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THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:

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Legislative Assistant
Chief of Party/Evaluation & Monitoring Expert (West Africa)
Facility Security Officer
Program Specialist -- Afghanistan Desk
Senior Economic Governance Specialist
Project Support Staff (Morocco)
ADALAT Chief of Party (Afghanistan)
ADALAT Deputy Chief of Party (Afghanistan)
ADALAT Senior Rule of Law/Subject Matter Expert (Afghanistan)
Proposal and Technical Writers

Legislative Assistant (Washington, DC)

AMEX International, Inc., a Washington, DC-based international development company, holds a contract to support the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). AMEX has an opening for a Legislative Assistant in USAID's Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) on this contract. This is a full-time position located in downtown Washington, DC. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 


1. Serve as a Legislative Assistant to support the coordination of functions for effective communications with the U.S. Congress, including USAID major initiatives, tracking and reporting legislative actions, and for internal and external audiences regarding legislative priorities. 

2. Provide strategic analytical support to LPA, and other parts of USAID as appropriate for strategic communication planning, development, coordination, implementation, and assessment of internal and external strategic communications plans for legislative needs; develop strategic congressional engagement plans as needed.

3. Facilitate meetings between Agency staff and Congressional members and staff, including the Agency's oversight committees and others; coordinate schedules and security clearance transfers as needed, ensuring that staff are prepared to brief others on the issues of concern; assists in providing written or other materials as needed, and takes notes on Congressional briefings;

4. Edit and advise regarding the substance and presentation of Agency funding and programmatic notifications and briefings for Congress, and design, develop, and recommend congressional outreach efforts to promote the Agency's mission, as appropriate; Report on congressional hearings, briefings, legislation mark-ups, and floor action, as necessary.

5. Assist in appropriately addressing requests from Members of Congress and their staff immediately and follow through to ensure accurate and responsive information is relayed to the Congress; ensure that responses to Congressional inquiries--including Questions for the Record, fact sheets, and prepared talking points for briefings--are organized in a system easily retrievable for staff;

6. Work closely with the counterpart LPA press and public affairs officers and bureau communicators to ensure consistency of message and unity of purpose with regard to outreach to the Congress and external groups.

7. Back-up lead Congressional Correspondence Analyst in preparation and editing of congressional correspondence, transcripts, reports, and questions for the record; back-up Legislative Program Specialist in tracking Congressional Notifications and Legislative Referral Memorandums. 

8. Develop weekly updates on work accomplished and upcoming tasks for various reporting mechanisms as to outreach and office activities, as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• U.S. Citizen and able to obtain and maintain valid Secret level security clearance
• BA/BS degree
• Knowledge of Congress and experience working with or for a Congressional member or Committee (Committee experience preferred)
• Detailed Knowledge of USAID programs, processes and procedures. (Prior experience working for USAID preferred.)
• Knowledge of Afghanistan and Pakistan programs
• Prior experience drafting and executing legislative strategies to advance foreign policy and/or foreign assistance-related objectives.
• Detailed knowledge of the federal budget and appropriations process and other relevant foreign assistance-related legislation. 
• Ability to work well under pressure and with tight deadlines, and to multi-task in a challenging environment
• Superior oral and written skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in teams
• Ability to work independently
• Knowledge of MS Office Suite programs (including but not limited to Excel, Word and Power Point)

To apply, email your most complete and current resume; cover letter indicating your earliest possible start date; and a completed and signed 1420 form form by March 6, 2015 to resumes@amexdc.com, using the subject line Legislative Specialist. More information about AMEX can be found on amexdc.com and a copy of the 1420 form is linked to the Job Openings page, Recruitment section. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Chief of Party/Evaluation & Monitoring Expert (West Africa)

AMEX International is looking for a qualified, M&E expert to act as COP for upcoming work in West Africa. The ideal candidate will have:

  • An advanced degree in a relevant subject such as International Development or Development Management, with an emphasis in M&E.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in project management in developing countries, particularly post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Breadth and depth of experience providing M&E services to projects of all types, with a preferred emphasis in health, education, and ROL.
  • An excellent record of management, leadership, and communication between various stakeholders including team members, employers, governmental and non-governmental actors and institutions, and other local stakeholders.
  • The ability to assemble and manage a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary team rapidly.
  • Skilled at writing reports and documents (English), proficiency in spoken and written French a plus

To qualify, please submit your resume, 1420 form and cover letter to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line M&E COP. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If interested, candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be contacted as more information becomes available. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Facility Security Officer

AMEX seeks a Facility Security Officer (FSO) for its Washington, DC office. This FSO will manage and direct security for Department of Defense classified contracts. Position responsibilities include implementation, management and direction of security for corporation/facility. FSO duties include the following:

  • Security management and oversight of classified contracts in accordance with National Industrial Security Program and other applicable government directives.
  • Creates, executes and monitors company security policies and procedures to safeguard national security information/equipment and company/customer intellectual property.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of procedures relating to building/office access control, personnel security and incoming and outgoing visitor control and badging.
  • Maintains personnel security clearance records for employees and consultants using Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS).
  • Principal point of contact to Defense Security Services (DSS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation for personnel and facility security matters.
  • Advises senior management of Federal security regulations and procedures.
  • Processes employee security access requests with various government agencies.
  • Assists personnel in initiating background investigation paperwork (including fingerprinting) using Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) software via JPAS.
  • Conducts Security Education, Training and Awareness Program: indoctrinations, debriefings, annual refresher training, and foreign travel, espionage, cyber security and special assess briefings. Issues courier authorizations.
  • Information systems security certification and accreditation oversight.
  • Works with Contracts and Operations to ensure compliance with contract/subcontract security requirements. Creates DD 254’s when needed. Issues classification guidance to subcontractors.
  • Participates in proposal process, as needed, to evaluate security requirements and our ability to meet them.
  • Prepare and implement operations security (OPSEC) plans.
  • Maintains paperwork for facility clearance and DSS annual assessment, including regular self-inspections.  Responds to government surveys.
  • Maintains security documentation and files in accordance with DSS requirements.
  • Conducts investigations, prepares reports and implements corrective actions.
  • Must maintain at least a Secret Level Security Clearance
  • Must complete FSO Training within 3 months of employment

To apply, send your most current and complete CV or resume, a 1420 form, and a skills summary form to resumes@amexdc.com using FSO in the subject line. Please apply by February 27 or sooner. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Program Specialist (Afghanistan Desk)

Job Summary:
The incumbent will serve as the Administrative Assistant for the Afghanistan Desk and will perform a full range of administrative functions.  The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for ensuring that any administrative issues related to the Afghanistan Desk are followed-up and resolved in a timely manner.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Administrative Assistant, Afghanistan Desk, shall not provide advisory and assistance services of policy, decision-making, or of any managerial nature.  Within this limitation, he/she:

  • Assists in the preparation and editing of Congressionally-mandated reports, staffing and funding memos, briefing papers, and budget Excel sheets for ongoing programs of OAPA.
  • Arranges and organizes meetings between the Interagency and staff from OAPA.
  • Reserves meeting spaces and pre-clears outside meeting participants with the Office of Security.
  • Serves as the Logistics Coordinator for all travel arrangements:
    • Prepares Travel Authorizations (TAs) and travel vouchers and, coordinating with the travel office and reservation desk, ensures that TAs are promptly processed through the clearance process.
    • Obtains country clearances from all relevant U.S. Embassies or consulates for U.S. Direct Hire and U.S. Personal Services Contractor personnel travel in country and overseas; liaises with Department of State on all issues relating to Embassy clearances.
    • Assists, as needed, in obtaining required entry visas to Afghanistan.
    • Works with the travel agency to request flights to Afghanistan and other destinations, both within the U.S. and overseas.
    • May also be required to request hotel reservations and arrange other travel logistics as needed.
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to Mission staff on Temporary Duty in Washington D.C., to include finding office/cubicle space, arranging phone and email hookup, scheduling appointments, arranging travel, etc.
  • Maintains Classified/Secret materials in the Afghanistan Desk safe. Disposes of Classified material in burn bag, maintains shredders, disposes of documents properly.
  • Coordinates with the Management Office to assist with new hires and trains them, (i.e. – escorting potential staff to and from interviews, helping to find available work space, etc.).
  • Sets up offices for new Afghanistan Desk staff (email, phone, ClassNet, cubicle, etc.).
  • Maintains all Afghanistan Desk-related files, both electronically and in hard copy, according to USG and USAID protocol.
  • Maintains the office calendar, phone/contact lists, directories, and other miscellaneous files.
  • Scans, faxes, and mails relevant documents to the field. Routes office mail, Diplomatic Pouch, APO mail.
  • Tracks and follows-up to complete official and unofficial taskers.
  • Photocopies and files as needed.
  • Maintains office supplies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities (when applicable):  N/A

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to international development (international relations, political sciences, social sciences, economics, etc.)
  • Some previous administrative experience helpful
  • Interest in and understanding of political, social, and economic issues in the developing world
  • Interest in and knowledge about the political situations in Afghanistan and the Central Asia region helpful
  • Proficiency in office software applications (email, Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, powerpoint, etc.)
  • Proactive, initiative taking, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, excellent written and spoken communication skills

To qualify, please submit your resume, 1420 form and cover letter to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line Program Specialist by 2/2/2015. Applications received after that time will not be considered. AMEX International will contact candidates meeting miniimum qualifications for the position if interested. Amex International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Senior Economic Governance Specialist

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND

The Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs has a need for  USAID development advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces in RC-W and RC-SW and other military forces in which development support is need and/or requested.

SCOPE OF WORK
The scope of work for the consultant varies depending on the need of USAID’s Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA), but will initially be that of USAID representative and development training to U.S. Special Operations Forces and the U.S. military, as needed.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Represent USAID’s objectives and interests in Helmand and Afghanistan at-large as part of key staff training Marine Special Operations Forces for an upcoming deployment to Helmand, Afghanistan
  • Mentor Marine Special Operation Teams (MSOTs) and Marine Special Operation Company (MSOC) on interagency coordination and partnership opportunities and realities in the field
  • Impart understanding of USAID and OTI programming currently being implemented in the region, key development principles and relevant field contacts for further coordination
  • Provide insight on engaging with Afghan line ministries and Coalition partners
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of Government-Led Eradication (GLE) and provide potential resolutions to counter financial issues and instability
  • Support USAID’s objectives in the field through the education and training of Marines who will have access to significant funds and resources while deployed
  • Assist in the facilitation and instruction in pre-deployment Civilian-Military (Civ-Mil) engagement and coordination.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE
The selected candidate will perform a majority of the work at U.S. military training sites, but will work from USAID’s headquarters at the Ronald Reagan Building as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • US Citizenship
  • Three (3) years of related USAID experience
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a related area
  • Strong English commmunication skills (i.e. verbal and written)

To qualify, submit an updated resume and 1420 form to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line Senior Economic Governance Specialist by 1/30/2015. Applicants not meeting this deadline will not be considered. AMEX will contact candidates meeting the mimimum requirements if interested. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Project Support Staff (Morocco)

AMEX International, Inc., an international development consulting firm that is located in Washington, DC, seeks Moroccan candidates for several positions on a recently awarded contract. All candidates must live in the Tangiers, Morocco area. This project will last 3 years and has to do with improving citizen-focused security and community-oriented policing. AMEX seeks candidates for the following 4 positions:

Community Project Officers
Role: Provide dedicated support for assigned community. Coordinate technical, training, and institutional strengthening activities. Serve as liaison with project and government of Morocco (GOM) counterparts in assigned community. Manage individual community work plans and provide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support. Three candidates needed. Report to the Chief of Party (COP). Minimum background:

  • 3 to 5 years professional experience working at community level in relevant positions; international development assistance experience desirable
  • Demonstrated expertise, networks, and familiarity with targeted/assigned communities
  • Experience managing mini-work plans
  • Excellent networking and communication skills, including facilitation and training
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Proven familiarity and expertise with civic, social, and political issues facing youth and marginalized populations
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, Arabic and Spanish are required.

Finance and Accounting Manager
Role: Oversee project financial, administrative, procurement, and grants processes and procedures. Assume primary responsibility for recording all project expenses and ensuring timely process of payments and payroll. Maintain project budget and provide financial reports to USAID as requested. Reports to the COP. Minimum background:

  • At least 5 years’ experience working with international donors in a management role
  • Experience with project budgets, grants management, financial reporting, deadlines, payroll, benefits, procurement, and other record keeping duties
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business or related field required; advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English required. Proficiency in Arabic and either Spanish or French preferred.

Grants Manager
Role: Serve as main point of contact for grantees and manage grant files; review grantee technical reports for completeness, work with grantees to address any deficiencies and coordination with technical team to ensure timely review of technical reports; review grantee financial reports for completeness; maintain procurement records and petty cash register, other duties as assigned. Reports to the Finance Manager. Minimum background:

  • At least 2-3 years of previous experience working with international donors in a financial support role
  • Grants experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English and Arabic required.. Proficiency in either Spanish or French preferred.

Office Manager/ Administrative Assistant
Role: Provide overall office administration support. Reports to the Finance Manager. Minimum background:

  • At least 2 years of previous experience providing support to program professionals and supporting the day-to-day management of a business office, including answering phones, making appointments, filing, ordering supplies, etc.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, and typing skills in English and Arabic required
  • Legal background preferred.

If you are interested and available, please send your most complete and current resume as well as the AMEX application form immediately. Please email these materials, using the subject line Morocco, to resumes@amexdc.com. AMEX will contact qualified candidates with additional instructions if interested. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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ADALAT Chief of Party (Afghanistan)

Background
The Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT) is a USAID funded program that aims to increase citizen access to justice services based on Afghan law. It will work closely with Afghan justice institutions to increase judicial professional development, improve judicial administrative and management systems, and strengthen the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Department of the Huquq, and its interaction with traditional justice. It also will develop the technical, organizational, and management capacity of USAID civil society partners operating in the formal and traditional justice sectors. ADALAT will implement systems and increase the technical and administrative capacity of Afghan counterparts to operate without donor assistance in the future. ADALAT will strive to secure Afghan counterparts' buy-in and ownership of activities throughout the life of the Task Order, including evidence of cost sharing as appropriate.

Position Description
In anticipation of this effort, AMEX International seeks qualified candidates to serve as the Chief of Party (COP) for this program. The COP will be the primary point of contact between USAID, various stakeholders, beneficiaries and relevant community groups, as needed. S/he will be responsible for the technical and financial oversight, personnel management and leadership, reporting, and the prompt submission of high quality deliverables required under this contract.

Qualifications for the Chief of Party include:

  • A Master’s Degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of demonstrable experience leading and managing international USAID projects (preferably in conflict settings)
  • Strong knowledge of the judicial sector and climate in Afghanistan
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, which includes the ability to lead, coordinate and maintain strong relationships between USAID, government officials, subcontractors, international staff and community organizations as needed
  • Previous experience in the design, implementation and management of performance monitoring systems and/or performance evaluations (specifically for USAID)
  • Outstanding report-writing and presentation skills

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit an updated resume or CV, a cover letter, and a completed application to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line ADALAT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants not meeting the minimum requirement will not be considered. Qualified applicants will be contacted with further instructions upon release of the RFP. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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ADALAT Deputy Chief of Party (Afghanistan)

Position Description
In anticipation of this effort, AMEX International seeks qualified candidates to serve as the Deputy Chief of Party (COP) for this program. The COP will be the primary point of contact between USAID, various stakeholders, beneficiaries and relevant community groups, as needed. S/he will manage all aspects of this contract, including technical and financial oversight, personnel management and leadership, reporting, and the prompt submission of high quality deliverables required under this contract.

Qualifications for the Chief of Party include:

  • A Master’s Degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field
  • At least 8 years of demonstrable experience leading and managing international USAID projects (preferably in conflict settings)
  • Strong knowledge of the judicial sector and climate in Afghanistan
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, which includes the ability to lead, coordinate and maintain strong relationships between USAID, government officials, subcontractors, international staff and community organizations as needed
  • Previous experience in the design, implementation and management of performance monitoring systems and/or performance evaluations (specifically for USAID)
  • Outstanding report-writing and presentation skills

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit an updated resume or CV, a cover letter, and a completed application to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line ADALAT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants not meeting the minimum requirement will not be considered. Qualified applicants will be contacted with further instructions upon release of the RFP. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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ADALAT Senior Rule of Law/Subject Matter Expert (Afghanistan)

Background
The Assistance for the Development of Afghan Legal Access and Transparency (ADALAT) is a USAID funded program that aims to increase citizen access to justice services based on Afghan law. It will work closely with Afghan justice institutions to increase judicial professional development, improve judicial administrative and management systems, and strengthen the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Department of the Huquq, and its interaction with traditional justice. It also will develop the technical, organizational, and management capacity of USAID civil society partners operating in the formal and traditional justice sectors. ADALAT will implement systems and increase the technical and administrative capacity of Afghan counterparts to operate without donor assistance in the future. ADALAT will strive to secure Afghan counterparts' buy-in and ownership of activities throughout the life of the Task Order, including evidence of cost sharing as appropriate.

Position Description
In anticipation of this effort, AMEX International seeks qualified Senior Level Rule of Law/Subject Matter Experts to provide technical advice and direction for the upcoming ADALAT activity. Qualifications for Rule of Law Experts include:

  • A Master’s Degree in Law, Criminal Justice,  Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of demonstrable experience providing senior level technical support to international USAID programs
  • Strong knowledge of the justice sector and climate in Afghanistan; working experience in Afghanistan is strongly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, which includes the ability to lead, coordinate and maintain strong relationships between USAID, government officials, subcontractors, international staff and community organizations as needed
  • Strong English communication skills; proficiency in Pashto or Farsi is highly desirable

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit an updated resume or CV, a cover letter, and a completed application to resumes@amexdc.com using the subject line ADALAT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants not meeting the minimum requirement will not be considered. Qualified applicants will be contacted with further instructions upon release of the RFP. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Proposal and Technical Writers

AMEX has an opportunity for an experienced Proposal/Technical Writer in our headquarters office. The candidate would be responsible for preparing proposals for USAID program implementation, development and evaluation; the formulation of response strategies and concepts; undertaking research; drafting proposals in response to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and developing work plans, activities, and performance indicators. This is a great opportunity for a Program Manager, Grant Writer or Proposal Manager for a government contractor or similar organization. This is a short-term, contract position with the possibility of full-time employment.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree (or a professional equivalent) in Technical Writing, Professional/Business Writing, English, International Development, or a related subject
  • Five (5) years of Progressive Grant/Technical Writing experience required; knowledge and experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of international development projects and programs is a huge plus
  • Six (6) years of Progressive Proposal Writing/Coordination experience, particularly for USAID contracts
  • Adequate knowledge of current issues, events, trends and practices pertaining to USAID programming and/or International Development are welcomed

If you are interested, please email an updated resume, USAID 1420 Form, a cover letter that highlights your experience as it relates to the required skills, and a list of professional references to resumes@amexdc.com with the subject line Proposal Writer. AMEX will contact qualified applicants with further instructions. AMEX International, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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