Project Development Specialist (Donor Government Coordinator)

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

IMSolutions LLC is seeking a Project Development Specialist/Donor Government Coordinator to provide support to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghanistan Mission. The Office of Program and Project Development (OPPD) provides Mission-wide support for strategic planning, strategy development, program and activity design, budgeting, monitoring and coordination of overall implementation of the portfolio of USAID assistance in Afghanistan. Within OPPD’s Donor Coordination Unit (DCU), the applicant will provide support to the DCU team (Team Leader and/or Bureau Senior Policy Advisor) in managing donor coordination, aid effectiveness, and coordination/implementation. The applicant will perform significant cross-cutting tasks relating, but not limited to, aid effectiveness, anti-corruption, public-private sector partnerships, on-budget finance, regional coordination and support, gender, youth, capacity development, monitoring and evaluation and innovation.

The applicant will be expected to exercise a high level of independent work and must be able to react to changing priorities in U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan, and exercise professional judgment regarding their effects on priorities for the region. Applicants must be able to multi-task and prioritize tasks, determine relevance of documents and various sources of information, and use judgment in dealing with the public, counterparts, and other donors.

 

The position is 100% remote. The start date is immediate.

Responsibilities
     • Assist’s the Donor Coordination Unit (DCU) with convening the annual Development Cooperation Dialogue (DCD) with the UN, World Bank and other donors.
     • Coordinate closely with the OPPD Program Support Team (PST) and Budget team, as well as cognizant technical offices, to confirm that results in Afghan Info meet USAID quality standards.
     • Support other ongoing tasks related to strengthening the reporting link between Phoenix and Afghan Info for the Recurrent Cost Window (RCW) and Investment Window (IW) funded through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF).
     • Works closely with technical teams, the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA), the Office of Financial Management (OFM), the Resident Legal Office (RLO), and interagency to produce a package for the USG and the donor community.
     • Assist’s the Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) and designated Activity Managers (AMs) of the ARTF in the periodic review of quarterly reports and in the monitoring of the ARTF Investment Projects and the Incentive Program (IP) including collecting, tracking, and verifying results entered into Afghan Info.
     • Coordinate with the Program Support Team (PST) and the AOR/AMs to ensure that the results of the ARTF-funded projects are posted in Afghan Info and that they meet USAID quality standards.

Donor Coordination activities: 
     • Attend both internal and external meetings and draft meeting readouts and briefing notes for the OPPD/DCU and Front Office.
     • Assist in cataloging, reviewing, disseminating, and summarizing ARTF documents and materials periodically received from the World Bank, which is the administrator of the ARTF.
     • Lead the planning and organization of donor events and meetings hosted by USAID or with development partner representatives on behalf of USAID.
     • Assist the DCU in implementing and maintaining the ARTF AOR project file documents in the Agency Secure Image and Storage Tracking System (ASIST).

 

POSITION SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:


ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES (KSA’s) –

     • Requires strong knowledge of principles of project development, logical frameworks, analytical requirements, monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as financial planning.
     • Knowledge of Afghanistan’s economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics, development prospects, potential, priorities, and resources with a knowledge of, or potential to acquire understanding of programming, project design and implementation policies, procedures and documentation pertaining to development assistance is needed.
     • Must have the ability to establish rapport and maintain contacts with officials in technical and support offices within USAID, mid-level officials in GoA, NGOs, and the private sector.
     • Ability to explain USAID project and activity design and MEL guidance, its policies, practices, analytical and documentation requirements to officials within USAID and its stakeholders outside USAID is important.
     • Ability to perform any of the mandatory analysis and formulate non-technical aspects/sectors of a design document.
     • Possess the skills to organize and present aspects of a project and activity design into appropriate written and/or oral formats is needed.
     • Ability to design evaluation and assessment statements of work, advise on monitoring and evaluation of activities, including selecting indicators and MEL methodology, is required.
     • Must have proficiency in using MS Office Suite (e.g., MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
     • Must be able to plan and carry out assignments with a high degree of independence and accuracy.


Required –
     
     • Ability to obtain facility access
     • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field sociology, economics, psychology, organizational studies, development studies, political science, or related field) and six (6) years of professional work experience OR Master’s degree in a relevant field plus four (4) years of professional work experience OR High School Diploma plus ten (10) years of relevant professional work experience.
          1. Prior Work Experience: Progressively responsible work experience with an Afghan Government institution or international (bi-lateral or multilateral) development entity involving project design and implementation, and/or monitoring, evaluation and learning is required.
     • Language Proficiency: Incumbent must have Level IV (speaking/reading/writing) English proficiency and Level IV (speaking/reading) Dari and/or Pashto is required. Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English at a professional level.
     • Have experience in project administration and management procedures.
     • Be proficient in the use of Windows, Google, Internet search engines, and e- mail applications.


Post Entry Training –
     
     • Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures, reporting requirements, and systems, and orientation working from a donor agency perspective, will be provided.
     • Training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, as appropriate.
     • Courses, seminars, conferences, and other activities in fields related to the function and needed to maintain and update professional qualifications.

 

Benefits – IMSolutions is proud to offer a competitive salary, high-quality, broad, and diverse benefits, a generous Paid Time Off plan, and a corporate 401k plan. IMSolutions offers exceptional opportunities to develop a rewarding career. For more information, you can send any questions to careers@imsolutionsllc.com.

 

Equal Opportunity Employment: IMSolutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  IMSolutions is an E-Verify Employer.