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USAID 72048620R10007 Project Development Specialist

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/

 I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.:  USAID 72048620R10007

2. ISSUANCE DATE:  December 13, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: January 9, 2019/ 11:59PM Bangkok, Thailand local time

4. POSITION TITLE:  Project Development Specialist

5. MARKET VALUE:  THB 1,313,799 – 2,299,144  per annum equivalent to FSN-11

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/RDMA. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Five (5) years initial contract.The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to continued need of the position and availability of funds.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  USAID/RDMA, Bangkok, Thailand 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  The successful candidate shall be required to obtain a Security Certification for Employment from Regional Security Office. 

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 

9.1.   General Statement of Purpose of the Contract 

The Project Development Specialist serves as a technical advisor on democracy and governance issues to the General Development Office (GDO) in Thailand and the broader Asia region. The incumbent serves as an USAID’s Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) for a breadth of Asian governance activities managed by the GDO office which may include civil society, rule of law, counter trafficking in persons, human rights, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism. The incumbent also engages with high-level stakeholders across the US Government (USG), host country governments, international donors, and local partners to facilitate coordination and to communicate the project’s achievements. The incumbent must be willing to travel extensively.

 9.2.   Statement of Duties to be Performed

The incumbent provides programmatic and technical support to USAID-funded cooperation programs in Asia, in addition to assisting with strategic planning, framework development, management and/or implementation of other GDO project activities as needed.

A) Project and Activity Management:  (40%) 

  • Provides day-to-day management of contracts, grants or cooperative agreements for assigned USAID project activities within a diverse governance portfolio, including the approval of sub-contracts and/or sub-grants as required.
  • Develops and implements project activity monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems with implementing partners.
  • Meets frequently with project implementers and conducts regular site visits to monitor their program activities.
  • Reviews narrative reports and communicates key project successes and/or concerns to appropriate GDO, RDMA, and USAID colleagues.
  • Provides technical advice and recommends actions to USAID implementing partners (IPs) to improve activity implementation and follow up to ensure recommendations are carried out. 
  • Reviews financial reports from USAID IPs to monitor financial indicators, such as expenditures, burn rates, pipelines, need for incremental funding, congruity of expenditures against activities, etc.

 B) Project and Activity Development:  (25%) 

  • Serves as a key member of the GDO team on project management and strategic planning issues.
  • Assists in the design of democracy and governance activities for RDMA and other USAID missions in Asia, which may include, civil society, rule of law, counter trafficking in persons, human rights, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism, including participation in assessment teams as requested.
  • Develops Statements of Work (SOWs) and Program Descriptions for new programming.
  • Provides technical assistance in project design, implementation and evaluation of democracy and governance activities in Thailand and across Asia.
  • Makes recommendations to USAID partners, other GDO members as well as other USAID missions as requested on improvements in project and activity implementation, including participation in evaluation teams as requested.
  • Provides direction and capacity building for local and international nonprofit organizations (NGOs) implementing USAID activities.

 C) Representation: (20%) 

  • Serves as a technical advisor on a wide range of democracy and governance issues which may include, civil society, rule of law, counter trafficking in persons, human rights, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism. Coordinates and develops partnerships in support of GDO’s democracy and governance activities by representing USAID in donor and diplomatic meetings; strengthening networks and partnerships with local, national, and international organizations, and interacting with key USG and host country government counterparts.
  • Directly undertakes negotiations with IPs, host country government and other decision-makers on issues affecting democracy and governance project and activity performance, implementation, evaluation, impact and sustainability issues and/or other program matters.
  • Provides issues-oriented briefings and presentations for RDMA and USG counterparts as requested on GDO programs and recent socio-political developments affecting those programs.
  • Provides expert advice and analysis to senior members of USAID/RDMA and partner organizations on governance issues, such as civil society, rule of law, counter trafficking in persons, human rights, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism.

 D) Analysis, Assessment, Research: (15%) 

  • Collects quarterly, annual, and periodic programmatic data for analysis and discussion.
  • Analyzes project data and synthesizes narrative reports to contribute to RDMA’s Operational Plans, Congressional Budget Justification, and Performance Monitoring Plan. This task includes: tracking performance data for GDO activities from partners, as well as international, governmental and nongovernmental sources; preparing inventories of current indicators, information collected, and information needed; proposing options for more effective and efficient data collection methods; verifying data accuracy; determining whether data is in accordance with performance indicators.
  • Researches and informs GDO and USAID management on changes in the socio-political context as well as promising intervention methodologies for relevant GDO activities.
  • Represents USAID at regional and national level conferences and workshops and demonstrates ability to concisely and effectively discuss GDO programming and related development issues.

 The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

9.3.   Supervisory Relationship

This position will be under supervision of the Democracy Officer or his/her designee.

9.4.   Supervisory Controls

Full supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This position is open to Cooperating Country National (CCN). Thai citizen or other country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent Thai residence is eligible to apply. Please note that USAID is not able to sponsor candidates for a Thai residency permit. 

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT:  Benjamapron/RDMA HR Assistant.

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION 

  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Governance, Social Science, Political Science, Public Policy, or Economics or a related field is required.
  2. Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Democracy Governance-related or development programs that involve coordination with an international agency, donor or implementing partners is required.

 IIIEVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS 

  1. Experience (35 points): Experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Democracy Governance-related or development programs that involve coordination with an international agency, donor or implementing partners is required.
  2. Knowledge (30 points):  
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices for implementing development interventions in democracy/governance is required.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of economic, political, social and cultural characteristics of the Royal Thai Government and other regional country governmental and non-governmental entities is needed to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.
  • General knowledge of development issues in Asia and the organizations involved in development activities is required.

  3. Skills and Abilities (35 points): 

  • Able to obtain, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data; Organize and present accurate and concise technical information in both written and oral forms; Plan, develop, manage and evaluate important and complex programs independently.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications. • Must be able to establish and maintain contacts with all levels of the host government(s) (i.e., from the community level to the Ministerial level) and with stakeholders in the non-governmental arena in order to explain political process project/program policies, objectives and procedures.
  • Must be able to transmit and interpret host country government and non-governmental sector program-related concerns to senior officials and Mission Management.
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must be flexible and able to work effectively under pressure.
  • Must be willing and able to travel extensively throughout Asia and elsewhere as/when necessary or requested.
  • Must be able and willing to work additional hours beyond the established 40-hour workweek and outside the established Monday-Friday workweek as may be required or necessary.

 4. Language: Level IV – Fluent in Thai and English with a valid TOEIC score of 855 is required.

SELECTION PROCESS:

To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications required for the position mentioned in Section II, Item 1-2. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.

Applications will be initially screened and scored for eligibility in accordance with the evaluation factors and points mentioned in Section III, item 1-3. Top-ranked candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be given a recruitment test. Applicants with passing marks from the recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score mentioned in Section III, item 4 will be invited for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates for final interview will be notified of the selection result. The recruitment test and the interview will be structured around the evaluation factors mentioned above and will be conducted in USAID/RDMA Bangkok, Thailand. Reference checks will be conducted once the applicant pool is narrowed down to the top candidate(s). References may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.

USAID/RDMA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

IV. TO APPLY

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/jobs/usaid-job-vacancies/ carefully and submit complete application package before the deadline.

 

  Failure to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.

 

Contact : RDMArecruitment@usaid.gov


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