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REO Project Management Specialist (Fisheries), FSN-11

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/


I. GENERAL INFORMATION


1. SOLICITATION NO.:  USAID 72048621R10006

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 5, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: April 1, 2021/11:59 PM Bangkok, Thailand local time

4. POSITION TITLE: REO Project Management Specialist (Fisheries)

5. MARKET VALUE:  THB 1,340,075 – 2,345,127 per annum equivalent to FSN-11 In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/RDMA. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Five (5) years initial contract. The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to continued need of the position and availability of funds.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  USAID/RDMA, Bangkok, Thailand 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  The successful candidate shall be required to obtain a Security Certification for Employment from Regional Security Office. 
 

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 
 

9.1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The incumbent serves as a Project Management Specialist for the Regional Environment Office (REO), USAID/RDMA. The position is part of the Ecosystem Management and Trade (EMT) Team which carries out activities that support regional actions in the Indian Ocean-Pacific region (Indo-Pacific) 1) to increase the ability of regional organizations to conserve marine biodiversity and combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; 2) to promote legal and sustainable trade of natural resources; and 3) to promote best practices in biodiversity conservation and ecosystems management programming.


This position is responsible for the implementation, coordination, and evaluation of USAID-funded EMT portfolio activities in Asia, with a focus on regional coastal/marine and fisheries management activities. Responsibilities will include supporting the development and management of a new flagship marine project that will reduce illegal fishing, improve food security, and promote sustainable fisheries management in Asia. 

REO also provides technical expertise and other support to USAID’s bilateral Missions in the region, including helping USAID staff develop and manage environmental programs.

The incumbent will serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements, which involves coordination of funding, reporting, and administration with RDMA offices to ensure activities are appropriately managed, goals are achieved, and U.S. Government (USG) funds are properly used. This position requires travel both domestically and internationally at least 20% of the time.
 

9.2   Statement of Duties to be Performed
 

A. PROJECT AND ACTIVITY MANAGEMENT:     (50%)

  • Serves as the Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) and/or Alternate C/AOR managing projects and activities in the EMT portfolio including: providing technical direction; monitoring activities through site visits and reviewing work plans and progress reports; making recommendations to Implementing Partners (IPs) to increase program impacts and enhance sustainability; facilitating coordination among IPs; tracking expenditures and financial accruals against obligations; and reporting program results.
  • Maintains up-to-date records of the financial status and performance of contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants and reports this information upon request to RDMA Management and USAID/Washington (USAID/W).
  • Coordinates financial tracking and reporting with the REO Budget Specialist, other RDMA offices, and USAID/Washington. Drafts official USAID documents required for reporting changes in the status of activities, such as Congressional Notifications, Annual Reports, Action and Justification Memos, and Acquisition Documents. Processes actions related to developing new or modifying existing contracts, agreements, or grants using USAID’s Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS).
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of contractors, grantees, and other IPs. Provides technical guidance regarding program management and overall technical program vision. Facilitates the development of work plans and performance monitoring plans (PMPs) by advising contractors and grantees on expected program performance indicators, targets, and results, and contributing to data collection and synthesis. Ensures program implementation achieves planned results, and developmental impacts are well-documented and reported.
  • Provides strategic direction to contractors and grantees to ensure their activities support the strategic objectives of the RDMA and are consistent with the RDMA’s environmental strategy. Guides and monitors activities of contractors and grantees to ensure compliance with the terms of their contracts and agreements as well as with established USAID guidelines, policies, and procedures, including USAID’s environmental compliance requirements. Resolves any implementation issues in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Prepares and disseminates, on a regular basis, to RDMA Mission staff and partners information on project and activity accomplishments and best practices in coastalmarine and fisheries management and related programs.
  • Reports success stories in achieving progress toward expected results. Contributes program updates to the REO weekly reports as well as other USAID and U.S. State Department communication channels.
  • Coordinates with administrative and communications support staff in documenting and managing mandatory electronic and paper file systems.
  • Provides technical expertise and other services to support project and activity management by bilateral USAID client Missions in Asia
     

B. COORDINATION, COMMUNICATIONS, OUTREACH, AND PARTNERSHIP:     (30%)

  • Represents USAID/RDMA on EMT issues at technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings with regional institutions, host country governments, USG agencies, public and private sector organizations, and donors. S/he will liaise with both government counterparts and the private sector, including across the seafood supply chain.
  • As the lead expert on coastal resource management, interacts routinely with Mission Management and senior specialists of technical offices and with senior officials of host governments, international donor agencies, Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions to provide technical and policy advice on matters related to ocean and coastal resource management.
  • Researches and analyzes emerging trends as a basis for guiding projects due to innovations in the field.
  • Strengthens coordination with regional organizations and their member states/countries by leading working group meetings and engaging key counterparts.
  • Responds to internal and external technical inquiries and writes analytical reports.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert (SME) to negotiate and influence the range of ministries and government counterpart offices to ensure successful project approval and implementation.
  • Builds strong external networks and partnerships. Responds to requests for information from a variety of internal and external audiences on the EMT portfolio, including the coastal-marine and fisheries management program; prepare a variety of EMT’s reports; prepares briefing documents; and assists the Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) Officer in responding to press inquiries, press releases, and speeches.
  • Assists in coordinating with and responding to queries from other USAID Missions, USAID/W and other USG entities.
     

C. PROJECT/ACTIVITY DESIGN AND PLANNING:     (20%)

  • Identifies, assesses, and responds to priority environmental issues relating to biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and coastal-marine and fisheries management across Asia.
  • Identifies challenges and opportunities to improve biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and coastal-marine ecosystems and fisheries management.
  • Analyzes and promotes policy options to strengthen regional, sub-regional, and national capacity to improve biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, increase marine biodiversity and strengthen fisheries and coastal-marine ecosystem management.
  • Participates in efforts to develop the USAID response to foreign policy related priorities, including Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing.
  • Assists in the procurement of new projects by preparing studies, statements of work, project, and activity design documents, supporting the development of procurement documents, and assisting in award processes. This may also include supporting Technical Evaluation Committees (TEC) and responding to requests for information for planned procurements.
  • Coordinates review and approval of key documents with other offices, including the Regional Legal Office (RLO), the Regional Office of Financial Management (ROFM), and the Program Office (PRO).
     

The contractor is eligible or temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

9.3.   Supervisory Relationship
The incumbent reports directly to the Supervisory Natural Resources Officer (EMT Team lead) or his/her designee.
 

9.4.   Supervisory Controls

Full supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 
This position is open to Cooperating Country National (CCN). Thai citizen or other country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent Thai residence is eligible to apply. Please note that USAID is not able to sponsor candidates for a Thai residency permit.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT:  Kevarin/RDMA HR Assistant 

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
 

1. Education: Master’s degree in Coastal Marine and Fisheries Management, Fisheries Science, Environmental Science, Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resource Management, and/or other related fields is required. The technical expertise required to serve as a coastal-marine and fisheries advisor, requires the specialized technical knowledge of the subject area obtained through a master’s degree.
 

2. Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the natural resource management fields and/or the coastal marine/fisheries field, at least two (2) years of which should have been working with or for a foreign government, international NGO, donor agency, regional institution, or international company.
 

3. Language: Level IV – Fluent in speaking/reading/writing in Thai and English with a valid TOEIC score of 855 is required.
 

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
 

Application Rating System
The application rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. Applicants must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their application and/or resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:
 

1. Experience (30 points): 
Additional points will be given for relevant experience above the minimum requirement which may include relevant experience in managing complex projects in a developing country, and/or working with foreign or international development activities or organizations.  
 

2. Knowledge (30 points): 

  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of EMT including coastal/marine fisheries management and biodiversity conservation specifically, and environmental programming broadly.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of local and the Asian environmental, economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics, development prospects, potential, priorities, and resources in the above sectors, as well as knowledge of Asia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region’s environmental priorities, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of project/activity design and management including budgeting.
     

3. Skills and Abilities (40 points): 

  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), strong presentation skills, and the ability to interpret complex and technical reports to senior management, IPs, public groups and/or host country senior government officials, particularly non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrates an ability to make sound judgements and possess strong analytical and conceptual skills to identify wide ranging program issues and establish and evaluate relevant data for conclusion or decision process.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, and the ability to collaborate, interact, develop, and maintain strong and effective working relationships with a broad range of development partners and program stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and ability to work under pressure, produce results quickly, and ability to predict issues of concerns and recommend remedial measures.
  • Demonstrates an ability to use computer and office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, and Google applications.
  • Demonstrates an ability to learn and apply USAID and USG legislation, programming policies, project design methodology, procedures, and documentation related to international environmental programs and activities.
  • Demonstrates an ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate complex projects.
  • Demonstrates an ability to obtain a travel clearance, and to travel frequently both domestically and internationally.
     

Total Application Rating: 100
Recruitment Test: 100
Interview Performance: 100
Total Possible Points: 300
 

SELECTION PROCESS:

To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications required for the position mentioned in Section II, Item 1-2. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.

Applications will be initially screened and scored in accordance evaluation factors and points mentioned in Section III, item 1-3. Shortlisted candidates will be given a recruitment test. Applicants with passing marks from the recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score mentioned in Section II, item 3 will be invited for an interview. The recruitment test and the interview will be structured around the evaluation factors mentioned above. The successful candidate will be selected based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities; a written test; an interview; and the results of reference checks. References may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.
 

IV. TO APPLY

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/jobs/usaid-job-vacancies/ carefully and submit complete application package before the deadline.

 

  Failure to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.

Contact : RDMArecruitment@usaid.gov


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