Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Tunis
Position Title:
USAID Project Management Specialist (Decentralization)
Open Period:
07/12/2021 - 08/13/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 4005 11
TND TD79,545 - TND TD121,418
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40-hour workweek
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Tunis, TS
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For definitions use URL www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/glossary

Choose one (remove others):
*  All Interested candidates
(Tunisian citizens and residents with valid work permit at the time of application to work in Tunisia)
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Subject to successful Probationary period.
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 http://www.usaid.gov


The Decentralization/ Local Governance Specialist, a Foreign Service National (FSN), will serve as a program manager and technical advisor on issues related to decentralization and local governance.  A demonstrated understanding of the inter-relations between Tunisia’s institutions, parliament, and political system is necessary for the job, as is a deep understanding of relevant laws related to decentralization and sub national governance.



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

Occasional Travel


Program Management, Administration and Monitoring & Evaluation (40%)

  • Serve as AOR/COR or alternate AOR/COR of one or more USAID-funded DRG projects in Tunisia, particularly those related to decentralization and/or sub-national governance.

  • Participate in the design, development and review of new projects and activities, studies, and project evaluations.

  • Review contractor and/or grantee products and track performance of project(s) against the work plan, performance management plan, and USAID/Tunisia development objectives and indicators.

  • Conducts field visits to project sites across Tunisia for the purpose of monitoring the implementation and progress of project(s). Prepares meeting/event/trip reports and supplements these with oral reports to the DG Office Director, the Mission Director and, as required, other internal USG stakeholders.

  • Gathers and prepares information for reporting to Mission leadership, USAID/Washington, U.S. Embassy Tunis Offices and others as requested.

  • Contributes to internal USAID/Tunisia discussions and drafts documents related to project implementation and new designs.

  • Assists with the development of briefings for USAID/Tunisia, Embassy and other stakeholders (e.g., temporary duty staff, representatives from non-government organizations, delegations, other donors, etc.)

  • Maintains an organized and professional work environment at all times, meeting USAID file management requirements.

  • Performs other duties, as necessary to support the implementation of DRG Office projects and portfolio.

Policy Analysis & Project Development (30%)

  • Conducts analyses of current and proposed GOT policies, from the perspective of strategic USG interests and USAID development objectives.

  • Assists with strategic analyses of national, regional and local policies in Tunisia and assesses how they can be better integrated in order to reinforce USAID’s and the broader USG’s objectives and goals.

  • Participates in sector assessments and/or studies.

  • Provides policy guidance to the DG office director on decentralization, sub-national governance, and/or parliamentary affairs.

  • Acts as the USAID’s resident expert for Decentralization, national and sub-national governance, and related policies and laws.

Communication, Outreach and Liaison (20%) 

  • Contributes to the development of USAID/Tunisia reporting and other products including operational plans, performance plan reports, CDCS, initial environmental examinations, congressional budget notifications, integrated country strategy, and other DG sector products.

  • Prepares weekly updates, briefing papers, reports and press releases as assigned as well as specialized documents on decentralization and sub national governance as needed.

  • Ensures professional-level communication with USG and GOT officials, civil society, political parties, media and other donor representatives, to provide issue-oriented briefings and presentations, as needed.

  • When necessary, provides occasional interpretation, note-taking, and meeting readout support.

  • Maintains knowledge of DG project objectives, accomplishments, and development impacts to synthesize in writing or in briefs upon demand, especially for meetings, speeches, background papers and other USAID reporting requirements.

  • Ensures the DRG team is informed of current events that affect program implementation and/or impacts DRG activities.

  • Draft success stories and other communications pieces related to decentralization and local governance.

Financial Management and Procurement (10%)

  • Prepares or assists with preparing procurement related materials including statements of work, program descriptions, independent government cost estimates/budget estimates, selection criteria, etc.

  • Serve as a member of technical selection committee(s) when needed.

  • Assist in the development and/or technical review of project budgets including cost effectiveness documents.

  • Tracks project related financial expenditures, and prepares accrual and expenditure projection reports.

  • Prepares procurement requisitions, funding analysis, and other relevant financial documents.

  • Maintains complete and auditable files of all procurement and project documents (contracts, grants and other procurement supporting documents) in line with USG requirements.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete Solicitation may be obtained on our website; https://www.usaid.gov/tunisia/careers

Qualifications and Evaluations


Physical Demands: 

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

 Post Entry Training: 

Introduction to the Program Cycle, GLAAS (USAID’s Procurement System), Phoenix Accruals (USAID’s Financial Management System), Relevant procurement courses, Project Design and Management (PDM), AOR/COR Certification and associated continuous learning credits in order to maintain certification.

Education Requirements:

Education: (*Minimum qualification required for this position)

Master’s Degree in law, public administration, economics, international relations, political science, development studies, social sciences, or other related areas from an accredited university.


The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

  • Work Experience: (40 points)

Experience in partnering and interacting with governmental institutions at the municipal/regional/governate level and with civil society organization is required. Demonstrated experience on working groups, advisory groups, or advocacy efforts related to the laws, regulations, and issues related to sub-national governance is required. Experience training in relevant good governance topic areas is a plus. Experience working in a government institution and/or a Tunisian civil society organization is required. 

  • Knowledge (20 points)


  • Skills & Abilities (40 points)


  • Reference Verification: Pass/Fail


The successful candidate(s) will be evaluated based upon the following:

  1. A preliminary review of the applicant's submitted application package to establish that minimum educational and experience requirements are met.

  2. Language test (English & French)

  3. Interview

  4. Reference checks.

  • USAID/MERP, Frankfurt’s Human Resources Section will perform the preliminary review (Step 1 above) to eliminate those applications that do not meet the minimum educational and work experience. A Language test (Step 2) will be conducted before forwarding the applications to the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) for further review and assessment.

  • The Technical Evaluation Committee will review each of the forwarded applications against the established evaluation criteria to develop a shortlist of applicants. Applicants will be contacted for the interviews (Step 3).

  • Following the interview during which the applicant will be evaluated against the established criteria, the TEC will make a preliminary determination of candidates to be considered for employment and forward that list to MERP HR. Please note that references may be solicited from current as well as former supervisors in addition to the references you provide in your application package. References will only be solicited for those interviewed applicants who are being considered for ranking.

  • Based on this final input, the TEC will make its final decision on which candidates to rank order, prepare a TEC Memo for the review and approval of the Contracting Officer, after which an offer of employment will be made to the successful candidate(s).

  • Unsuccessful candidates who were interviewed will be contacted and advised of their non-selection.


Experience: (*Minimum qualification required for this position)

The Job Holder must have a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience including experience in decentralization, local governance, sub-national governance, parliamentary affairs, public service, policy reform, political processes, elections, or advocacy.

Language: (*Minimum qualification required for this position)

Fluency (Level IV) in spoken and written English, Arabic and French (level 4 s/r/w), is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of relevant laws and regulatory issues related to decentralization, including the code of collectivities, and the application of these laws and regulations at the national and sub national level in Tunisia.

  • Knowledge of the Government of Tunisia’s budget planning, execution, and monitoring process and related GOT public financial management processes.

  • Knowledge of governance-related development issues, especially in the domain of local governance, decentralization, elections, administrative reform, and/or parliamentary affairs.

  • Knowledge of the relationship between Tunisian civil society and Tunisian government institutions, particularly on CSO activities outside of Tunis.

  • Knowledge of the administrative composition and relationships between municipal councils, mayors, governors, and the central government.

  • Knowledge of program management

  • Knowledge of project coordination.

  • Knowledge gained through practical experience in design and delivery of assistance to local governments; including in local planning and policy design; public consultations, local financial management; local infrastructure, etc.

  • Excellent understanding of the overall political, administrative and institutional set-up of local governance in Tunisia.


  • Must be able to maintain effective working relationships and contacts with USAID and Embassy personnel, Government of Tunisia, contractors, grantees, Tunisian civil society organizations, Tunisian media, and other donor agencies.

  • Ability to obtain, organize, analyze, evaluate, and present information in a clear, concise manner. S/he must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet applications, Internet search engines, and PowerPoint - including typing skills in Arabic, French and English, is required.

  • The Job Holder must be proactive, flexible, and dedicated, with a willingness to take on new and various tasks and responsibilities.

  • The Job Holder must be willing and able to travel.

  • The Job Holder should have a demonstrated ability to assume management and leadership roles.

  • The Job Holder must be resourceful, have good judgment, and have the ability to work with persons from many backgrounds.

  • Ability to take strong meeting notes and document key points and decisions taken. Ability to provide occasional translation in meetings or workshops, as necessary.

  • Capacity to prepare technical documents in English (with some editing) and translate French and/or Arabic documents to English and vice versa.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and demonstrate flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time.


Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Tunis, Tunisia may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:


1. Eligible offerors are required to apply via ERA (Electronic Recruitment Application) system.

2. Kindly ensure you enclose a Cover Letter, CV/Resume and a list of 3 references in ERA by the closing date and time specified.

3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents.


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 https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf

2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms

3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs

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 https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations

5. PSC Ombudsman
The PSC Ombudsman serves as a resource for any Personal Services Contractor who has entered into a contract with the United States Agency for International Development and is available to provide clarity on their specific contract with the agency. Please visit our page for additional information: https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/personal-service-contracts-ombudsman.



How to Apply

How to Apply:

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 [e.g., two, three, etc.] 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. 

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter (Please upload in document type 'Other Document')

  • Current CV/Resume (Please upload in document type 'Other Document 2')

  • List of 3 References along with email addresses

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tunis, Tunisia