Posted by:USAID Philippineson March 20, 2020 1:31 pm
SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCN PSC) under Local Compensation Plan
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NO.: USAID-2020-13
2. ISSUANCE DATE: 10 March 2020
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 23 March 2020 / 11:59PM
4. POSITION TITLE: USAID Development Program Specialist, FSN-10
5. MARKET VALUE: Php 1,032,206.00 – Php 1,599,915.00 basic salary p.a. equivalent to FSN-10
in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan (LCP) of the U.S. Embassy Manila. The salary offer will be based on a combination
of the candidate's salary history and of the U.S. Embassy Manila's LCP, and will be within the annual range listed above.
6. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: The position is based in Manila, Philippines.
7. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The USAID Development Program Specialist is posted in the Environment Office (EO), USAID/Philippines. The Specialist leads the program and budget
operations within EO and coordinates with other USAID/Philippines offices and stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of portfolio requirements for
the USAID bilateral energy, environment and climate change programs in the Philippines as well as for the environment programs that the Specialist manages,
supports or backstops in the Pacific Islands.
The Specialist performs five basic functions: 1) leads the preparation of program and budget specific documents for program implementation including the EO
procurement plan and formulation of budgets, 2) monitors, analyzes and reports on EO program compliance with targets under USAID initiatives such as
USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), other USAID Initiatives like Private Sector Engagement, and other
Presidential initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS); 3) leads EO response to Washington, Program Office and U. S. Embassy taskers and other
reporting requirements, 4) advises the EO Office Director and EO technical staff on budget and program matters, 5) liaises with USAID/Washington on program
and budget issues. S/he serves as the EO primary point of contact on matters relating to program operations within EO. Travel within the Philippines is required
on a limited basis.
In this role, the Specialist is required to coordinate multiple and competing EO priorities and should be able to research, analyze and report on a variety of
program and budget issues. S/he is expected to use a refined level of professional judgment when asked to provide guidance or approval, and is expected to
provide guidance on, and compliance with Automated Directives System (ADS) rules. In addition, s/he must be familiar with a broad range of technical issues
including biodiversity conservation, water use and access, forestry, the energy sector, climate change, and will be called upon to provide technical input into EO
program related documents. The Specialist must exercise superior judgment of a skilled, highly capable, and experienced operations specialist.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
A. Portfolio Budget, Procurement Planning and Financial Management (50%) – Portfolio budgeting, financial management, budget management and
reporting, procurement planning, earmark monitoring and reporting, activity budgeting and management.
B. Portfolio Operations and Management (30%) – Bilateral agreement, inter-office coordination on procurements/awards, portfolio and activity compliance,
program and activity audits, procurement requisitions through GLAAS (Global Acquisition and Assistance System), other administration and management.
C. Other Reporting and Taskers (20%) – Program reports, information requests and taskers, activity trackers.
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The Specialist works under the day-to-day supervision of the Environment Office Deputy Director. Assignments are made
orally and in writing and the Specialist exercises independence in most phases of the assignment. Supervision of other staff is not contemplated. The Specialist
does provide work guidance to the EO team leaders and members, verifies work submitted for accuracy, and clears documents for administrative action.
8. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to all interested individuals who are Filipino citizens or non-Filipino citizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in
the Philippines, and who also have the required work permits. USAID/Philippines does not sponsor work permits.
9. POINT OF CONTACT: Human Resources Division via [email protected]
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
a. Education – Completion of Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics or International
Development. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for Experience.
b. Prior Work Experience – Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in professional accounting, financial analyses and, budget
planning, justification and execution is required. Experience in project design, program planning, program/project budgeting and evaluation, or closely
related work is required. At least two (2) years of this experience should have been in the field of development assistance in energy, environment and
climate change. Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for Education.
c. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills – Must have excellent communication skills in English and Tagalog, both in oral and written forms. With this
level of communication skills, the Specialist is expected to: prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers; develop and
deliver professional quality reports and presentations.
d. Job Knowledge – Thorough knowledge and understanding of budget and accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology, and thorough
knowledge, or the ability to quickly gain such knowledge, of United States Government (U.S.G.) appropriation, allotment, accounting, and other budgeting
procedures used in maintaining, reconciling, balancing, and closing accounts; USAID accounting policies, regulations, and procedures; disbursements,
reimbursements; and, the principles and practices of cost accrual. A good understanding or ability to quickly gain understanding and knowledge of the
USAID administrative and functional structure; USAID goals for the region; and, the USAID regional program portfolio; an understanding of the political
and economic situation in region, and constraints to development; areas of USAID manageable interest/involvement; and, an awareness of key donor
organizations, private organizations, non-government organizations, and other workings in the country is highly desired. The Specialist must have
demonstrated knowledge of development in the Philippines, with demonstrated experience in the energy, environment and climate change sector.
e. Skills and Abilities – The Specialist must have the ability to plan and analyze program budgets, and have excellent written and oral communication skills;
must be able to collect and analyze complex data and prepare precise, accurate, and complete reports; must be able to analyze accounting records and
determine the need for various types of entries and adjustments; to record, reconcile, and balance accounts; and, to relate the purpose and objectives
of programs/projects to their costs and fiscal requirements. The Specialist must be able to relate funds management to USAID/Philippines and regional
needs; and, to understand changes in strategic program priorities and deadlines, their implications for budget management, and to recommend
appropriate adjustments to USAID/Philippines financial plans. S/He must have problem-solving skills and the ability to recommend solutions in
complicated situations, taking into consideration myriad factors and variables, such as late budget appropriations and delayed availability of funds,
uncertain funding levels, and unexpected budget reductions. The Specialist must be knowledgeable in MS Office applications, such as Word, Excel,
and PowerPoint, and other data management skills, such as familiarity with other database management applications.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
1. Education (5%)
2. Prior Work Experience (10%)
3. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills (10%)
4. Job Knowledge (35%)
5. Skills and Abilities (40%)
- USAID reserves the right to reject any and all applicants.
- Only short-listed applicants will be notified.
- To be a competitive candidate, the applicant must meet the minimum
requirement of each of the Evaluation and Selection Factors.
IV. HOW TO APPLY:
1. Interested applicants are required to submit an application letter and a comprehensive resume.
2. Applications must be received by 23 March 2020 / 11:59PM, and submitted via email to [email protected]
3. All applicants are requested to prominently indicate the following:
a. solicitation number (Solicitation No.: USAID-2020-13) in the subject line of their email submission;
b. source of the vacancy announcement (e.g. name of newspaper, website, social media)
The compensation package includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, health and life insurance, and a supplementary retirement plan.