Call for Interest – Field Transition Advisor (FTA) – Niamey, Niger
Kaizen, a Tetra Tech Company (Kaizen), is a dynamic, fast-paced company that implements prime projects for the USAID, Department of State, and other international development partners. Kaizen specializes in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. We are seeking to expand our pool of experts to support our work with the USAID/CPS/Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/CPS/OTI) in Niger.
OTI Niger focuses on providing technical assistance to the civilian ministries of the Government of Niger (GoN) to support stabilization and peacebuilding efforts. We aim to strengthen the connection between national and local-level governance in key areas and support USAID efforts to adapt programming across sectors to create synergies to bolster stabilization objectives. The Field Transition Advisor’s (FTA) principal responsibility is to provide programmatic guidance and advice, political analysis, and operational support to the OTI Country Representative (CR), and under his/her direction work closely with the implementing partner (Kaizen) to ensure that the Niger Stability Support Initiative (NSSI) meets the expectations of a USAID/OTI program. The FTA will serve on OTI’s Senior Management Team and while it will be hired by Kaizen, the role will report exclusively to the OTI CR. Note that this is a call for interested applicants. The hire date and timing of fielding have not yet been finalized but will likely take place in the first half of 2022.
We are seeking specialist to provide technical assistance as follows:
The objective of the position
- Enhance OTI’s presence and day-to-day input and interaction with the field team.
- Provide independent analysis, advice, and reporting to USAID/OTI on the operational and political context and programmatic progress, challenges, and opportunities.
- Assist in the conceptualization and design of program strategies and objectives in close coordination with USAID/OTI and implementing partner staff.
- Assist in the regular review and refining of strategic objectives, including documentation of strategies where required.
Specific Tasks of the FTA
Under this Scope of Work, the FTA shall perform, but not be limited to, the specific tasks specified under the following categories:
- Track and analyze local and regional political developments and security concerns as well as other pertinent information required to achieve program objectives, ensuring that the program responds appropriately to new developments;
- At the direction of the USAID/OTI Country Representative, attend meetings with the USAID Office, the U.S. Embassy and interagency partners, foreign donors, humanitarian/development actors, and any other stakeholders as required;
- Support the CR in maintaining ongoing efficacy of the USAID/OTI program’s M&E efforts;
- Ensure that research and monitoring findings are well-integrated into program strategy and activity design;
- Provide guidance on the identification and development of activities that meet OTI funding criteria, further OTI programmatic objectives, and complement other projects and programs implemented by other USAID offices, U.S. government agencies, and donor organizations;
- Participate in and help lead in-country Program Performance Management processes, such as Strategy Review Sessions, Rolling Assessments, Planning/Team Building Workshops, Program Performance Reviews, etc, or USAID/Niger CDCS processes; Review proposals and grant concepts and work with diverse groups, many of which have not previously had international funding;
- Feed into discussions within SMT regarding aspects necessary for effective implementation such as necessary personnel, equipment, activity making capacity, Travel to monitor and assess political conditions, implementing partner operational platforms, meet with potential grantees, host-country government, and other program counterparts, and develop activity ideas;
- Mentor and train other OTI and implementing partner field staff;
- Take the lead on collecting information and drafting/editing regular reporting products;
- Independently manage special projects or other tasks as assigned;
- Integrate fully with USAID/OTI’s implementing partner staff, representing USAID/OTI’s thinking on strategic direction and priorities during the entire activity cycle;
- Work closely with program staff to ensure the effective use of the USAID/OTI Activity Database. The Field Transition Advisor will review the quality of information within the database and make recommendations to the SMT for improved data management, maintenance, and database use;
- Review content submissions related to activity implementation and provide feedback to the CR with related recommendations or corrections, as needed;
- Any other tasks as assigned or needed.
Education and Language Requirements
We are seeking a qualified senior-level candidate; at a minimum, the candidate must have:
- A Master’s Degree with five years of work experience
- A Bachelor’s Degree with seven years of work experience;
- Five years of project management experience with any of the following organizations, including but not limited to: a non-governmental organization in community development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, and/or political analysis; an international assistance organization, or a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency;
- One year of overseas field experience (in person or virtual).
- One year of supervisory experience;
- French and English Language working proficiency required.
This position is contingent upon the final decision of USAID/CPS/OTI.
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