Vacancy for Development Assistance Specialist in Baku, Azerbaijan


USAID/Azerbaijan has the opening for the GS-11 Resident-hire US Personal Services Contractor

SOLICITATION NUMBER: SOL-112-17-000001

ISSUANCE DATE: May 24, 2017

CLOSING DATE/TIME: June 23, 2017 (17:00 local Baku time)

POSITION TITLE: Development Assistance Specialist

The selected candidate will be responsible for the developing briefing materials for USAID/Azerbaijan, including one-page descriptions of program activities, program impacts, lessons learned, materials for updating the website, and others as deemed necessary, may go to site visits.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Baku, Azerbaijan, with possible travel as required.

STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The position is located in the USAID/Azerbaijan Program Office located in Baku. The Development Assistance Specialist reports to the Program Office (PPO) Director, works with his/her colleagues in the PPO and other technical offices and coordinates a variety of duties and responsibilities directly with all the Foreign Service Nationals within USAID.

USAID/Azerbaijan manages the U.S. Government (USG) development program in Azerbaijan with a FY 2016 bilateral budget of $6.2 million. The Mission portfolio includes a broad range of economic growth, and democracy and governance development activities. The main purpose of the position is to draft and edit key documents for the Mission to outside stakeholders; develop and assist with all outreach efforts to showcase USAID activities in Azerbaijan; assist with strategy development; and mentor local staff. USAID/Azerbaijan's program activities are of exceptionally broad scope and complexity. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for helping to strategically plan, develop, implement, and administer the program to promote better awareness and understanding of U.S. foreign assistance to Azerbaijan. She/he is also responsible for helping to relay related policies and achievements to key audiences of the host country, in the United States, and throughout other donor countries

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Develop Program Materials 35%

Work with USAID program and technical staff to develop briefing materials for USAID/Azerbaijan and for the Embassy/Baku Front Office. This includes materials for senior level meetings with government officials, USAID site visits and media events, plus responses to requests from USAID/Washington, Embassy/Baku, STATE/W, the U.S. Congress and others. 

Assist in producing key program materials, including one-page descriptions of program activities, program impacts, lessons learned, materials for updating the website, and others as deemed necessary. Respond in a timely manner to ongoing requests from USAID/Washington on USAID/Azerbaijan program accomplishments, updates and priorities. 

B. Provide Editorial Quality Control 30%

Review and edit key documents produced by the Mission. This includes briefers for the USAID Mission Director, briefing checklists and speeches for the Embassy/Baku Front Office, the monthly newsletter, official correspondence, the Baku Daily Report, annual Operational Plan, Annual Report, and other program documents. Responsible for ensuring all materials meet quality standards.

C. Mentoring 20%

Establish formal mentoring relationship with USAID/Azerbaijan Development Outreach Coordinator (DOC), and informal relationships with other FSNs in PPO and in the USAID Mission 

D. Manage Public Events 15%

With the assistance of the FSN Development, Outreach, and Communications Specialist, the incumbent plans, schedules, publicizes, and carries out activities to present Mission programs to the public. Activities may include using a range of communications tools (including photography and video) and distribution networks to reach a variety of audiences. Events can include, but are not limited to, field trips to specific venues or activities, as well as outreach and social media coverage for overall public information programming.

For site visits or events that involve the Ambassador, DCM, USAID Mission Director, the incumbent ensures that all information related to these events (e.g., backgrounders/scene setters, schedules, talking points, speeches, etc.) are prepared, and meets quality standards and within the time requirements. Coordinates closely with the Embassy/Baku Public Affairs Section (PAS) to support Post’s Communications Strategy, highlighting efforts that showcase USAID activities. Occasionally the Mission Director may ask the Development Assistance Specialist to manage special projects based on the needs of the Mission. Previous examples include serving as the USAID Point of Contact for all Embassy/Baku document requests (incoming from the Front Office, the Political Affairs Section, the Economic 4 Affairs Section, and the Public Affairs Section); drafting and transmitting cables; serving as Control Officer; and supporting PAS to highlight its partnership and engagement with Azerbaijan.

POINTS OF CONTACT

Rebecca White, Regional Contracting Officer, Phone (in Georgia) – (+ 995 32) 254-4185; Email: rwhite@usaid.gov Rodney Stubina, Executive Officer, Phone (in Georgia) – (+995 32) 254-4167; Email: rstubina@usaid.gov Eka Kirvalidze, Human Resources Specialist, Phone (in Georgia) – (+ 995 32) 254-4154; Email: ekirvalidze@usaid.gov All application packages are to be submitted via email to: HR-Baku@usaid.gov

In order to qualify for this position, the offeror must meet the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Hold United States citizenship or be a U.S. resident alien.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including journalism, marketing, public relations, international relations, social sciences, economics, and political science.
  • Have a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience, including writing and editing, in public relations or social marketing with a USG or other international development organization or multilateral institution.

 

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