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Food for Peace Institutional Support Project (USAID/FFP/ISP), Geographic Analyst – Asia/Near East
Congressional and Legislative Advisor
Honduras Multiple Positions
Proposal and Technical Writers
Food for Peace Institutional Support Project (USAID/FFP/ISP), Geographic Analyst – Asia/Near East
The position is located in downtown Washington, DC and the employment period will begin immediately. Positions are short-term, for a period of six months.
AMEX International Inc., an international development firm located in Washington, DC, is currently implementing an institutional support contract for the USAID Food for Peace (FFP) project, and immediately requires a qualified candidate for its Geographic Team to provide assistance with FFP programs in the Asia/Near East (ANE) region. The FFP program seeks to reduce food insecurity by supporting country programs designed and implemented by Private Voluntary Organizations, the World Food Program and other partners.
Position Description: Duties include assisting FFP in backstopping its programs in the ANE region by providing administrative, technical and logistical assistance to USAID/FFP. Duties include preparation of documentation to support FFP program review and approval activities, including the review of budgets; drafting memoranda and preparing transfer authorizations; and drafting program approval letters and related documentation for new proposals; providing assistance to FFP in the timely closeout of grants and cooperative agreements; and site visits with USAID/FFP staff in support of senior managers as requested.
Position Minimum REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizenship (in order to obtain a Secret Clearance). Bachelor's degree. Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in international development working in a support capacity. Demonstrated ability to multi-task. Detail oriented, with experience preparing spread sheets and/or data entry. Highly organized, with the ability to work independently and take ownership of assigned responsibilities. Familiarity with MS Office, especially Word and Excel, and other office related software programs.
Preferred Experience: Experience working in a developing country. Experience with USAID and/or food assistance programming.
Salary: Consistent with current salary history; proven experience and capabilities.
TO APPLY: Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a completed USAID 1420 Form to email@example.com with the subject line "Geographic Analyst". Submission period: As soon as possible but no later than Monday, October 5, 2015. Please indicate your earliest possible start date in your cover letter.
Congressional and Legislative Advisor
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 needs qualified applicants for the Congressional and Legislative Advisor for Pakistan. This is a full-time position located in downtown Washington, DC.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as liaison between USAID OAPA and the Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau (LPA) and with the USAID Pakistan Mission in Islamabad for all Pakistan legislative issues;
- Work with LPA to respond to Congressional inquiries, including editing and ensuring consistency and accuracy of information;
- 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 all OAPA staff;
- Prepare senior USAID staff for hearings, including by helping to prepare briefing books, collating information, and drafting testimony;
- Work with LPA to set up briefings for Congressional members and staff regarding USAID’s program in Pakistan, including coordinating schedules and security clearance transfers as needed, ensure that staff are prepared to brief others on the issues of concern; work with LPA to provide written or other materials as needed; and take notes on briefings;
- Work with USAID staff in the Pakistan Mission and OAPA to proactively prepare information about USAID’s program in Pakistan for providing to Congressional members and Staff. Information could include fact sheets, talking points, articles, web sites, videos, etc.;
- Assist in conducting training sessions for OAPA and Pakistan Mission staff in briefing Congressional staff/members;
- Provide weekly updates on work accomplished and upcoming tasks for various reporting mechanisms as to outreach and office activities, as requested;
- Keep OAPA and Pakistan Mission staff up to date regarding important Congressional issues including new legislation, holds on Congressional notifications, and other issues that impact implementation of USAID Pakistan programs;
- Travel to Pakistan as needed;
- Provide occasional coverage for Afghanistan Congressional issues as needed.
MINIMUM APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:
- U.S. citizenship, in order to obtain a Secret clearance.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
- At least 3 years’ related experience.
Send your most current and complete resume, an AMEX Application Form, and a cover letter or email that indicates your earliest starting date and other relevant information to:firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line OAPA CLA. We need to receive applications by October 9.
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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 needs qualified applicants for a Program Specialist for OAPA’s Technical Services Division (OAPA/TS). This is a full-time position located in downtown Washington, DC.
The Program Specialist will perform a full range of administrative functions. The person will be responsible for ensuring that any information, research-related, and administrative issues related to the OAPA/TS are followed-up and resolved in a timely manner.
BASIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Information/Research Specialist (70%):
- Provide research and information support/analysis for TS portfolios, taskings, and reports regarding OAPA activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Includes disseminating to TS division/OAPA.
- Track relevant issues on OAPA programs in the think-tank/NGO/development community and on the Hill; attend hearings, conferences, and inter-agency working groups. Prepare briefing reports/memos, with clearance from TS Office Director, to share with USAID/Washington staff and USAID/Mission.
- Coordinate with USAID’s Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) and SPME to draft and edit responses to press releases and Hill inquiries made to OAPA/TS.
- Assemble briefing books and press packets for VIP visits to-and-from Afghanistan and Pakistan for high level inter-agency meetings.
- Responsible for the management of OAPA’s Microsoft Share Point and All Net information portals.
- Manage, plan, and prepare the OAPA/TS sector briefings to outgoing field staff to Afghanistan.
- Collect, investigate, and create information products associated with the OAPA/TS & USAID foreign assistance program in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Administrative Support (30%):
- Assist with records management tasks as assigned.
- Assist in the preparation and editing of Congressionally-mandated reports, staffing and funding memos, briefing papers, and budget Excel sheets for ongoing programs of the Task Force.
- Arrange and organize meetings between the Interagency and staff from the Task Force.
- Serve as the Logistics Coordinator for all travel arrangements.
- Provide administrative and logistical support to Mission staff on Temporary Duty in Washington, DC, to include finding office/cubicle space, arranging phone and email hookup, scheduling appointments, arranging travel, etc.).
- Maintain Classified/Secret materials in all the office safes. Dispose of Classified material in burn bag, maintain shredders, dispose of documents properly.
- Maintain the office calendar, phone/contact lists, directories, other files, and office supplies.
- Scan, fax, and mail relevant documents to the field. Route office mail, Diplomatic Pouch, APO mail.
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 Pakistan helpful.
- Proficiency in office software applications (email, Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.).
- Proactive, initiative taking, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, excellent written and spoken communication skills.
Send your most current and complete resume, an AMEX Application Form, and a cover letter or email that indicates your earliest starting date and other relevant information to:email@example.com using the subject line OAPA PS. We need to receive applications by October 9.
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Honduras Multiple Positions
AMEX will submit a proposal to USAID to provide management and technical services for implementation of USAID/Honduras’ Monitoring & Evaluation Support for Collaborative Learning and Adapting (MESCLA) activity aimed at supporting and strengthening monitoring and evaluation of USAID-financed development assistance in Honduras. This includes designing and implementing both quantitative and qualitative evaluations and assessments, as well as providing expert analysis to improve USAID/Honduras’ projects. The Contract will also support the Mission to measure the effectiveness of its efforts to promote gender equality, support vulnerable populations, reduce migration flows, and prevent violence through its place based strategy for violence prevention. The period of performance for this task order is five (5) years from the date of award.
Qualified applicants are requested for the following short AND long-term positions:
(1) Performance Monitoring Specialist: Must have demonstrated experience developing performance indicators across multiple sectors and for cross‐cutting areas. Must be familiar with standard USAID indicators and capable of developing customized indicators. Must be familiar with publicly available data sources (such as those of multilateral organizations, think tanks, research institutions, etc.) and the indicators they measure. Must have demonstrated experience developing PMPs, logical frameworks, results frameworks, and M&E plans at both an activity and program-wide level. Program management experience highly desirable. This Specialist will contribute to indicator development and review of the PMP, project and activity M&E plans, implementing partner performance monitoring processes, as well as other performance monitoring tasks. Must have:
- At least seven years of experience in international development, including experience and/or technical knowledge in design and management of development projects;
- At least five years of international experience in design and implementation of performance monitoring as well as performance and/or impact evaluation, analyses and assessments of large and/or complex development projects;
- Excellent English and Spanish writing and speaking (S/4 and R/4 levels at least) as well as presentation skills;
- Technical expertise in governance, transparency, resilience, citizen security, economic growth, vulnerable populations, and environment sectors are advantages.
(2) Principal Investigator: Must have:
- Experience being an external evaluation team leader in the past three years;
- Experience designing and leading surveys and performance and impact evaluations;
- A graduate degree in the field of social sciences, international development, evaluation, statistics, or a related technical field; five additional years of experience could be substituted in lieu of a graduate degree.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-dimensional M&E team that may come from a diverse background, experience, gender, and culture;
- Demonstrated, professional interaction with senior U.S. and foreign government officials;
- Technical expertise in at least one of USAID/Honduras’ program sectors; and
- Excellent English and Spanish writing and speaking (S/4 and R/4 levels at least) as well as presentation skills.
(3) Statistician/Data Analyst: May be requested to conduct data cleaning, management, and analysis which will likely include also advanced statistical analysis, especially in the case of impact evaluation. S/he must have advanced skills in using common quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis software such as SPSS-X2, Stata, ATLAS-ti, and NVivo. May also be requested to provide customized training and/or to provide technical assistance related to their expertise to staff of USAID and/or implementing partners.
(4) Economic, Work Force Development, and Public Financial Management Expert: Must be an economist with demonstrated expertise in measuring dimensions of economic growth and poverty. Must demonstrate a strong understanding of public financial management, particularly in developing countries. Must demonstrate a strong understanding of work force development, particularly in developing countries.
(5) Agriculture and Food Security Expert: Must demonstrate expertise in measuring the socioeconomic effects of agriculture and food security interventions in developing countries. Familiarity with Feed the Future and/or agriculture and food security in Central America highly desirable.
(6) Climate Change, Environmental, and Natural Resource Management Expert: Must demonstrate understanding of best practices for measuring interventions in natural resource management and climate change adaptation. Must have technical expertise in at least one of the key focus areas of USAID/Honduras’ environment strategy: forestry, watershed management and freshwater biodiversity, or prevention of wildlife trafficking. Must also demonstrate understanding of renewable energy dynamics.
(7) Education Expert: Must demonstrate expertise in best practices for improving and measuring early grade reading skills in developing countries. Must demonstrate experience with local language/mother-tongue medium of instruction, community engagement and mobilization around reading, learning assessments, and education systems strengthening.
(8) Democracy, Rights, and Governance Expert: Must demonstrate understanding of best practices for measuring democracy, human rights, and governance interventions. Must have technical expertise in at least one or more of the following: elections and political party support, combating trafficking in persons, supporting government accountability and transparency, and/or local governance and service delivery.
(9) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Expert: Must be an expert in internationally accepted best practices for gender analysis and measuring the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce gaps between men and women and boys and girls. Must demonstrate experience designing and conducting gender audits, surveys, and evaluations of development activities. Must demonstrate experience researching or managing programs designed to benefit marginalized groups or combat racial, ethnic, or caste-based discrimination. Experience working in the following areas is advantageous: combatting gender-based violence; combatting trafficking in persons; protecting human rights; supporting persons with disabilities; empowering the LGBTI community; addressing child marriage; and supporting women’s political and economic empowerment. Experience working in Central America is required, and experience in Honduras is highly desirable.
To apply: Please first read the attached Statement of Work (SOW) . Then send your most complete and current resume, AMEX application form, and a cover letter or email iindicating the one or at most two positions for which you are interested in being considered, as well as if you are available short- or long-term, to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject "HONDURAS". Please reply as soon as possible.
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.
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 email@example.com with the subject line Proposal Writer. AMEX will contact qualified applicants with further instructions.