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Deputy Country Representative – Ethiopia

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    US Agency for International Development

    Closing date:
    09 Dec 2019

    The OTI Deputy Country Representative is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-13 equivalent level and located in Ethiopia. Offers for this position are due no later than December 9, 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


    The OTI Deputy Country Representative – Ethiopia – is a member of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI South and East Africa Regional Team, and reports to the OTI Country Representative in Ethiopia. The Deputy Country Representative principle responsibility will be development, oversight and management of USAID/OTI’s Ethiopia country program. The incumbent will support the OTI Country Representative with managing an implementing partner in addition to representing OTI’s program to local partners, senior-level USG officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors and local government officials.

    The OTI Ethiopia program supports the USG’s larger objective of helping Ethiopia succeed as a secure, prosperous, and democratic country. In close coordination with U.S. Embassy colleagues and other USG actors, the OTI Ethiopia program will seek to empower and build the capacity of communities in Ethiopia to manage conflict and change. OTI’s rapid and targeted programming addresses emerging issues and empowers local partners to leverage timely and locally driven activities that enhance engagement between government and citizens and promote democratic processes.



    The work of the Deputy Country Representative requires teamwork, the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility. As a member of a highly operational office, the incumbent is willing and able to perform a wide range of administrative functions to help ensure programmatic success. The incumbent has a high level of integrity and attention to detail to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change, and remains professional and respectful of colleagues and authority in a diverse workforce. She or he places a premium on the building of positive relationships with his or her respective team both in the field and in Washington, and with key stakeholders both in and outside of USAID. The incumbent is able to prioritize and complete tasks without follow-up by the supervisor, while also filling in gaps as needed to ensure the responsiveness of the team. The Deputy Country Representative is a strategic thinker, articulates innovative ideas, presents solutions, and is a positive role model for colleagues both in and outside of OTI.

    Under the direct supervision of the DCHA/OTI Country Representative or his/her designee, the Deputy Country Representative will perform the following duties:

    ● Represent OTI interests during meetings with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country government officials, international organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international donors interested in DCHA/OTI activities;

    ● Provide guidance on the identification and development of projects that meet OTI funding criteria, further OTI programmatic objectives, and complement other projects and programs implemented by other OTI offices, USG agencies and donor organizations;

    ● Provide support for the design and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model in US Embassies or USAID Missions. Support to US Embassies and USAID Missions will include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming, including rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews and management reviews;

    ● Review proposals and grant concepts and work with diverse groups, many of which have not previously received international funding;

    ● Collaborate with the Country Representative in monitoring the performance of OTI implementing partners in the implementation of OTI-financed activities designed to achieve OTI strategic objectives;

    ● Travel to monitor and assess political conditions, implementing partner operational platforms, meet with potential grantees, host-country government and other program counterparts, and develop activity ideas;

    ● Mentor and train other OTI and implementing partner field staff;

    ● Take the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products, such as weekly reports, cables and digest reports;

    ● Assume higher representational responsibilities, potentially serving as Acting OTI Country Representative in his/her absence;

    ● Perform a wide range of administrative functions including budget preparation, financial management, records management, and travel assistance to help ensure programmatic success;

    ● Coordinate with the OTI Country Representative to develop an exit strategy that ensures reasonable time to transition from OTI programs to follow-on USAID or other donor programs;

    ● Communicate regularly and share program information with other USAID project managers, the US Embassy, bilateral donors, United Nations (UN) Organizations, International Organizations, and indigenous and international NGOs to ensure visibility and synergy of USAID/OTI activities;

    ● Support the Country Representative to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;

    ● Report to the OTI Country Representative and OTI/Washington, D.C headquarters on the status of: 1) grant development and implementation, 2) OTI contractor performance, 3) Foreign Service National (FSN) staff support needs and morale, 4) communication and coordination issues among OTI offices with other USG entities, 5) security concerns, 6) relations with local partners including local, state and national government representatives, and 7) other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

    · Supervise staff as delegated by the Country Representative (e.g. Program Managers, Program Officers, Program Assistants, Program Administrative Assistants, and FSN’s etc.). Provide orientation, training and mentoring for USAID staff supervised; assign work, explain how duties are to be performed to meet expectations, and communicate how the successful performance of those duties will be measured; evaluate staff performance; recognize good performance; communicate where performance needs to be improved; resolve complaints; and approve leave requests and timesheets as well as training, travel and program and operations requests.


    The Deputy Country Representative will be supervised by the OTI Country Representative or his/her designee in Ethiopia. The incumbent is expected to take initiative, act independently, and manage his/her tasks with minimal supervision. Though this is a senior field-based position, the incumbent is expected to actively and proactively collaborate with OTI/Washington, D.C. leadership, and to fully utilize, embrace, and become an expert on OTI systems and processes. Failure to adequately perform the scope of work above and/or failure to take direction from the supervisor may result in corrective actions, including denial of step or grade increases, extension of contract probationary periods, performance improvement plans, and/or termination for the convenience of USAID/OTI.


    The supervisor will set overall objectives and resources available, and work with the incumbent to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and carrying out assignments, resolving most conflicts, coordinating with others, and interpreting policy in terms of established objectives. Keeping the supervisor informed of progress, the incumbent may determine the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The supervisor will review completed work from an overall standpoint of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness in meeting requirements.


    While in Ethiopia, the work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. However, the position may require travel throughout the country of assignment, which may involve some additional physical exertion, including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).


    While in Ethiopia, the work is primarily performed in an office setting. The position will require regular travel to host country government and partner offices in Addis Ababa and may occasionally require travel elsewhere in Ethiopia or internationally.


    (Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position. See detailed instructions for demonstrating Education/Experience under “Submitting an Offer”)

    The USAID/OTI Country Representative – Ethiopia is a senior-level position requiring supervisory management experience, the ability to work effectively with a wide array of individuals and institutions, and an in-depth knowledge of international relations in general and of the sub-region in particular. Familiarity with a wide range of issues is necessary, including, but not limited to, democracy/governance, economic development, conflict resolution, and media development are required. Excellent inter-personal, presentation, and negotiation skills are necessary. Experience in contract/grant management is required. Prior work experience with USG agencies or within a U.S. Embassy is preferred.

    At a minimum, the offeror must have:

    (1) A Master’s Degree with five (5) years of work experience;


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


    (2) A minimum of five (5) years of project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization, in community development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis;

    (3) One (1) year of overseas field experience working in a developing country;

    (4) One (1) year of supervisory experience.

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