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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Support the Country
Representative to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain
effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
23rd September, 2019.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send
their Applications and CV’s to: OTIjobs@usaid.gov
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.