USPSC Program Officer at The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position below in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA):Job Title: USPSC Program OfficerIntroductionOFDA is responsible for coordinating the USG’s humanitarian response to the complex emergency in Nigeria, establishing programs to meet clearly defined humanitarian needs, and for overseeing OFDA’s current and future humanitarian assistance programming. OFDA maintains a regional office in Nigeria headed by the Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA), who oversees staff, programs, and operations for OFDA in-country.The Program Officer (PO) in Abuja, Nigeria will monitor OFDA-funded programs, liaise with international organizations (IOs) and with the NGO community, provide assessments when appropriate, and make program recommendations. The team in Nigeria is working to allocate USG humanitarian assistance funding to support humanitarian programs. USAID anticipates significant additional humanitarian programming for Fiscal Year 2017. The PO will work with implementing partners to ensure that programming meets strategic objectives and to shepherd programs through the approval process. This position reports directly to the OFDA SHA in Abuja, Nigeria.ObjectivesOFDA requires the services of a PO for Nigeria to coordinate disaster response activities and carry out its lead role in facilitating and coordinating USG emergency assistance overseas.The Program Officer (PO) in Abuja, Nigeria will monitor OFDA-funded programs, liaise with international organizations (IOs) and with the NGO community, provide assessments when appropriate, and make program recommendations.The PO will work with implementing partners to ensure that programming meets strategic objectives and to shepherd programs through the approval process.This position reports directly to the OFDA SHA in Abuja, Nigeria.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe PO will provide full time in-country coordination and management of OFDA programming for humanitarian emergency and disaster risk reduction activities throughout Nigeria.The PO may assist in humanitarian assistance activities elsewhere in the region as needed. Working under the guidance and supervision of the SHA, the PO will support OFDA’s program office in Nigeria with the coordination and management of humanitarian and disaster risk reduction activities.The PO will work in close collaboration with a program team that may include Senior Regional Advisors (SRA), SHAs, Senior Program Officers (SPO), Program Officers (PO), Field Monitors, Team Leaders, Deputy Team Leaders, Disaster Operations Advisors and Specialists, and /or Program Assistants.The PO must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.Contextual Specialty:Develop and maintain specialized understanding of humanitarian developments within Nigeria to include political, social, and operational issues impacting humanitarian efforts.Develop and maintain knowledge of USAID and USG humanitarian priorities and strategies within Nigeria and USAID/OFDA’s contributions and comparative advantages of those efforts.Provide regular reporting, through official cables and other means, on issues related to the humanitarian situation in Nigeria. Provide overviews of patterns and trends in the humanitarian situation and keep the Regional Advisor (RA), SPO, and other program staff current on response issues. Provide regular reports on site visits, meetings, general atmospherics and other issues that impact humanitarian relief efforts.Prepare briefing papers, notes and presentations on OFDA programming for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.Portfolio Management:Develop and maintain a detailed working knowledge of OFDA’s humanitarian portfolio in Nigeria.Work with OFDA’s program staff based in Washington, D.C., the regional office in Dakar, Senegal, and in Nigeria in the development of OFDA’s programming for response and disaster risk reduction activities in Nigeria, ensure complementarity between the two strategies, and oversee implementation of each.Support team efforts to continually assess emergency response and disaster risk reduction needs in Nigeria in order to ensure that OFDA’s programs are appropriately responsive.In close coordination with the RA, SPO, and Disaster Operations Specialist (DOS), work with NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies that are developing proposals for OFDA (including grant amendments and extensions). Ensure that draft proposals are in compliance with "OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting." Review concept papers and proposals, and provide recommendations/comments to OFDA for final funding determination.Assist headquarters based Agreement Officer’s Representatives in managing humanitarian awards by providing field-based insights, knowledge, and perspectives.Travel as permitted to support team efforts to assess, evaluate and monitor humanitarian conditions in Nigeria, and make strategic recommendations for appropriate interventions.The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.Representation:Support the SHA in maintaining relations with the humanitarian community in Nigeria in representing USAID and OFDA on humanitarian issues. This will include but is not limited to UN agencies, IOs, NGOs, USG personnel, donors, host government authorities, and others.Participate in and report on joint donor humanitarian evaluations and UN-led assessments, and participate actively in the international community response structures.With guidance from the RA or SPO, coordinate with the donor community on policy issues affecting humanitarian operations, and develop integrated, non-duplicative programs.Maintain regular contact with OFDA grantees, as well as other UN agencies, IOs, and NGOs. As requested by the RA, meet regularly with donors, host government officials, USG agencies, and others on humanitarian issues in order to explain, advocate for, and advance OFDA’s priorities and to help coordinate USG and international humanitarian activities.Leadership:Serve as peer mentor to team members on grants management and portfolio management, to include OFDA’s business process, portfolio-specific budget and workload management, and post-award monitoring and management.Participate, as assigned, in office-wide discussions on initiatives that impact program implementation to provide field-based perspectives.General Duties:Serve in program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices within and outside the region, which may deploy on short notice for up to 90 days.Serve in program positions on Washington-based RMTs for up to 45 days.Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides servicesand support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.Supervisory Relationship:The Program Officer will take direction from and report to the OFDA SHA based in Abuja, Nigeria or his/her designee.Supervisory Controls:The PO will report to the Senior Humanitarian Advisor in Abuja, Nigeria and maintain close coordination with the program team in Washington, DC. Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available; the USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.Physical Demands:The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).Work Environment:Work is primarily performed in an office setting. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions. 

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