Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Bogota
Position Title:
72051421R10010 - Project Management Specialist - Open to: All Interested Applicants (Governance)
Open Period:
04/09/2021 - 04/30/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 4005 11
COP $119.905.204 - COP $197.843.588
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time (40 hours)
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Bogota, CO
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
USAID HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All interested candidates

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Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Initial period of one year. Based on Agency need, the Contracting Officer
may exercise additional 1-year option period(s) for 4 years.
Marketing Statement:

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. 

For more information about USAID, visit 


The Project Management Specialist serves as a Cooperating Country National (CCN) professional responsible for leading and managing initiatives related to local governance within the USAID/Colombia Peacebuilding and Governance Office (PGO).

Please read the POSITION DESCRIPTION for a detailed explanation of the position duties and responsibilities, READ carefully the SOLICITATION for a detailed explanation of the requirements and how to apply.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.


A. Project Design and Management (50%):

B. Program Development and Support (30%)

C. Communication and Partnerships (20%)



For further information about this position please check the position description:









Qualifications and Evaluations


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:

Evaluation Factors:

  • 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.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:


As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

Salary: Will be determined by the USAID Contracting Officer within the equivalent to FSN–11 salary range based on experience, qualifications, and salary history. This position is taxable; incumbent will be required to pay Colombian taxes.


  • Christmas Bonus: 1 month basic salary per year

  • Vacation Bonus: 1 month basic salary per year

  • Service Bonus: 1 month basic salary per year

  • Education Allowance (if applicable)

  • Benefit Allowance: Cps $1,072,273 per year

  • Meal Allowance: Cps $751,955 per year

  • Severance: (cesantías), plus 12% interest per year of severance

  • Life/Accident/Disability Insurance (Voluntary participation)

  • Supplemental Medical Insurance (Voluntary participation)

  • FICA/Medicare deductions applied (for US citizens only).

Please be advised that all bonuses and allowances are paid proportionately; actual payments are pro-rated according to the number of months worked during the pay year. Also, the selected candidate will receive health and pension benefits according to Colombian labor law.


Local Employee Staff (CCN) is responsible for paying local income taxes. The U.S Mission does not withhold year end local income tax payments.

FICA/Medicare deductions applied (for US citizens only).

Other Information:

  1. 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 

  2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at 

  3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at 

  4. 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

How to Apply

How to Apply:

1. Visit the U.S. Mission in Bogota website:
2. Click on “Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA)”.
3. Select the position of your interest by doing click on the vacancy title.
4. Pay special attention to the “Language Testing Procedures”.

Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by [e.g., 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)] on the closing date of this announcement.  

If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. An alternative application method will be provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Please READ carefully the following SOLICITATION

Required Documents:

Qualified Offerors must upload the following (6) documents in ERA (Do not upload more documents) or their offers will not be considered for this position:

  1. Current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume containing sufficient relevant information that respond to the requirements of the position (maximum 3 pages) – PDF format.

  2. List (not a written letter of reference) of a minimum of three (3) professional references with complete name, title, organization where he/she works, description of relationship, and with working/accurate telephone and e-mail information. These professional references must not be family members or relatives. The offeror's references must be able to provide substantive information about his/her past performance and abilities. At least one reference must be from a current or former supervisor (Three contacts in one page) – PDF format.

  3. Cover Letter (in English) with written responses to the evaluation criteria – education, prior work experience, job knowledge, skills and abilities stated in “Section II - Minimum Qualifications Required for this Position”, (Times New Roman 12 and maximum 2 pages) – PDF format.

  4. Copy of valid language test results administered by AVANTI Language School SAS. Failure to include the required language testing scores will result in the offeror being deemed ineligible for the position.

  5. Copy of education degrees (bachelor, master’s degree, etc.). Transcripts are not needed, neither are translations – PDF format.

  6. Copy of Colombian work permit and/or residence visa (if applicable) – PDF format.

Next Steps:


Most of the positions at the U.S. Embassy require specific levels of both Spanish and or English. All offerors seeking a Mission Colombia local position must submit a valid language test result in the non-primary language (English and/or Spanish). The test result(s) must be submitted along with the offer; otherwise the offer will not be considered. For recruitment purposes the United States Mission Colombia will only accept the language tests as follows:

English and/or Spanish:

Test administered by AVANTI Language School SAS.

Language test results are valid for one year.

If offerors do not have a valid language score from one of the above mentioned Language Institutes, they may contact the following Institute to be tested in English and/or Spanish as required: Avanti Language School: Carrera 21 # 87 – 24 Polo Club, Bogota, Colombia. Offerors must request a language test by writing to - For further information please contact PBX: 634-6637 or mobile 321-463-6470. Cost of language test is the offeror’s responsibility.

**Failure to include the required language testing scores will result in the offeror being deemed ineligible for the position.


At the time of the offer, candidates must fully meet the education requirement (graduated and degree and/or diploma already received) as specified, and must also meet in full the work experience requirement. There is no exception for these requirements. Short-listed candidates will be requested to provide proof of education such as valid copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other pertinent documents as needed. Failure to provide the required documentation will eliminate the candidate from further consideration. Offer letters and forms must be signed. Incomplete and unsigned offers/forms will not be considered. Only short listed candidates will be contacted and may be interviewed.

USAID retains the right to cancel or amend the solicitation and associated actions at any stage of the recruitment process. USAID reserves the right to obtain information on finalists from any and all sources inside or outside the US Government.