OTI Regional Team Leader

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 September 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 26 September 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The OTI Regional Team Leader is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Washington, D.C. Offers for this position are due no later than September 26, 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.


The Regional Team Leader is a member of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Field Programs Division (FPD), reports to the OTI Chief of FPD, and is based in Washington, D.C. OTI currently has six regional teams as part of its Field Programs Division: South and East Africa (SEA), West Africa (AFR), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia, Middle East (ME), and Europe (EUR). OTI’s Regional Teams are responsible for all program implementation-related activity in the specific region.

Under this solicitation, the Regional Team Leader will be responsible for overseeing specific OTI country programs in any of OTI’s six regional teams. The first assignment will be on the Middle East team. USAID/OTI supports USG efforts to ensure peaceful, stable, and inclusive democratic governance across the Middle East and North Africa. Sectarianism, extremism, weak governance, authoritarianism, and corruption are leading to or exacerbating civil war and chronic instability. At their most basic approach, USAID/OTI/ME programs support stability in fragile communities. A common thread throughout all programs is ensuring a durable and lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This program takes many forms such as early recovery efforts in non-regime held areas of Syria that empower communities to play a part in rebuilding their communities. Further to that the program includes stabilization efforts in Libya that build operational capacity of key recovery institutions and address immediate service delivery needs, in addition to repairing the social fabric between and within Iraqi communities—a destabilizing factor preyed upon by extremists. Working the civil society organizations and legitimate local governance actors where possible, USAID/OTI programs also reinforce communities’ resilience by reducing further fragmentation and serving as a bulwark against malign influences. USAID/OTI continues to monitor critical stabilization and fragile contexts across the ME region, as inclusive and peaceful communities are necessary for any long-term solution to extremism and the threat of terrorism. This is a program-funded USPSC position that focuses the vast majority of its time on managing country programs. The Regional Team Leader will ensure that USG funds are spent wisely, in coordination with other key actors, and in a manner that reflects OTI standard practices and USG policy.


● Lead and oversee an OTI Regional Team, including deputy team leader(s) and program managers in Washington D.C.; and country representatives and implementing partners in the field and at headquarters. The first regional team assignment will be on the Middle East Team. Oversee the management, logistical, budget, administrative, human resources, and contractual issues for the program;

● Design staffing plans to meet overall program objectives, and provide managerial and supervisory support to staff. Ensure staff work objectives and tasks are well defined, that recruitment is initiated immediately when staffing needs arise. Ensure that staff is highly qualified, trained, and mentored in all critical aspects of OTI operations and programming. Ensure that employee performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner in accordance with OTI office policy;

● Apply a sound understanding of USAID’s programmatic and operational processes in Washington D.C. to support transition programming overseas, including assessment and conceptualization, design, management, analysis and evaluation of political transition and/or post-conflict activities. Perform complex country and program analysis to maintain a “watch country” list, and develop existing and future strategies in high-priority countries;

● Monitor and evaluate OTI country programs through regular communication with staff, reviewing reports from the field and Washington D.C., liaising with relevant OTI teams, as well as conducting regular site visits;

● Supervise the implementation of OTI-financed activities, including overseeing and/or managing the selection of program implementers such as grantees, contractors, and personal services contractors;

● Negotiate, oversee and manage the overall Regional Team country budgets to ensure that the team procurement plan is kept up to date, and that country programs are appropriately budgeted for. Additional responsibilities include working to secure additional funding from other USG sources, and ensuring that the team is trained on all the appropriate systems and tools for budgeting, finances and procurement;

● Represent OTI equities on inter-and intra-agency policy and crisis task forces, in addition to developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with USAID, Department of State, Department of Defense, and other USG Agencies, to share programmatic information and coordinate Intra-agency and Inter-agency development efforts;

● Liaise with grassroots organizations and their constituencies, national and local government officials, USG agencies, non-governmental organizations, and donor and international organizations, to monitor and evaluate OTI country program activities;

● In conjunction with OTI Washington D.C. staff and the Country Representative in the field, oversee, develop and manage, an OTI close-out strategy that will ensure reasonable and effective handover to follow-on USAID and/or other donor programs;

● Ensure the proper documentation for contracts, grants or cooperative agreements is generated and retained in conformance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency and office guidelines;

● Assume higher representational responsibilities, serving as Acting Chief of Field Programs in his or her absence;

● Serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of OTI programs, for a period not to exceed three months.


(1) A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;


A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;


(2) Seven (7) years of project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international or domestic assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, humanitarian assistance, and/or human rights activity;

(3) Two (2) years of overseas field experience in one or more developing countries;

(4) Three (3) years of supervisory experience;

(5) Demonstrated experience in contract and grant management, including the design, management, and evaluation of political transition project activities.

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.

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