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Added: Oct 16, 2012 4:49 amISSUANCE DATE: October 17, 2012
CLOSING DATE: November 17, 2012
MARKET VALUE: $84,697 - $110,104 (GS-14).
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: USAID, Dhaka, Bangladesh
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Office Director, Program Office
SUPERVISORY CONTROL: Minimal. Incumbent is expected to act independently with little direction.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The Personal Services Contract is for two year.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Secret Level Clearance
USAID/Bangladesh manages a $200 million portfolio of development programming that spans Democracy and Governance, Food Security, Health and Climate Change. Bangladesh is a focal country for four Presidential Initiatives: Feed the Future, Global Health, Global Climate Change and Global Engagement with the Muslim World. The mission's recently developed CDCS, for 2011-2016, guides mission activities toward the overall development goal of making Bangladesh a ‘knowledge-based, healthy, food-secure and climate resilient middle income democracy.' As a focal country for the Presidential Initiatives and with a highly engaged Embassy, outreach and communications is a high priority for the Mission and the Embassy.
The mission has also recently developed a communication strategy, based on the CDCS, incorporating key messaging from each of the Presidential Initiatives and the agency's USAID Forward reform effort. The goal of the communication strategy is to promote a better understanding and awareness of the impact of USAID's cooperation with Bangladesh and to demonstrate the benefits of USAID programs. The communication strategy targets key audiences such as senior Bangladesh government officials, other donors, youth, private sector and civil society, local and international media and US lawmakers. The rationale for these selections is to reach decision-makers and opinion leaders on development issues to encourage good will and foster productive partnerships to achieve development goals.
The Supervisory Development Outreach Communications (DOC) Officer is an essential member of the Program Office (PRO), which includes as a primary responsibility the production and dissemination of public information regarding the Mission and its development portfolio. The Supervisory DOC will lead the DOC team within PRO to investigate, analyze, collect, manage, and distribute information associated with the USAID foreign assistance program in Bangladesh. A crucial objective is to develop strategic information used to educate and promote better understanding of USAID programs for both Bangladeshi and American audiences. Equally important, is to ensure outreach activities further Mission and U.S. Embassy strategic goals. To effectively achieve these objectives, the Supervisory DOC Officer will work closely with the Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS), Senior USAID staff, local news agencies, as well as USAID partners. The Supervisory DOC Officer will be USAID/Bangladesh's primary point of contact and liaison for all information requests on program activities. S/he will supervise the Supervisory DOC Specialist, who leads a highly motivated team of Bangladeshi professionals.
The Supervisory DOC Officer's knowledge, leadership, and expertise, have a major influence on the Senior Management Team's development outreach policies. The DOC team collaborates closely with technical offices and implementing partners, providing oversight, advice and guidance in developing and implementing the Mission's DOC strategy. Close collaboration with the Embassy's PAS will ensure that senior embassy personnel are properly apprised of USAID public outreach activities and projects, that policies and procedures regarding outreach communications are strictly adhered to and that USG interests are protected. Close collaboration with the Mission's Senior Management Team will ensure that outreach activities support USAID / Bangladesh strategic goals including, but not limited to, those outlined in the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). A key function of this position will be to mentor the DOC team and build capacity within the mission and with implementing partners to develop more effective communication plans and materials. S/he will also serve as principal liaison with the Agency's Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau in Washington (USAID/LPA).
Under the direction of the Mission Director, PRO is responsible for overseeing the formulation and implementation of the Mission's CDCS for Bangladesh and assisting to define the role and objectives of U.S. assistance. This includes ensuring that the Agency's program policies are adhered to and reflected in the Mission's programming policies and procedures. PRO coordinates and assists with all Mission activity designs and fulfills required planning and reporting requirements for the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance (F) through the annual Operational Plan and Performance Plan Report. PRO also assumes the lead in the formulation, management and control of the Mission's Program Budget, negotiates bilateral agreements with the Government of Bangladesh, and supports the Mission Director's participation in donor coordination forums in-country. PRO develops and implements the Mission's public information strategy in consultation with the Front Office and the Embassy's Public Affairs Office, and assists Technical Office (TO) teams in preparation, clearance, and timely submission and approval of documents.
C. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The specific duties of the Supervisory Development Outreach Communications Officer include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
1) Supervision and Coordination
2) Public Information and Publicity Materials
3) Media and Public Relations
4) Publicity Events
Perform other duties relating to public outreach, information and communication, as assigned or required.
D. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
This position requires a combination of leadership, analytical and technical expertise, and managerial skills. The incumbent must have excellent English writing skills and be able to meet strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The incumbent must be familiar with and be able to work well in an overseas environment with a wide range of government and non-government counterparts. The successful candidate will have experience with local, regional and international press. The Supervisory Development Outreach Communications Officer shall have the following qualifications. Note that in order to be considered those marked "required" must be met.
Education (15 points): A Master's degree, preferably in the field of public relations, journalism, international development/relations, English, marketing, communications or related field is required. Three years of overseas experience in public relations may be considered an acceptable substitute for the required Master's degree.
Skills (25 points): Native level fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking) is required. Given the nature of the position, demonstrated effective written and oral communication is a requirement. Fluency in Bangla is preferred. Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and ability to lead and work in teams required. Excellent organizational, critical and strategic thinking skills required. Strong staff development and management skills preferred. Strong computer skills in the full range of MS software, including spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and graphics, is preferred. Experience with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, RSS feeds and other social media platforms strongly preferred.
Applicants should provide at least two writing samples with their applications. The samples should be 750 to 1,000 words. They can be excerpts from longer articles or papers and do not have to be specifically written for this application. The samples should demonstrate the applicant's ability to clearly and succinctly communicate complex ideas to the public. Co-written articles will not be accepted - the applicant must be the sole author.
Applications will be evaluated and scored utilizing the criteria below. The total possible is 100 points.
a. Education: 15%
b. Experience: 30%
c. Knowledge: 30%
d. Skills and Abilities: 25%
Applicants seeking the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the most highly ranked applicants.
Supervisory Control Over Position:
Exercise of Judgment: The incumbent performs under general administrative discretion with ability to exercise independent judgment, to accomplish work of outstanding difficulty. Judgment and ingenuity are required not only to interpret the intent of guidance and to develop applications/guidelines, but also to make quick decisions in settings that require immediate development outreach communication action with crucial implications on U.S. interests and no U.S. senior officials are present to consult.
Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent does not have formal authority to financial commitment unless authorized by his/her American Supervisor.
Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Personal contacts are according to the regulations and procedures of USAID/Bangladesh, U.S. Embassy personnel, USAID / Washington, partners, implementers and institutional contractors.
The term of the contract will be for one year on/about March 2013 to February 2015. Within 2 weeks after written notice from the Contracting Officer that all clearances have been received or, unless another date is specified by the Contracting Officer in writing, the incumbent shall proceed to Dhaka to perform the above-mentioned services. This position bas been classified at a U.S. Government GS 14 level. The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous salary history. If the successful candidate meets all the requirements of the position, the offered salary will be within the GS-14 band. It is unlikely that an individual will be selected who does not already have the prior training and experience to fully perform the GS-14 equivalent, or who in some other way does not fully meet all requirements for the position. However, should such an individual be offered a position, the offered salary may be below the GS-14 pay band. In addition, the Mission has a 30% Post Differential Allowance, 5% Sunday Pay Allowance, and FICA and federal income tax will be withheld by USAID/Bangladesh is a family post with good educational facilities for dependent children.
Medical and Security Clearances:
Benefits and Allowances: As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, an individual meeting the requirements of an offshore hire USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits.
2. Allowances* (If Applicable): As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, an offshore USPSC is normally authorized the following allowances:
* Dept. of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
3. Other Benefits: Additional benefits are available for individuals hired from outside Bangladesh in accordance with the AIDAR, Federal Travel Regulations and Standardized Regulations, e.g., international airfare from place of residence, R&R, international shipment of personal effects, unaccompanied baggage allowance, POV Shipment, Repatriation Travel, furnished housing and educational allowances for dependent children.
FEDERAL TAXES: USPSCs are not exempted from payment of Federal Income taxes under the foreign earned income exclusion.
LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSCs:
For initial consideration:
2. Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (AID 1420-17)
Application stating their interest along with updated OF-612 (Application for Federal Employment), a current resume along a cover letter. Please send your application package to this e-mail account: Dhaka-Jobs@usaid.gov. The candidate must sign the completed OF-612, the resume and the cover letter, scan and send them to above mentioned e-mail account. Incomplete, unsigned applications and late submissions will not be considered.
ACQUISITION AND ASSISTANCE POLICY DIRECTIVES (AAPDs) PERTAINING TO PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACT (PSC):
AAPDs contain information or changes pertaining to USAID policy, regulation and procedures concerning acquisition and assistance. A number of AAPDs pertaining to Personal Service Contracts. Please refer to the USAID website http://www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/procurement/psc_solicit/ to locate relevant AAPDs. Additionally, AIDAR Appendix D applies to PSCs and can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/aidar.pdf
Points of Contact
1. Eric Adams, Supervisory Executive Officer, USAID/Dhaka
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October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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Original Set Aside:
R -- Professional, administrative, and management support services
812 -- Personal and Laundry Services/812990 -- All Other Personal Services