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    ... From: Kirk Dohne [mailto:kdohne@globalcorps.com] Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 11:31 AM To: Emaillist Subject: USAID Conflict Analyst Position USAID
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      From: Kirk Dohne [mailto:kdohne@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 11:31 AM
      To: Emaillist
      Subject: USAID Conflict Analyst Position

      USAID currently has a need for ONE person for the position of Conflict
      Analyst in Washington DC. This is initially a 2-YEAR contract. This
      position is at the GS-13 equivalent level ($60,890 to $79,155 annual). The
      solicitation closes July 7, 2000.

      If you are interested in this position and consider yourself suitable to
      the tasks and qualifications of the position please contact XL Associates
      by replying to this email or calling Kirk Dohne (extension 37) or Jesse
      Freese (extension 27) at (301) 770-0632. The full solicitation can be seen
      below. You can view the complete solicitation and get more information on
      how to apply at http://www.globalcorps.com

      Referrals of qualified candidates are welcome and encouraged.

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      Best regards,
      Kirk Dohne
      GlobalCorps Division Manager
      A Division of XL Associates, Inc.
      POSITION: Conflict Analyst

      ISSUANCE DATE: June 23, 2000
      CLOSING DATE: July 07, 2000

      1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: M/OP-00-1321
      2. ISSUANCE DATE: June 23, 2000
      4. POSITION TITLE: Conflict Analyst
      5. MARKET VALUE: $60,890 - $79,155 (GS-13 equivalent) per year
      6. INITIAL PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Approx. July 15, 2000 to July 14, 2002
      7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC


      The U.S. Agency for International Development has been grappling with the
      question of conflict as it relates to its development, transition, and
      humanitarian assistance programs. To that end, USAID has established a
      core working group on conflict and begun to engage the regional bureaus,
      the Bureau for Humanitarian Response, and the Global Bureau in the efforts
      to examine strategically, and implement programmatically, a more effective
      and streamlined approach to conflict. The Bureau for Africa has decided
      that crisis countries and countries in transition will be the major focus
      of attention. This focus necessitates greater cooperation and information
      exchange on the (1) transition from relief to development, and (2)
      mitigating the negative social effects of conflict. To foster more
      effective dialogue, OTI will detail to the Africa Bureau the PSC candidate
      to work on conflict issues with Africa Bureau's Office of Sustainable
      Development (SD).

      Organizational Setting

      The Office of Sustainable Development (SD) is responsible for providing
      intellectual leadership on African development issues through analysis,
      program design and technical assistance. The areas include economics,
      productive sector development, information technology, social sciences,
      democracy/governance, natural resources management and environment,
      agriculture, population, AIDS, health, education, and crisis mitigation and
      recovery. The office leads the bureau's strategic thinking in its key
      technical areas, and provides technical expertise to the bureau's
      sub-regional offices and bilateral/regional field missions. SD also
      provides the intellectual leadership within the bureau for analysis and
      impact evaluations that measure progress toward achieving USAID goals and


      The purpose of this position is to acquire the expertise and services of a
      development practitioner or international affairs professional to work in
      the area of conflict for the Bureau for Africa.

      Scope of Work

      The candidate will participate in strategic design and program analysis on
      the Africa Bureau's conflict team. The candidate will focus his/her work on
      analytical thinking and programmatic analysis of conflict in Africa.

      Monitor countries in sub-Saharan Africa for their potential for armed
      conflict. Geographical focus will be in a specified Africa sub-region, e.g.
      East Africa, West Africa, or southern Africa. This analysis will look at
      intra-state conflict, inter-state conflict, and sub regional conflict. The
      monitoring would assist in informing medium (1 to 3 year) and long term (3
      to 10 year) development assistance programming, i.e. in the areas of
      economic growth, agriculture, education, democracy/governance,
      population/health/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and the environment.

      2.Database Development
      Develop an interactive, internal website database that identifies short,
      medium, and long term conflict triggers for use by USAID bilateral and
      regional missions in their strategic planning and conflict vulnerability
      analyses Develop and continually update an internal and external website
      database of key US, international, and African NGOs working in conflict
      issues (e.g. World Bank, CIDA, SIDA, EC, etc) the activities,
      funding amounts, and the specific contact information of the person/team

      Identify ways of improving the transition from humanitarian to development
      assistance. S/he will specify ways to assess shorter-term assistance
      requirements stemming from complex emergencies and transitions. S/he will
      coordinate with AFR/SD to ensure that crisis and transition issues are
      incorporated into the Bureau's long term planning and programs. Research
      and analyze how various factors and assistance approaches may (1) increase
      the probability for conflict, (2) decrease the probability of conflict, and
      (3) should the conflict actually occur, mitigate the negative social impact
      of conflict.

      Review the conflict assessment literature to develop a conflict
      vulnerability assessment tool for use by USAID bilateral and regional
      missions. Review and synthesize lessons identified to date in USAID and
      other donor experiences in linking relief to development. This synthesis
      will be created with an eye to improving Africa Bureau's policies,
      strategies, and programs. Assist in the compilation of materials for field
      missions to use in the conflict vulnerability analysis in their strategic
      planning process and project cycle

      5.Communication, information exchange, and assistance Coordinate with
      Africa Bureau and USAID's conflicts teams and share information, seek
      counsel, and develop working teams as appropriate. This coordination will
      assist in developing analytical tools and frameworks for USAID
      bilateral/regional missions in the field. Participate in maintaining
      factual and chronological accuracy of USAID's website on conflict, Conflict
      Web, at http://www.info.usaid.gov/regions/afr/conflictweb
      Support field activities as required
      Review daily cable traffic, news, and highlight important information for
      the creation of conflict databases
      Attend team, office and other meetings as assigned; when necessary prepare
      summaries of these meetings
      Maintain standardized office files for activities that are assigned as
      principle responsibilities

      6.Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned, included, but not
      limited to:
      Developing and executing official documents, memoranda, cables, briefing
      materials for external meetings with donors and other high level events,
      and information requests
      Some responsibility will be assigned only after the contractor has
      demonstrated competency in basic USAID and OTI procedures, policies and
      practices. These more advanced duties pertain to external coordination,
      technical proficiency, and field deployment

      The candidate shall develop:
      1.Conflict Monitoring Database
      Develop and create a conflict monitoring database of potential conflicts in
      the Africa region, by sub-region and timeframe, for use by USAID
      headquarters, BHR planning, USAID bilateral and regional missions Develop
      an interactive, internal website database that identifies short, medium,
      and long term conflict triggers for use by USAID bilateral and regional
      missions in heir strategic planning and conflict vulnerability analyses

      2.Conflict Contact Database
      Create a database of key US, international, and African NGOs working in
      conflict issues (e.g. World Bank, CIDA, SIDA, EC, etc) the activities,
      funding amounts, and he specific contact information of the person/team

      Participate in the finalizing of a review of early warning literature
      review, glossary of key conflict terms and concepts, and early warning and
      response matrix tool for missions Prepare a paper on the lessons learned in
      linking humanitarian and development assistance Develop a conflict
      vulnerability assessment tool for use by missions after reviewing the
      assessment literature

      Participate in the completion a comprehensive bibliography of conflict
      assessment/vulnerability/early warning materials
      Participate in the creation of a conflict vulnerability analysis tool for
      use by USAID headquarters, bilateral and regional missions
      Participate in the creation of a practical guide for use by the Africa
      Bureau, OTI and field missions in responding to future African crises by
      examining "best practices" from USAID, donor, and international NGO
      experiences in the transition from relief to development and mitigating the
      effects of conflict through development assistance

      Participate in the collection of information for the annual African
      Conflict Resolution Act (ACRA) report and drafting of the report
      Ensure that tools, frameworks, and reports are available on USAID's
      Conflict Web
      Participate in updating a briefing book, electronically and in hardcopy of
      conflict issues
      Disseminate materials from conferences and meetings to key conflict people
      in USAID offices and bilateral/regional missions

      Guidance and Oversight
      AFR/SD's strategic objective team leader on crisis (SO 10) or his/her
      designee will provide management and technical oversight for the
      deliverables and work performance of the individual.

      The following are required (Selective Factors):
      At least three years of relevant work experience with the U.S. Government,
      an international organization or a non-governmental organization,
      preferably within the field of disaster management, humanitarian
      assistance, development, conflict, human rights, gender, or a related field
      At least one year of relevant work experience and a Masters degree in
      international relations, political science, conflict prevention, mitigation
      analysis and assessment, disaster management, humanitarian assistance,
      human rights, gender, or a related field
      Demonstrated ability to work with the diverse array of individuals and
      organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and
      humanitarian assistance, including U.S. Government agencies (e.g., USAID,
      State, U.S. Department of Defense, CDC, NOAA, USGS), international
      organizations, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, bilateral donor
      organizations, multilateral donor organizations, indigenous organizations,
      and host governments;
      Academic and/or field experience on conflict in Africa
      Effective on the job skills, including but not limited to willingness to
      take initiative, creative thinking out of the box, willingness to take on
      last minute tasks, ability to multitask, strong prioritization skills and
      attention to deadlines, and demonstrated verbal and written communication
      Strong interpersonal skills, team building and playing skills for working
      in a diverse environment

      The following are desirable (Evaluative Factors):

      Demonstrated past experience in developing analytically predictive models
      useful for both the expert and lay person through use of information
      Knowledge of conflict assessment and conflict indicators in the field of
      humanitarian assistance, development, human rights, or gender with a PVO,
      think tank, or donor
      Knowledge of USAID performance monitoring and results indictor frameworks
      Working knowledge of French, Portuguese, and/or indigenous African languages
      Experience living/working in sub-Saharan Africa
      Strong network of contacts of Africanists working on conflict issues

      Candidates with work and educational experience in assigned region of
      responsibility will receive preference during the review process.
      Applications from women, people of color, and other disadvantaged groups

      For more information or to send application materials please see the
      contact information below:

      Kirk Dohne or Jesse Freese
      GlobalCorps, A Division of XL Associates
      11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 709
      Rockville, MD 20852
      Phone (301) 770-0632
      Fax (301) 770-2354
      Email: ofda@...
      Web: http://www.globalcorps.com


      1. BENEFITS
      Employee's FICA Contribution
      Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance
      Pay Comparability Adjustment
      Annual Increase
      Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
      Annual & Sick Leave

      2. ALLOWANCES (if Applicable).
      * (A) Temporary Lodging Allowance (Section 120).
      (B) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130).
      (C) Post Allowance (Section 220).
      (D) Supplemental Post Allowance (Section 230).
      (E) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260).
      (F) Education Allowance (Section 270).
      (G) Education Travel (Section 280).
      (H) Post Differential (Chapter 500).
      (I) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600), and
      (J) Danger Pay (Section 650).

      98-25 Defense Base Act (DBA) Coverage and DBA Waiver List _
      98-24 Use of Compensatory (Comp) Time by PSCs _
      98-23 Guidance Regarding Classified Contract Security and Contractor
      Personnel Security Requirements _
      98-16 Annual Salary Increase for USPSCs _
      98-14 Change in Required Application Form for USPSCs _
      98-10 Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) Annual Health Insurance Costs
      98-3 Class Deviation to 31.205-6(g)(3), Foreign National Severance Pay
      Under Professional Services Contracts _
      97-16 Class Justification for Use of Other Than Full & Open Competition
      for Personal Services Contracts with U.S. Citizens Contracted with Locally
      with CCNs and TCNs Subject to
      the Local Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or
      Less _
      97-11 (Corrected) 1997 FICA & Medicate Tax Rates for Personal Services
      Contracts _
      97-6 Contractual Coverage for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services _
      97-3 New USAID Contractor Employee Physical Examination _
      96-23 Unauthorized Provision in Personal Services Contract _
      96-19 U. S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) - Leave _
      96-11 PSC's Annual Health Insurance Costs _
      96-8 Determining a Market Value for PSCs Hired Under Appendix D,
      Handbook 14 _
      94-9 Sunday Pay for U.S. Personal Services Contractors (PSCs) _
      93-17 Financial Disclosure Requirements Under a Personal Services
      Contractor (PSC)

      **1. Standard Form 171 or Optional Form 612.
      **2. Contractor Physical Examination (AID Form 1420-62).
      **3. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions (for National Security)
      **4. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85).
      **5. Finger Print Card (FD-258).

      NOTE: Form 5 is available from the requirements office.

      * Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas).
      ** The forms listed 2 through 5 shall only be completed upon the advice
      of the Contracting Officer that an applicant is the successful candidate
      for the job

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