OTI Country Representative - Libya

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 19 September 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The OTI Country Reperesentative - Libya is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Libya. Offers for this position are due no later than August 19th, 2019 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION: USAID/OTI bolsters the U.S. government’s efforts to assist Libyans in establishing a unified, democratic government capable of securing its territory, controlling its resources and providing services to its citizens. A stable and unified Libya will reduce the ability of violent extremist groups to operate in North Africa. The USAID/OTI Libya program aims to reinforce Libyan resilience to further fragmentation. To achieve this objective, USAID/OTI leverages targeted, timely and locally driven projects that accelerate recovery and stability in strategic conflict-affected areas; preserve public institutions; strengthen moderate space; and support the inclusion of strategic marginalized groups.

Due to the sensitive, fragile, and challenging environments in which OTI works, the office’s approach to programming is one that seeks to find creative, entrepreneurial, and unique ways to approach problem sets. These dynamic contexts require that programs adapt to rapidly evolving situations and that teams continually explore assumptions and test innovative tools and methods to achieve program objectives. Given OTI’s short-term political mission, its unpredictable working environments and the diffuse problems it seeks to address, OTI has developed ways to get smart quickly and act fast. OTI has honed a program approach that uses iterative strategic planning, where staff constantly review the current political situation, create relationships with communities and key actors, and undertake activities that will test what works and what doesn’t in order to inform future activities and priorities. Core qualities of a successful OTI program are characterized by a team that is able to be: fast, flexible, iterative, adaptive, and entrepreneurial.

The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be development, oversight and management of USAID/OTI’s country program. The incumbent will be called upon to support the OTI Deputy Country Representative with managing an implementing partner and may be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to U.S. Embassy, host government officials, in-country visitors, and senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors, and local government officials.
Aligned with USG policy priorities, USAID/OTI’s rapid and targeted programming addresses emerging issues and empowers local implementing partners to leverage timely and locally driven activities that enhance engagement between government and citizens and promote norms of tolerance, coexistence, and dialogue.
The USAID/OTI program coordinates with, and complements, other USAID Mission and Department of State assistance efforts, as well as those of other donors.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Manage a high-profile program in a dynamic environment and provide programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees) ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;

● Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, U.S. Embassy, host Country government, and local civil society officials based on political analysis and USG policy.
● Communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, the U.S. Embassy and other donor organizations;
● Design and review staffing plans to meet overall program objectives as well as recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff;
● Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner
staff on their potential programmatic impact;
● Analyze and report on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;
● Provide recommendations to the Washington, DC -based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on implementing partner performance, the appropriateness of the partner’s scope to OTI’s country objectives, partner’s budgets, and modifications thereto;
● Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract, in accordance with the USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS);
● Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, as well as monitoring and evaluation;
● Ensure that OTI’s programs and activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned are applied to ongoing or future activities;
● Prepare and maintain OTI program budgets for field operations;
● Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country government officials, United Nations (UN) Organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other pertinent organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential local partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;
● Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, and contingency and evacuation plans;
● Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer (RSO) and other organizations such as the UN or host government;

● Articulate program strategy, as well as communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, and other donor organizations; prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and periodic reports to the USAID Mission, OTI/Washington, DC and other organizations as appropriate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
(1) A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;
OR
A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;
AND
(2) Minimum of six (6) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, stabilization programming, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;
(3) Two (2) years of overseas field experience working in one or more developing countries;
(4) Three (3) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, guiding, and/or training staff)

Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

About the Organization

In support of U.S. foreign policy, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives seizes emerging windows of opportunity in the political landscape to promote stability, peace and democracy by catalyzing local initiatives through adaptive and agile programming. We work in critical crises at critical times to make critical differences that help countries transition from conflict and turmoil toward peace and democracy. Our programs put comparatively small amounts of money on small targets, stressing speed, calculated risk-taking and innovation, to strengthen the resilience of our partners and beneficiaries, keeping transitional countries on a positive trajectory.

More information

CR Libya.pdf

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