Project Management Specialist (Economic Growth) (National)

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 4 January 2021

Job Description

STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

This position is located in the USAID/Moldova Mission, and reports to the U.S. Direct Hire FS-01 Private Sector Development Officer. The position is considered of a high importance in countering malign influence in the region through implementation of USAID Moldova Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Moldova and European Union (EU) towards final goal of Moldova EU integration. The incumbent applies a highly technical body of knowledge of applicable laws and agency regulations and instructions. The position calls for originality of ideas, creative thinking, and requires that the employee relate economic issues to broader social and political concerns. The incumbent represents USAID/ Moldova on issues of private and public economic sector development, including competitiveness, financial sector development, micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) growth, and related regulatory reform. The incumbent plays a key role in the Mission’s preparation of country strategies and in the design and implementation of new programs and projects. S/the job holder advises Mission management on issues related to business development activities and economic performance in Moldova. The incumbent is also called upon to support implementation of the Agency’s malign influence related development frameworks and navigate the sensitivities related to malign state actors’ attempts to impede Moldova’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Regional malign influence is deep and the incumbent must be able to plan 4 year activities but still provide rapid response solutions to sudden and unanticipated economic embargoes that target Moldovan industries. The incumbent is also called upon to offer assistance as part of senior cadre of Agency technical experts on a rotating basis to other Missions 1-2 times a year for stints longer than 6 weeks but no more than 12 weeks.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Representational, Advisory, and Senior Leadership: 50%

1. The job holder is called upon to frequently advise top office and embassy staff on a wide array of economic growth issues. The incumbent maintains close donor coordination and develops high level contacts. The job holder designs and implements USAID-funded assistance, including through use of partner country systems. (15%)

2. Leads program strategies and provides periodic updates on the Government of Moldova’s development and execution of its economic policy and private sector development. Analyzes the degree to which the objectives of USAID/Moldova’s economic growth programs are being met.

Presents strategic and programmatic findings in a clear and concise manner (verbally and in writing) to high level audiences including senior mission management, other USG agencies, other donors, and government counterparts (15%)

3. Formulates strategies, operational plans and new concept papers that promote sound economic growth practices and internationally recognized standards and are consistent with USAID and Department of State programming guidance. Leads implementation of the Public Financial

Management Risk Assessment Framework (PFMRAF) in Moldova. Leads discussions on the Economic Growth portfolio, especially on Competitiveness, Private Sector Development, and financial sector coordination and development. Provides advice to the Office Chief and Mission Director/Deputy Director for use in modifying programs. The incumbent is also called upon to offer assistance as part of senior cadre of Agency technical experts on a rotating basis to other Missions 1-2 times a year for stints longer than 6 weeks but no more than 12 weeks. (10%) 4. Identifies suitable opportunities which may increase Moldovan government and private sector contributions to economic growth in areas where USAID assistance can have an impact. Such activities could include policy dialogue, major and transformative alliances with new partners and coordinated approaches with other major donors like the World Bank, SIDA, UNDP, CZIDA, etc.

Promotes expansion of effective and impactful strategies and approaches that can advance economic development, investment attraction, and job creation. The job holder assists in negotiations with host country government on project design and implementation, ensuring that host country officials at the highest level are apprised of program progress. These responsibilities require the incumbent to demonstrate highly developed professional judgment, with a high level of inter-personal skills and diplomacy, and to provide technical direction and management oversight. (10%)

B. Activity Management 50%

Serving as a senior leader in the economic growth sector for USAID Moldova, the Project Management Specialist (EG) leads, coordinates, and directs the implementation of USAID/Moldova’s private and public sector development programs. The job holder leads the largest Economic Growth portfolio (and largest portfolio in the Mission) in the conceptualizing, designing, and monitoring the implementation of the full range of competitiveness, financial markets, business regulatory reforms, agriculture, agribusiness, and MSME development activities, as well as providing assistance to relevant USAID EG programming in the region, as assigned. The job holder will be expected to perform the function of Agreement/Contracting Officer Representative (A/COR) for projects within the USAID/Moldova economic growth portfolio, including currently the $25.9 million High Value Agriculture Activity, $28.5 million Moldova Competitiveness Project, $8.9 million ICT Excellence Center cooperative agreement, $2.0 million Moldova Wine and Vine Registry Project, $11.2 million Moldova Structural Reform Program, $8.2 million Financial Sector Transparency Activity, as well as a growing and multi-sector Development Finance Corporation (formerly Development Credit Authority) guarantee portfolio. As office programs move through various phases of development, s/the job holder will design and implement additional activities. Given the seniority of the person, this support will also include assistance to relevant USAID EG programming in the region, as assigned. The incumbent must be able to navigate the sensitivities related to implementation of the Agency’s malign influence development frameworks still produce results.

Regionalinfluence is deep and the incumbent must be able to plan 4 year activities but still provide rapid response solutions to sudden and unanticipated economic embargoes that target Moldovan industries.

1. Ensures that activities achieve their intended results. The job holder provides technical and organizational leadership on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of economic growth development programs. S/The job holder ensures that partners meet their benchmark requirements in accordance with USAID regulations. The incumbent must be able to navigate the sensitivities related to implementation of the Agency’s malign influence development frameworksand still produce results. Regionalmalign influence is deep and the incumbent must be able to plan 4 year activities but still provide rapid response solutions to sudden and unanticipated economic embargoes that target Moldovan industries. (10%)

2. Conducts assessments and site visits to monitor program progress, as well as implementing partners, stakeholders, and counterparts’ implementation of activities at the local, and central government level on a periodical basis. (15%)

3. Provides high level technical advice to institutional contractors, grantees, Moldovan Government officials, and other stakeholders as warranted. Organizes and leads internal review meetings to evaluate contractor’s performance based on identified criteria. Collaborates with other USAID projects, and other donors and organizations in the economic development sector to ensure synergy of program activities with those of other organizations, to achieve maximum pertinence and impact. Acts as the main point of contact (POC) in the area of competitiveness, financial sector, micro and SME financing, as well as regulatory reform, energy sector reform and public sector development. The job holder provides proficient and professional guidance along with technical direction to the implementing partners. Prepares and submits the annual evaluation of contractors’ performance for inclusion in the central database of contractors. (10%)

4. Manages financial matters related to program activities, such as providing administrative approval of vouchers, planning and preparing for annual incremental funding amendments, and other financial administrative activities as needed, to ensure that fiscal needs of the recipient U.S. and local contractors are met in a timely manner. Prepares all necessary internal USAID program implementation documentation for smooth program implementation, GLAAS actions and other required reporting. (10%)

5. Facilitates assistance in assessing partner country government fiduciary risk before obligation of funds by using the PFMRAF. Fills project management gaps as they arise; and mentors Junior Officers for short periods of time, and C3s during their rotational training assignments, where the incumbent will be responsible for mentoring and development. (5%)

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The Specialist is directly supervised by the EG Office

Director or his/her designee.

Supervision Exercised: None.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to All Interested CCN (Cooperating Country National) Candidates.

“Cooperating country” means the country in which the employing USAID Mission is located.

“Cooperating country national” (“CCN”) means an individual who is a cooperating country citizen, or a NOTE: ALL CCNs MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. THE MISSION DOES NOT SPONSOR WORK PERMITS.

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

POINT OF CONTACT: Completed offers (including all required documents - see section IV below) must be submitted electronically to: chisinauhr@usaid.gov . When submitting an application, the solicitation number and the title of the position are to be mentioned in the subject line of the email.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Education: An MBA or MA Degree in the field of economics, management science, business administration, finance, or marketing.

Prior Work Experience: The Specialist is required to have a minimum of seven (7) years of economic growth development experience with multi-lateral or bi-lateral organizations, including as program manager for a large economic growth development project. Project management should include, e.g., monthly/yearly plans and objectives, staff control and development, budgetary control, service enhancement, and performance monitoring. The experience should have been in responsible development assistance, or related work for USAID, other donor organizations, host-government organizations, or the private sector. Recent experience in the area of economic sector development as applied to economic growth and economic reform programs in transition economies, and areas of frozen and open armed conflict is required.

Language Proficiency: Level IV English (fluent proficiency), in both written and spoken English, is required; Level IV (fluent proficiency native facility) in Romanian is required, as well as Russian, in order to communicate directly with outside contractors, and to interact with authorities in neighboring countries.

Only offerors clearly meeting the above minimum qualifications will be considered for further evaluation.


PRESENTING AN OFFER/APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION

1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit through email all the below documents in order to be considered for the position.

a. Completed DS-174 (application for Employment as Locally Employed Staff) which can be retrieved here: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.pdf

Offerors must complete the DS-174 form in English, and are advised to include all of their current and previous work experience related to this position. Offerors may use continuation pages to further explain their relevant work experience, if needed.

An Internal Offeror’s experience acquired before/after joining U.S. Government should correspond to the information provided in the Official Personnel Folder (OPF). Any discrepancy found between the current application form (DS-174) and the information provided in the OPF related to offeror’s qualifications could make the offeror ineligible for the position.

b. A cover letter of no more than 2 pages that demonstrates how the Offeror’s qualifications meet the evaluation and selection factors in section III. Excess pages (beyond 2) will not be read or considered.

c. A CV or standard resume of no more than 4 pages.

d. Names of three professional references, including at least one current/former supervisor, that have knowledge of the offeror’s ability to perform the duties set forth in the solicitation. This information may be included in the cover letter or resume/CV.

Offerors who do not include all above required documents in their offer submission will not be considered for this position.


GENERAL INFORMATION

MARKET VALUE: Basic Annual rate (in U.S. Dollars): $47,927 to $71,896

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and ADS 309, the Local Compensation Plan (in effect at the time) of the U.S. Embassy to Moldova forms the basis of compensation. The LCP consists of the local salary schedule, which includes salary rates, authorized fringe benefits, and other pertinent facets of compensation. Final basic compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

This salary range is not inclusive of other benefits and allowances.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under any contract issued under this solicitation is of a continuing nature. Its duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts; all contract clauses, provisions, and regulatory requirements concerning availability of funds and the specific duration of the contract shall apply. The initial CCNPSC contract will be for an initial five year period, with possible renewal pending continued need for the position, contractor performance, and funds availability.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Chisinau, Moldova.

CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: 01/19/2021 at 11:59 p.m. Chisinau Time

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