Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
Post Entry Training: Programming Foreign Assistance, Project Design and Management, Assistance and Acquisition for Contracting Officer’s Representatives, Financial Management Overview, USAID operating systems, appropriate leadership and other key skill training, and on the job training and orientation on USAID programs, procedures and documentation.
- Education Requirements:
Education: A bachelor’s degree (or local equivalent) in international development, public policy, public administration, political science, law, economics, or related field is required.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
Offerors who meet the minimum qualifications and basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on their responses to the minimum requirements in the supplemental document. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked will also be evaluated on their interview performance and on their professional reference checks. The offeror rating system is as follows:
- Work Experience: 25 points
- Job Knowledge: 20 points
- Written Communication (Testing): 20 points
- Skills and Abilities (Testing): 15 points
- Interview and Oral Communication: 20 points
Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – Pass/Fail (no points assigned)
Total Possible Points: 100
“USAID policy specifies that a cooperating country national (CCN) is preferred over a third country national (TCN.) Therefore, CCN and TCN offers will not be evaluated together. USAID will evaluate CCN offers first and if the CO determines that there are no qualified CCNs, only then will USAID evaluate TCN offers.”
Prior Work Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in governance or a related field in Colombia is required. At least four years of prior experience in project management and development, including monitoring of indicators is required.
Job Knowledge: General knowledge of PGO-related issues in international, Latin American and Colombian contexts. Thorough understanding of the history of the Colombian armed conflict, peace process and post-Accord context. Thorough knowledge and understanding of Colombia’s economy, politics, society, culture, and development prospects and priorities. Specific and thorough knowledge of local governance principles and practices and peace implementation in Colombia. Thorough understanding of U.S./foreign and national security policy implications for development assistance. Ability to learn and implement USAID programming policies, regulations, reporting, procedures, and documentation.
Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must have strong communication (written and oral), interpersonal, leadership, and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work independently, with minimal guidance/supervision, outstanding organizational and analytical skills. Must be able to learn and analyze USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures and documentation, as well as the objectives, methodology, and status of specific projects. Must be able to obtain, analyze, organize, and interpret data – from a variety of sources – and present findings in oral and written form. Must be able to prepare complete, accurate, and well-presented reports, as well as develop and present ad-hoc briefings. Must have a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain working-level and, as appropriate, high-level contacts with external actors, e.g., within civil society, the private sector, the government, and other donors. Must be diplomatic and able to work effectively with other USAID and Embassy staff, implementing partners, government officials and civil society and private sector leaders. Must be able to work independently and to manage various projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision. Must be able to handle stress and competing demands in order to complete work in a timely manner. Must be able to think critically and to interpret and distill information for diverse audiences. The incumbent must be able to effectively review work plans and performance monitoring plans, develop indicators, manage large projects including financial and budget issues, and monitor development activities through site visits and interaction with implementing partners. A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) is required.
Language Proficiency: Level IV English (spoken and written) and Level IV Spanish (spoken and written) are required.