OTI Senior Operations Advisor – Worldwide (GS-14)

US Agency for International Development

The OTI Senior Operations Advisor is an intermittent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level and located Worldwide. Offers for this position are due no later than June 1, 2022 at 1:00pm Eastern Time. For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please read the entire solicitation at www.OTIjobs.net.

INTRODUCTION:

The position of Senior Operations Advisor is intermittent and a senior-level position that requires an experienced professional who can efficiently and effectively function in OTI’s fast-paced and changing work environment. You are an expert in the multitude of functions that comprise program operations and management for USAID’s Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) Bureau with the Office of Transition Initiatives programs in Washington, D.C. and the field. You must be readily available to provide the required services on an intermittent basis, often on short notice with little time for preparation, and from time to time, you will be required to travel to OTI field offices that are located in countries with complex problems, often in difficult and harsh environments, with some offices located in countries with no other USAID presence as well as to the countries with the USAID Mission that will provide the regional services. You must have the ability to identify key interagency leaders in Washington, D.C. to establish and maintain professional working relationships which is critical to the success of OTI’s program implementation. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to grasp and resolve problems quickly are essential. Administrative management functions include management analysis, human resources in relation to U.S. and foreign national Personal Services Contractors, general services (which include real and personal property management, International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICAS), security, contracting, and procurement. A thorough comprehension and proven record of performance in these functions is an absolute necessity for the Senior Operations Advisor to fulfill the requirements of the position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • In the advancement of specific tasks or projects, liaise with the Agency’s General Counsel (GC), Office of Acquisitions and Assistance (OAA), Human Capital Talent Management (HCTM), Administrative Management Services (AMS), and other offices to ensure OTI adheres to policies and procedures and that appropriate waivers are used to enable rapid response for political transition programs overseas;
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to OTI management on policies and procedures including federal and agency regulations pertaining to USAID and DoS operations in embassies including ADS, AIDAR, FAM and FAH;
  • Serve as subject matter expert in conducting research on and interpreting Agency policies and procedures related to USPSC issues, deviation memos, FSL and other USDH appointments and GC requirements. Prepare summary papers outlining policy changes that impact OTI project implementation;
  • Advise on a range of operational issues pertaining to support of OTI’s field-based staff. This includes advisory services on agreements with service providers for OTI field team, administrative support, country program start-ups and close-outs and long term TDYs;
  • Lead and collaborate with OMD teams, and as needed more broadly across FPD and PLI, in developing and writing new process or policy guidance or policy change documents for dissemination within OTI. Develop and provide training on new guidance/policy;
  • Provide strategic workforce planning advice on personnel support services for program-funded USPSC positions including provision of guidance on the establishment of USPSC positions, review of position descriptions and market value analyses, as well as the development of justifications required by OAA and/or GC;
  • Manage projects in support of OTI’s staff in order to advance OTI’s management and operations support objectives, including planning, organizing, directing, designing, and coordinating projects;
  • Serve on USPSC hiring and OTI procurement-related technical evaluation committees (TECs);
  • Collaborate with teams across the Office to develop and provide training for staff worldwide to ensure compliance with OTI policies to include both Washington and field support operations, as well as USAID regulations;
  • Provide technical and operational support and expertise within OMD in a range of roles that may include filling management gaps at a senior level to ensure that OTI programs continue to run smoothly; and,
  • Serve on temporary details within OTI, other USAID bureaus/offices, or other USG agencies under this scope of work for a period not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail must be directly related to the scope of work. Contracting Officer (CO) approval is required for the temporary detail. Any extension past the six months requires CO approval.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

At a minimum, the offeror must have:

(1) A Master’s degree with seven (7) years of work experience;

OR

A Bachelor’s degree with nine (9) years of work experience;

OR

An Associate’s Degree with ten (10) years of work experience;

OR

A High School diploma/equivalent with eleven (11) years of work experience;

AND

(2) Four (4) years of experience working in operations management or administrative management positions including human resources, contracts and procurement, and other related functions;

(3) Demonstrated supervisory experience, including training, guiding and mentoring staff.

Please direct questions about this position or the offer process to the OTI Recruitment Team at [email protected].

How to apply

For full information about this position, as well as instructions on how to apply, please visit www.OTIjobs.net.