family planning job announcement
- SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Personal Services Contractor (USPSC)
- Acting SO Team Leader and Family Planning Advisor,
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) Zimbabwe and the Regional Urban
Development Office/Harare is seeking applications (Optional Form
OF-612 or Standard Form 171) from persons interested in providing
the PSC services described below. The position is classified at
the GS-14 equivalent, the duration is for two years subject to
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION OF POSITION
This position is located in the SO3 "HIV/AIDS Crisis Mitigated"
office. The USAID/Zimbabwe Strategic Objective 3 (SO3), consists
of activities in family planning and HIV/AIDS, with some discrete
activities in health sector/financing reform. SO3's two-pronged
objectives of 'reduce fertility and increase use of HIV/AIDS
preventative measures,' has the following associated results:
Reduce the total fertility rate from 4.3 children per mother in
1994 to 4.0 in 1999;
Increase total condom distribution from 40 million per year in 1995
to 70 million per year in 2001;
Increase reported condom use in the most recent sexual act of risk
from 36% of men and women in 1994 to 73% in 2002.
Increase the percent of men reporting appropriate STD treatment
The contractor will report directly to The Program Officer.
Desired results are indicated only in terms of general overall
objectives. Determination of technical or professional methods
used is to be exercised at the discretion of the team with
consultation from other Agency technical experts and under the
leadership of the Contractor. Work results are reviewed only for
attainment of objectives and conformance with policies and
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In his/her capacity as acting team leader for SO3, the Contractor
will oversee and manage the implementation of all USAID-financing
to the Zimbabwe health sector.
Ensure the SO3 strategic plan, mission vision, and values are
communicated to the team and are integrated into its goals,
objectives, and work.
Communicate to the SO3 team and mission management all assignments,
projects, problems to be solved, deadlines, and issues for review.
Ensure all team members participate in planning team goals and
objectives. Estimate and report on the team's porgies in meeting
Coach, facilitate, and negotiate SO3 team activities with team
members in a manner consistent with the Agents Core Values. Build
consensus where possible concerning activities to be undertaken and
the manner in which they are achieved. Coach the team in choosing
and applying problem solving methods and techniques, and advise
team members on work methods.
Plan and schedule SO3 work, including assisting the team in
setting, distributing, balancing and adjusting tasks and workload
based on members' skills and professional specialties.
Assist in assessing SO3 team weaknesses and strengths. Appraise
performance of individual team members. Ensure that individual
and teamwork requirements are met, recommend performance standards
and ratings, recommend training, and approve leave and necessary
disciplinary action of team members. Resolve simple or informal
complaints and refer formal grievances or appeals to appropriate
officials. Intercede with the supervisor on behalf of the team in
cases of performance problems, or the need for assignments,
reassignments, promotions, duty changes, reviews.
Monitor and report on the status of SO3 work to team members and
mission management. Report on, and keep records of, team and
individual accomplishments. Represent the SO3 team and convey its
findings in dealings with other team leaders, program officials,
the public, partners, and customers.
Ensure the maintenance of SO3 reference materials, files, and
background documents. Communicate with the team, policies,
procedures, and instructions received from senior mission mangers.
Remain current on Agency policies and directives and explain them
to team members.
Participate in preparation of SO3 program documentation including
strategic plans, Results Review and Resource Requests (R-4),
Congressional Presentations, and other documents as required.
Serve as a full member of the mission management team and as such
maintain continuous contact with high-level officials in the
Government of Zimbabwe for the purpose of achieving SO3 results.
In this capacity, advise all relevant counterparts, including but
not limited to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health
(MOH), the Director of National AIDS Coordination Program (NACP),
the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), and other
relevant entities on state-of-the-art family planning approaches
and (in cooperation with the HIV/AIDS technical experts) state of
the art HIV/AIDS activities. Provide assistance in defining their
specialized assistance needs. Advise counterparts and implementing
agencies on the proper administration of USAID funds in accordance
with USAID regulations.
Provide policy and technical guidance to implementing partners
ensuring performance is achieving defined results and objectives.
Perform all aspects of oversight, programming, management,
administration, monitoring and evaluation of their activities.
Travel as needed to monitor in-country activities and maintain
first-hand knowledge of the status of field activities.
Assure liaison and consultation with other donors, meeting
regularly to exchange information on problems, approaches and
successes. Work closely with donors to avoid duplication of
efforts and to identify critical gaps in assistance activities.
Recommend to Mission Director actions or interventions to assure a
high level of coordination.
Respond to other Health, Population and Nutrition related requests
from USAID partners and USAID/Washington.
Engage appropriate short-term technical assistance in providing
supplemental or specialized support for SO3 program
oversight/implementation, as required.
Serve as the mission's principle technical expert for family
planning program policy, strategy, and implementation. Provide
mission management, Zimbabwean counterparts, and other donor
representatives with technical expertise and policy guidance on US
Government investment in family planning in Zimbabwe.
Serve as the principle USAID liaison officer for all matters
related to family planning programming, including in-depth analysis
of widely differing data sets for establishing technical policy,
formulation of strategies, designing new projects/activities,
managing implementation actions, and other related tasks. Apply
technical expertise in formulation of policies and strategies to
achieve USAID and GOP objectives.
a. EDUCATION: A minimum of post graduate degree in public health
or a related field is required. Extensive work experience in a
relevant field of at least ten years can be considered as an
equivalent to meet the requirements.
b. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE: At least five years work in international
health with experience in family planning, reproductive health,
HIV/AIDs is required. Additional work experience is highly
desirable. Work experience with an international donor agency is
required and preference will be given to an applicant with prior
USAID experience. Work experience in the developing world is
required and preference will be given to applicants with experience
c. POST ENTRY TRAINING: Guidance and supervision will be provided
by the USAID/Zimbabwe Program Officer who previously served as a
USAID HPN officer.
Candidate will receive training in use of information technology,
specifically the software systems currently used by USAID.
The candidate will be eligible for USAID's Leadership training
courses, most like the modules related to "results" and program
Periodic in-service training courses are offered by USAID,
including training from the Regional Contracting Officer, the
Mission Project Development Officer and the Regional Legal Officer.
d. KNOWLEDGE: Technical knowledge of HIV/AIDs prevention and
behavior change initiatives is required. Comparative experience
and knowledge of other country programs is highly desirable.
Knowledge of USAID systems, reengineering, reporting, budget and
program documentation is highly desirable; while candidates without
this experience will be considered, applicants who present
knowledge of USAID are preferred.
e. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: USAID/Zimbabwe has a team oriented work
environment and successful applicants must have demonstrated
commitment and ability to work in team settings with diverse
membership. The Mission is committed to enhancing the skills of
its local Zimbabwean employees with the objective of training these
staff to eventually assume leadership positions in the Mission.
The incumbent must have highly developed negotiating skills capable
of dealing with senior government and private sector leaders as
well as high level representatives of the USG and other donors.
The incumbent must demonstrate a high degree of initiative and
ability to build networks and meet professional colleagues in
As Acting Team Leader, the incumbent must have demonstrated
management skills capable of handing diverse and multiple tasks
Field travel will be required from time-to-time but as least
quarterly. Although Zimbabwe has a well developed infrastructure,
the incumbent will at times be asked to travel to and stay in
under-serviced areas where temporary hardships are likely.
f. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Incumbent receives supervision from the
USAID Program Officer.
Contract Timing: The Contractor shall be available to begin work no
later than August 15, 1999.
Salary: This position has been classified for compensation up to
the level GS-14. Salary will depend upon salary history and
experience of the successful candidate. The position requires
significant independence in carrying out the duties described
above. Therefore the candidate must have strong operational
skills, ability to provide sound professional advice to senior
Mission staff, a high degree of tact and judgment, strong
interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style.
The selected applicant must be able to obtain USAID security and
BENEFITS: Contractor will receive the following:
- Salary as stated above;
- Contribution of FICA (7.65%) and Medicare (1.45%)
- Contributions of Health of Health and Life insurance in
accordance with Agency limits;
- Housing and utilities;
- Shipment of effects including personal vehicle.
By May 14, 1999, qualified individuals are requested to submit an
SF-171, OF-612 or resume to:
Agency for International Development, Harare
Washington, DC 20521-2180
If via courier or hand delivery, send to:
1 Pascoe Avenue
Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe
Any questions may be directed to Molly Kennedy, Personnel
Specialist, USAID/Zimbabwe, who may be reached on
263-4-720-630/793-351, via fax 263-4-722-418/720-722, or e-mail:
Point of Contact: For further information regarding this Notice,
contact Belinda Burroughs, AFR/AM, (202) 712-4598.