Development Program Specialist (Budget)

  USAID/Afghanistan
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 2063
Date Posted:May 12, 2019
Reference:72030619R10030
Closing Date:May 26, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Accounting/Finance
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 - 6 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:3 undefineds
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About USAID/Afghanistan:

Founded:

SUBJECT:     Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) Development Program Specialist (Budget) - FSN-10 – (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, Sections I through V of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned 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 kblaidfsnjobs@usaid.gov  



Sincerely,


Executive Officer

Job Summary:

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


I.           GENERAL INFORMATION


1.     SOLICITATION NO.: 72030619R10030


2.     ISSUANCE DATE: May 12, 2019


3.     CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: May 26, 2019 no later than 4:30 pm Kabul time.


4.     POSITION TITLE: Development Program Specialist (Budget) (Multiple Vacancies)


5.     MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-10 (Step 1 – 13)

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of US Embassy Afghanistan. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.


6.     PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is one (1) year, with the possibility of extension up to a total of five (5) years, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory job performance and need for continued service.


7.     PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kabul, Afghanistan.


8.     SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: As an employment precondition, the successful candidate is required to obtain U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan Regional Security Office (RSO) Security Clearance.


9.     STATEMENT OF DUTIES


1.     General Statement of Purpose of the Contract


This position is located in the Gender Office (GO) with USAID/Afghanistan. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Office Director.


The incumbent ensures timely and flexible engagement in budget maintenance according to USAID financial regulations and appropriations. The incumbent will maintain detailed and accurate records of all technical office financial transactions along with the history and context for changes. It is the technical office budget specialist that participates in regular coordination with the technical team, the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), the Office of Program and Project Development (OPPD), and the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The incumbent works closely with the Technical Office to develop multi-faceted budgets in line with the technical vision, strategy alignment, project performance, procurement planning, appropriation regulations, and pipeline analyses based on their unique considerations of that team. This planning process must be repeated with every change in funding levels or procurement planning. The incumbent works with the Program Office to provide data for the Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Notifications, USAID appropriation requirements and achieving office alignment with the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The incumbent also develops financial analysis tools for the office based on the need to analyze cash flow and ensure that activities procurement planning is based on an accurate understanding of current and planned funding. The incumbent will also analyze trends and mentor Agreement/Contracting Officer Representative (A/CORs) on rigorous financial management.


The incumbent will work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team to provide data to be used for cost effectiveness analyses, Independent Government Cost Analyses (IGCEs) to ensure budget management, financial management and appropriate internal controls. The incumbent work is closely aligned with monitoring data and mentoring A/CORs on how to combine financial information with monitoring data to achieve peak performance from development activities. They also update data for many reporting functions in Afghanistan including Afghan Info, third party monitoring, OPPD systems and technical office analyses. The incumbent will ensure accurate data for the OFM and ensure accurate data entry and analysis for the Quarterly Financial Reviews. The incumbent will also respond to frequent ad hoc data requests in a timely manner.


The incumbent may also serve as the A/COR for an activity managed by the GO. This would involve working closely with the OAA to be their representative in the day to day management of work planning, financial management, monitoring and evaluation of a development related activity. This will be determined according to the needs of the office, and may include serving as a backstop to other A/CORs.

Skills Required:

Budgeting

Skills Description:

a.     Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The incumbent should possess exceptional understanding of professional accounting principles, theories, practices and terminology. S/he should also be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and have expert level Excel skills. Must be highly organized, detail oriented and have good interpersonal skills for working as a team and under pressure. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.     Statement of Duties to be Performed

 

The incumbent is directly responsible for a variety of complex budgetary, financial and programmatic analyses in support of the team and for activity management as an A/COR.

The position requires strong leadership and management skills, astute judgment, proactive communications and initiative to ensure that the entire team is engaged in rigorous and responsible budgetary and financial management of USAID resources.

 

A.   Budget Management and Reporting

 

The incumbent ensures timely and flexible engagement in budget maintenance according to USAID financial regulations and appropriations. The incumbent maintains detailed and accurate records of all technical office financial transactions along with the history and context for changes. The incumbent participates in regular coordination with the technical team, the OAA, the OPPD, and the OFM. The incumbent works closely with the Technical Office to develop multi-faceted budgets in line with the technical vision, strategy alignment, project performance, procurement planning, appropriation regulations, and pipeline analyses based on their unique considerations of that team. This planning process must be repeated with every change in funding levels or procurement planning. The incumbent works with the Program Office (OPPD) to provide data for the Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Notifications, USAID appropriation requirements and achieving office alignment with the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The incumbent also develops financial analysis tools for the office based on the need to analyze cash flow and ensure that activities procurement planning is based on an accurate understanding of current and planned funding. The incumbent also analyze trends and mentor A/CORs on rigorous financial management.


B.    Program and Project Management


The incumbent may also serve as the A/COR for an activity managed by the GO. This would involve working closely with the OAA to be their representative in the day to day management of work planning, financial management, monitoring and evaluation of a development related activity. This will be determined according to the needs of the office, and may include serving as a backstop to other A/CORs.

The incumbent oversees and evaluates contractor/grantee performance, activity costs and progress, project reporting, timeliness in meeting commitments and achieving the results outlined in the design.

The incumbent provides detailed activity information, draft a variety of procurement documents such as action memoranda, implementation letters, justifications for specific types of procurement, and other ad hoc reporting as required. The incumbent supports the Office Director in procurement planning, design and overall oversight of activities.

The incumbent also coordinates with other technical offices, interagency and other donors as needed to ensure coordination of efforts and avoidance of duplication.


C.   Financial Management and Coordination


The incumbent works with OFM, OPPD and OAA when appropriate to collect and disseminate financial information necessary for activity design, implementation documents, IGCEs, trends analysis and ongoing management of the office portfolio. The incumbent maintains accurate records, context data and history to inform office planning. In case of an audit, the incumbent gathers the required data from A/CORs and provides timely responses to inquiries.

The incumbent assists the GO technical team members in preparing accruals, pipeline reports, mortgage analysis, burn rates, etc., to inform forward funding, work planning and performance management process. The incumbent also takes the initiative to alert team members on necessary actions such as extensions, close outs, sub-obligation, incremental funding, etc.


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.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

a.     Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Financial Management, Economics or Business Administration is required. (Education requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).


b.     Work Experience: At least five (5) years of relevant work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility for analyzing and evaluating program and budget issues, professional accounting, or auditing. (Work experience requirement must be met at the time of application for the subject position).


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


I.           EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS


Below factors will be used for screening candidates to be considered for English Proficiency and written examination.


•          Work Experience                  30 points

•          Knowledge                           35 points

•          Skills and Abilities                35 points

           Maximum Points:                 100 points


After an initial application screening, the best qualified applicants will be invited for a written examination, English Proficiency Test and to an oral interview.

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Attachments:

72030619R10030 - Development Program Specialist (Budget).pdf
Form_DS-174 WORD.doc