USAID Program Management Specialist (Energy)
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Announcement Number: PAP-2021-010
Hiring Agency: Embassy Port au Prince
Position Title: USAID Program Management Specialist (Energy) (Open to All Interested Applicants / All Sources)
Open Period: 01/29/2021 - 02/11/2021
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT-5
Series/Grade: LE - 4005 12
Salary: Not Specified
Work Schedule: Full-time -
Promotion Potential: LE-12Duty Location(s): 1 in Port-Au-Prince, HA
Telework Eligible: No
For More Info:
Hiring Path: • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: * All interested candidates
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.
For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov
The incumbent serves as an Energy Specialist in the USAID Haiti Mission. This position is located in the Office of Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy (OIEE). With a planned budget of $70 million over the five-year U.S. Government (USG) Haiti Strategy period, the office manages large-scale infrastructure activities, advises Mission senior staff, and provides specialized guidance to other technical teams in the Mission.
Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
The portfolio of this office consists of five sectors: health infrastructure, ports, energy, land management, and water and sanitation.
The USAID Mission in Haiti is currently seeking an organized, motivated, results-oriented individual to assist the OIEE team in the implementation of its portfolio, with a focus on the electricity sector. The Energy Specialist leads USAID technical teams to design, plan and monitor activities in the infrastructure sector that involve electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and commercialization. In addition to overseeing the appropriate design and planning for these activities, the Energy Specialist manages implementation of the technical and project administration aspects of these activities to obtain results.
The Energy Specialist must also be conversant in the financial and legal aspects of public service delivery, system-wide network planning, and public-private partnerships for infrastructure construction and operation.
This position carries complex responsibilities that involve the facilitation of relationships between high-level governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector entities. The incumbent coordinates closely with officials of other U.S. Government agencies and with other non-U.S. development assistance organizations on matters related to infrastructure, engineering, and public service delivery systems. The incumbent helps to ensure that USAID/Haiti’s energy program design and technical and programmatic oversight takes into account Haitian priorities and perspectives. The incumbent travels for work occasionally.
Coordinates and implements OIEE energy-related activities. Develops design documents and other technical and engineering aspects of all project documents for accuracy and technical adequacy. Also assists the different technical teams of the Mission in the design and implementation of the technical analysis and project administration, construction management, and operation and maintenance components of any project. Serves as technical officer and represents USAID to the host-government and contracted technical consultants on matters relating to the planning, design and operationalization of electric power generation, transmission and distribution which may be developed within the USAID/Haiti program. Assists officials in formulating plans for undertaking these projects, and advises on cost-benefit analysis and other factors to be considered. Visits and assesses activities funded by USAID/Haiti and other donors that support infrastructure development to ensure financial and technical sustainability, adequacy of implementation of USAID programs, and complementarity with other donor investments.
Reviews project proposals that contain an energy system elements to ensure that they meet technical and managerial requirements necessary for the successful accomplishment of project objectives, including addressing the long-term maintenance and operations of structures and infrastructure. Prepares briefing papers on energy activities as needed by the Chief of OIEE, the Mission Director as well as any other senior USAID Officials. Represents USAID/Haiti at meetings in the infrastructure and energy sectors with senior GOH officials, donor organizations and implementing partners to assure that USAID’s program and activities are consistent with best practices. Ensures there is coordination and coherence of action in instances where one, or multiple, donors are involved.
Meets regularly with counterpart Ministries as well as other international organizations to ensure the integration of USAID/Haiti’s infrastructure programs with the GOH’s national development framework and programs.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Post Entry Training: Upon hiring, and depending on the schedule of training, USAID will provide the training required to become COR/AOR certified.
Education: A four-year university degree in Energy Systems or Technology, Power Generation and Renewables, Engineering, Energy Management from an accredited university is required.
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible, documented experience in the power sector industry is required. The incumbent must have experience in planning, design, operations, contract administration, and contract management. A minimum of two years of experience managing international donor-financed projects is required
Job Knowledge: Must have an advanced knowledge of energy systems, and a comprehensive knowledge of both local and international energy sector, with a focus on electric utilities. Must have an advanced understanding of the electricity sector including generation plants, transmission and distribution infrastructure and standard protocol through demonstrated experience and education. Knowledge of public-private partnerships for public service delivery and knowledge of environmental management and mitigation is required
Skills: The incumbent must be experienced in managing energy programs in a complex political environment involving multiple stakeholders. The incumbent must have the ability to represent USAID in the technical areas of the energy sector and to interface with senior officials at both the USG and international levels in both written and oral communication. Ability to liaise and coordinate with senior representatives of the USAID, the U.S. Government, the Haitian Government and senior representatives of international donor organizations working in Haiti.
The incumbent must have substantial skill in preparing technical reports, specifications, and related materials in English. Ability to develop and maintain extensive high level contacts in counterpart Ministries and international donor organizations in engineering circles. Incumbent must show analytical ability and political sensitivity in addressing infrastructure program issues, whether with local private sector and particularly with government officials. Incumbent must keep abreast of the latest information on ongoing energy projects and be able to easily communicate such information to others, in written and verbal form.
The incumbent must be proficient in the use of computers, word processors, spreadsheets, and online file management systems such as Google Drive.
Language: Fluency (Level IV) in written and spoken French and English required. In addition, fluency (Level IV) in Spoken Haitian Creole required.Benefits and Other Info
Benefits: Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Port-au-Prince may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office
- USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf
- Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms
- Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
- Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635. See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations
How to Apply
How to Apply:
Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by [e.g., 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)] on the closing date of this announcement.
If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than [e.g., two, three, etc.] business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. An alternative application method will be provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.
Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.
- Bachelor Degree
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Port-au-Prince.
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