities; and facilitating the implementation of effective development cooperation, is critical to ensure that USG investments are directed towards the greatest results and impacts.

b. Level of complexity for work assignments: The duties are very varied, and require many different unrelated process and methods. These responsibilities involve areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, interpretation and evaluating processes due to the difficult work environment in East Africa. Additionally, there are continuing changes in program, technological 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, different USAID bilateral missions and U.S. Embassies, and three different RIGOs, among others, requires the incumbent to be constantly in tune to, flexible, and responsive to changing programmatic and organizational demands.

c. Knowledge level required: The incumbent is required to have a minimum of ten (10) years of development experience – including at least five (5) years of employment as a mid-level manager, preferably with the U.S. Government (USG). Significant up-to-date experience in or similar to USG program management, particularly in developing and/or managing bilateral or regional grant agreements; strategy implementation; experience in implementing the full program cycle; applying broad USG (or similar development organizations) principles, policies and strategies; effective interagency coordination; engaging regional, partner country, local government partners; and working with Embassy leadership; among others, is required. Prior experience in a position of similar complexity is preferred. The individual should have experience developing and/or managing agreements and contracts, project/activity plans, regional and bilateral activities, and working with the USG interagency. Strong writing, analytical, interpersonal and coordination skills are required.

d. Supervisory Controls: The incumbent will report to the SPA Office Chief or his/her designee. S/he will have significant latitude and is expected to take significant initiative in planning and carrying out his/her assignment.

e. Guidelines for the required work, including reporting requirements: Guidelines include Agency regulations, ADS Series, USAID/Africa Bureau and Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) procedural and policy guidance, USAID/USG strategy documents, the USAID Policy Framework, Mission Orders, Automated Directive System (ADS), and the Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAR), and other USAID or USG policies. The incumbent must be able to use excellent judgment and the ability to deal with ambiguity at all levels.

f. Complexity of the work environment or its potential effect on the position’s responsibilities: The duties are very varied, and require many different unrelated processes and methods. These responsibilities involve areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, interpretation and evaluating processes due to the difficult work environment in East Africa. Additionally, there are continuing changes in programs, technological 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, different USAID bilateral missions and U.S. Embassies, and three different RIGOs, among others, requires the incumbent to be constantly in tune to, flexible, and responsive to changing programmatic and organizational demands.

g. Scope and effect of the work performed: Facilitating engagement with the RIGOs and managing and implementing RDOAGs requires most if not all the above requirements. The incumbent’s scope is all-encompassing throughout the entire Mission and its effects are far-reaching, not only within the mission but to the beneficiaries in Kenya and the East Africa Region. There are several stakeholders to deal with, many of whom are difficult to deal with, e.g., RIGOs. The incumbent will be required to function as a team leader in some cases, and guide/coordinate the work of other staff.

h. Level and purpose of contacts: Must maintain mid- to high-level contacts with internal and external stakeholders including USAID and other USG officials, as well as senior partner country officials in Kenya and the EA region.

i. Supervision or oversight the position has over others: none

j. Security Clearance Requirement: Facility/Computer Access

k. Travel Requirement: 10% of travel within the East African region will be required.

l. Support Items: The incumbent will be provided with the support services, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform the work e.g. desktop computer, shared office equipment (such as printer, scanner and shredder), office supplies and support services.

m. Sunday Pay: Is not authorized.

  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:

· U.S. Citizens currently residing in Kenya[2]. Citizenship, if dual, must be clearly stated.

· 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;

· Be able to obtain a medical clearance;

· Employment is subject to funds availability and all the required approvals obtained.

  1. 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.
  2. POINT OF CONTACT: Executive Office/Human Resources, Patrick Bii, HR Assistant, email at [email protected]

II. SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

The incumbent must meet the following requirements in education and professional experience:

  1. Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in the field of economics, political science or law, international relations/trade, or management is required.
  2. Professional Experience: The incumbent is required to have a minimum of ten (10) years of development experience – including at least five (5) years of employment as a mid-level manager, preferably with the U.S. Government (USG). Significant up-to-date experience in or similar to USG program management, particularly in developing and/or managing bilateral or regional grant agreements; strategy implementation; experience in implementing the full program cycle; applying broad USG (or similar development organizations) principles, policies and strategies; effective interagency coordination; engaging regional, partner country, local government partners; and working with Embassy leadership; among others, is required. Prior experience in a position of similar complexity is preferred. The individual should have experience developing and/or managing agreements and contracts, project/activity plans, regional and bilateral activities, and working with the USG interagency. Strong writing, analytical, interpersonal and coordination skills are required.

3. Additional Required Skills:

  1. Clear understanding and demonstrated skills in developing and/or managing technical agreements, policy papers, financial management reviews and other types of development analysis.
  2. Demonstrated capability for complex analysis and ability to obtain, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data and present it to senior USG and other high-level audiences; and
  3. Ability to lead meetings and presentations with senior internal and external stakeholders.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on the following selection criteria: Candidates must meet the Selective Factors listed below. Consideration and selection will be based on a panel evaluation of the criteria.

Education: Null (minimum criteria required)

Work Experience: 60 points

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 40 Points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – Pass/Fail (no points assigned)

Maximum Points Available: 100 Points

III. APPLYING

  1. Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

1) Offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with individuals,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2

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.

  1. Applications must be submitted electronically via email to [email protected] by the closing date and time indicated above.
  2. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

IV. 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.

  • Medical History and Examination (DS 6561)
  • Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86)
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306)
  • Fingerprint Card(s)

V. BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a Local Hire U.S PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

  1. BENEFITS:

(a) Employer’s FICA Contribution

(b) Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance

(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment

(d) Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation

(e) Annual and Sick Leave

(f) 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

  1. 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)

VI. TAXES

USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes.

VII. 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

[END OF SOLICITATION]

[1] Refers to USAID funding directly managed by the RIGOs.

[2] Resident hire means a U.S. citizen who, at the time of hire as a PSC, resides in the cooperating country as a spouse or dependent of a U.S. citizen employed by a U.S. government agency or under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement, or for reasons other than for employment with a U.S. government agency or under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement. A U.S. citizen for purposes of this definition also includes persons who at the time of contracting are lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:
A. Offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with individuals,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2

B. 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.

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to [email protected] by the closing date and time indicated above.

To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

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