The position is located in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation’s Inclusive Development Hub (DDI/ID). USAID’s ID Hub advances inclusion in USAID’s programs around the world. The ID Hub leads the Agency’s efforts to improve the lives of marginalized, vulnerable, and underrepresented groups (i.e., children in adversity, indigenous peoples, LGBTQI+ people, persons with disabilities, and youth) and advance work on mental health worldwide.
One focus of the ID Hub is protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people in developing countries. Violence, discrimination, stigma, and exclusionary laws negatively impact the lives of millions of LGBTQI+ people around the world and contribute to poverty. LGBTQI+ people face criminalization in nearly 70 countries – several of which can impose the
death penalty – and anti-LGBTQI+ violence can often be life-threatening. Access to essential services such as education and health is often denied to LGBTQI+ people. All too often this discrimination traps LGBTQI+ people in a cycle of poverty.
To help address these harsh realities, USAID partners with the private sector, bilateral donors, foundations, and LGBTQI+ civil society organizations to support interventions in developing countries around the world. More specifically, the ID Hub’s role includes, but is not limited to, leading: USAID’s LGBTQI+ research agenda (this includes collating existing quantitative and qualitative data, identifying data gaps and setting a strategy to fill them, establishing and updating empirical baselines against which progress – or regression – can be measured and with which programmatic interventions can be identified and prioritized); USAID’s programmatic strategy (this includes managing regional and global programs designed to increase LGBTQI+ protections and rights, tailored country-specific projects designed to address the needs and priorities of local groups, and providing emergency response to individuals and groups under threat); and Technical support to USAID Operating Units (i.e., field Missions) in LGBTQI+ project design (including desk reviews and stakeholder consultations), development,
implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will provide support to, both Washington-based units and via TDY (when appropriate), to USAID field Missions to advance USAID’s LGBTQI+ research agenda, programmatic strategy, and technical support to USAID Operating Units. The Advisor will be responsible for coordinating programming work for the ID Hub’s LGBTQI+ team to support USAID Mission efforts to intentionally and proactively create and resource programs, projects, and activities that include and serve LGBTQI+ people in the Agency’s global development and humanitarian assistance work. The LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will also be responsible for coordinating training
focused on LGBTQI+ topics and engagements with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Working closely with the LGBTQI+ Senior Advisor and other members of DDI/ID/LGBTQI+, the LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will support opportunities to advance USAID’s approach to addressinganti-LGBTQI+ violence, discrimination, stigma, and criminalization in developing countries; advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people; integrate LGBTQI+ considerations into broader development programming; contribute to activities responding to such opportunities; and work with stakeholders to implement, monitor, and evaluate these activities.
The LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will report to the Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator or their designee. They will regularly work with other members of the LGBTQI+ team, coordinate with other teams in the Hub on shared priorities, engage and support USAID Mission personnel when on TDY and with individuals from other USAID operating units as appropriate. The LGBTQI+ Program Advisor and supervisor will jointly develop a work plan that outlines specific priorities and deliverables, which the LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will independently plan, design, and carry out (with minimal supervision). Many of those lines of effort may require input and coordination with other USAID staff, which the LGBTQI+ Program Advisor will facilitate as needed. Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) All members of the DDI workforce are measured on how they foster a climate of respect in interactions with others, value differing perspectives, and treat others in a fair, equitable, and culturally sensitive manner. All employees are expected to adhere to equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies and value diversity and inclusion in performing everyday duties and responsibilities.
LGBTQI+ Program Advisor Duties at the GS-12 Equivalent Level:
Support the response to USAID Missions’ requests for technical assistance in all phases of the USAID Program Cycle. This will include assisting Missions with assessments during various planning phases to determine needs, opportunities, and entry points for assistance efforts. It will also entail providing technical input and guidance to Missions on the design of LGBTQI+ programs and activities and helping Missions identify and apply innovative evidence-based approaches. Technical assistance may also involve supporting Missions with the monitoring and evaluation of field programs, for various purposes, but primarily to help Missions adapt their programs and activities to changing circumstances and to further expand our sector’s evidence base and learning. This includes support for the tracking of budget allocation for programming.
Support activity management for external partnerships to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people around the world. This will include serving as Activity Manager (and preparing to assume an AOR role) for various mechanisms.
Advise on the development of research and guidance to integrate LGBTQI+ considerations into development and humanitarian assistance sectors. Support and advance relevant external research products supported by USAID.
Collaborate with senior colleagues to translate technical expertise into tools and guidance that can be easily shared and absorbed by USAID field officers. The ID Hub is interested in developing or improving resources and research that help field officers diagnose human rights or social inclusion challenges, identify entry points for programming, examine circumstances under which various approaches are appropriate or not, assess levels of risk, among other purposes. In consultation with leadership, develop, update, and revise training curriculum and content to enhance USAID and implementing partner capacity and knowledge on LGBTQI+ human rights and inclusion topics.
Provide technical input on the use of ID Hub and other field support resources, such as global programming mechanisms and incentive and contingency funds. The Advisor will be asked to frequent technical discussions related to determining both the priorities and approaches for where and how these resources are applied.
Support external coordination, including resource mobilization for existing and new partnerships with other donor governments, private foundations, and other stakeholders.; and interagency coordination for advancing LGBTQI+ human rights in foreign assistance, convening stakeholders to share best practices and exchange resources, collate and disseminate documents and resources internally and externally.
Engage in various policy, planning and reporting processes on LGBTQI+ issues for both internal and external audiences. The Advisor will support decisions on programming, training, staffing, and funding, and contribute to interagency reporting requirements.
Perform services under this scope of work at physical locations other than Washington headquarters, including at Missions, up to 25% of the time.
Responsibility for Decision Making:
At the GS-12 equivalent level, this PSC position will serve as an LGBTQI+ Program Advisor for USAID globally. The PSC will work under the supervision of the LGBTQI+ Senior Coordinator. The PSC will receive technical and administrative direction to perform her/his/their duties (i.e., in program/project management, advancing the research agenda) in the highly complex field of global LGBTQI+ protections, rights, and inclusion. The PSC must have professional or technical training and experience. Having recognized expertise in the field of global LGBTQI+ issues, the PSC will help influence but not make policy.
At the GS-12 equivalent level, the PSC will be knowledgeable about global LGBTQI+ protections, rights, and inclusion and understand principles, best practices, and key trends associated with this complex field. The PSC will have a master’s degree with study and two years’ experience in a pertinent field, including, but not limited to, LGBTQI+ issues, human rights, marginalized populations, international development, or inclusive development; OR a bachelor’s degree with study and at least four years of progressively responsible experience including but not limited to global LGBTQI+ issues and international development or a related field.
At the GS-12 equivalent level, working under the supervision of the LGBTQI+ Senior Coordinator, the PSC will receive a set of overall objectives and guidance and steering on tasks to be performed to meet those objectives. The PSC and the supervisor will jointly develop a work plan that outlines projects and associated tasks (with deadlines), which the PSC will advance with guidance and steers from the LGBTQI+ Senior Coordinator and DDI/ID Deputy Director as needed. Such projects include efforts related to advancing USAID’s LGBTQI+ research agenda and programming that focuses on country and region-specific projects and emergency response.
At the GS-12 equivalent level, the PSC will be expected to work based on specific administrative policies, precedents, and guidelines (i.e., to adhere to foundational principles of “do no harm” and “do nothing about them without them”). Based on assignments provided in terms of objectives and tasks, the PSC will be expected to support the team’s contributions to technical guidance and support to Operating Units (i.e., USAID Missions) in the form of planning, developing, designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating activities.
At the GS-12 equivalent level, the PSC’s duties will be varied, requiring the ability to contribute to and collaborate on analysis, consultations, research, and strategic communications in a broad range of situations (i.e., different country contexts for LGBTQI+ people, levels of openness to tailored programmatic interventions to address protections, rights, and inclusion). As issues associated with LGBTQI+ people in developing countries are often data-scarce and dynamic, the PSC will be required to contribute to interventions in situations featuring uncertainty and continual change (i.e., in legislative realities, political openness in focus countries, priorities of local groups). The PSC will have the support
of the LGBTQI+ Senior Coordinator, the LGBTQI+ Advisor, and the DDI/ID Deputy Director, and will be expected to support the team’s joint problem-solving efforts related to the data-scarce and dynamic space of global LGBTQI+ issues.
Scope and Effect:
At the GS-12 equivalent level, through work streams related to the LGBTQI+ research agenda and project design, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, the PSC will work with team members to establish criteria, assess program effectiveness, and contribute to analysis on the landscape impacting USAID’s work. The PSC’s work outputs will support both Agency efforts as well as those of
the broader development community. Assignments, particularly those related to providing technical guidance to central and Mission-based LGBTQI+ programming, will require the ability to work collaboratively on projects by liaising with stakeholders for inputs and support. With support from the LGBTQI+ Senior Coordinator, the LGBTQI+ Advisor, and the DDI/ID Deputy Director, the PSC will work on multiple work streams, some of which will require project development responsibilities.
Level and Purpose of Contacts:
At the GS-12 equivalent level, the PSC will engage with individuals and groups from USAID and outside of USAID – typically through meetings, calls, and consultations (on an as-needed, as-appropriate basis) – as an important step in advancing USAID’s approach, research agenda, and programmatic priorities related LGBTQI+ protections, rights, and inclusion. The PSC will join and support more senior staff in engagements with high level professionals and technical representatives of USAID Missions, USAID Bureaus, LGBTQI+ civil society organizations, human rights institutions, development institutions (i.e., bilateral donor counterparts), private philanthropic foundations, and
representatives of implementing partners. Through such engagements, the PSC will contribute to LGBTQI+ program development and opportunities for increased partnership. With the guidance and support of team members, the PSC will consult with a variety of professional and technical personnel to thoughtfully advance this work.
How to apply:
Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number and Offeror’s name on all submitted documents.
Offerors are required to submit:
Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer using Form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. Unsigned form will not be accepted.
A complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your offer, your resume must include:
Paid and non-paid experience, job title, locations(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed.
Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
Names and contact information (phone and email) for your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards, or accomplishments.
List of References: Offerors must submit three (3) professional references, who are not family members or relatives, who have knowledge of the Offeror’s ability to perform the duties set forth herein. At least one reference must be from a direct supervisor (current or prior). Submitted references must include the following:
Name of reference.
Offeror’s relationship to the reference.
Title of reference at current job.
Reference current telephone number.
Reference current email address.
Supplemental document specifically addressing each of the three evaluation factors stated in the solicitation. The supplemental document must:
Address each of the Evaluation and Selection Factors.
Describe specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards the Offeror has received that are relevant to each factor.
Cite specific, illustrative examples for each factor.
Contain no more than 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the 500-word limit will neither be read nor scored.
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