USAID MALI FROM THE AMERICAN PEO P LE DATE : November 19, 2009 FROM : Terry Youngblood, Acting Country Program Manage SUBJECT : Vacant Position TO : All Locally Employed Staff and other interested applicants. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- USAID Mali Accelerated Economic Growth Team has an immediate opening for the following position: RECOMMENDED POSITION TITLE: USAID Mali Project Management Specialist (Trade and Markets Specialist) POSITION GRADE LEVEL: FSN-11 (1/ an applicant who does not nteeI all required qualifications for the position and who is selected Jor the position, he/she may be hired at a lower grade than the position classification grade). ORGANIZATION LOCATION: Accelerated Economic Growth (AEG) Team OPEN TO: FSNs and all interested candidates OPENING DATE: November 23, 2009 CLOSING DATE: December 22, 2009 The U.S. Agency for International Development, co-located with the US Embassy Bamako, is seeking one individual as Project Management Specialists (Trade and Market Specialist). Basic Function of Position The AEG Project Development Specialist (PDS) will contribute to the management of the trade and market development components of USAID/Mali Accelerated Economic Growth (AEG) program focused on increasing rural household's income in target areas. AEG will allocate $27.2 million of Global HUNGER Food Security Funds (GHFSR) FY 2010 funds across its highly diversified economic growth program. Anticipated funding for FY20I I is $60 million. The AEG Project Development Specialist's responsibilities include working together with individual AEG team members to manage a country -wide program that contribute to increase in investments, trade and jobs in the agribusiness sector in Mali. AEG has developed a US$2 million cooperative agreement to improve Mali's Investment Climate. Also under the Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM) contract, AEG has programmed approximately $1.0 million for trade and market development activities. The AEG Project Development Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the senior Program Development Specialist (Markets and Trade). S/he will serve as AOTR/COTR for the Mali Investment Climate cooperative agreement and for anticipated additional cooperative agreements/contracts. S/he will monitor the above mentioned cooperative agreement including the development and maintenance of a formal Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) which serves as a management tool. In addition, the PDS will participate in AEG sector working groups focuses on the technical areas related to trade and market development. It is expected that the successful execution of the responsibilities of this position will lead to a positive impact on economic growth. programming with various ministries under the Implementation Letters for the strategic objective. Major Duties and Responsibilities Working under the direct supervision of the senior Program Management Specialist (Markets and Trade), the AEG Project Development Specialist (PDS) will contribute to the management of the cooperative agreements and contracts with investment promotion objectives and rigorous reporting requirements. Focal areas for Mali Investment Climate cooperative agreement include improving the investment/business environment, promoting investment in agribusiness, implementation of the regulatory and institutional framework for industrial zones and promoting intra-regional trade. Under the IICEM contract, markets and trade activities are focused but not limited the marketing of cereal, potatoes, mangoes, etc. on national, regional and international markets. The AEG Project Development Specialist will serve as AOTR/COTR for the $2million Mali Investment Climate cooperative agreement and for additional anticipated cooperative agreements/contracts. S/he will contribute to the administrative, technical and financial management of the cooperative agreements/contracts by providing technical oversight and guidance, conducting site visits, reviewing grantees' deliverables and reports and verifying that performance meets acceptable standards for the U.S. Government. The AEG Project Development Specialist will contribute to the design and management of AEG program, working in a collegial team environment to achieve AEG's program objectives. S/he will contribute to AEG's overall portfolio design and management, with secondary responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of programs, the development and maintenance of a formal Performance Monitoring Plan and the reporting of AEG program results to the appropriate Office. S/he will coordinate implementing partners to identify performance indicators and set targets that can be used to track program impact. S/he will share responsibility for creating and ensuring implementation of the team's monitoring and evaluation plan, including regular site visits and oversights. S/he will participate in Data Quality Assessments on these indicators, collect data and regularly update the PMP. S/he will assist in analyzing and presenting these data for different purposes, including regular performance reviews within USAID/Mali. The AEG Project Development Specialist will contribute to technical and policy discussion related to USAID/Mali AEG program, to Mali's investment/business environment and to Mali's economic growth at large. S/he will closely collaborate with Government of Mali middle management staff on business/investment environment with as well as other donors and ensure that USAID programming contributes to the Malian Government's long-term objectives for economic growth. In addition, S/he will contribute to the AEG team Outreach and Communication Strategy by writing program success stories and conveying information on USAID/Mali AEG program to audiences in Mali and in the United States. A. Project Management (50%): Working under the supervision of the senior PDM (Markets and Trade), the incumbent will: • Contribute to the management priorities of USAID/Mali AEG team and program. • Review implantation plans, annual work plans and monitoring and evaluation plans. • Conduct regular field visits and document in writing deficiencies observed. • Ensure that program reports/deliverables are received in a timely manner and monitor them for accuracy and completeness. • Monitor implementing partners' spending through their budget, their vouchers and invoices and their continuation applications. • Conduct analysis of reports/deliverables and identify program, policy, and other implications for consideration by the AEG team. • Ensure that all incremental funding actions comply with USAID's forward-funding guidelines. B. Monitoring and Evaluation (25%) Working under the supervision of the senior PDM (Markets and Trade), the incumbent will: • Have shared responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of assigned programs, the development and maintenance of a formal Performance Monitoring Plan and the reporting of AEG program results to the appropriate Office. • Coordinate with the AOTR and COTR implementing partners to identify performance indicators and set targets that can be used to track program impact. • Participate in Data Quality Assessments on these indicators, data collection and regularly update the PMP. • Assist in analyzing and presenting these data for different purposes and audiences, including regular performance reviews within USAID/Mali. C. Representation to host country Ministries, Donors and other stakeholders (25%) Working under the supervision of the senior PDM (Markets and Trade), the incumbent will • Participate in various sector Working Groups (e.g. PTF/Rural and Agricultural Economy) along with ministry personnel and other donors working in economic growth. • Review, analyze and respond to relevant documents and studies. • Assume secondary responsibility for collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral donors working in technical areas relevant to AEG programs. • Assume secondary responsibility in the coordination and collaboration with other USAID programs to leverage results • Identify program success stories and other means of outreach to U.S. and Malian audiences. For a copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities, contact the U.S. Embassy' s Human Resources Office at telephone number 2070- 2512 or 2070-2315. Qualifications Required: Education A graduate degree (economics, marketing, production, soil science, other agricultural fields, trade, business or an equivalent degree in social sciences or public administration) is required. A graduate degree from a U.S. institution is highly desirable. Prior Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively more responsible experience managing and implementing programs related to economic growth (agriculture, economics, business development), preferably large-scale programs that aim to improve economic growth in Mali. Knowledge of Mali's reforms intended to improve economic growth is required. Previous experience conducting program oversight is valuable (monitoring and evaluation in particular). Previous experience working with representatives of the donor community is an advantage. Relevant past experience is highly desired, for example in agricultural production, transformation, policy, decentralization, business development or finance. Past experience working with USAID programs, other donor-funded programs, would be very advantageous. Language Proficiency Proficiency both in oral and written communication Level IV English and French ability (Fluent) is required. Knowledge required by the Position • A good knowledge of global (trends) in economic development, as well as trends in Mali and West Africa; • Thorough knowledge of the Malian economy and the challenges and issues involved in achieving progress in economic development. • Knowledge of program management; • Knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation; • Technical knowledge of relevant national policies, system planning and management, and decentralization; • Some knowledge of USAID/Mali's economic growth programs in Mali. Skills and Abilities • order to provide written and oral recommendations, options and strategies; • Ability to represent USAID in discussion and policy dialogue with government and donor stakeholders; • Ability to compile, analyze, and present AEG data in a variety of formats (charts, graphs, etc.); • Ability to conduct administrative, technical, and financial management of large-scale technical programs; • Ability to provide technical guidance and management oversight to implementing partners in a constructive, team-oriented manner; • Ability to deal with various program management and implementation issues; • Ability to take initiative and manage time effectively to achieve results while working in a team context; • Ability to prepare documents, budgets, and reports using MS Office software (Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint). SELECTION PROCESS: It is essential that all candidates address the above minimum requirements in the application. Applicants must be eligible for appointment under host government laws and regulations. ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA: Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, and budget implications in determining successful candidacy. TO APPLY: Interested candidates for this position should submit the following: 1. Application for U.S. Federal Employment (OF-612), or 2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as an OF-612; plus 3. Copies of any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualifications requirements of the position as listed above. Important: Do not submit original documents with applications, as they will not be returned; however in the application letter, candidates should address the quality ranking factors: 1. Education (20%); 2. Relevant experience related to agriculture (40%); 3. Language (20%); and 4. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (20%). SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: American Embassy Mali Att: Human Resources Officer BY 34, Bamako POINT OF CONTACT Kaou Kome (Ext 2070-25-12) or Mah Toure Camara (Ext 2070-2315) Telephone: 2070-23-00 - FAX: 2070-24-79 CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: DECEMBER 22, 2009 The US Mission in Mali provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.
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