VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 19-052-RA1
MCC - DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT SPECIALIST
The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Development Assistant Specialist in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Section.
Opening Date : November 27, 2019
Closing Date : December 18, 2019
Open to : All interested candidates/ All Sources
Work Schedule : Full-time (40 hours/week)
SALARY : *Ordinarily Resident (OR) : CFA 18,091,669 p.a. (Starting Salary)
(Position Grade : FSN-10)
ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION :
This position is in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Section, US Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and reports directly to the MCC Resident Country Director (RCD). The Development Assistant Specialist performs a variety of important programmatic assignments and is responsible for : (i) assisting the MCC Country Team with the design of a successful second compact ; (ii) representing the MCC Country Team on the ground, as agreed upon with the RCD ; (iii) where applicable, put in place project management and quality assurance tools for the development and implementation of a second compact. The Development Assistance Specialist serves as the senior LE Staff specialist within the MCC-Burkina Faso Country Team, and as part of the larger MCC Burkina Faso Country Team of approximately two dozen people who are based in Washington, DC. She/he contributes to the development of, and oversight on a wide range of technical project activities and policies, and, where relevant, program planning and other complex issues related to the development and later implementation of a second compact with Burkina Faso in the electricity (power) sector, including political and institutional reforms, infrastructure rehabilitation and improvements, and improving electricity access. Within this context, the Development Specialist works daily with the MCC Country Team. Additionally, the Development Assistance Specialist, along with the MCC Administrative Assistant, serves as the primary liaison between the U.S. Embassy staff and the MCC staff for administrative, logistical, office management and financial management matters. The incumbent is responsible for creating effective working relationships with MCC Washington staff, the Compact Formulation Unit (UCF) and relevant government officials in Burkina Faso, the donor community, key stakeholders throughout Burkina Faso, and other organizations interested in partnerships with MCC and the Government of Burkina Faso for the successful development and implementation of a second compact.
The position is a one-year term appointment, with possible renewal, not to exceed five years.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED :
1. EDUCATION : Master degree in any of the following areas : energy, engineering, international relations, economics, management or environmental sciences is required.
2. EXPERIENCE : A minimum of five (5) years of work experience related to economic development, strategic planning, program design, budgeting, analysis and reporting to include experience collaborating with GOS agencies and international organizations, local or international NGO’s and/or foreign investors. Also, experience in negotiating and managing complex activities in team setting is required.
3. LANGUAGE : IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English and French is required. These may be tested.
4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Ability to be a proactive doer/fixer, organized, politically savvy and diplomatic. Ability to interpret data and prepare a variety of analytical reports regarding implementation and impacts of investments and/or assistance are required. To apply accounting and budget principles is required. Ability to interpret extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to prepare and maintain financial, budgetary, economic, and/or technical analyses and evaluations. Ability to negotiate and manage complex activities in a team environment. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as-well-as the ability to develop and maintain and engage a broad range of contacts in the public and private sectors as-well-as within key US Embassy posts. Data management and analysis skills, including computer literacy with knowledge of the design and use of spreadsheets, basic database functions, and word processing. Intermediate user level of word processing skill and keyboarding skills. The ability to work independently and to assume new and increasingly challenging tasks is required. These may be tested.
5. JOB KNOWLEDGE : Must have good working knowledge of economic development policies and practices ; knowledge of the principles, concepts and methodology involved in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of international development and/or investment programs/projects, in particular those involving large scale infrastructure investments.
HOW TO APPLY : Applicants must complete the following application process to be considered :
• Create an account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/bfa/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms
• Choose Announcement Number Ouaga-2019-052 MCC - Development Assistant Specialist and complete the online application.
• Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. cover letter, degrees certificates, wok permits & SF 50 if applicable) into the Electronic Recruitment Application system.
Required Documents : Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application :
• Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
• Master Degree
• DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• Copies of Work Attestations / Certificates
What to Expect Next : Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via telephone calls and email.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION : The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at HROOuaga@state.gov
All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All applications must be for an open/advertised position.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY : The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.
U.S. EMBASSY OUAGADOUGOU