Project Management Specialist (Rural Livelihoods), USAID/Afghanistan

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Dexis Consulting Group
Washington, DC
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Full Time
About Us: Dexis is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world.Dexis embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.About the Position: Dexis is seeking a Project Management Specialist (Livelihoods) to provide support to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghanistan Mission. The Office of Agriculture (OAG) promotes a vibrant and prosperous agriculture sector through management of a portfolio that consists of ten projects valued at over $400 million. As a Project Management Specialist, the incumbent is a core member of the OAG team working on a variety of agriculture, agribusiness, and rural development activities to address critical food security and livelihood issues in Afghanistan. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert on technical area(s) that cut across a variety of agriculture, food security, and rural livelihoods issues such as veterinary sciences, marketing, soil conservation, business development, water resource use, plant protection, vocational training, agricultural research and extension, food processing, etc. The incumbent serves as the primary expert and point-of-contact for all activities related to food security and rural livelihoods in the OAG portfolio. The incumbent works closely with OAG leadership to conceptualize, design, monitor, and evaluate existing and new agricultural development activities focused on food security and rural livelihoods. The position is 100% remote. The start date is immediate.Responsibilities: Provide project management and administration services - 40%The incumbent provides technical guidance and leadership on USAID/Afghanistan's agriculture portfolio, including expediting activity implementation matters; identifying and resolving program issues; and monitoring and analyzing issues in the agriculture sector to ensure development activities are carried out in a technically-sound, timely, and cost-effective manner.The incumbent reviews performance reports to ensure that implementing partners are making progress toward achieving the performance expectations outlined in their work plan and in their contract/agreement with the USAID/Afghanistan.The incumbent prepares and reviews draft activity design documents and provides technical input to activity designs, results-based monitoring plans and drafts annual PPR narratives and Key Issue reports.Reviews and comments on implementing partners' work plans (life of project [LOP] and annual), monitoring and evaluation plans (in collaboration with the OAG Program Analyst/Monitoring and Evaluation), branding and marking plans (in collaboration with the Program Office Development Outreach and Communication adviser/specialist), gender analyses (in collaboration with the OAG Program Management Specialist/Gender), environmental mitigation and monitoring plans (in collaboration with the Mission Environmental Officer), and other required core project documents.The incumbent provides technical advice and recommendations to USAID's partners regarding the development and design of planned agricultural activities or implementation of ongoing activities in Afghanistan.The incumbent communicates findings and recommendations for program design based on information collected during field visits and, as appropriate, meetings with IPs and the Government of Afghanistan counterparts.The incumbent may serve as a liaison between managed activities and other USAID/Afghanistan activities, other donor assistance, and government activities and regulatory bodies as appropriate.The incumbent may contribute to the development and implementation of Public Private Partnerships.The incumbent monitors project budget planning and implementation in accordance with USG requirements and works closely with both the Project Management Specialist (PMS) and Project Management Assistant (PMA) for Budget to routinely update project budgeting.The incumbent provides project-related inputs to the Quarterly Financial and Performance Reviews (QFRs) exercises and may be asked to prepare accruals to keep the pipeline within forward funding guidelines.The incumbent performs necessary actions to effectively manage the financial and contracting aspects of project implementation, including Global Acquisition & Assistance System (GLAAS) requisitions, partner vetting requests, and project close-out, as well other required financial documents.The incumbent coordinates meetings and visits with counterparts and other donors, and represents USAID/OAG in meetings, presentations, and other dialogues with the government, other USG agencies, international organizations, and other donors.Subject matter expert on designated Programs - 40%The incumbent provides USAID/Afghanistan's technical leadership on agriculture, rural livelihoods, and food security to OAG, USAID/Afghanistan leadership, public and private sector actors, business organizations, other donors, public international organizations, and other partners and stakeholders.The incumbent provides expert advice on food security and rural livelihoods necessary to support OAG's strategic objectives for the agricultural sector including research and extension services, farm management, the use of improved inputs, seeds and crop varieties, production and productivity, quality standards, post-harvest handling and storage, market linkages/output marketing (domestic and international), financing, and relevant government and trade association strategies etc.The incumbent analyzes institutional and human capacity support systems for food security and rural livelihoods and service delivery in the context of the broader agricultural sector and OAG's and USAID/Afghanistan's broader strategic objectives, including market prices, government policies, new technologies, as well as the activities of public and private sector actors, business organizations, other donors, and public international organizations.The incumbent prepares responses to requests or taskers related to agriculture, food security, and rural livelihoods from USAID Washington, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or State Department, and relevant host government ministries.The incumbent gathers and reports through briefings, reports, and cables on the agriculture and food security situation in Afghanistan for a variety of audiences including USAID/W, US Department of State, and other United States Government (USG) organizations, US Congress, and the general public.The incumbent prepares periodic updates on activities, events or national news related to food security and rural livelihoods, Afghanistan's agricultural institutions, administration, policies, and service delivery.The incumbent provides expert advice at relevant food security and rural livelihoods related events, such as workshops, trade shows, association meetings, investor forums, conferences, etc.The incumbent serves as a main resource for tasks that involve the use of statistics, such as the design and management of quantitative and qualitative studies, surveys, baseline assessments and related field work.Performance Management and Reporting - 20%The incumbent tracks and reports on project progress on a continuing basis, especially the key performance indicators that measure the achievement of the projects' main outputs and outcomes.The incumbent reviews draft progress reports (ie, inception, quarterly, annual, and final), and performs applicable monitoring in compliance with the Mission's multi-tier monitoring system.The incumbent provides inputs to and participates in performance reviews (Mission-wide and project specific). S/he will alert senior office management of challenges being faced by the projects assigned to him/her and will ensure that all identified issues are discussed and eventually resolved.The incumbent contributes to the reporting for the Mission Performance Management Plan; Annual Reports; Congressional Notifications; and other strategic planning and reporting documentation.Prepares internal USAID program implementation documentation for smooth program implementation, including Action Memos and technical directives.The incumbent drafts routine documentation and obtains clearance and approval in a timely manner.The incumbent participates in team meetings and other team activities and joins coordination events with various partner organizations and other activities as determined appropriate.Qualifications:*Minimum Requirements: *Ability to obtain facility accessBachelor's degree in a relevant field (agriculture, business administration, economics, management, international development, or related development and social science fields) and six (6) years of professional work experience OR Master's degree in a relevant field plus four (4) years of professional work experience OR High School Diploma plus ten (10) years of relevant professional work experience.Prior Work Experience: Progressively responsible experience in project management, agriculture development, rural development, or survey planning and administration is required.Have experience in project administration and management procedures.Be proficient in the use of Windows, Google, Internet search engines, and e- mail applications.Post Entry Training: On-the-job training in appropriate USAID policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation will be required.Language Proficiency Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading of English and Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading of Dari and/or Pashto is required.Job Knowledge: Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology and techniques. Knowledge and understanding of Afghan government agricultural institutions, political economy, and practices. Knowledge of public institutional structures and administration, economic and cultural characteristics, and the problems, resources, and development prospects/priorities in Afghan agriculture.Skills and Abilities: Strong analytical skills, including the ability to identify, locate, analyze, and evaluate relevant quantitative and qualitative data and to carry out technical analyses. The ability to organize and present project information in written and oral form is required. Under limited supervision, s/he must be able to plan, manage and evaluate the project(s) to which s/he is assigned, including analyzing and incorporating cross cutting outcomes such as gender and climate smart agriculture into project implementation. The candidate must conduct site visits to support project monitoring. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and with cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise with a range of professional counterparts at all levels, including those from host country ministries, representatives of the USG, technical staff, other US government agencies, implementing partners, international organizations, and other donors. In addition to excellent MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), the incumbent must have the ability to use statistical software and/or information technology to improve data compilation, analysis, and reporting. The incumbent must be able to work in a team-oriented, gender- integrated environment and under pressure.*Additional Details: *Supervision Received: The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the OAG Office Director and/or the relevant Team Leader.Supervision Exercised: This position has no supervision responsibilities.Available Guidelines: In addition to oral and written instructions from the OAG Office Director and/or the relevant Team Leader, guidelines consist of the project design guidance, the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS), Mission Orders, relevant Handbook Chapters, and budget and reporting guidelines.Exercise of Judgment: The incumbent makes independent decisions on management of assigned projects, applies problem solving techniques to assure timely implementation and evaluation, and has wide latitude to negotiate with counterparts on various portfolio issues.Authority to Make Commitments: Consistent with USAID regulations and guidelines, the incumbent makes commitments within the scope of authority delegated by his/her supervisor. Incumbent is not authorized to commit the USG to the expenditure of funds.Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Daily contact with mid-to-high level government officials, primarily in the Ministry Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock and with implementing partners to monitor progress and achievements of programs and on government institutional and human capacity development, policy and procedures, market trends, contract implementation. There will be regular contact with national and international development organizations to coordinate programming.Dexis is on a mission to help solve today's most pressing global political, social, and economic challenges and create a world where all people are safe and prosperous. As a Dexis employee, you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored. Our motto is "find a way or make a way" - that's how Dexis goes "all in." How will you?If you are passionate about this opportunity, apply now!Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.Dexis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, military service, veteran status, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, childbirth and related medical conditions, including lactation, or any other protected class under applicable law.If you are hired for a position that is paid from the Dexis home office, we will require you to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, unless you qualify for a reasonable accommodation due to a valid religious or medical reason preventing you from being vaccinated.Job Type: Full-time

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