U.S./TCN Senior Strategic Information Advisor & Team Leader

Maputo, Mozambique
Apply by 27 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 April 2018

Job Description

  2. SOLICITATION NO.: 72065618R00016
  4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Strategic Information Advisor & Team Leader
  5. MARKET VALUE: $105,123.00 - $136,659.00 equivalent to GS-15

Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year, with option to renew. Starting as soon as clearances are obtained and contract is signed.
  2. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Maputo, Mozambique with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
  3. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Position is open to both U.S and TCN PSCs
  4. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: USG Facility Access Clearance



USAID/Mozambique manages one of USAID’S largest country programs in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total FY 2017 operating year budget of approximately $280 million, and an overall total planned budget for the health sector of approximately $1 billion for FY2015-2019. Its 150 employees are organized into four Mission development objective teams and four support offices implementing programs in health, democracy and governance, agriculture, environment, economic growth, and education. Mozambique is considered important to U.S. foreign policy interests on the continent. In addition to USAID, United States Government (USG) programs in Mozambique are supported across multiple agencies, including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and Peace Corps. The scope and innovation of USAID and USG’s program in Mozambique attracts numerous VIP visits and attention. Therefore, USAID programs are subject to intense scrutiny by various elements of the US government, by Mozambican government ministries, and by diverse civil society constituencies.

USAID/Mozambique’s Integrated Health Office (IHO) and its 63 staff members manage one of USAID’S largest health country programs in the world, with a total FY 2017 operating budget of approximately $250 million. A key objective of the US Mission in Mozambique is to support the Mozambican Government in achieving Millennium Development Goals and other health objectives by preventing maternal and child mortality through an integrated package of primary health care services, supporting voluntary use of family planning, supporting treatment expansion for and prevention of HIV/AIDS, improving access to TB treatment services, and preventing and treating malaria. To respond to these objectives, USAID/Mozambique’s Integrated Health Office (IHO), manages and receives funding for multiple presidential initiatives and priority health interventions, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), and Feed the Future. It is a Global Health Initiative Country and focuses on preventing child and maternal death (PCMD) and health service strengthening. Improving the collection and the use of data linked to the various health interventions for data-driven decision making is integral to the USG and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in achieving these objectives.


The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will serve both the USAID IHO and the USG interagency PEPFAR team by providing technical leadership and assistance to plan, initiate, conduct, evaluate, and coordinate complex health programs in the area of monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, and as necessary, applied evaluation research, to monitor program implementation, document results, and translate data into meaningful policy and program improvement. The incumbent will play a key role for the USG in developing and enhancing knowledge management systems, data dissemination practices and uses and expanding USG Mozambique’s capacity to utilize various forms of data for informing and driving implementing partner programs. As a member of the Interagency Strategic Information (SI) monitoring and evaluation team, the incumbent will provide leadership in this field and will supervise four USAID staff members who are also members of the interagency SI team, as well as mentor other staff members who are responsible for overseeing USG-funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs. As HIV programs are integrated with other health activities, the Senior Strategic Information Technical Advisor will also have responsibility for monitoring and evaluation across the entire health portfolio, including maternal and child health, reproductive health and family planning, malaria and tuberculosis in addition to HIV/AIDS. This position is the senior monitoring and evaluation specialist in the health sector at USAID/Mozambique (HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, family planning, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene) and, therefore, deals at the highest levels of leadership in terms of overall program results. This position is expected to be able to dialog with PEPFAR’s senior management team as well as the U.S. Embassy, senior level Government of Mozambique (GOM) officials, and senior officials at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, USAID headquarters, and CDC headquarters on all data related issues, including those that impact policy decisions. The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader plays a critical, cross-cutting role that impacts the direction of the USG Mozambique PEPFAR program, one of the largest globally, and USAID’s Global Health and PMI programming.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will provide high quality technical assistance as well as provide support for a variety of institutional components in the area of strategic information to USAID, key USG agencies, other stakeholders, and, the Government of Mozambique. The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will substantially increase the quality of USG programs as well as transfer skills and best practices to the GOM programs and institutions.

The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader is USAID/Mozambique’s senior SI focal point, including representation on SI issues to the USG PEPFAR team, the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy(OGAC), the President’s Malaria Initiative Team, and Global Health Bureau and Office of HIV/AIDS colleagues in Washington, DC. The position will report to the USAID/Mozambique Integrated Health Operations Division Chief. Support will also be provided to the interagency Strategic Information (monitoring and evaluation) Team as well as to select other Interagency Technical Working Groups. The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will interact with high-level GRM officials as well as other USG colleagues. His/her principal responsibilities include:

  1. Lead/Manage USAID/Mozambique’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Surveillance Program (50% Level of Effort - LOE)

The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will manage the monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance component of all USAID-funded health programs including HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs and activities, preventing child and maternal deaths programming including the President’s Malaria Initiative, and health systems strengthening activities. The Team Leader will oversee the performance monitoring team, systems lead, and M&E specialist focused on surveillance, research, and evaluation. In addition, the incumbent will provide technical assistance to USG Mozambique staff and implementing partner staff and programs and will oversee the provision of technical assistance to the GRM.

Specifically, the Advisor will:

1) Facilitate the Strategic Information Team to develop and define knowledge management systems and data dissemination processes to more effectively analyze, track, and manage program data for data-driven decision making to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, prevent child and maternal deaths, and health systems strengthening. The incumbent should incorporate key inputs from USG staff and implementing partners into these systems and processes. Where possible, the incumbent should ensure training in and dissemination of these tools to other USG staff, including members of the various Interagency Technical Working Groups. The system should be developed in such a way as to ensure that the programs remains or become more appropriate to Mozambique and reflect the needs of Mozambicans.

2) The incumbent will manage the team that designs and implements USAID’s surveillance, research, and evaluation portfolio, including the development of program and impact evaluations. This work will range from national level surveillance activities to quasi-experimental applied research and/or evaluation designs.

3) Develop and/or adapt M&E frameworks, guidance, and indicators for the annual $240 million health portfolio with specific application to USAID/Mozambique for global health, PMI, health systems strengthening, and PEPFAR programming.

4) The incumbent will develop and implement ongoing program data tools, analysis systems, and reporting that support establishment of annual targets and corresponding budgets, and to evaluate activity component costs and efficiencies, to better monitor, inform and plan current and future implementing partner programs, including all dimensions of the system, from indicator and reporting guidance, data management and processing, and data analysis.

5) The incumbent will provide IHO leadership, the USG PEPFAR team, and the USG PMI team key information needed to make data-driven decisions on where to intensify or alter programming based on a need to match with sufficient resources. The incumbent may also need to communicate this information to senior GOM counterparts, implementing organizations, and other high level technical stakeholders.

6) Work with USAID and other USG partners to develop and finalize M&E documentation required for USG/Mozambique, including the annual Country Operational Plan (COP), Malaria Operational Plan (MOP), Operation Plan (OP), quarterly, semi-annual, and annual progress reports, and reporting to the GRM and external stakeholders on the USG investment in the health sector in Mozambique.

7) Review, analyze, and disseminate results from the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to enable evidence-based management among Activity Managers, as well as preparation for quarterly OGAC reviews conducted during the PEPFAR Oversight and Accountability Results Team (POART) process. These reports include, but are not limited to, quarterly PEPFAR reporting, USAID’s annual performance plan report, portfolio financial reviews, etc.

8) On request, prepare quarterly analytical progress reports and presentations for USAID Senior Management, the PEPFAR Senior Management Team, the US Embassy, and key stakeholders. The incumbent is expected to dialogue on how findings generated from data might impact USG or GRM policy.

9) Identify short and long term technical assistance required for successful development/implementation of data dissemination and knowledge management systems, when required. Draft, review, and edit scopes of work (SOW) and assist in the identification, planning and processing needed to obtain required assistance.

10) Establish and maintain strong linkages and cross-sectoral work with other teams in the design and oversight of data dissemination and knowledge management systems which have synergistic elements, including, but not limited to, the Program Office of USAID.

11) Perform an instrumental role in the development/implementation/refinement of the USAID Integrated Health Office Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP).

12) Facilitate both internal and external analysis of data quality and lead a plan for data quality improvement to ensure that the decisions made on an annual $240 million portfolio affecting millions of lives are as informed as possible.

13) Directly supervise other SI staff which may include a USPSC Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, a FSN Lead Development Assistance Specialist whom currently oversees three specialists, and a FSN Development Assistance Specialist. The incumbent will manage the overall team, which is currently comprised of a total of seven members.

14) Prepare and present at various venues and to a variety of audiences in order to communicate M&E guidance, best-practice models, innovations, revisions to the results reporting systems, or analyses of results.

  1. Lead/Manage Capacity Building in Performance Monitoring and Strategic Engagement for Strategic Information with GRM and external partners (30% LOE)

The Senior Strategic Information Advisor and Team Leader will coordinate with other USG agencies to ensure the delivery of systematic and consistent technical assistance to the GRM, implementing partners, and USG staff in the areas of monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.

1) Strengthen the capacity of Mozambican NGOs and USG implementing partners through managing the development and implementation of capacity building programs, workshops, and other participatory activities that will serve to broaden knowledge and practice of effective monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs and other related health programs at national, sub-national (e.g. provincial), and partner level.

2) Strengthen GRM M&E systems through overseeing the implementation of the GRM Engagement Strategy for Strategic Information, participate in key M&E technical working groups in key ministries and national institutes and with key stakeholders to provide technical assistance on the development and launch of M&E systems and tools, surveys, research, and serve as AOR/COR or alternate AOR/COR for implementing partners providing support to the GRM on M&E systems and data.

3) Provide on-going in-house training for USAID staff on monitoring and evaluation.

4) Participate on relevant PEPFAR interagency Technical Working Groups, providing technical expertise on data and knowledge management and other monitoring and evaluation tools, systems and issues related to monitoring and evaluation.

  1. Liaise and Coordinate with Key Partners (20% LOE)

1) Build and strengthen relationships with key relevant partner institutions, including the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Council, UN agencies, other bilateral donor partners, and other key national and non-governmental institutions in Mozambique to ensure optimal coordination, alignment, and harmonization of monitoring and evaluation processes, tools, and definitions, data dissemination tools, and other developed knowledge management systems.

2) Ensure the ongoing use of disseminated program data for USG program planning. Develop standard templates for presenting USG strategic information to the Government of Mozambique, other key stakeholders, and implementing partners.

3) Provide technical guidance to implementing partners in the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of data quality initiatives.

4) Provide assistance, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy and/or USAID Public Affairs Officers, and contribute to data and statistics for the development of press releases, interviews, talking points or other material in preparation for, or as part of, Congressional Delegations, technical working group reviews or similar such visits in the development of site sheets and fact sheets for visitors.


a. Supervision Received: Encumbent will be supervised by the Integrated Health Office Director, but will work directly under the supervision of the Integrated Health Operations Division Chief.

b. Available Guidelines: Available guidelines establish a broad pattern of operations that requires frequent need to exercise judgment and interpretation, and provides an opportunity for initiative and innovation. Relevant guidelines include the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS), PEPFAR guidelines, Country Operational Plans, Mission Orders, and other directives.

c. Exercise of Judgment: A high degree of judgment will be required to provide guidance and assistance to a wide variety of high-level professionals in PEFPAR Mozambique and the USAID mission. As a recognized expert and highly qualified professional, substantial reliance will be placed on the incumbent to independently plan, prioritize and carry out specific activities to fulfill major duties and responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to resolve problems that arise by determining the approaches to be taken and methodologies to be used, making independent judgments that can be defended, as necessary.

d. Authority to Make Commitments: As a personal services contractor, the incumbent cannot make financial commitments on behalf of the U.S. Government. However, because of the incumbent’s expertise and standing as a highly qualified professional in his/her field, great weight will be given to his/her conclusions and recommendations when commitments are made by those with the authority to do so.

e. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: The incumbent will maintain contacts and work with USAID staff in Mozambique, with considerable interaction with USAID/Washington Office of HIV & AIDS, USAID/Washington Global Health, USAID/Washington Africa Bureau, and Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator staff to provide policy and procedural guidance and to obtain information relative to programs and activities. The incumbent will also advise and collaborate with a wide range of senior management and technical counterparts within the GRM, implementing partners, and other development partners.

f. Supervision Exercised: Directly supervise other SI staff which may include a USPSC Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, a FSN Lead Development Assistance Specialist whom currently oversees three specialists, and a FSN Development Assistance Specialist. The incumbent will manage the overall team, which is currently comprised of a total of seven members.

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

12. POINT OF CONTACT: USAID HR, email at Mission-Maputo-HR@usaid.gov


The following factors will be the basis for the evaluation of applications meeting the required minimum qualifications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. The highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview.

A. Education: A Master’s degree in an appropriate social science or public health discipline or other related field in which quantitative analysis and measurement for public health outcomes are emphasized.

B. Prior Work Experience: Also required are a minimum of 10 years’ experience in international, public health monitoring and evaluation with field-based applications, and experience working in technical oversight, design, monitoring and evaluation of health programs in developing countries. Candidates should have experience providing monitoring and evaluation technical assistance to large, complex public health programs in context of high disease burden. The candidate should have previous experience working within an international context.

C. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated computer skills in common applications, such as Microsoft Office as well as Advanced Excel and a statistical software package. Monitoring and Evaluation system development and maintenance skills, including data management, data analysis, and data/use and interpretation are required.

  • Strong quantitative, analytical and reasoning skills, verbal skills and ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • Excellent management, interpersonal and teamwork skills with experience in operating effectively in a cross-cultural environment and working within an interagency setting.
  • A high degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity, and originality to interpret technical and political opportunities and constraints.
  • Ability in dealing effectively and diplomatically with multiple U.S. and host-country government agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector.

D. Job Knowledge: A Thorough knowledge of the main technical and substantive issues related to program/project development with a focus on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and either maternal and child health, malaria, family planning, water, sanitation, and hygiene, nutrition, or health systems strengthening. Specialized knowledge in understanding the current evidence base as it applied to HIV and AIDS program design, management, and evaluation. Strong familiarity with health modeling of incidence and prevalence and the ability to interpret modeling results in a meaningful way to a layperson audience required. Good understanding of African social, cultural and political contexts. Preference given to candidates with knowledge and experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

E. Language Proficiency: Excellent written and oral language skills in English. Portuguese capability is desired but not required.

Post Entry Training: The incumbent will complete applicable USAID, PEPFAR, Portuguese Language and/or other technical trainings as required to fulfill the duties of the position.


Applications will be required to have the minimum qualifications expressed in Section II.a - e. Qualified applicants possessing the above minimum requirements will be assessed based on the following factors:

  1. Education (10 points)
  2. Professional Work Experience (35 points)
  3. Job Knowledge (20 points)
  4. Abilities and Skills (25 points)
  5. Language Proficiency (10 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

Per this scoring rubric, Professional Work Experience is the most important factor, followed by Abilities and Skills and Job Knowledge. Applications will initially be screened for conformity with minimum requirements and a short list of applicants will be developed for further consideration.

USAID reserves the right to interview only the highest ranked applicants in person or by phone OR not to interview any candidate.

After the closing date for receipt of applications, a selection committee will be convened to review applications and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation criteria. Applications from candidates which do not meet the required selection criteria will not be scored. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants.

1. EDUCATION (10 points):

A clear and convincing demonstration to the extent the applicant’s advanced degree qualifies them to perform the work outlined in the solicitation.


A clear and convincing demonstration to the extent the applicant’s professional experience qualifies them to perform the work outlined in the solicitation.

3. JOB KNOWLEDGE (20 points):

A clear and convincing demonstration to the extent the applicant’s job knowledge qualifies them to perform the work outlined in the solicitation.

4. ABILITIES AND SKILLS (25 points):

A clear and convincing demonstration to the extent the applicant’s abilities and skills qualifies them to perform the work outlined in the solicitation.


A clear and convincing demonstration of the applicant’s ability to write, present, analyze technical information in English and in professional settings and a good working knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish or a Latin language.


  1. Qualified applicants are requested to complete and submit a U.S. Government “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” (AID 302-3) form available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms and a Resumé containing the following information:
  2. Personal Information: Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship, highest federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held);
  3. Education: high school, name, city and state, date of diploma or GED; colleges and universities, name, city and state, majors, type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours);
  4. Work Experience: provide the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying (do not send job descriptions); job title (include series and grade if federal job), duties, and accomplishments, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary. Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor;
  5. Other Qualifications: Other pertinent information related to the qualifications required for the position, as noted above including job-related training courses (title & year), job-related skills; for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, job-related certificates and licenses (current only), job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership, activities, public speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested).
  6. Applicants are required to provide three references with complete contact information including email address and telephone numbers. USAID will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for all applicants selected for an interview.
  7. Interested candidates should send the applications via email mzrecruiter1@usaid.gov by the closing date and time specified in the cover letter. Please note that attachments to e-mail applications in zip format cannot be received to this mailbox. Please make sure that you do not send any attachments in zip format. To ensure that the application is considered for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and title of position on your application and in the subject line of any cover letter.

The applicant’s interview performance and academic and professional reference checks will be utilized to supplement the findings in the initial review.


The CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an applicant is selected for the contract award.

  1. Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
  2. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)
  3. Finger Print Card (FD-258)


As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:


(a) Employer’s FICA Contribution (USPSCs)

(b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance

(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment

(d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)

(e) Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation

(f) Annual and Sick Leave


Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas)

* (If Applicable): As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, an offshore U.S/TCNPSC is normally authorized the following allowances:

a. Post Differential (Section 500)

b. Post Allowance (COLA)(Section 220)

c. Payments During Evacuation (Section 600)

d.Education Allowance (Section 270)

e. Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)

f. Educational Travel (Section 280)

Other Benefits: Additional benefits are available for individuals hired from outside Maputo in accordance with the AIDAR, Federal Travel Regulations and Standardized Regulations, e.g., international airfare from place of residence, international shipment of personal effects, unaccompanied baggage allowance, POV Shipment, Repatriation Travel, furnished housing and educational allowances for dependent children.


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


USAID regulations and policies governing PSC awards are available at these sources:

USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix D, “Direct USAID Contracts

with a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad,” including

contract clause “General Provisions,” available at


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) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs .

AAPD10-03 AIDAR, Appendix D: Implementing Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of USPSCs – 04/12/10

AAPD 10-01 Changes in USG Reimbursement Amounts for Health Insurance and

Physical Examination Costs – Personal Services Contracts (“PSC”)

with U.S. Citizen

AAPD 06-11 Home Leave and Revised General Provision 5, Leave and Holidays

AAPD 06-10 PSC Medical expense payment responsibility

AAPD 06-07 AIDAR, Appendix D: Contract budget, salary determination and salary increase

AAPD 06-01 Medical evacuation insurance

CIB 01-10 Revision of medical clearance process – PSC with U.S. Citizens

CIB 01-07 Clarification of the extension/renewal policy regarding PSCs

CIB 00-08 Revision of Competitive Process – PSCs with U.S. Citizens

CIB 00-03 FICA & Medicare Tax Rates for Personal Services Contracts

CIB 99-22 PSC Policy

CIB 98-23 Guidance regarding Classified Contract Security and Contractor Personnel Security Requirements

CIB 98-16 Annual Salary Increase for PSCs

CIB 98-14 Change in Required Application Form for USPSCs

CIB 98-11 Determining a Market Value for Personal Services Contractors Hired under Appendix D.

CIB 97-17 PSC’s with U.S. Citizens or U.S. resident aliens

CIB 96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contracts

CIB 94-09 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contractors

CIB 93-17 Financial Disclosure requirements under a Personal Services Contract

CIB 89-29 Use of Government Bill of Lading for Transportation of Personal Service Contractor (PSC) Household Effects, Unaccompanied Baggage and Privately Owned Vehicles

Various Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) and Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs) pertain to Personal Services Contracts can be found at:


Additionally, AIDAR Appendixes D or J also applies to PSCs can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/aidar.pdf

Third Country National (TCN):

An individual (i) who is neither a citizen nor a permanent legal resident alien of the United States nor of the country to which assigned for duty, and (ii) who is eligible for return to his/her home country or country of recruitment at U.S. Government expense.

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 .


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