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Transition Advisor - USAID/OTI SWIFT 5 IDIQ

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a dynamic, fast-moving company that implements prime projects for USAID and the State Department. We specialize in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. Kaizen works in conflict/ post-conflict environments and has strong CVE and stability elements. We are committed to top quality implementation, and, as a result, we were selected as USAID's Small Business of the Year in June of 2017.

The Kaizen Company is responding to the release of a Request for Proposals from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) with the means to support U.S. foreign policy objectives by catalyzing local initiatives to advance stability, peace and democracy in response to complex political crises. The objective of this Support Which Implements Fast Transition (SWIFT) 5 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) is to a) establish, staff, manage, operate, and support a flexible, quick response mechanism capable of administering and implementing targeted activities under OTI Country or Regional Programs; and, b) provide support to program-funded USAID personnel.

Kaizen is seeking illustrative Transition Advisor(s) with significant experience working in OTI environments. In close consultation with the OTI Country Representative and OTI TOCOR, the Transition Advisor supports the management and monitoring of OTI country and regional programs. Depending on the complexity of the program, and level of the Transition Advisor, responsibilities may include: advising in the development, implementation, review and monitoring and evaluation of program TAP activities; assisting OTI with reporting on the activities of SWIFT-Programs Contractors (and/or other implementing partners) in the implementation of OTI-financed activities designed to achieve OTI strategic objectives; maintaining relationships with key partners and promoting program linkages between OTI activities and host country government stakeholders or others; preparing information materials for use by OTI; and providing reporting on contextual and political analysis or other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives.

The candidates selected for this illustrative position will be included on an elite roster of individuals. Please note that this is not a guarantee of hire, however those included will be among the first of whom we would reach out to for assignments under this contract.

Qualifications:  

  • [Mid] A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience.
  • [Junior] A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of recent and relevant project management experience, which may include political analysis, community development, economic development, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, reconciliation and transitional justice, or other transition-related programming.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country, of which six (6) months must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political instability.
  • A minimum of six (6) months of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff).
  • Experience working in countries undergoing transition and/or security challenged environments highly desired, but not required.
  • Fluency or demonstrated working proficiency in at least one other foreign language highly desired, but not required.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice to OTI and implementing partner(s) on the identification and development of projects that meet OTI funding criteria, further OTI programmatic objectives, and complement other projects and programs implemented by OTI, as well as other USG agencies and donor organizations.
  • Evaluate activity proposals and work with diverse groups—many of which have not previously received international funding.
  • Assist the OTI Country Representative and OTI staff in reporting on the activities of the OTI Implementing partner(s) in the implementation of OTI-financed activities designed to achieve OTI strategic objectives.
  • Communicate regularly and share program information with other USG project managers, bilateral donors, UN Organizations, International Organizations, and indigenous and international NGOs to ensure visibility and synergy of OTI activities.
  • Depending on the individual qualifications and capabilities of the TA, and in close coordination with OTI staff, s/he may be tasked with maintaining relationships with key partners and promoting program linkages between OTI activities and host country government stakeholders.
  • Draft, maintain, and update program strategy documents and other analytical products as needed to ensure that the program is calibrated to the current context and is engaging with key actors.
  • Prepare information materials for use by the OTI CR, OTI staff, and field team in connection with their discussions with other USAID and USG entities, other foreign donors, international organizations, and local government and private sector actors.
  • Assist in developing an exit strategy in coordination with the OTI Country Representative and OTI staff that ensures reasonable time to transition from OTI programs to follow-on USAID or other donor programs.
  • Coordinate with the OTI CR, DCR, and OTI Washington to develop mapping, data analysis, and social network analysis products.
  • When required, report regularly to the OTI Country Representative, Deputy Country Representative or other OTI staff on the status of: 1) activity development and implementation; 2) program performance; 3) communication and coordination issues with other donors and other USG entities; 4) security concerns; 5) relations with local partners, including local governance bodies; and 6) other pertinent information required to achieve OTI’s program objectives.
  • Assist the OTI CR and DCR and OTI staff in monitoring the performance of the OTI implementing partner(s) in the implementation of OTI-financed activities designed to achieve OTI strategic objectives.
  • Maintain a compilation of reference materials for use by the OTI CR, DCR, OTI staff, and field team.
  • Support the CR and DCR and OTI staff to ensure the use of OTI systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Support and ensure the effective implementation of Rolling Assessments, cluster evaluations, other program performance management activities as needed.
  • When required, assume higher responsibilities such as attending key meetings with a range of actors.
  • Mentor/train other field staff as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the TOCOR in consultation with the OTI CR or his/her designee.

The Ideal Candidate(s) will:

  • Be willing to have close, daily collaboration with OTI’s in-country staff
  • Have excellent political analysis, program and project management skills, reporting skills, and in-depth knowledge of international relations.
  • Be able to serve as an effective liaison with a wide array of individuals and institutions.
  • Have aptitude to operate with high levels of autonomy, responsibility and authority in a highly stressful situation while exercising sound judgement in politically charged and challenging security environments
  • Have demonstrated ability to maintain staff morale in a difficult work environment
  • Have excellent inter-personal, presentation, negotiations, and team building skills
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