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FBO DAILY ISSUE OF APRIL 27, 2012 FBO #3807
SOLICITATION NOTICE

R -- Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Coordinator - Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Coordinator

Notice Date
4/25/2012
 
Notice Type
Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
 
NAICS
541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
 
Contracting Office
Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions, Liberia USAID-Monrovia, USAID/Monrovia, Department of State, Washington, District of Columbia, 20521
 
ZIP Code
20521
 
Solicitation Number
SOL-669-12-000018-RE
 
Point of Contact
Sylvester s. Browne, Phone: 23177766402, Joseph Bundor, Phone: 23177845523
 
E-Mail Address
sbrowne@usaid.gov, jbundor@usaid.gov
(sbrowne@usaid.gov, jbundor@usaid.gov)
 
Small Business Set-Aside
N/A
 
Description
Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Coordinator VACANCY RE-ADVERTISED 1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-669-12-000018-RE 2. ISSUANCE DATE: April 24, 2012 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: May 8, 2012 / 4PM Local time 4. POSITION TITLE: Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Coordinator, USAID/Liberia 5. MARKET VALUE OF POSITION (Base Pay): GS-14. ($84,697 - $110,104). Salary is not negotiable beyond this range. Salary to be paid within this grade will depend on experience, qualifications, and salary history. The standard compensation package also includes a contribution for life and health insurance and a contribution to FICA. 6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year, to start on or about May 2012 with the possibility of extensions. Extensions will depend on the need for continuation of such services, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance. 7. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: United States (US) citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) & Third Country Nationals (TCN) NOTE: ALL ORDINARY RESIDENT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENT PERMITS ALLOWING WORK IN LIBERIA BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Based in Monrovia, Liberia 9. JOB DESCRIPTION: BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION: The CLA Coordinator will be located in USAID/Liberia's Program and Project Development office (PPD), and will report to the Supervisory Program Officer. The primary responsibilities of this position are to coordinate the Mission's overall CLA agenda, and to advance, coordinate and, as appropriate, directly manage specific CLA activities. The CLA Coordinator will: assume a key supportive and organization role in the collaborative identification and prioritization of key learning objectives related to both cross-cutting issues and DO activities and results; track information related to key strategic risks and assumptions identified in the CDCS, including political dynamics and commitment in relation to Liberia's development policies and goals; and coordinate the ongoing assessment of the cumulative impacts of multiple Mission DOs to determine whether those impacts could be enhanced by realignment of Mission resources, improved collaboration, or other operational adaptations. The CLA Coordinator will be an experienced knowledge management professional who will be familiar with and up to date on: 1. U.S. and GOL development policy and strategies; 2. Data and other information describing Liberia's objective development progress, 3. The progress and results of USAID and other donor assistance programs; and 4. Cutting-edge development theory and international best practices relevant to USAID/Liberia's assistance portfolio. S/he will serve as focal point and coordinator for planning and organizational reflection through the synthesis of a large volume of information for the purpose of identifying and clearly articulating critical lessons, trends, and current and potential future changes that are likely to have a significant impact on the achievement of USAID/Liberia's assistance goals. S/he will maintain close contact and collaboration with relevant technical experts in USAID/Washington, other development assistance, think tanks, and research institutions, and key development thinkers, planners and decision-makers in the GOL and in the Liberian private sector, civil society, and academia. In consultation with the Supervisory Program Officer and other senior Mission staff, the Coordinator will recommend, plan, and coordinate cross-cutting institutional learning activities. The incumbent will foster strong, professional relations with key staff from all technical offices and key external partners and stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for cultivating and harnessing the views and perspectives of a core cohort of USAID staff and external subject matter experts who can dedicate periodic attention to critical thinking about higher level developmental hypotheses. S/he will provide clear and timely reports to senior Mission management, and will make practical, operational recommendations on how the Mission may react and adapt to new knowledge and information in order to enhance and sustain the impact of its assistance efforts. The CLA Coordinator will collaborate closely with USAID/Monrovia's Performance Management and Environmental Compliance (M&E) Advisor through a clear, complementary division of labor between the duties and responsibilities of these two closely-related positions, with the M&E Advisor providing focused technical support to ensure the high quality of all Mission evaluations, and the CLA Coordinator managing the knowledge gained from evaluations and other information in order to better inform Mission decisions on cross-cutting resource allocation, collaboration, and other strategic and operational issues. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop, Manage, and Coordinate Mission Learning • Develop and coordinate implementation of the Mission's CLA agenda, including: o Develop and manage a Mission CLA budget. o Coordinate, plan, and implement institutional learning activities relevant to the achievement of USAID/Liberia's CDCS goals and objectives, such as special studies, briefings, and/or seminars. o Strengthen systems and processes that promote and facilitate efficient learning and knowledge-sharing throughout the Mission, consulting and collaborating with the Mission's Information Technology specialists, as appropriate. Track best practices in knowledge management and adult learning to incorporate new or improved learning tools and approaches into CLA program. o Bring key lessons learned through Mission evaluations outreach learning, and critical analysis of higher level developmental hypotheses to senior Mission management with practical, operational recommendations to enhance and sustain the impact of its assistance efforts. • As assigned, gather and disseminate knowledge and information on best practices for high priority, cross-cutting Mission activities, such as human and institutional capacity development, youth empowerment and opportunity, and gender equality. Research Planning and Coordination • In collaboration with SPO, M&E Advisor and other Mission staff, assume a leadership role in identifying critical knowledge gaps and needs related to key strategic risks and assumptions identified in the CDCS, including political dynamics and commitment in relation to Liberia's development policies and goals. Coordinate efforts with the SPO, M&E Advisor and other Mission staff toward the development of research, analysis, and evaluation plans for building a knowledge base that will enhance the Mission's ability to achieve its CDCS goals and objectives. • Coordinate and oversee research planning, higher level contextual analysis, and other investigations prioritized in the Mission's CLA agenda. Provide Program Advice • Make recommendations and, as assigned, develop and draft Mission policy or guidance, including on: o Implementation of the anticipated USAID Knowledge Management and Learning Strategy. o Implementation of the learning aspects of new Program Cycle guidance (CDCS, project design,). o Standard language for funding agreements and action plans that help to consistently integrate activities critical to an effective CLA agenda into USAID/Liberia's assistance programs. • Based on project results, stakeholder consultations, evaluations, and other new knowledge and information, provide advice and recommendations to SPO and other senior Mission management on potential adjustments of resource allocations and implementation approaches, and steps to maintain alignment between the Mission's budget and portfolio and the CDCS. • Communicate and coordinate closely with DO teams to identify potential opportunities for enhanced collaboration and mutual-reinforcement across DOs, and make recommendations as appropriate. Stakeholder Engagement • Establish close professional relations with key Liberian and other in-country development thinkers and leaders who can serve as technical advisors in developing and implementing the Mission's CLA agenda. • Engage and coordinate appropriate Liberian Government, private sector, academic and civil society partners in USAID/Liberia CLA activities, including annual joint portfolio reviews. • Organize outreach events to disseminate knowledge and information acquired by USAID/Liberia that may be of importance and use to the GOL, other donors, and stakeholders. Strengthen USAID/Liberia's reputation as a thought leader within the development community in Liberia. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: a. Education: A Master's Degree in a field relevant to development assistance, such as international affairs, political science, sociology, economics, development studies or a closely related field, is required. (FES: 10%) b. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in institutional learning, research, analysis, or knowledge management and communication is expected. A strong background in analysis and evaluation of development assistance programs and experience in the application of statistical methods is desirable. (FES: 15%) d. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required. Superior writing skills are highly desirable. (FES: 10%) e. Knowledge: Understanding of the economic, social, cultural, and political characteristics of development dynamics is required. She/he should also be familiar with a wide range of core development issues, such as gender, agriculture, economics, democracy and governance, and institutional capacity building. (FES: 20%) f. Learning/Adaptability: This position requires the ability to quickly acquire a thorough understanding of USAID's current CDCS programming objectives, results expected, planning and reporting systems and the key lines of sector investigation and learning agendas. The Coordinator should also have some understanding and experience in developing and leading knowledge management programs, facilitating communities of practice and social networking. Knowledge of the development objectives and operations of the USG and other international donor organizations in West Africa, is highly desirable. (FES: 20%) g. Skills and Abilities: This position requires individual initiative, self-direction, and operational proficiency and persistence in facilitating and creating organizational learning, change and improving the effectiveness of foreign assistance. The CLA Coordinator should demonstrate conversation and presentation skills that can influence decision makers and foster organizational change and implementation strategies within a complex organizational setting. S/he should have demonstrated abilities and a professional track record in analyzing organizational culture and learning systems and managing resistance to change. The ability to serve as an effective USAID representative and advocate with a wide array of individuals and institutions is essential. The Coordinator must have strong writing skills and be able to prepare clear, substantive reports and briefing papers in English, in a timely manner. (FES: 25%) SELECTION CRITERIA a. Education: A Master's Degree in a field relevant to development assistance, such as international affairs, political science, sociology, economics, development studies or a closely related field, is required. 8% b. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in institutional learning, research, analysis, or knowledge management and communication is expected. A strong background in analysis and evaluation of development assistance programs and experience in the application of statistical methods is desirable. 20% c. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required. Superior writing skills are highly desirable. 7% d. Knowledge: Understanding of the economic, social, cultural, and political characteristics of development dynamics is required. She/he should also be familiar with a wide range of core development issues, such as gender, agriculture, economics, democracy and governance, and institutional capacity building. 20% e. This position requires the ability to quickly acquire a thorough understanding of USAID's current CDCS programming objectives, results expected, planning and reporting systems and the key lines of sector investigation and learning agendas. The Coordinator should also have some understanding and experience in developing and leading knowledge management programs, facilitating communities of practice and social networking. Knowledge of the development objectives and operations of the USG and other international donor organizations in West Africa, is highly desirable. 20 % f. Skills and Abilities: This position requires individual initiative, self-direction, and operational proficiency and persistence in facilitating and creating organizational learning, change and improving the effectiveness of foreign assistance. The CLA Coordinator should demonstrate conversation and presentation skills that can influence decision makers and foster organizational change and implementation strategies within a complex organizational setting. S/he should have demonstrated abilities and a professional track record in analyzing organizational culture and learning systems and managing resistance to change. The ability to serve as an effective USAID representative and advocate with a wide array of individuals and institutions is essential. The Coordinator must have strong writing skills and be able to prepare clear, substantive reports and briefing papers in English, in a timely manner. 25% Maximum Points Available: 100 SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: The CLA Coordinator USAID/Liberia, C/O American Embassy, Gate Number 3, Mamba Point, Monrovia Or by E-mail to: Monrovia-hr@usaid.gov NOTE: Email submissions shall be sent to: Monrovia-HR@usaid.gov. Applications should include salary history for the prior three years and the names and contact points (telephone/fax numbers, email addresses) for at least two references with knowledge of the applicant's prior work skills). To ensure delivery by the due date it is recommended that applications be sent in as email attachments. ATTACHMENT 2: PSC Contractor Benefits (As allowable under applicable regulations) BENEFITS & ALLOWANCES AS A MATTER OF POLICY, AND AS APPROPRIATE AND/OR AS APPLICABLE, A USPSC RESIDENT HIRE IS NORMALLY AUTHORIZED BENEFITS AND NOT ALLOWANCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AIDAR APPENDIX D. 1. Benefits a. Employee's FICA Contribution b. Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance i. --72% of Health Insurance Annual Premium (not to exceed $20,339.00 for a family and $7,266.00 for employees without dependents) ii. --50% of Life Insurance Annual Premium (not to exceed $500) c. Vacation & Sick Leave 2. Federal Taxes: USPSCs are not exempt from payment of Federal Income taxes. 3. List of REQUIRED Forms for USPSCs a. Optional Form 612. (U.S. Government Optional Form 612 is available at the USAID web site, http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/forms or internet http://fillform.gsa.gov, or at USG offices.) Forms (b) through (e) shall be completed only upon the advice of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate for the position. b. Medical History and Examination (DS-1843). c. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security) (SF-86), or d. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85). e. Finger Print Card (FD-258). (NOTE: Form is available from the requirements office.) 4. Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs.) and Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs) Pertaining to PSCs CIBs and AAPDs contain changes to USAID policy and General Provisions in USAID regulations and contracts. Please refer to this website http://www.usaid.gov/business/business_opportunities/psc_solicitations.html to determine which CIBS and AAPDs apply to this contract.
 
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Place of Performance
Address: USAID/LIBERIA, Monrovia, Liberia
 
Record
SN02731613-W 20120427/120426000528-cd2ea264c588b00ef25a67b2710e93f3 (fbodaily.com)
 
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