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THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:

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Evaluation Specialists (Worldwide)
Administrative Specialist (OAPA)
Team Leader (NUDEIL)
International Expert (NUDEIL)
Local Financial Management Specialist (NUDEIL)
Local Capacity Building Expert (NUDEIL)
Local Engineering Specialist (NUDEIL)
Legislative Specialist
Proposal and Technical Writers

Evaluation Specialists (Worldwide)

AMEX holds a contract with the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) to perform a variety of evaluation activities worldwide. This work is carried out primarily for various overseas USAID missions, but occasionally is in and for the Washington, DC agency headquarters. The tasks assigned under this mechanism span multiple countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Annually, about 90% of the evaluations are performance evaluations. and the rest are impact evaluations.

AMEX seeks individuals, as well as companies and organizations, that are experienced in evaluation and data collection work—from all countries.

The work has been heavily involved in designing and implementing both quantitative and qualitative evaluation studies and assessments. This evaluation work often focuses on specific sectors or cuts across sector and technical areas, such as economic growth; agriculture and trade; education and training; conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance; health and nutrition; environment and natural resources; democracy and governance; urban programs; and women in development. All work is dictated by task orders periodically issued by USAID and is primarily short-term (a few weeks or months at a time).

We are asked to do performance evaluations, impact evaluations, evaluation case studies, meta-evaluations, cross-sector and multi-country evaluations and other evaluative studies. These generally include evaluations that identify lessons learned about which development interventions work and which do not. In addition, the broad evaluation services under this project require skills in evaluation research design (including quantitative impact evaluation methods, experimental and quasi experimental design, and qualitative methods); data collection, analysis, and synthesis; report writing;and planning for use and dissemination of evaluation findings.

Our consultants are generally asked to design and facilitate independent rigorous performance evaluations of USAID-funded country programs, projects, and activities, and then to conduct data collection and analysis and produce reports on evaluation findings that are clear and accessible to multiple audiences. They are expected to

  • Determine whether projects are achieving the intended results and identify mid-project corrections where appropriate
  • Determine whether the needs of intended customers are being served
  • Determine why unexpected progress, either positive or negative, is occurring

Candidates must be able to work with their teammates to:

  • Identify evaluation questions that assess specific programs
  • Determine methodologies for sampling
  • Determine methodologies for data collection and analysis
  • Create data collection instruments
  • Collect or supervise the collection of data outlined in the methodology
  • Determine formats for recording and reporting findings

If you are interested in having us include your resume in our database as a short-term (or long-term) consultant, please email the following items to us as soon as you can: your most current and complete resume and a completed AMEX Evaluation Skills Summary form. Send these to resumes@amexdc.com, with the email subject line: Evaluation. In your covering email or cover letter, please cite the sectors or technical areas in which you have mostly done evaluations. If you are a company or organization, please send a cover letter, information about your company or organization, and the name and title of a person whom we can contact.

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Administrative Specialist (OAPA)
The primary focus of the Administrative Specialist is to serve as the personal and confidential assistant to the Assistant Administrator (AA), coordinating all clerical and day-to-day administrative support activities.  Other responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to ensuring that policies and practices are implemented that facilitate the mission of both the AA and USAID Administration, serving as a backup for the Front Office Special Assistant, while performing a full range of administrative functions. This position is located in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Office of the Director (OAPA/OD) in the Ronald Reagan Building (RRB) in downtown Washington, DC. Duties and responsibilities for this position include:
Correspondence and Report Processing   (70%)

  • Coordinates with a variety of individuals inside and outside of the organization to determine the appropriate person for responding to inquiries, based on personal knowledge of organizational programs, priorities, goals, and objectives. Provides correspondence services for an organization with a mission that affects a wide range of operations in other agencies, a large segment of the public, or the business community. 
  • Uses a sophisticated action tracking system to assure that official materials are scanned and available. Sorts and files correspondence and other documents in accordance with established procedures. Receives, opens and disseminates mail after determining appropriate staff member to take action.
  • Monitors the status of program assignments, ensuring that due dates are noted and established, that background materials are properly routed to the assigned staff, and that copies of background materials are maintained in a secure location, and available to the supervisor and staff.  Provides reminders of approaching due dates to ensure that all assignments are met in a timely manner.  Ensures correspondence are filed for historical purposes in coordination with established USAID Records Management policies and procedures.
  • Carries out special reporting requests as required; conducts research as needed from files and records to compile reports or to respond to client needs.

Clerical or Administrative Practices and Procedures (25%)

  • Facilitates Agency-wide communication by assuring that staffs at all levels are fully informed on internal and Agency-wide procedures.
  • Initiates development of new or revised administrative policies and procedures necessary for efficient administrative functioning of the organization, independently or as a member of a team.
  • Works with highly classified material and employs procedures for handling and safeguarding classified material. 

Office Resource Monitoring 5%

  • Monitors supply and inventory utilization. Maintains inventory of office and equipment supplies.
  • Prepares requisitions for supplies and equipment and requests for service.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • A Security Clearance
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related discipline
  • 1-3 Years of Administrative Experience supporting directly supporting senior level staff (preferably in a federal government or professional services environment)
  • Prior knowledge, experience or interest in Middle Eastern affairs.
  • Strong written and verbal English Communication skills
  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a team
  • Familiarity MS Office and Google-based products (i.e. Gmail)

To qualify, please submit an updated resume, a cover letter outlining your relevant qualifications (stating where you discovered this ad, salary requirements and earliest possible start date) and a completed USAID 1420 form to resumes@amexdc.com no later than Monday August 21, 2014, using the subject line OAPA Administrative Specialist. Applicants that do not meet the criteria listed above will not be considered for this position. Due to the sheer volume of applicants we receive, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please, no phone calls. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, disability status, veterans status and/or sexual orientation.

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Team Leader (NUDEIL)

The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) is a program is a USAID funded pilot program that aims to restore peace and development throughout Uganda through a combination of economic, financial and infrastructural activities through the use of a G2G (Government to Government) modality. The USAID mission in Uganda is currently accepting proposals to conduct a performance evaluation of the NUDEIL program to assess the overall effectiveness of this modality in the restoration of peace and developing to targeted regions in Uganda.


We are currently accepting applications for a Team Leader to shoulder the responsibility of leading the production of all the deliverables, including:

  • In briefing with USAID/Uganda on arrival;
  • Assigning of specific roles and responsibilities to other team members;
  • Interviewing key USAID Washington and Uganda and other stakeholders cited in this terms of reference;
  • Finalizing and negotiating with USAID the post-Desk Review work plan, evaluation tools, etc. for the evaluation;
  • Developing a time line within the final work plan reflecting a commitment to completing the evaluation within the negotiated time-frame;
  • Ensuring that the logistical arrangements in the field are complete;
  • Holding conference calls with past and current, core team members and USAID/Uganda representatives prior to and following the visit to Uganda;
  • Debriefing USAID/Uganda and key stakeholders on evaluation findings; and
  • Producing a draft report to be left with USAID/Uganda prior to departure, followed by a final report for USAID/Uganda incorporating USAID/Uganda and key stakeholders’ feedback.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management, Development Studies, Social Sciences or related fields
  • Ten (10) years of experience in evaluation of local government/ administration programs in similar post- conflict settings.
  • Must have played significant roles in evaluation of more than ten activities, five of them in the local government / administration sector.
  • Must have been a team leader for a minimum of five evaluations.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in design, implementation and evaluation of programs on strengthening (and/or rebuilding) local governments’ and administrations’ capacity to provide social services is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and assessing different types of aid modalities and financing options is desirable.
  • Must have substantial experience in at least two of the sectors NUDEIL is active in e.g. governance, education, livelihood development, infrastructure and broader socio­economic recovery.
  • Must have demonstrated success in interacting and communicating effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, including international organizations, host country government officials, and civil society organizations.
  • Must have demonstrated experience writing high-quality reports for evaluations of complex, multi-sector programs.

If interested, please review the attached Statement of Work and submit an updated resume and completed application materials to resumes@amexdc.com (using the subject line NUDEIL) no later than April 22, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested persons will be contacted with further instructions. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities in employment without consideration of race, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran's status natural origin or sexual orientation.

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International Expert (Public Financial Management Specialist) (NUDEIL)
The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) is a program is a USAID funded pilot program that aims to restore peace and development throughout Uganda through a combination of economic, financial and infrastructural activities through the use of a G2G (Government to Government) modality. The USAID mission in Uganda is currently accepting proposals to conduct a performance evaluation of the NUDEIL program to assess the overall effectiveness of this modality in the restoration of peace and developing to targeted regions in Uganda.


We are currently accepting applications for an International Public Financial Management Specialist, who will be responsible for the fiduciary risk assessments (including the assessment of the financial and procurement procedures and systems used under the program). S/he will work closely with a local financial management specialist. S/he will design necessary data collection tools, collect data prepare and submit to the Team Leader the relevant chapters of the report on a timely basis.

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in Economics, Financial Management, Business Administration or related fields.
  • Seven (7) years of international experience in implementing and evaluating public financial management programs of development interventions
  • Must have participated in a minimum of five (5) evaluations.
  • Technical expertise in fiduciary risk assessments, public financial management, and accounting is required.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with different donor financial management and contracting systems.
  • Substantial experience in conducting similar work in at least two (2) of the sectors NUDEIL is active in i.e. governance, education, livelihood development, infrastructure and broader socio- economic recovery is desirable.

If interested, please review the attached Statement of Work and submit an updated resume and completed application materials to resumes@amexdc.com (using the subject line NUDEIL) no later than April 22, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested persons will be contacted with further instructions. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities in employment without consideration of race, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran's status natural origin or sexual orientation.

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Local Expert (Financial Management Specialist) (NUDEIL)
The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) is a program is a USAID funded pilot program that aims to restore peace and development throughout Uganda through a combination of economic, financial and infrastructural activities through the use of a G2G (Government to Government) modality. The USAID mission in Uganda is currently accepting proposals to conduct a performance evaluation of the NUDEIL program to assess the overall effectiveness of this modality in the restoration of peace and developing to targeted regions in Uganda.


We are currently accepting applications for a Local Financial Management Specialist that will work with the international public financial management specialist to conduct the fiduciary risk assessments (including the assessment of the financial and procurement procedures and systems used under the program. S/he will contribute to the design of relevant tools, collect data, prepare and participate in the writing the report.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Economics, Financial Management, Business Administration or related fields
  • Seven (7) years of experience in implementing financial management programs
  • Technical expertise in fiduciary risk assessments, public financial management, and accounting is required.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and experience with the functioning of decentralized local governments in Uganda, particularly the local government financial management and procurement regulations, procedures and systems.

If interested, please review the attached Statement of Work and submit an updated resume and completed application materials to resumes@amexdc.com (using the subject line NUDEIL) no later than April 22, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested persons will be contacted with further instructions. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities in employment without consideration of race, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran's status natural origin or sexual orientation

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Local Capacity Building Specialist (NUDEIL)

The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) is a program is a USAID funded pilot program that aims to restore peace and development throughout Uganda through a combination of economic, financial and infrastructural activities through the use of a G2G (Government to Government) modality. The USAID mission in Uganda is currently accepting proposals to conduct a performance evaluation of the NUDEIL program to assess the overall effectiveness of this modality in the restoration of peace and developing to targeted regions in Uganda.


We are currently accepting applications for a Local Capacity Building Specialist who will be responsible for establishing the extent to which relevant capacity has been developed because of the program interventions. S/he will contribute to the design of relevant tools, collect data, prepare and participate in the writing the report.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Management, Development Studies, Organizational Development or related fields.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in implementing and evaluating local government development programs in post conflict settings
  • Technical expertise in organizational capacity assessments and organizational systems development is required.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and experience with the functioning of decentralized local governments in Uganda.

If interested, please review the attached Statement of Work and submit an updated resume and completed application materials to resumes@amexdc.com (using the subject line NUDEIL) no later than April 22, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested persons will be contacted with further instructions. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities in employment without consideration of race, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran's status natural origin or sexual orientation.

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Local Expert (Engineer) (NUDEIL)
The Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) is a program is a USAID funded pilot program that aims to restore peace and development throughout Uganda through a combination of economic, financial and infrastructural activities through the use of a G2G (Government to Government) modality. The USAID mission in Uganda is currently accepting proposals to conduct a performance evaluation of the NUDEIL program to assess the overall effectiveness of this modality in the restoration of peace and developing to targeted regions in Uganda.


We are currently accepting applications for a Local Engineering Specialist who will assess the quality and effectiveness of infrastructural development and extent to which the right program and or industrial standards were adhered to. S/he will contribute to the design of relevant tools, collect data, prepare and participate in the writing the report.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Project Management qualification would be an added advantage.
  • Ten (10) years of progressive experience in engineering design and project management of roads, building and rural water and sanitation
  • Must be familiar with the GOU Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets regulations
  • A working knowledge of how the Government of Uganda and Local Government systems is desirable.
  • Should have experience of working in rural areas

If interested, please review the attached Statement of Work and submit an updated resume and completed application materials to resumes@amexdc.com (using the subject line NUDEIL) no later than April 22, 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested persons will be contacted with further instructions. AMEX International is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities in employment without consideration of race, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran's status natural origin or sexual orientation.

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Legislative Specialist

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 Specialist 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:

  • Serve as a legislative liaison between LPA and other Agency organizational units for all relevant legislative issues; keep Agency staff up to date regarding important Congressional issues including new legislation, holds on Congressional notifications, and other issues that impact implementation of USAID major initiatives, priorities and programs; identify, track, summarize, and report proposed legislative actions having a direct impact on USAID program activities;
  • Seek out venues that will help inform key audiences, particularly the Congress, of the importance of ongoing USAID major priorities and initiatives; produce specific products for events, coordinate strategic communication efforts, and help produce quality communication products that will assist in informing key counterparts of USAID major priorities and initiatives;
  • Provide strategic analytical support to LPA, OAPA 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.
  • 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;
  • Maintain continuous personal contact with selected Members of Congress and their staff, and with Agency oversight committees, for the purpose of gaining acceptance of legislation proposed by USAID and assessing their interest in and attitudes toward legislative requests;
  • Seek to understand, analyze, and evaluate the views of Congress with respect to USAID programs, and report and recommend to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs and/or other senior management within the Legislative Affairs office and Agency at-large on new directions and approaches;
  • 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, and make recommendations to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs and/or Legislative Affairs leadership on appropriate strategy and actions; draft, edit, and deliver regular LPA reports, including Legislative Reports and Night Notes;
  • Prepare Agency officials for congressional hearings and briefings by assisting in the preparation of speeches, talking points, witness statements, and other related documents for use by Agency officials and requested by the Congress; assist in preparing the USAID Administrator for congressional oversight and budget hearings and briefings.
  • Assist in appropriately addressing requests from Members of Congress and their staff immediately, or if necessary, refers the request to other bureaus to respond, 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;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide 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 in a relevant discipline
  • Congressional knowledge 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, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (as amended),  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 the following documents by April 9, 2014 to resumes@amexdc.com, using the subject line Legislative Specialist, your most complete and current resume; cover letter indicating your earliest possible start date; and a completed and signed USAID 1420 form. 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, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Proposal and Technical Writers
AMEX is preparing proposals on international evaluation, training, development, and trade projects and seeks qualified persons to help AMEX home-office staff in one or more of the following tasks: analyzing procurements and formulating response strategies and concepts; undertaking relevant research; drafting technically sound proposals in response to the RFPs; and developing work plans, activities, and performance indicators. The positions are short-term.

Candidates must have and describe successful track records in having developed funded proposals from USAID, other US Government agencies, or other international funding agencies.

Minimum qualifications include: 10 years of solid knowledge and technical expertise in any field of international assistance and development; six years of related and successful proposal writing experience; proven experience in designing international development assistance projects, work plans, or activities; clear understanding of, and experience with, local international government issues; international development program concepts and performance requirements.

Please email a resume and cover letter that highlights your experience as it relates to the required skills to resumes@amexdc.com with the subject line Proposal Writer.

AMEX International, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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