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									                         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.
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 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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