Project Management Specialist (Democracy and Governance) (Multiple Vacancies)

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 2291
Date Posted:Feb 5, 2020
Closing Date:Feb 19, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About USAID/Afghanistan:



ISSUANCE DATE: February 05, 2020

CLOSING DATE/TIME: February 19, 2020 (4:30 pm KBL time)

SUBJECT:     Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) Project Management Specialist (Democracy and Governance) – FSN-12 (Multiple Vacancies)

Dear Prospective Offerors:

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 of this solicitation. Incomplete offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers.

Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the Attached 1.


Job Summary:

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


1.     SOLICITATION NO.: 72030620R10025

2.     ISSUANCE DATE: February 05, 2020

3.     CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 19, 2020 no later than 4:30 pm Kabul time.

4.     POINT OF CONTACT: E-mail at

5.     POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Democracy and Governance) (Multiple Vacancies)

6.     MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-12 (Step 1 – 13)

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of

U.S. Embassy Afghanistan. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

7.     PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years, estimated to start one (1) month following receipt of Security Clearance. Employment contract issued under this solicitation is of a continuing nature. Its duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts.

8.     PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kabul, Afghanistan with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.

9.     ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: Cooperating Country National (CCN), meaning an individual who is a cooperating country (Afghanistan) citizen, or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Foreign Service National (FSN) Security Certification.


1.     General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The incumbent works under the general supervision and technical guidance of the Office of Democracy and Governance (ODG) Director or his/her designee, the employee serves as Contracting/Agreement Officer Representative (A/COR) and the Mission’s senior professional specialist with emphasis on strengthening governance and democratic institutions in Afghanistan. Work involves the full range of consultative, advisory, monitoring, management, data collection, analysis and evaluative services across the country. The incumbent is recognized as the Mission’s senior expert and principal Cooperative Country National (CCN) advisor to Mission’s senior management on issues of democratic development and good governance.

The incumbent is responsible for designing, managing and evaluating complex, multi-million-dollar USAID initiatives promoting democracy and governance that are politically viable, cost effective, and respond effectively to areas of greatest need and potential. As such, the employee must be knowledgeable about and committed to the role democracy and governance plays in a democratic system and must be effective in obtaining the willing agreement, cooperation and support of relevant counterparts in the country. Counterparts include, but are not limited to U.S., international, and indigenous Non-Governmental and Private Voluntary Organizations (NGOs/PVOs), international donors, and Afghanistan government officials. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.     Statement of Duties to be Performed

Program/Project Design and Management:


Under the guidance and direction of the Office Director or his/her designee, the incumbent supervises other CCNs on the governance team. This may include setting work priorities, reviewing/approving assigned work tasks, and coordinating responses to data calls/taskers from the Executive Office, Office of Program and Project Development (OPPD), and Office of Financial Management (OFM). Manages assigned democracy and governance assistance activities or selected components of complex democracy projects. Reviews and comments on technical and cost proposals and work plans by prospective and existing implementing partners. Monitors performance through site visits, written reports, third-party monitors, and regular communication with implementers and beneficiaries. Identifies delays and problems with projects and formulates pragmatic solutions. Documents findings and follow-up actions in monitoring reports. Researches and provides implementers with information or appropriate guidance on USAID regulations and how to comply with them. Monitors project accruals and disbursements. Prepares authorizations for signature of responsible colleagues. Consistent with the overall Mission strategy, the incumbent independently cultivates/maintains contacts and dialogue with local partners, Afghan government officials, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country. The dialogue with these contacts will be used by the employee to monitor the legal and political environment for democracy and governance and to advocate for reforms in policies to strengthen democracy and to increase good governance. Within the framework of guidelines provided by the Office Director, conducts negotiations with relevant counterparts in Afghanistan regarding the design, development, and implementation of democracy and governance activities and programs and the types and amounts of support to be provided by each party.

Mission Strategy: 

Assists the Office Director and his/her designee in reviewing the relevant activities for compliance with U.S. laws, USAID regulations and policies, international law, and bilateral international agreements between the U.S. Government and host country government. Based on USAID policy and program objectives, prepares technical and policy analyses to evaluate trends in the development of democratic culture--the USAID Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) objectives. Contributes directly to the drafting of annual and semi-annual performance reviews, notifications to Congress, and other required reports as assigned. As requested, briefs officials from the United States and Afghanistan along with contractor representatives on the state of democracy development, needed reforms, counterpart actions, constraints and other related issues. Drafts technical justifications for new activities and for changes to ongoing activities and programs. These drafts cover economic, political, cultural and social factors; assistance objectives and methodology; and needed inputs and expected results. Activities include research and writing, as well as substantive participation in program planning and implementation Mission wide.

Country Analysis Program Reporting:

Analyzes and reports on those aspects of assistance activities in Afghanistan relating to democracy and good governance. Using primary and secondary sources, and, where necessary, conducting research of a qualitative and/or quantitative nature, assesses the impact of new developments and interventions regarding democracy assistance in assigned areas. Based on contacts and research findings, the incumbent recommends approval, modification, or rejection of program objectives, approaches, timing, and scope. Analyzes the policy documents of the Government of Afghanistan (GoA), Afghan non-governmental organizations, and other donors operating in the country to identify “targets of opportunity” for future USAID interventions in support of democracy strengthening efforts in order to minimize duplication of effort. Contributes directly to the drafting of annual and semi-annual performance reviews, notifications to Congress, and other required reports, as assigned. On a selected basis, provides reporting and analysis on initiatives, programs and activities outside of the Democracy and Governance portfolio. As requested, briefs U.S. and Afghan officials, along with contactor representatives on the state of democracy development in Afghanistan, needed reforms, and required counterparts’ actions, constraints and other related issues with may impede progress.

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

2.     Supervisory Relationship

Under the overall direction of the ODG Director, or his/her designee, plans and carries out day to day management of his/her portfolio with a high degree of independence. Assigned duties demand innovative thinking, sound judgement, personal initiative, and the ability to assume increasing responsibility and authority. Meets regularly with the ODG leadership to discuss the status of projects and related activities.


3.     Supervisory Controls

The incumbent provides oversight as assigned to grantees, contractors, and consultants who are implementing various components of ODG development programs in Afghanistan. In addition, the incumbent will provide supervision over five other CCNs of grades seven and above in the governance team.



The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

Job Requirement:


a)     Education: A Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, or Political Science is required. (Education requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).

b)     Work Experience: Must have at least five years of work experience demonstrating knowledge of public administration, democracy and governance issues in Afghanistan, and/or experience in another related field, which demonstrates increasing responsibility for managing, analyzing, coordinating, and guiding significant analytical and project management efforts. Prior work experience with USAID, an international firm, or donor agency is required.  (Work experience requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).

c)     Language: Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading English and Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading Dari and/or Pashtu is required.(English language ability will be tested).

d)     Knowledge: A thorough knowledge and understanding of the political situation in Afghanistan is necessary. This must be complemented by a good understanding of Afghanistan’s: 1) specific economic, political, and cultural characteristics, and 2) its social problems, resources constraints, and development prospects/priorities.


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

All applications will be screened for meeting the minimum requirements (Education and Experience). Successful applications will then be ranked by the TEC on Work Experience (100 Points).

Following the ranking by the TEC, successful candidates will be invited for an English and Proficiency Test (EPT) and a Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Test. Successful candidates for these tests will further be invited for an oral interview. Candidates will be selected on final average scores of the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Interview.

Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must have the ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate data and to organize/present the analysis in concise written and oral form; independently plan, develop, manage, and evaluate important and complex programs and projects; and furnish information and advice in assigned areas with detachment and objectivity. Must be able to independently establish and maintain contacts with senior-level ministerial officials of the Afghan government and with leading officials in the non-governmental arena in order to explain and defend USAID project and program policies, objectives, and procedures and to transmit and interpret host country government and non-governmental sector attitudes and concerns to senior USAID officials.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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