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A -- Program Coordinator (Ferghana Valley)

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Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions, Kazakhstan USAID-Almaty, Dept. of State, Washington, DC, 20521-7030
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Beth Salamanca , Contracting Officer , Phone +7 3272 50 76 17 , Fax +7 3272 50 76 35 , - Tatiana Rossova, Personnel Assistant, Phone 7 3272 50 76 17, Fax 7 3272 50 76 35,
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bsalamanca@usaid.gov, trossova@usaid.gov
1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: 49/2003 2. ISSUANCE DATE: 10/24/2003 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 11/21/2003 (6 p.m. Almaty time) 4. POSITION TITLE: Program Coordinator (Ferghana Valley) 5. MARKET VALUE: $42,976 - $55,873 per annum (GS-11 equivalent for U.S. Citizens) with 25% Post Differential Or FSN-10 in accordance with Local Compensation Plan for Kyrgyzstan (for Host and Third Country Nationals) 6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years (renewable) 7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/CENTRAL ASIA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with intensive regional travel to the Ferghana Valley regions Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan 8. JOB DESCRIPTION: A) Background 1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with intensive regional travel to the Ferghana Valley regions Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan is required. 2. JOB DESCRIPTION: A. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Agriculture and agribusiness are the largest sectors in the Ferghana Valley and provide the majority of the employment opportunities in the region. Through its partners, USAID implements a range of programs that support the development and expansion of these, as well as related, industries. These programs include policy reform, micro and small enterprise financing, water management, land reform, agricultural development, and technical assistance to enterprises. The ultimate goal of these programs is to promote growth and stability by creating employment through expanded processing and marketing of agricultural products. The Ferghana Valley programs are very important to achieving key USG development and foreign policy objectives in Central Asia. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating, monitoring and reporting on all USAID economic development activities in the Ferghana Valley and will serve on a cross-cutting management team overseeing agricultural activities. B. STATEMENT OF DUTIES Basic Function of the Position: The incumbent will coordinate and monitor USAID/Central Asia economic and agricultural development activities and manage assigned projects throughout the Ferghana Valley and will provide technical and analytical expertise, advice and support to USAID/Central Asia and its Country Offices in connection with such activities. Major Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent, under the supervision of the USAID?s Enterprise and Finance (EF) Officer Director or her designee, and in close consultation with the other Country Offices, will: 1). Act as liaison for all issues concerning the EF portfolio, between the USAID Country Offices and USAID/CAR in Almaty, on one hand, and local and national government officials, and international organizations, located or working in the Ferghana Valley, and USAID-funded contractors and assistance recipients working in such region, on the other hand. 2). Oversee and monitor activities under selected contracts and assistance instruments used for implementation of the EF programs in the region to ensure that technical and contract or assistance instrument requirements are being met, and to inspect their work or performance and conduct interim evaluations. 3). Provide policy advice and briefings directly to the Ambassadors, the USAID Country Officers and the USAID/CAR Mission in Almaty on issues related to the EF portfolio in the region. 4). Track the economic and political trends that affect the agribusiness and agricultural processing industries in the region and report on the obstacles and opportunities for such industries. Also track and report on the trends affecting water management issues in the Ferghana Valley. 5). Based on comprehensive knowledge of the full range of USAID-financed and partner activities in the region, provide programmatic, organizational and security orientation to all new arrivals. The incumbent will, as needed, assist in process of identifying and selecting of candidates for USAID, USIS and other USG participant training programs. 6). Plan, develop and coordinate program implementation and make recommendations concerning new initiatives to help achieve EF?s portfolio objectives in the region. 7). Identify ways to resolve problems and address issues that directly affect the successful outcome of the programs. Provide input for development and drafting of program goals and objectives, and preparation of scopes of Work (SOW) and/or program descriptions for new activities, project assessments, evaluations and other related efforts, and participate in selection committees for instruments relevant to the economic and finance activities in the region. 8). Analyze human and institutional constraints and other issues crucial to the successful implementation of EF activities in the Ferghana Valley. 9). Coordinate closely in the areas of economic reform and private sector development issues with other multilateral and bilateral donors operating in the Ferghana Valley. 10). Travel as needed throughout the region to conduct field inspections, monitor project operations, identify constraints to successful implementation and maintain effective dialogue with host country counterparts. 11). Review project financial and activity reports and prepare progress reports as required and take appropriate action in consultation with USAID/CAR/EF and other USAID offices. 12). Assist the Kyrgyz Country Officer in supervision of the local FSN staff of the Osh office and directly supervise one FSN driver located in such office. 13). Other duties as assigned. Supervision: Directly supervised by the Enterprise and Finance Officer or her designee, in consultation with other relevant Country Offices, including Tashkent and Dushanbe. C. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: University degree in relevant area such as agriculture, business, or public administration is required. Graduate degree in agricultural, economics, or business is desirable but not required. Experience executing successful agribusiness private sector business is highly desirable. Minimum three years of progressively responsible administrative, development or program experience overseas with USAID or the U.S. government or a contractor or grantee working for the U.S. is an advantage. Strong interpersonal and management skills and excellent English writing are required. Fluent Russian language skills are highly desired. Computer skills are essential. Knowledge of current political and economic features of Central Asian Republics is required, and minimum one year of relevant experience working in Central Asia is preferred. E. OTHER REQUIREMENTS In addition, the incumbent must also be: 1) Available and willing to commit to the Contract Performance Period of 12 months and the intent to stay with USAID for two or more years preferred; 2) Able to obtain a U.S. Government security and medical clearances to serve in Central Asia; 3) Available and willing to work additional hours beyond the established 40-hour workweek and outside established Monday-Friday workweek, as may be required or necessary; and 4) Must be willing to travel and work in the Ferghana Valley region. B) Selection Criteria: Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria: Technical Knowledge and Experience: 30 points Managerial and Leadership Experience: 20 points Academic Qualifications: 15 points Language and Communication Skills: 15 points Relevant NIS Experience: 15 points Computer Skills: 5 points Total: 100 points 9. APPLYING Qualified individuals are requested to submit a U.S. Government Application for Federal Employment SF-171 including experience, salary history and references, and writing sample (one page analytical essay) no later than COB (6 p.m. Almaty time) November 21, 2003. Applications which do not include explicit references, including their contact information, will not be considered. The form is available at the USAID website, http://www.info.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/forms or Internet http://fillform.gsa.gov, or at Federal offices. Applications, recent supervisor reference and three (3) personal references, and writing sample may be submitted by e-mail, fax, DHL or FedEx air courier by the closing date, above, to: Beth Salamanca Contracting Officer Personnel Office USAID/CAR Almaty 99/97A Furmanov Street, 480091 Almaty, Kazakhstan Tel: 7 3272 507612 ext. 345, Email: per.almaty@usaid.gov Email or faxed documentation is preferred as mail delivery may be untimely. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any cover letter. Selection will be made by a Mission committee no later than December 11, 2003. USAID/CAR expects to award a personal-services contract for an off-shore or resident hire US Citizen for two-year period from on or about January 18, 2004 to on or about January 16, 2006, renewable up to five years by mutual agreement subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. The contract will be signed by December 30, 2003. On or about January 18, 2004, the incumbent shall proceed to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to commence performance of the duties specified, subject to medical and security clearance. The duty post for this contract is Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. If the contract is awarded to a U.S. citizen, compensation would be in accordance with General Schedule GS-11 equivalent. Non-resident applicants, if selected, would receive the normal allowances and benefits for offshore hires in the Kyrgyz Republic. If the contract is awarded to a Foreign Service (Host Country) National (FSN) or Third Country National (TCN), compensation would be based on a grade 10 under the local compensation plan for the Kyrgyz Republic, and any TCN selected would receive expatriate allowances in accordance with AIDAR Appendix D. A decision among candidates competing from different categories would be based on what is most advantageous to the U.S. Government taking cost and other factors into consideration. A U.S. citizen would be required to be based in Bishkek, but will require approximately 75% of the time either in Osh or traveling throughout the Ferghana Valley. Otherwise, the incumbent would be based in Osh. 10. Benefits include post differential, housing, and other benefits per USAID regulations. Basic household furnishings, will be available in quarters to be provided by USAID. 11. Bishkek has a continental/high desert climate, characterized by cold winters (with snow in January and February) and hot summers. July and August temperatures can range from 20 to 40 degrees Celsius. For the most part summers are dry. Bishkek offers several Kyrgyz and Russian-language drama, opera, and ballet theatres. There are a few museums to visit and shops with Kyrgyz arts and crafts, including jewelry, ceramics, carpets, embroideries, brass trays, and other handicrafts and antiques. Osh offers a fascinating history. There are a growing number of quality restaurants with international cuisine. Bishkek offers sports and other recreational pursuits: a bowling club, several swimming pools, simple horseback riding facilities, weekend hiking and winter skiing. Touring and camping are popular. The local mountains are very beautiful, stark and rugged. Travel agencies can organize bicycling, white water rafting, skiing, and hiking tours. The Bishkek International School provides American curriculum for children in grades K 12.
Place of Performance
Address: 99/97A Furmanov Street, Almaty
Zip Code: 480091
Country: Kazakhstan
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