OTI Country Representative – Colombia – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: OTI Country Representative – Colombia

Country: Colombia
Organization: US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 14 Dec 2021

The OTI Country Representative is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located in Bogota, Colombia. Offers for this position are due no later than December 14, 2021 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The Country Representative is a member of the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS)/Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) Latin America Regional Team, reports to the OTI Regional Team Lead or designee, and is based in Colombia. The Country Representative’s principal responsibility will be leadership, development, oversight, and management of CPS/OTI’s Colombia country program. The incumbent will be called upon to represent OTI’s mission and programs to Embassy colleagues, Colombian government officials, in-country visitors, senior officials from other international organizations, bilateral donors, and local government officials.

Colombia has experienced armed conflict with insurgency groups for over 50 years. Among the root causes are state weakness and structural inequities that have created a divided nation: a modern, urban Colombia, and an impoverished, neglected, rural Colombia, where most of the conflict has taken place.

In the five years following the ratification of the peace accords with Colombia’s largest guerrilla insurgency group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Government of Colombia (GOC) embarked on a peace implementation process expected to last a generation. As the FARC demobilized and began to reintegrate, the GOC started enacting wide-ranging reforms related to rural development, inclusive political participation, transitional justice, and reducing illicit economies such as coca cultivation. Colombia is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America and USAID/OTI strives to help the GOC implement its peace accords with the FARC.

USAID/OTI’s program, Colombia Transforma, is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to support a sustainable and inclusive peace in Colombia. The program contributes to making peace progress irreversible, by catalyzing front end elements of accord implementation, including: Increasing government entities’ commitment of resources for peace accord implementation; and advancing bottom-up implementation of the peace accords in critical areas.

USAID/OTI will coordinate with other U.S. Government agencies and, as appropriate, the international community, USAID/OTI’s activities are designed to create or preserve political space and help set the stage for more profound longer-term change.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage a high-profile program in a dynamic environment and provide programmatic, operational, and strategic guidance to OTI’s implementing partners (contractors and/or grantees) ensuring that activities are contributing to OTI’s program objectives and are within the partner’s scope;

  • Conceptualize and design program strategies and objectives in close coordination with OTI staff, U.S. Embassy, Host Country government, and local civil society officials based on political analysis and U.S. Government policy;

  • Design and review staffing plans to meet overall program objectives as well as recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of in-country OTI staff;

  • Monitor local and regional political developments and regularly brief OTI and partner staff on their potential programmatic impact;

  • Analyze and report on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives;

  • Provide recommendations to the Washington-based Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or the Regional Team Leader on implementing partner performance, the appropriateness of the partner’s scope to OTI’s country objectives, partner’s budgets, and modifications thereto;

  • Provide USAID concurrence on all implementing partner activities, including final approval of grantees for grants under contract, in accordance with the USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS);

  • Ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, as well as monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ensure that OTI’s programs and activities are monitored and evaluated and that lessons learned are applied to ongoing or future activities;

  • Reviews and concurs on OTI program budgets for field operations;

  • Serve as OTI’s primary liaison with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, Host-Country Government Officials, UN Organizations, Indigenous and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other pertinent organizations. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships to ensure close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential local partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs;

  • Prepare operational plans in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, including logistics and property use guidelines, closeout and hand-over, security procedures, and contingency and evacuation plans;

  • Ensure that all OTI and partner field staff adhere to in-country security guidelines set by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and other organizations such as the United Nations or host government; and,

  • Articulate program strategy, as well as communicate and coordinate OTI’s in-country activities between OTI and its implementing partners, USAID, and other donor organizations; prepare and disseminate programmatic, financial and periodic reports to the USAID Mission, OTI/Washington and other organizations as appropriate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

  1. A Master’s Degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

AND

  1. Minimum of six (6) years of project management experience with any of the following organizations: a non-governmental organization in community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; an international assistance organization, or a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency;

  2. Two (2) years of overseas field experience (in person or virtual). A virtual temporary duty (TDY) is defined as work that would have been conducted in an overseas location if not for the global COVID pandemic;

  3. Three (3) years of supervisory experience (including mentoring, guiding, and/or training staff);

  4. Working proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at otijobs@usaid.gov.

How to apply:

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.