The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria Recruitment

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria Recruitment

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria, is seeking
to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position below in the
Program Office (PROG):

Job Title: Deputy Country Representative

Solicitation No: 72D0T119R00044
Location: Nigeria
Period of Performance: One year, with four
one-year option periods

Security level Required: Secret
Start Date: Within 45 days of receiving
notification that required security and medical clearances have been obtained.


  • The OTI Deputy Country
    Representative – Nigeria is a member of the Democracy, Conflict and
    Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA)/OTI Africa (AFR) Regional Team, reports to
    the OTI Country Representative or his/her designee, and is based in
    Nigeria. The Deputy Country Representative’s principal responsibility is
    to support the OTI Country Representative in the development, oversight,
    and management of the OTI country program.
  • Nigeria is one of the U.S.
    Government’s most strategic allies in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the successful
    democratic transition of power in 2015, Nigeria still struggles with
    insecurity caused by Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa (BH and ISIS-WA). An
    escalated military offensive by Nigerian and regional security forces
    helped the government reclaim areas previously held by BH and ISIS-WA, and
    provided an opportunity for communities to return to their homes. The
    insurgency is far from over, however, as BH and ISIS-WA have increased
    attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries in the Lake Chad Basin. To defeat
    BH and ISIS-WA, military operations must be coupled with efforts to
    address the underlying drivers of violent extremism.
  • OTI’s Northeast Nigeria program
    seeks to further U.S. foreign policy objectives in Nigeria through support
    that denies BH/ISIS-WA the space to operate by reducing recruitment and
    support for their ideology. OTI intends to address these critical issues
    through a flexible, small-grants mechanism which tailors approaches to the
    varied needs of communities in northeast Nigeria. The program may utilize
    both “soft” (e.g., cultural and recreational activities, media
    and strategic communications) and “hard” (e.g., small-scale
    infrastructure) activities to better connect communities, local actors,
    and the Nigerian government and to increase youth resistance to violent
    extremism. The program may also support national level activities, or
    other emerging transition needs.
  • Due to the sensitive, fragile,
    and challenging environments in which OTI works, the office’s approach to
    programming is one that seeks to find creative, entrepreneurial, and
    unique ways to approach problem sets. These dynamic contexts require that
    programs adapt to rapidly evolving situations and that teams continually
    explore assumptions and test innovative tools and methods to achieve
    program objectives. Given OTI’s short-term political mission, its
    unpredictable working environments and the diffuse problems it seeks to
    address, OTI has developed ways to get smart quickly and act fast. OTI has
    honed a program approach that uses iterative strategic planning, where
    staff constantly review the current political situation, create
    relationships with communities and key actors, and undertake activities
    that will test what works and what doesn’t in order to inform future
    activities and priorities. Core qualities of a successful OTI program are
    characterized by a team that is able to be: fast, flexible, iterative,
    adaptive, and entrepreneurial.
and Responsibilities
  • Represent OTI interests during
    meetings with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country
    government officials, international organizations, indigenous
    andinternational 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, U.S. government agencies and
    donor organizations;
  • Provide support for the design
    and execution of programs that follow OTI’s quick impact programming model
    in embassies or USAID Missions. Support to embassies and USAID Missions
    may 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
    had 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;
  • Assume higher representational
    responsibilities, potentially serving as Acting OTI Country Representative
    in his/her absence needed;
  • 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, 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 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 U.S. Government 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;
  • Manage and/or supervise the FSN
    staff, including program officers, administrative assistants and drivers
    alongside of the Country Representative;
  • Supervise staff as delegated by
    the Country Representative (e.g. Program Managers, Program Assistants,
    Program Administrative Assistants, 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
  • The Deputy Country
    Representative will be supervised by the OTI Country Representative or
    his/her designee in the country of assignment.
  • The incumbent is expected to
    take initiative, act independently, and manage his/her tasks with minimal
  • Though this is a senior
    field-based position, the incumbent is expected to actively and
    proactively collaborate with OTI/Washington 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 employee to develop
    deadlines, projects, and work to be accomplished.
  • The employee 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 employee 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 Nigeria, the work is
    generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. However, the
    position also requires 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 Nigeria, the work is
    primarily performed in an office setting. However, the position also
    requires travel throughout the country of assignment, which may
    additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing
    of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.
Qualifications Required for this Position

At a minimum, the applicant must have:
  • A Master’s Degree with five (5)
    years of work experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree with seven (7) years of
    work experience;
  • And a minimum of five (5) years
    of project management experience with a U.S. Government 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;
  • One (1) year of overseas field
    experience working in a developing country;
  • One (1) year of supervisory
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC
is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

  • Employer’s FICA Contribution
  • Contribution toward Health
    & Life Insurance
  • Pay Comparability Adjustment
  • Annual Increase (pending a
    satisfactory performance evaluation)
  • Eligibility for Worker’s
  • Annual & Sick Leave.
(as applicable):
  • Post Differential
  • Living Quarters Allowance
  • Temporary Lodging Allowance
  • Post Allowance
  • Supplemental Post Allowance
  • Payments During Evacuation
  • Education Allowance
  • Separate Maintenance Allowance
  • Danger Pay Allowance
  • Education Travel.
500 and Tables in Chapter 900.:
  • Section 130.
  • Section 120.
  • Section 220.
  • Section 230.
  • Section 600.
  • Section 270.
  • Section 260.
  • Section 650.
  • Section 280.
  • This position has been
    designated at the GS-13 equivalent level, non-locality pay ($76,687-
    $99,691 per annum).
  • Final compensation will be
    negotiated within the GS-13 equivalent level based upon the selected
    candidate’s salary history, qualifications, previous relevant experience
    and work history, and educational background as reported on AID-309-2.
  • For selected candidates whose salary
    has been established on a Federal pay scale (i.e. General Schedule) or its
    equivalent, the base salary (not including locality pay) of their
    grade/step will be the basis of the salary.negotiation.
  • Salaries over and above the pay
    range will not be entertained or negotiated.
Closing Date

23rd September, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send
their Applications and CV’s to:

here to download Full Job Description (PDF)

Applicants should follow the following
procedure below to apply

Qualified applicants are required to submit:

  • Complete resume. In order to
    fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:
  • Paid and non-paid experience,
    job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week
    for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field
    experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include
    dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted
    towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
  • Specific duties performed that
    fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
  • Names and contact information
    (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
  • Education and any other
    qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills,
    or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Your resume should contain
    explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the
    experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information
    should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide explicit
    information to determine your qualifications for the position will result
    in loss of full consideration.
  • The Applicant Rating System
    Evaluation Factors are worth 50 out of 100 points. Applicants are required
    to address each factor of the Applicant Rating System in their resume,
    describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education,
    and/or awards they have received as it pertains to each factor. Failure to
    address the selection factors and/or Applicant Rating System factors may
    result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education,
    training and/or awards.
  • USPSC Application form AID
    302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form
    must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Additional documents submitted
    will not be accepted.
  • To ensure consideration of
    applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently
    reference the solicitation number in the application submission.

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