1. SOLICITATION NO. : USAID-2018-05
2. ISSUANCE DATE : 08 July 2018
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS : 20 July 2018 / 11:59PM
4. POSITION TITLE : USAID Project Management Specialist (Education), FSN-11
5. MARKET VALUE : Php 1,283,102.00 – Php 1,978,830.00 gross p.a. equivalent to FSN-11
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 Project Management Specialist is posted in the Office of Education, USAID/Philippines. The Specialist has a wide range of responsibilities that cover the full program cycle (from conceptualization, development, management, monitoring and evaluation, and close-out of projects), research, outreach and communications, and representation.
The Specialist reports to the Deputy Director of the Office of Education. S/he provides assistance to the Office Director in the overall administration and management of education sector activities. S/he has frequent substantive interaction with the highest levels of USAID/Philippines management, other U.S. Government (USG) officials, as well as with a wide variety of external counterparts including high-level Philippine government officials and other international donors. S/he also participates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of education projects. At the direction of the Education Office Director, the incumbent is responsible for the development, implementation, and/or coordination of special activities within the education development objective team’s purview. S/he provides technical guidance in the
development of the Mission’s education portfolio by providing inputs in the development of the Mission’s country strategy, development objectives, projects, and activities. S/he leads the development of activities that will contribute to achieving the Mission’s development objectives in education within the context of USAID’s Global Education Strategy,the Bilateral Assistance Agreement for Education Programs and the Partnership for Growth with Equity Agreement between the U.S. and Philippine governments, and other high-level policy guidance on USG education programming for the Philippines.
Major duties and responsibilities i nclude: Project Management (40%), Research, Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (25%), Representation and Communication (15%), Donor and Philippine Government Negotiations, Coordination and Outreach (10%), and Special Assignments (10%).
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of the Office of Education. The
incumbent shall perform assigned duties independently where procedure and guidelines have been established. Carries
out duties and responsibilities exercising independent judgment, initiative, and discretion. Completed assignments are
reviewed for soundness, completeness, and conformity with policies and procedures. Supervision of other USAID
employees is not contemplated.
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 – Master’s degree in a field relevant to management of development assistance and/or education development such as Public Management/Administration, Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, or related social science disciplines. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for Experience.
b. Prior Work Experience – Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in project management related work in the field of education. At least 4 years of this should have been in development assistance or related work with the USG, Philippine government organizations, other donor agencies, or the private sector. Required experience includes research, project design, program planning and implementation, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of complex program/project/activity information. 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; and, be able to translate and act as interpreter.
d. Job Knowledge – Thorough and in-depth knowledge of the Philippine education system (including basic, higher, and technical/vocational), especially the state of the sector, Philippine government priorities and initiatives, current issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities. Thorough knowledge of Philippine government processes, agencies and priorities, and familiarity with the key players in the education space across all sub-sectors. Thorough knowledge of development theory and practices, especially with matters relevant to sector assessments and
research, conceptualization, design, implementation and evaluation of development interventions for improved education outcomes. Working knowledge of best practices in education assistance (both local and international), particularly as regards to development interventions to improve education outcomes; initiatives of the international community to improve education; other donor initiatives in-country; private sector interests in education development; and civil society groups.
e. Skills and Abilities – Must have the ability, tact and diplomacy in order to establish and maintain sustainable working relations with a wide range of contacts in the Philippine government agencies and other external counterparts. Must have the ability to identify significant trends, opportunities or challenges in the Philippines and assess their importance and impact on USAID development objectives, in general, and on the Education Development objective, in particular. Must have the ability to obtain, analyze, and evaluate complex data and to organize and
present these in a meaningful and concise way to others. Must have the ability to plan, organize, manage and evaluate complex projects. Good computer skills are required, in order to manage activity goals and achievements, both technical and financial. Ability to work with diverse teams, and with very strong interpersonal skills.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
1. Education (5%) Additional Notes:
2. Prior Work Experience (5%) - USAID reserves the right to reject any and all applicants.
3. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills (35%) - Only short-listed applicants will be notified.
4. Job Knowledge (20%)
5. Skills and Abilities (35%)
IV. HOW TO APPLY:
1. Interested applicants are required to submit the following: application letter, comprehensive resume and technical writing samples.
2. Applications must be received by 20 July 2018 / 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-2018-05) 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.