Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
STATEMENT OF DUTIES/POSITION DESCRIPTION
USAID/KEA is a large, full-service Mission. Sectors targeted are health, governance, agriculture, private sector development, environmental conservation, and education. The HPN Office programs are expansive, providing quality health care to millions of Kenyans nationwide through a mix of integrated services designed to strengthen local capacity. It offers life-saving treatment to over one million HIV/AIDS patients on antiretroviral drug therapy. The FY 2020 health budget is over $400 million; the estimated five-year budget is over $2 billion. Kenya is one of the largest recipients of resources through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), funding levels for HIV/AIDS allocated to the USAID for FY 2020 are approximately $300 million.
HPN includes a cross-cutting HPN Partnerships and Operations team to manage the communications, budgeting, financial management, planning, and reporting needs of the office. The Partnerships and Operations team is tasked with: internal and external communications and outreach, aligned with the Mission Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) team; compiling quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reporting, including USAID’s Operational Plan (OP), Performance Plan and Report (PPR), Quarterly Financial Reviews, and Portfolio Reviews, the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP), and the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) Malaria Operational Plan (MOP), among others; supporting development and design of new Project Appraisal Documents (PADs) and activity designs; and implementing a broad range of activities in support of the Journey to Self-Reliance, developing strategies on improvement of staff performance management, skills and competency development for staff and other important initiatives - all to maximize our development impact with the least amount of US taxpayer dollars.
All of the functions of the HPN Partnerships and Operations team advance Agency priorities by building the capacity of USAID staff, our implementing partners and host governments through more effective management approaches; improving our stewardship of US taxpayer dollars through routine and comprehensive budget analyses; delivering effective messaging to our partners and constituents; and helping lead HPN’s contribution to USAID/KEA’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS).
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will be based in the HPN Office, supporting the HPN leadership and the entire staff, expected to reach 122 individuals under the new organogram, and will report directly to the HPN Deputy Office Director-Analytics, Policy, Partnerships, and Systems (APPS). The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will manage two teams, the eight-person Partnerships Team, as well as the five-person Operations Team, and two support staff (a PMA and an Administrative Assistant).S/he will advise the HPN Office and Mission regarding issues affecting partnerships and operations programming, planning, development, budgeting, and implementation, providing formal and informal training to staff in skills and competencies relevant to their areas of expertise and position responsibility.
S/he will lead all health (PEPFAR, PMI, FH, other) financial and programmatic reporting to the HPN Office Director and other relevant stakeholders (Deputy Directors, Team and Sub-Team Leaders, PEPFAR Coordinator, and the Strategic Planning and Analysis, or SPA Office) and to Washington. The incumbent ensures that the entire HPN Office is following detailed programmatic and technical guidance from Washington. The incumbent works with the HPN Team, the SPA Office, and Controller’s Office to further develop practical financial tracking systems, and works with OFM and the SPA Office to provide formal and informal training to staff in these areas. The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will assure accurate, well-documented reporting on achieving the PEPFAR, PMI, Global Health Security Agenda, TB, Family Health, and the Mission’s overall program; assures that such reporting represents and justifies the Government of Kenya’s and the Mission’s future program plans to USAID/Washington and Congress;, and assures that such reporting contributes to effective management of the health program.
The Partnerships role will include engaging and maintaining contacts with the myriad of stakeholders the HPN Office engages with throughout the portfolio. This includes national and county governments, private and public sector entities, civil society organizations including NGOs and CBOs, regional organizations, multilateral and bilateral donors and organizations, among others. Currently, USAID is expanding its connections with Government of Kenya entities at all levels, with a particular focus on Counties and Regions. The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will play a key role in the
development of MOUs with Regions and Counties, a key step in formalizing and strengthening these important relationships.
Planning and Reporting: 30%
Budgeting and Procurement: 25%
Outreach and Communications: 20%
General Management and Partnerships: 25%
Knowledge level required: The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager requires mastery of program principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques related to international development, which includes a combination of the following broad areas: effective leadership of teams, strategy design, activity management, communications, budgeting/financial management, human resource development, and procurement, preferably related to HIV/AIDS, child survival, reproductive health/family planning, tuberculosis, health systems and/or policy, food security, water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH), or nutrition. The Contractor will need to possess substantive knowledge on USG foreign assistance programming, and a thorough knowledge of USG policies, priorities and strategies, as well as in-depth knowledge in partnership development and maintenance, outreach and communications, budgeting, procurement, and activity management including planning. In-depth knowledge and demonstrated senior-level strategic planning and management experience in leading health teams, and in overseeing office operations, is required. A comprehensive understanding of the principles and the theories of health programming, their application and adaptation, and the ability to influence policies and decisions through negotiations and recommendations is also essential. The incumbent must have an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting USG health programs and health program management as well as recognized dynamics which govern internal decision-making structures/processes.
Decision making: The Contractor is required to possess a high degree of competence, maturity, and leadership and management skills, as well as knowledge of health development issues and experience in international health programming. The Contractor will also need knowledge of health issues prevalent in developing countries and effective strategies in dealing with such issues, excellent management skills to strategize, develop and implement effective program activities involving programmatic and financial planning and reporting, budgeting and procurement, excellent administrative and organization skills to oversee the performance of teams and team members, and excellent verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy to establish and maintain working relationships with internal and external clients and counterparts. The work requires a mastery of program principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques related to development in broad areas of crosscutting and interdisciplinary specialized program/project management. This depth and breadth of knowledge is sufficient to resolve especially difficult and critical questions, problems, and issues which may not be susceptible to treatment in traditional ways and to take actions which significantly affect overall program application. The position requires the use of resourcefulness and perception, based on thoroughly experienced judgment, to deviate from or extend traditional practices, methods, and techniques, to adapt general guides, or to resolve situations where precedents are not applicable. The contractor has responsibility for independently planning, designing, and carrying out his/her work. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. If the work should be reviewed, the review concerns such matters as fulfillment of program objectives, effect of advice and influence on the overall program, or the contribution to the advancement of the program.
The HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will provide leadership on critical USAID program cycle functions, including but not limited to the key areas of budgeting, planning (COP, MOP, OP), outreach and communications, partnerships, and activity management. The significant difficulties and major responsibilities involved in these critical areas mean that the contractor must regularly make technical and programmatic decisions under general administrative direction to ensure that HPN partnerships and operations effectively provide the myriad types of support required to meet the ambitious goals of the Mission’s health program. These and other features of the assignment combine to present the HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager with the most complex problems, issues, and questions of program approach, methodology, and application which frequently require the development of new operational policies, practices, methods, and techniques. All of the functions of the HPN Partnerships and Operations team advance Agency priorities by building the capacity of USAID staff, implementing partners and host governments through more effective management approaches; improving the stewardship of US taxpayer dollars through routine and comprehensive budget analyses; delivering effective messaging to our partners and constituents; and helping lead HPN’s contribution to USAID/KEA’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS). These are some of the considerations that the HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager has to reflect on in the decision- making process and execution of his/her duties. At this level, the HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager will perform unusually difficult and responsible assignments which affect sizable portfolios and require advanced occupational expertise and judgment to support
Guidelines: Guidelines consist of administrative policies and precedents, and may be published or unpublished. USAID regulations (including the Automated Directives System, FAR, AIDAR), others including but not limited to the USAID/KEA Country Development Cooperation Strategy, PEPFAR PMI, and GH guidelines, as well as the HPN Office results framework, Bureau directives, and technical/program references are applicable, all or in part, but are stated in general terms and require adaptation and/or interpretation for application to the health issues and problems encountered in KEA. For example, operating guidance provides a broad overview of program goals and strategies as well as priorities, but does not detail how the identified program/project activities will be accomplished. The Contractor uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from, refining, or extending traditional methods and practices, or in developing and recommending new or substantially modified methods, criteria, or policies.
A great deal of independent judgment is required to analyze, interpret, and adapt prior experience, particularly as guidelines are updated and new activities developed. Within a range determined by the contractor and superiors, the contractor exercises independent judgment in planning and follow-up of actions and assignments. HPN Partnerships and Operations Manager uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from, refining, or extending traditional methods and practices, or in developing and recommending new or substantially modified methods, criteria, or policies.
Complexity: The purpose of the work is to plan and carry out a variety of important program-related activities and to ensure the effective and efficient development, implementation, and reporting of the HPN program and project management efforts across the seven technical teams within HPN. The work involves establishing criteria (e.g. developing guidance or procedures for major activities), assessing program effectiveness, investigating or analyzing a variety of unusual conditions or questions, and providing advisory or oversight services to HPN Office and Mission regarding issues affecting partnerships and operations programming, planning, development, budgeting, and implementation, and providing formal and informal training to staff in skills and competencies relevant to their areas of expertise and position responsibility. Assignments typically involve problems that are particularly difficult, or that are systemic in nature.
Scope and Effect: The Contractor will be responsible for overall management of the cross-cutting HPN Partnerships and Operations Team responsible for communications, budgeting, financial management, planning, and reporting needs of the HPN Office. All of the functions of the HPN Partnerships and Operations Team advance Agency priorities by building the capacity of USAID staff, our implementing partners, and host governments through more effective management approaches; improving our stewardship of US taxpayer dollars through routine and comprehensive budget analyses; delivering effective messaging to our partners and constituents; and helping lead HPN’s contribution to USAID/KEA’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy and Regional Development Cooperation Strategy. Work results are critical to the successful completion of the largest, most diverse, and most complex Mission projects or programs. The work product or service affects the work of other experts, the development and implementation of major aspects of the program, and the well-being of substantial numbers of people on a long-term basis.
Level and Purpose of Contacts: The Contractor must maintain professional and effective working and senior-level contacts with internal and external stakeholders including USAID and other USG officials (USAID DOC, Embassy Public Affairs, Embassy Political/Economics Officers, the Foreign Commercial Service, the PEPFAR Coordination Office, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, etc.), senior implementing partner representatives, and other key staff, as well as Government of Kenya officials at multiple levels. The incumbent consults with other professional or technical personnel, and user organizations in the entities listed above, to coordinate action positions or representation at events, to develop or move specific agendas and actions, including defending positions as needed, and to reconcile
conflicts when these occur. All this occurs in the context of the incumbent’s routine work. Technical problems are generally resolved without reference to supervisors.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in an office setting. If the employee travels, the work may additionally involve safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.
Travel Requirement: The employee must be available and able to travel within Kenya, and regionally. Travel may represent up to 25% of total work time.
Support Items: The employee will be provided with the support services, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform the work. This will include shared office equipment (such as printer, scanner and shredder), and a workstation that includes a desk, computer, file cabinets, and network access, with the possibility for mobile computing devices based on need and Mission management approval.
Sunday Pay: Is not authorized.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The incumbent must meet the following requirements in education and professional experience:
Education: A Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline such as International Development/Affairs, Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related discipline is required.
Professional Experience: The candidate is required to have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible international development experience, which includes a combination the following: effective leadership of teams, strategy design, activity management, communications, budgeting/financial management, human resource development, and procurement, preferably related to HIV/AIDS, child survival, reproductive health/family planning, tuberculosis, health systems and/or policy, food security, water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH), or nutrition. The candidate must also have significant experience in program development and implementation; a broad and in-depth experience in implementing technical programs and strategies; experience in consultations and facilitation of various teams with diverse backgrounds and development perspectives; applying broad USG (or similar development organizations) principles, policies and strategies; effective coordination of the interagency, partner country, and/or other donors; and collaborating with USG leadership at working and senior levels. Experience in Kenya and/or East Africa is preferred.
Skills and Abilities: Leadership skills that demonstrate a focus on professional growth, inclusiveness, and collaboration across a diverse workforce to promote unity and teamwork are essential. Demonstrable high-level management and coordination skills to lead fast-paced, results-driven, multiple technical teams are required, as is the ability to work under pressure to meet project or event deadlines. The incumbent must have proven skills in capacity building and mentoring local staff in a developing country context, including excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and team building skills. The Contractor must have a clear understanding and demonstrated skills in developing, implementing, and reporting on international assistance activities, a demonstrated capability for complex analysis, and the ability to obtain, analyze, and evaluate complex data on a variety of programs. The incumbent must also possess skill in conceptualizing programs, policies, and plans, and developing strategies for their management and implementation. The candidate must be able to integrate short and long range objectives of the USAID/KEA HPN office and the Global Health Bureau with cultural/organizational needs. The ability to exercise considerable ingenuity, as well as tact and diplomacy skills, are required to establish and develop
sustainable working relationships at the highest level and different settings within the GoK and private sector as well as within USAID’s internal environment. The ability to navigate and manage politically sensitive issues, and a demonstrated ability to lead meetings and presentations with internal and external stakeholders, are also needed.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov
Applicants who clearly meet the skills and qualifications requirements will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factor responses submitted with the applicant’s application. Applicants are required to address each of the following Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor. The evaluation factors will be used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to specifically address the Evaluation Factors may result in your not receiving credit for all your pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.
Applicants should cite specific, illustrative examples for each Evaluation Factor. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.
The most qualified candidates may be interviewed, required to perform a writing/editing exercise, and demonstrate an ability to operate commonly used office application software. USAID will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. In addition, applications (written materials and interviews) will be evaluated based on content as well as on the applicant's writing, presentation, and communication skills.