Scope of Work: Senior Regional Advisor
Overview and Objective:
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Senior Regional Advisor (SRA) will represent and serve as a liaison between OTI and a wide array of individuals and institutions including USAID Field Missions, other USAID office representatives, regionally-based officials from the State Department, the Department of Defense, and other agencies of the U.S. Government, international organizations, and the non-government community abroad on political transition, conflict, and post-conflict issues in the region. The SRA will be based in Tunis, Tunisia, and will receive instructions and guidance from the Washington-based USAID/OTI Middle East and North Africa Team Leader. The SRA will visit, as necessary, ongoing USAID/OTI programs in the region as well as potential program countries. This position will include up to 50% travel within the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.
The SRA will not supervise or direct USAID/OTI or implementing partner staff but will assist USAID/OTI in training and mentoring USAID/OTI country teams in the Middle East and North Africa region, including Country Representatives, Deputy Country Representatives, and other staff on the USAID/OTI business model, procedures, and best practices. They will help to determine the learning and training needs of in-country staff and contribute to broader office policy and process discussions to promote state-of-the-art transition programming. Through coordination with USAID/OTI’s Program Performance Management team, the SRA will stay abreast of current thinking, policy determinations, lessons learned, and best practices from other regions, while at the same time cultivating and sharing best practices found in the field. Through on-the-ground knowledge of USAID/OTI country programs, the SRA will contribute to the refinement of OTI’s learning and training strategy and materials for staff in-country programs.
OTI has two active programs in the Middle East and North Africa region: Libya (since 2011) and Iraq (since 2018). In Libya, USAID/OTI advances stability by strengthening the conditions that enable political compromise. In Iraq, USAID/OTI improves conditions in areas liberated from ISIS to allow for the durable return of internally displaced persons while mitigating discrete, emergent challenges that threaten stability. The SRA will assist OTI staff in supporting these two programs as well as provide independent analysis, advice, and reporting to OTI and OTI implementing partner(s) on programmatic, political, and security developments in countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Based on USAID/OTI’s experiences, a strong SRA should demonstrate:
- Close, daily collaboration with USAID/OTI’s in-country staff and other USAID/OTI implementing partner staff;
- Understanding of basic grantee and contractor/USAID relationships;
- Strong political and conflict analysis capacity;
- Outstanding communication skills;
- Ability to perform in a complex and highly sensitive political environment;
- Ability to build strong relationships with local government counterparts, grassroots organizations and their constituencies, USG agencies, and other international organizations;
- Familiarity with a wide range of issues, including community development, stabilization, conflict resolution, democracy/governance, and human rights; and
- Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, self-reliance, team-building, and problem-solving skills.
Under the guidance and instructions of the Washington-based Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Team Leader, the SRA will:
- Advise and assist the USAID/OTI Middle East and North Africa Team and Country Representatives on USAID/OTI strategic planning;
- Advise regional teams on program design and program strategy formulation/revision;
- Support country programs with monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) processes;
- Establish and maintain strong relations with key partners and stakeholders and convey USAID/OTI and broader USAID interests during meetings with USAID Mission and Bureau personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, interagency stakeholders, host-country government officials, international organizations, indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international donors, and others interested in OTI activities.
- Travel on temporary duty status (TDY) to current or potential USAID/OTI field locations in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Tampa and Washington, D.C., and other locations as required (up to 50% time) to provide advice on USAID/OTI field programming, including traveling to countries in conflict. Travel will be required to attend regional conferences and strategy sessions. Provide readouts when practicable and appropriate to USAID/OTI’s regional and Program Performance Management teams;
- Provide consultations and assessments on best practices and lessons learned to develop guidance and training materials. Monitor regional developments related to USAID/OTI’s mission and mandate. Provide ongoing analysis and regular reporting to the Middle East and North Africa Team Leader on current political developments, security concerns, and other pertinent information from the region for informed decision-making;
- Assist USAID/OTI in conducting assessments for possible new country start-ups, and provide independent analysis and advice to inform USAID/OTI’s decision whether to engage in new countries. However, formal decisions to start new country programs rest with the USAID/OTI Director. The SRA will not serve on technical evaluation panels to award prime task orders to implementing partners and will not be involved in modifying prime task orders;
- Serve as USAID/OTI’s regional expert for new country start-ups, strategic analysis and assist OTI in dialogue with senior U.S. Government officials and representatives throughout the region;
- Assist USAID/OTI in ensuring effective and well-managed USAID/OTI country programs by performing independent analysis of program operations, and helping to mentor, train, and provide independent advice, not direction, to the USAID/OTI Country Representative, Deputy Country Representative, and other members of in-country Senior Management Teams (including implementing partner staff where appropriate) on USAID/OTI’s business model, programming methodology, applicable historical references, observed personal and corporate lessons. Advise at strategic, programmatic, and activity levels to ensure the overall success of USAID/OTI programs in the region;
- Provide advice to the USAID/OTI Middle East and North Africa Team Leader with regard to making decisions that affect the direction and implementation of country programs. Assist relevant country teams with adhering to USAID/OTI program effectiveness;
- Actively support learning and training across the USAID/OTI Middle East portfolio and in USAID/OTI by linking, contributing to, and refining observed lessons and best practices from the field, program, and personnel requirements to the main body of USAID/OTI knowledge through the Program Performance Management team;
- Provide support (as needed) for the design and execution of U.S. Embassy or USAID Mission programs that follow USAID/OTI’s quick impact programming model. If required, such support to embassies and USAID Missions will include attendance and/or facilitation of program management processes for follow-on programming including rolling assessments, strategy review sessions, program performance reviews, and management reviews; and
- Other tasks as assigned by the TOCOR in consultation with the USAID/OTI Middle East and North Africa Team Leader.
- A Bachelor’s degree (preferably in a relevant field such as but not limited to political science, international development, and international relations) and seven (7) years of experience OR eleven (11) years of work experience;
- At least seven (7) years (Senior-Level) of progressively responsible relevant work experience;
- Which includes at least three (3) years working in one or more MENA countries;
- Six (6) years of project management experience in the MENA Region, including project design with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization in political transition, countering violent extremism, community development, organizational development, economic development, mediation/arbitration, conflict resolution, democracy and governance, international law, and/or human rights activities;
- Four (4) years of experience working with political transition programs implemented through a grants-under-contract mechanism with a U.S. Government foreign assistance bureaucracy;
- Two (2) years of supervisory experience;
- Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with a diverse staff;
- Fluency in written and spoken English; and
- Ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
The following are highly desired but not required:
- Four (4) years of relevant programming and coordination experience with OTI or OTI Implementing partner;
- An advanced degree in a relevant field such as but not limited to political science, international development, international relations;
- Experience coordinating the implementation of programs working on sensitive stabilization or political transition objectives with other stakeholders;
- Prior long-term field experience in the Middle East and North Africa region; and
- Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic.
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