- Knowledge: 10 points
- Skills and abilities: 10 points
- Communication and Language skills: 10 points
- Interview Performance: 70 points
Total Possible Points: 100 points
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.
Reference checks will be made only for the successful candidate. If a candidate does not wish USAID to contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be stated in the application letter.
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.
Prior Work Experience:
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in an Agriculture or Natural Resources Management development program and demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy, and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment are required.
In-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices in Agriculture programming and knowledge of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of Nigeria; and the economic development problems, resources, and resource constraints, agricultural trade and food policies, land tenure and macro-economic, legal and policy framework of the Government of Nigeria, specifically as it relates to agriculture development and development prospects and priorities of Nigeria are required.
Skills and Abilities:
Excellent leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners and have demonstrated skills in donor coordination and collaboration. Strong analytical, management and organizational skills are required. The position requires demonstrated ability in strategic planning, technical and socio-economic analysis, and budget preparation and reporting skills. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is a must. Must have proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely – both orally and in writing in English. Excellent verbal communication skills, e.g. to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners, and team members. Ability to communicate technical information to varying audiences. Excellent written communication skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, activity documentation and briefing papers. Excellent computer skills (MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, and other relevant software) are required. Good computer skills are required to implement, analyze, and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements, both program and impact.
Level IV (Fluent) English speaking and writing ability is required.