Job opportunity

Project Management Specialist – (Family Planning and Reproductive Health)

Usaid

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

MARKET VALUE: GHC 161,200.00 – GHC 249,856.00 equivalent to FSN-11

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Ghana. Final compensation will be negotiated within the market value.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is five (5) years, estimated to start o/a June, 2022. The services provided under this contract are expected to be of continuing nature executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory job performance and need for continued services.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Accra, Ghana with possible travel as stated in the

Statement of Duties – Project Management Specialist – (Family Planning and Reproductive Health)

ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: All interested candidates are eligible to work in Ghana. Cooperating Country National (CCN) is defined as an individual who is a cooperating country citizen, or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Regional Security Office Background Check

STATEMENT OF DUTIES 

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract The USAID Project Management Specialist – Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) ensures the quality of USAID/Ghana’s investments in FP/RH investments managed by the Health, Population, and Nutrition Office (HPNO).

The Specialist provides substantive advice and support in the formulation and administration of the overall USAID development program in Ghana, particularly conception, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of FP/RH programming. Supervised by the Family Health Team Lead, the Specialist develops a multi-year strategy for USAID’s FP/RH investments, working closely with other technical staff (e.g. specialists in malaria, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene etc.) to ensure program alignment with Agency and global priorities, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, the Family Planning 2020 partnership, and the USAID Acting on the Call to Prevent Child and Maternal Deaths strategy.

He or she leads strategy related to adolescent and youth health and represents USAID in substantive and often sensitive negotiations with senior officials at the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service (GHS), the National Population Council, and other bilateral and multilateral partners to align USAID investments with country priorities. The Specialist manages a portfolio of agency investments in FP/RH interventions.

Statement of Duties to be Performed 

Technical Leadership 40% 

  • Provides technical guidance and strategic direction to USAID’s efforts to improve the quality of FP/RH including antenatal and postnatal care; all methods of family planning; FP/RH counseling; adolescent health and pregnancy; contraceptive supply and logistics; health communication; policy and planning; and monitoring and evaluation
  • Works across portfolios to integrate FP/RH programming into nutrition, food security, livelihoods, HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, and other Mission priority areas;
  •  Works across USAID/Ghana technical teams, including Education; Democracy, Rights, and Governance; Education; and Economic Growth, to identify potential areas of synergy, collaboration, and/or integration of activities and strategies, in line with USAID/Ghana’s CDCS.
  •  Coordinates USAID programming with that of relevant government entities, including but not limited to the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, the National Development Planning Commission, National Health Insurance Agency, and National Population Council.
  • Promotes stakeholder coordination with host-country government, civil society, and private sector and ensures that USAID investments remain appropriate and strategic within the country’s development context.
  • Represents and makes presentations on behalf of the Agency at working and high-level meetings; and advises Agency leadership up to the level of the Mission Director and US Ambassador on the implications of political and social developments within FP/RH and related health sectors.
  • Implements an FP/RH learning agenda and fosters a learning environment within the Mission and amongst country stakeholders by developing scopes of work for and overseeing the implementation of program learning exercises (e.g. baseline surveys, implementation research); presenting program analyses and technical advances/innovations (e.g. through brown bags, blog posts); and contributing original data or analyses into country evidence forums.
  • Leads and prepares VIP visits and responds to FP/RH taskers, as requested.

YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE FOLLOWING JOBS:

Program Development 20%

  •  Ensures the technical quality of USAID investments by developing new and continuously improving the quality of existing programs.
  • Participates in and leads the development of new activities, including designing development hypotheses and results in frameworks for new programs, recommending appropriate procurement instruments, and proposing review criteria for and participating in the review of technical proposals.
  • Drafts program descriptions and scopes of work, as well as prepares independent government cost estimates and supplemental analyses (e.g. gender, climate change adaptation, etc.) for new programs, as required by USAID program design policy
  •  Contributes to strategic planning across the Mission by preparing concept papers and other narratives for Mission strategic processes such as portfolio reviews, annual operational plans, and country strategies
  • In collaboration with the Development Outreach and Communications team, develops talking points, program briefs, and other materials to effectively communicate USAID program success, challenges, lessons learned, and priorities. The Specialist collaborates with USAID/Washington to provide country context and experience to global USAID health strategy.

Performance Management 40% 

  • Certified and designated as a Contractor/Agreement Officer’s Representative, the Specialist manages a diverse portfolio that may include $5-10 million a year in contracts and grants to government and non-government entities to implement FP/RH programming.
  • Monitors recipients’ progress in achieving program objectives and verifying that the recipients’ activities conform to the award terms and conditions, including regular meetings and site visits.
  • Monitors and ensures the quality of performance data; arranges for and oversees the conduct of validity checks or verification reviews of data collection systems and information provided by partners, in accordance with USAID policy
  • Monitors the financial status of the award and documents accrued expenditures on a quarterly basis; monitors achievement of recipient cost-sharing requirements; reviews performance and financial reports for adequacy and responsiveness; and establishes and maintains award files, in accordance with USAID policy
  • Guides and mentors grant recipients, as needed, to ensure that programmatic results adequately align with USAID and host-country strategic priorities.
  • Works with the Agreement/Contract Officer to troubleshoot and address implementation challenges and revise implementation plans, as necessary in consideration of changing circumstances.

Issues technical directions or guidance when managing contracts, in accordance with the terms of the contract; reviews the contractor’s request for payments and provides or denies administrative approval. When managing awards to government entities, the Specialist navigates complex and often sensitive situations.

The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy

  • Supervisory Relationship Position is supervised by the Family Health Team Lead.
  • Supervisory Controls Job holder has limited authority over staff and no formal supervisory responsibilities.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION – Project Management Specialist – (Family Planning and Reproductive Health)

Education: 

  • A Master’s Degree or the host country equivalent in the health sciences or development is required.

Prior Work Experience: 

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible, professional experience designing, managing, and evaluating public health programs, with at least five years of this experience with FP/RH programs.

Language Proficiency:

Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency (speaking and writing) is required. (Language proficiency may be tested.)

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.

The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far. The evaluation and selection criteria of the selected candidate will be based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, and level of language required.

The applicants who obtain the highest score based on the criteria defined will be interviewed and may also be required to pass a written test (depending on the TEC Chairperson’s decision). Security clearance and medical clearance are required for the top-ranking candidate, after conducting and receiving the positive reference checks.

The evaluation and selection criteria of the selected candidate will be based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, and level of language required. The applicants who obtain the highest score based on the criteria defined will be interviewed and may also be required to pass a written test (depending on the TEC Chairperson’s decision). Security clearance and medical clearance are required for the top-ranking candidate, after conducting and receiving the positive reference checks.

Prior Work Experience (30 points): 

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible, professional experience designing, managing, and evaluating FP/RH programs.
  • Experience working on health-related donor programs and activities in Ghana is required.

Job Knowledge (30 points): 

  • Professional knowledge in family planning and reproductive health principles, policies, and programmatic practices in Ghana and other low-resource settings.
  • Comprehensive understanding of public health disciplines, particularly social and behavioral sciences and health policy.
  • Familiarity with host-country FP/RH donors, civil society actors, and government entities.
  • Extensive knowledge of host country FP/RH and related policies, strategies, and priorities.
  •  A good understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of Ghana and their impact on FP/RH.

Skills and Abilities (40 points):

  • Interpret multifaceted data sets and public policies to inform programming decisions;
  • Write clear, persuasive, strategic, and grammatically correct narrative for a variety of documents, including memoranda, reports, program documentation, and briefing papers;
  • Effective project management including fiscal management, budgeting, and data use for decision-making; Negotiation and consensus-building;
  • Oral communication, tact, and diplomacy that cultivates effective working relationships with national and international working partners, including the Government of Ghana, other donors, and implementing partners
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Effective use of the Internet to find information and ability to use word processing and spreadsheets applications.
SUBMITTING AN OFFER 
  • Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2 (OFFEROR INFORMATION FOR PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS WITH INDIVIDUALS) which is available on the internet.
  • The offeror must also submit a signed cover letter and a resume.
  • Minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) professional references with telephone and e-mail contacts, who are not family members or relatives. The applicant’s references must be able to provide substantive information about his/her past performance and abilities. At least one reference provided should be a current or former supervisor.
  • A supplemental document with written responses to the Evaluation Factors listed under Section III.
  • Relevant educational certificate (s) and work permit or residency permit.
  • Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I.
  • To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the position title and solicitation number in the subject line of their email.
  • Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents in order to be considered for the position.

LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS PRIOR TO AWARD

The CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an offeror is selected for the contract award:

  • Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
  • Security Clearance
  • Finger Print Card (FD-258)
BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES 

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

BENEFITS: a

  • Health Insurance
  • Annual Salary Increase (if applicable)
  • Annual and Sick leave
  • Annual Bonus
  • Salary Advance (0% interest)
  • Social Security Contributions
  • Local and American Holidays In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

ALLOWANCES (as applicable): 

  • Meal Allowance
  • Miscellaneous Allowance In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

HOW TO APPLY

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

CLOSING DATE/TIME: March 1, 2022, 11:59 pm Accra time.

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