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Project Management Specialist (Resilience/WASH)

USAID

USAID is recruiting a Project Management Specialist (Resilience/WASH), to be based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Duties
  • The Project Management Specialist (Resilience/WASH) is responsible for program development and management, representation and technical leadership, and other duties for Resilience and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming managed by USAID/Mozambique Office of Agriculture, Environment and Business (AEB). The incumbent is a subject matter expert within the USAID Mission in the WASH sector, ensuring that USAID programming supports U.S. Government water policy objectives in Mozambique, focuses on the strategic priorities of host government partners, and layers with technical programs of other development partners. The incumbent reports to the Resilience Team Leader in AEB and works closely with staff in other teams, including USAID/Mozambique’s Integrated Health Office
  • The incumbent will contribute to the planning/design, management and evaluation of WASH activities including technical and financial reporting requirements. S/he will represent USAID interests various stakeholders at ministerial, technical and local levels
  • S/he will be responsible for working closely with a variety of institutions, including but not limited to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources (MOPHRH), the Asset Holding Fund (FIPAG), National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Water (DNAAS), Sanitation Infrastructure Administration (AIAS), the independent water regulatory agency (CRA), and other national and sub-national counterparts on WASH activities
  • S/he shall ensure coordination with other bilateral and multilateral donors and well as other implementing partners working in the WASH sector in Mozambique
Requisites
Minimum Qualifications Required for this Position
  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required in a relevant field – public health, health policy, behavioral or social science field, economics, law, science, engineering
  • Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in implementing WASH, managing donor programs in and/or working in the public and private sector in WASH-related position. The ideal candidate should have experience working in one or more of the following areas: WASH services; policy and sector reform; rural, urban and peri-urban WASH systems; utility management; and/or WASH sector capacity building. The candidate should also have prior work experience with host-government organizations, private sector institutions, or bilateral or multilateral development agencies on WASH sector development
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent), both oral and written English and Portuguese is required. Language will be tested
  • Job Knowledge: Knowledge or ability to acquire knowledge of USG legislation, policies, and regulations related to development assistance. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant technical, financial, and policy problems and strategies in the area of the WASH policy framework and access to WASH in Mozambique is required. A thorough understanding of the technical and administrative elements of the program design, implementation, and monitoring processes is also required
  • Skills and Abilities: A strong grasp of computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Google Chrome) is required. The incumbent must be capable of working independently on a number of tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision.  Project implementation work involves the analysis of financial, administrative, economic, social, and technical factors, as well as management of complex obligation, contracting, and implementation actions and procedures. Must be able to obtain, analyze, and evaluate complex data and to prepare precise and accurate reports to various audiences. The incumbent must also be able to communicate complex technical issues to diverse audiences
  • Monitoring and coordination responsibilities involve the creation of, application of, and training on reporting and management control systems, as well as analysis/interpretation of problems and advice to high-level mission management, including the Mission Director or their designate. All of these responsibilities require the incumbent to plan ahead and develop, check, analyze, interpret, and evaluate facts before work can progress. The incumbent must be able to analyze complex and technical information to make independent recommendations WASH for USG programming and management. The incumbent will also encourage innovation in the management and use of Mission programs and resources
  • The incumbent must be able to identify, mobilize, and draw effectively upon the expertise of technical and managerial personnel in the Mission. S/He must be able to work in teams and lead teams set up for both broad and specific events and projects. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to participate actively in meetings as appropriate with the U.S. Embassy, USAID/Washington representatives, other donors, counterpart government officials, partners and technical experts. Demonstrated capability for perceptive analysis and the ability to write and speak effectively in these contexts are required skills. Ability to develop and maintain a network of technical experts and partners in WASH is also necessary
Notes
  • Dear Prospective Offerors: The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mozambique is seeking applications from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation
  • Incomplete offers will not be considered.  Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records
  • This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers
  • Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the attached information - Avani Baluci, Supervisory Executive Officer
General information
  • Solicitation No. 72065619R10004 opened to all Mission employees and external candidates who meet the stated qualifications
  • Market Value: USD51,310 – USD71,836 equivalent to FSN-11 (in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Mozambique). Final compensation will be negotiated within the market value
  • Period of Performance: One year. The contract will be renewed as long as there is a need for this position; funds are available, and subject to satisfactory performance
  • Place of performance: Maputo, Mozambique
  • Security Level Required: Employment Certification
Statement of Duties. Major Duties and Responsibilities
Program Development and Management 60%
  • The Project Management Specialist (Resilience/WASH) will design, manage the implementation, and when necessary evaluate contracts, grants, and/or innovative financing instruments in the USAID/Mozambique Resilience and WASH portfolio
  • Discharge the full range of Contract Officer’s Representative (COR)/Assistance Officer’s Representative (AOR)/Activity Manager responsibilities for one or more USAID contracts, assistance agreements, and/or grants. The incumbent ensures high performance of all program management functions including planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and managing for results
  • Draft internal and external USG documents required for reporting the status and plans of activities. These include annual operational plans, annual resource plans, annual performance reports, Congressional Budget Justifications, Congressional Notifications, procurement documents, technical reports, briefing materials for high level U.S. and Mozambican Government officials, and other reporting as necessary
  • Contribute to required monitoring and evaluation efforts, such as the development of monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, completion of data quality assessments, and completion of portfolio reviews
  • Carrying out ad hoc assignments as dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the discretion of USAID Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, AEB Office Director, and Resilience Team Leader
Representation & Technical Leadership 40%
  • The Specialist will provide technical leadership to ensure that USAID/Mozambique WASH programming represents best practices in the field for promoting private sector investment in the WASH sector and for promoting a stronger enabling environment for WASH services in Mozambique
  • Serve as the technical expert, advising on the development and implementation of Mission WASH-related strategies and activities
  • Lead USAID program execution to strengthen and deepen engagement with Government of Mozambique agencies, utilities, regulators, and other national and regional organizations on issues of reliable access to water and sanitation services, including sustainable financing
  • Responsible for effective outreach and coordination with key U.S. Government and host country stakeholders, including government, non-government and private sector parties
  • Build and maintain close relations with private industry, international and regional research institutions, centers of excellence, and a wide network of professional colleagues, to assess, analyze, and identify trends and policies related to WASH policy framework and critical issues in Mozambique
  • Represent USAID/Mozambique at meetings, workshops, and conferences organized by various organizations, including other donors and international organizations
  • The Specialist will respond flexibly to other work-related requirements, such as: Responding to Washington inquiries, including those for Congress; Supporting VIP visits
  • The Specialist will not be expected to travel a significant portion of the time, but will be required to travel periodically within Mozambique and regionally, as needed to perform the duties listed above
Position Elements
  • Supervision Received: The incumbent will report directly to the Resilience Team Leader or to the AEB Office Director as appropriate on special assignments. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following key responsibilities independently – project activity review, analysis, approval or authorization, and monitoring
  • Supervision Exercised: None
  • Available Guidelines: The incumbent will be expected to follow regulations detailed in the ADS and FAA, as well as those detailed within Mission Orders and Notices and provided by the AEB Office Director
  • Exercise of Judgment: In making decisions, the incumbent will need to consider and be sensitive to the merits of proposals, financial soundness and accountability, their feasibility given local and regional conditions and a variety of technical and political factors. The incumbent must exercise considerable judgment in carrying out all the responsibilities outlined above. The incumbent may represent the Mission and AEB Office, as appropriate, on program matters within U.S. Government circles and to external audiences in Mozambique and across the Southern Africa region. Incumbent will analyze complex technical information and data to produce informed, sound advice for senior USG officials
  • Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent and his/her team leader will directly manage USG resources of approximately $9 million annually. They will be responsible for independently planning, managing and when necessary evaluating/learning from WASH activities. The incumbent will be expected to serve as a COR, AOR, or activity manager, as well as assist and/or lead the development of new projects and activities
  • Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts will be at high and working levels with senior government officials, with USAID Mission (USDH, CCNPSC, and contract staff), with USAID-funded Personal Service Contract (PSC) and institutional contractor staff, with highest and working levels of private voluntary and non-governmental organizations, with the private sector, with other bilateral and multilateral donor organizations, and with the general public. The incumbent must be able to develop and maintain these contacts. Contacts will be of a continuous nature through day-to-day meetings and periodic review sessions. Many of these contacts will be for the purpose of obtaining or providing information on program/project implementation issues. Incumbent will represent in WASH matters the AEB Office at meetings within the Mission and with implementing partners and other stakeholders
  • Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: 12 months
  • Area of Consideration: To meet basic eligibility requirements, the applicant must be a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country. Applicants must submit a complete application as outlined in Section IV.   This position is open to all Mission employees and external candidates who meet the stated qualifications
  • Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands
  • Point of Contact: Mission-Maputo-HR@usaid.gov
Evaluation and Selection Factors
  • Only applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position will be considered. Candidates will be evaluated based on relevant education, prior work experience, knowledge, language proficiency, skills and abilities demonstrated in their application packages.  Only the highest-ranked applicants will be invited for a language test.  Candidates successfully passing the language exam will be invited for an oral interview
  • Final selection will be based on the application package, language abilities, and oral interview.  This is a local position and compensation will be in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan
Presenting an Offer
  • Eligible Offerors are required to submit electronically to the following website address: www.emprego.co.mz
  • A cover letter in English with CV/Applicant Resume in English
  • Names, contact numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references from individuals who are not family members or relatives.  Reference checks will be conducted for the final selected candidate for the Contracting Officer to make a responsibility determination
  • Offers must be received by the closing date specified in Section I, item 3
  • To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently
  • reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission
  • Only candidates selected for interviews will be informed in writing of the Selection
  • Committee’s final decision
List of Required Forms for PSC Hires
  • Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the required forms
Benefits and Allowances
  • This is a local position and compensation will be in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan
  • USAID Regulations, Policies and Contract Clauses pertaining to PSCs
  • USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources
  • USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at bit.ly/2E0vpih
  • Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at www.usaid.gov/forms
  • Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://bit.ly/2SfpBo8
  • 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 bit.ly/2zu6j7q
  • Please note that USAID and the U.S. Government never require payment of any money in connection with a job application
  • The U.S.  mission is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status

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