Senior Program Development Specialist at U.S. Embassy

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position of:Job Title: Senior Program Development SpecialistSolicitation No.: AID-620-S-00-18-00007-00Location: Abuja, NigeriaPeriod of Performance: Five (5) years renewableBasic Function of the PositionThe Senior Program Development Specialist position is located in the USAID/Nigeria Program OfficeThe incumbent plays a key role in the Program Office on issues related to the implementation of Development Objective (DO) programs, such as design of new activities, budget/pipeline, or identification of best practices to be shared Mission-wide.S/he assists in the preparation and review of outreach and briefing materials on the USAID/Nigeria programThe incumbent advises Mission senior management on host-country political and/or economic developments that may impact the Mission’s strategic plans and program performanceOccasionally s/he will serve as Acting Deputy Program Office Director or Acting Office Director during the absence of the senior principals.Major Duties and ResponsibilitiesProgram Administration and Monitoring / Government Liaison and Coordination:The Specialist oversees the drafting of the bilateral agreement with the Government of Nigeria. This includes preparing originals and amendments and negotiating concurrence, clearance and signing by the Government of Nigeria - in close consultation with the Resident Legal Officer and senior managementS/he is responsible for ensuring that obligation documents meet requirements for consistency and qualityS/he is responsible for coordinating regular meetings atall levels with Government of Nigeria (GON) officials to keep them updated about the USAID assistance program, particularly the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and also prepares or coordinates all reporting to the GON on planned budget by agreement/sector and disbursementsS/he briefs GON officials at all levels on the USAID program. Consequently, s/he maintains close contacts with GON officials.On behalf of the U.S. Embassy Nigeria, s/he coordinates the preparation of the Operational Plan and the annual Performance Plan and Report. This entails ensuring that guidance is distributed to and understood by all U.S. government (USG) staff (which includes USAID staff and other USG agencies/sections that receive foreign assistance in Nigeria), planning and executing preparation, drafting/revising key issues narratives, and working closely with the Mission Environmental Officer to ensure that environmental compliance requirements are metIn collaboration with the office directors and technical team members, the Specialist conceptualizes, prepares, and edits relevant documentation and analyses for semi-annual portfolio reviews in accordance with the Agency policy and the Mission’s Performance Management PlanS/he oversees the tracking of program actions and issues for resolution arising from program portfolio reviews and preparing status reports for Mission managementJointly with the Office of Financial Management and Mission teams, s/he reviews and reports on quarterly budget status. S/he may also mentor and train Mission staff on budget planning, design, and performance management.Program / Project Development and Coordination:The incumbent is a key Mission expert and principal advisor to the Mission on Agency and policies related to the Program Cycle including program/budget planning, monitoring, implementation, and reportingThe Specialist participates with considerable weight and at the highest levels in planning for, as well as implementation of, the USAID/Nigeria Country Development and Cooperation StrategyThe Specialist will develop and maintain contacts with officials and representatives of the World Bank, DFID, African Development Bank, and other key development partners.The Specialist provides coordination and support as directed to strategy development/implementation, analyses of Government of Nigeria priorities, analyzes and prepares documentation that outlines resources needed to achieve results; analyzes USAID/Washington guidance on strategy development and advises technical offices on priorities and parametersS/he helps conceptualize and support the overall preparation and review process (including regular reviews and stock-taking exercises) for strategy development and implementation. This includes providing budget and programming analyses and advising the technical teams and senior management on issues affecting programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and managing for results for USAID development assistance activitiesFor project/program/activity design and development, s/he advises technical teams on USAID and other USG requirementsResponsibilities include providing technical and programmatic input to draft requests for solicitations of proposals or assistanceS/he coordinates Mission response to unsolicited proposals and assistance requests - some of which may be politically sensitive - in collaboration with program managers and in accordance to Agency and Mission OrdersS/he serves as a member of technical evaluation committees to evaluate proposals and applications.Program Office Representative to Technical Teams:The Specialist serves as Program Office representative to technical teams. S/he works with office directors and team members to develop and update program budgets and procurement plans; and tracks activity monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. This includes advising (training and mentoring as needed) team management and team members on formulation of procurement documents, statements of work, government budget estimates, and assisting with identifying and using appropriate program elements and fund accountsS/he advises office directors and team members on USAID and USG requirements for budget and obligation management, pipeline and forward fundingS/he provides guidance in developing Performance Management Plans (PMPs), collecting and assessing data, conducting data quality assessments, and using PMPs as a tool for measuring program performance and effectiveness.Area of ConsiderationNigerians and all individuals eligible to work in Nigeria with a valid Work permit.Physical DemandsThe work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

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