Vacancy Announcement: USAID Project Management Specialist

    SOLICITATION NUMBER:  72049221R10007

ISSUANCE DATE:               June 24, 2021

                CLOSING DATE/TIME:       July 23, 2021        11:59PM Philippine time

SUBJECT:  Solicitation for USAID Project Management Specialist (Resilience), FSN-11

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified CCN (Cooperating Country Nationals) to provide personal services as described on the USAID website: https://www.usaid.gov/pacific-islands/careers.

The USAID Project Management Specialist (Resilience) serves as the primary staff for the USAID/Pacific Island sub-office in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) which covers primarily the FSM, but at times may provide support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Palau. The Specialist performs a variety of research, analyses, reporting, coordination, monitoring, outreach, and administrative functions in support of USAID’s Pacific Islands Main Office located in Manila, Philippines. The Specialist supports and closely advises the USAID Country Coordinator in FSM as well as the General Development Officer (GDO) and USAID/Philippines technical and support offices to help achieve the following objectives in the Pacific: to support the U.S. Government’s (USG) broader foreign policy objectives in the region; to address regional and country priorities; to complement other donor efforts; and to report on the latest news, developments, and perspective from the field and advise on how the portfolio can be adjusted accordingly.

To be considered for this position candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Education (10 points): Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on subjects such as environmental engineering, environmental management, water and sanitation management, economics, and international development and governance or a similar related degree is required. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for experience.
  2. Prior Work Experience (30 points): Minimum of five years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in the development field is required. Three years of this should have been in development assistance or related work with the USG, FSM government organizations, other donor agencies, or the private sector. Experience should include project design, program planning and implementation, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of complex sector/program/project/activity information. Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for education.
  3. Language Proficiency/Communication Skills (20 points): Must have excellent communication skills in English, both in oral and written forms, in order to communicate effectively with USAID Mission staff and external contacts at various levels. Writing skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers.
  4. Job Knowledge (20 points): The Specialist must have a demonstrated knowledge of priority sectors that are important to economic growth and demonstrated expertise in designing activities that effectively applies science and technology for informed planning and decision-making. Knowledge and understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of all of the above countries; and, their economic development problems, resources and resource constraints, and development prospects and priorities, is required. Knowledge of all of the above countries’ disaster response policies and capabilities. The Specialist must have a good knowledge, or the potential to quickly acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance; USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation; and, of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of local governmental institutions and the host country governments.
  5. Skills and Abilities (20 points): The demonstrated ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate sectors/programs/ projects/activities is required. The Specialist must have good verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy. Analytical ability is required in order to interpret public policies, and to assist in the development of revised policies, as required; and, to develop and monitor the performance of budgets, and the development of periodic work plans. The ability to work independently with minimal supervision. The ability to work effectively in a team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, program/project/activity, and administrative matters is required. Good computer skills are required, in order to manage activity goals and achievements, both technical and financial.

Further details on the statement of duties, evaluation, and selection factors and how to apply can be found on the USAID website:  https://www.usaid.gov/pacific-islands/careers