Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
Post Entry Training: Agency introductory courses covering U.S. foreign policy, the USAID program and funding cycles, and training in the management of contracts and cooperative agreements (COR/AOR training). Appropriate modules in areas such as managing for results, organization and operations, team skills, etc. Training in Agency database systems and in other special areas related to duties when available.
- Education Requirements:
Education: Bachelors’ Degree in rural development, international development, political science, economics, public administration, or equivalent 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:
- Job Knowledge: 20 points
- Skills and Abilities (Testing): 20 points
- Work Experience: 20 points
- Written Communication (Testing): 20 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: Five years of progressively responsible experience in rural development is required, particularly previous experience in land formalization and/or sustainable livelihoods programs. Experience is required in the collection, analysis and presentation of complex information, as well as in program management (i.e., design, implementation, management and/or monitoring and evaluation).
Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have a sound, experience-based knowledge of issues related to land formalization and rural development, management, policies and practices; including a thorough knowledge of the political, legal, economic, and development realities of Colombia. S/he must have a thorough knowledge of Colombia’s socio-economic conditions, Colombian international laws, protocols, agreements pertaining to the international cooperation. Significant knowledge of the functioning of the Colombian government is a must – especially those agencies most relevant to land reform. S/he must be knowledgeable of project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and project financial oversight.
Skills and Abilities: Must have a high degree of analytical, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a team. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain high-level contacts with GOC Ministries and local governments, donor organizations, other agencies and private-sector organizations. Must be able to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and prepare precise, accurate and complete reports using computer software program applications, and to develop and present briefings. Also, must be able to integrate long and short-range objectives with the needs of the government, frequently influencing government priorities and direction. Must have a high level of diplomacy and negotiation skills.
Language Proficiency: Level IV English (spoken and written) and Level IV Spanish (spoken and written) are required.