USAID: Project Development Specialist - Reproductive Health

USAID / Southern Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 11 June, 2014
Opportunity type: 

Reference No.: 674-14-1011B
Position / Salary Range: Project Development Specialist - Reproductive Health
FSN-11: R 385,720.00 - R 540,006.00 (Full Performance - Basic Salary)
FSN-10: R335,582.00 -  R469,815.00 (Trainee - Basic Salary)
Additional benefits include miscellaneous allowance, medical and pension fund subsidy and housing and dependents’ education assistance subject to qualification

Open To: All South African citizens and permanent residents with valid work permits at the time of application.
Location: USAID/Southern Africa, Health Office, Pretoria, South Africa
Opening: May 16, 2014
Closing: June 11, 2014
Work Hours: Full-Time; 40 hours/week
USAID/Southern Africa, an equal opportunity employer, seeks applicants for the above positions:
English language fluency (Level IV English), both in oral and written communications, is a requirement for this position. Interested applicants who do not meet this qualification ARE ENCOURAGED NOT to apply as their applications will not be considered.
Basic Function of Position:
The Reproductive Health (RH) Specialist will serve as the Senior RH Specialist in the USAID/Southern Africa Health office in Pretoria, South Africa. The incumbent will report to the team lead of the Care, Treatment and TB Team. S/he will work closely with the HIV prevention team and across program areas. 
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
As part of the Care and Treatment team, the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  1. Serve as Contracting Officer Representative and/or Agreement Officer Representative for contracts and/or agreements in the USAID/Southern Africa health portfolio, including management of budgets as well as administrative, financial, and technical management and oversight of contracts and agreements.
  2.  Provide technical oversight and guidance to RH/FP and MCH-related issues in USAID’s health and HIV/AIDS  portfolio, including:
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (e.g., linkages to safe delivery, pre- and post- natal care for mothers and babies, postpartum FP counseling),
  • HIV Care and Support;
  • FP/HIV integration;
  • MCH initiatives (e.g., linkages with immunisation, orphans and vulnerable children programmes, well baby initiatives, breastfeeding, and nutrition and activities to prevent child and maternal mortality),
  • increasing access to and demand for FP counseling and services for HIV positive men and women, with special focus on adolescents and young adults, and
  • relevant reproductive health initiatives such as STI services (including for MARPs), cervical and breast cancer, research on microbicides, and HPV vaccine roll-out.
  1. Review and monitor progress against approved work plans and national guidelines amongst implementing partners and in interagency meetings.
  2. Liaise and work closely with South African Government, U.S, Government, development partners, and PEPFAR partners to enhance and strengthen the RH, MCH, and FP components of programs, including advocacy and development and review of guidelines and policies.
  3. Strengthen opportunities for HIV and RH/FP integration and linkages across PEPFAR programmes, where appropriate, through review of work plans, development and review of program descriptions for new procurements and technical guidance to USAID health team staff, the South African Government, and PEPFAR partners engaged in RH, FP, and MCH-related activities and programmes;
  4. Interface within USAID/Headquarters to ensure application of guidance on the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations for HIV and FP/RH/MCH integration;
  5. Ensure compliance of USAID/South Africa health and HIV programmes with South African Government and US Government policies and guidelines, especially on family planning.
  6. Provide guidance to the Health Team regarding the integration of RH/FP and MCH to guide investments of future programming including design and modification of programme activities, the determination of programme direction, monitoring and evaluation and corrective action, where needed;
  7. Establish innovative partnerships and linkages with global and bilateral agencies, foundations, and/or corporations and governments to strengthen programmatic linkages between and integration of HIV/AIDS programs with MCH and FP/RH activities;
  8. Represent USAID to external organisations and audiences at key professional meetings and conferences as assigned;
  9. Represent USAID on FP/MCH donor committees/working groups.                                                                                     

Required Qualifications At The Full Performance Level:

A completed master’s degree in public health, political sciences, social sciences, international development or related field.
Prior Work Experience:
A minimum of eight years of continuous work in RH/FP and MCH in South Africa or in the Southern African region.
Language Proficiency:

English language fluency (Level IV English), both in oral and written communications, is a requirement for this position. English language written skills will be evaluated in the initial review of an applicant's submission by a review of the Cover Letter and of the CV itself as well as in the testing phase. Oral English skills will be evaluated in the interview phase.
The qualified person must possess the following:

  • Demonstrated technical expertise in reproductive health and family planning and maternal child health in Southern Africa is required;
  • Broad RH/FP and MCH programmatic experience, analytical ability, excellent communication skills and the capacity to convert state-of-the-art evidence into achievable results to meet a variety of strategic and programmatic needs;
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively as a member of a team as well as ability to coordinate groups are required;
  • Poise, be assertive and proactive, yet sensitive to any given situation when working with partners, beneficiaries and other agencies personal initiative, organisational skills, the ability to work independently, and the capacity to present information articulately and professionally.

Skills and Abilities:

The following skills and abilities are required unless otherwise stated:

  • A high level of sound judgment, professional expertise, technical ability in RH/FP and MCh, management tact and skills, writing ability, and analytical skills is required;
  • Ability to analyze completely and independently complex programmatic activities and challenges and formulate, present, and successfully defend complex activity design and implementation actions and documents in a clear, effective and professional manner;
  • Direct and coordinate RH/FP and Maternal Health activities within his/her purview, making in effort to identify opportunities for integration with HIV/AIDS programmes and engage with the prevention, care and treatment, and cross cutting teams on the health team;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with colleagues from USAID/SA, CDC/SA, and other USG agencies in South Africa, the US Embassy in SA, PEPFAR, AID/W, and with high level officials from the South African Government (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Social Development, SANAC), other institutions, NGOs and civil society organisations;
  • Must be a team player of the highest caliber and be able to work well on a multicultural team;
  • Willingness to travel regularly within South Africa and sometimes outside.

Evaluation Criteria and Weights:

  1. Education/Weighted 5% based on initial application review; 
  2. English Language Skills/Weighted 25% based on application review, written assessment and interview;
  3. Prior Work Experience/Weighted 20% based on application review and interview;
  4. Knowledge/Weighted 20% based on written assessment and interview; and
  5. Skills and Abilities/Weighted 30% based on written assessment and interview.

How the Selection will be made:

The successful candidate will be selected based upon the following:

  1. a preliminary review of the applicant's submitted package (which includes the cover letter and CV) to establish that minimum educational and English writing fluency requirements are met; and
  2. tests to include an English writing skills test, a Microsoft Office proficiency test that might include any of the following:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and any technical skill test that might be deemed appropriate; 
  3. a personal or telephone/DVC interview; and
  4. reference checks.
  • USAID/SA’s Human Resources Section will perform the preliminary review (Step 1 above) to eliminate those applications that do not meet the minimum educational and written English language requirements before forwarding the rest to the Technical Office or Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) for further review and assessment;
  • The Technical Evaluation Committee will review each of the forwarded applications against the established evaluation criteria to develop a shortlist of applicants to be tested and possibly interviewed.  Applicants will be contacted for testing (Step 2) and interviews.  Based on the results of the tests, however, an applicant otherwise identified for interview could be dropped from the interview list;
  • Following the interview (Step 3) during which the applicant will be evaluated against the established criteria, the TEC will make a preliminary determination of candidates to be considered for employment and forward that list to HR.  HR will conduct and document the reference checks (Step 4) prior to advising the TEC of the results of these checks.  Please note that references may be solicited from current as well as former supervisors in addition to the references you provide in your application package.  References will only be solicited for those interviewed applicants who are being considered for ranking;
  • Based on this final input, the TEC will make its final decision on which candidates to rank order, prepare a Section Memo for the review and approval by the Contracting Officer, after which an offer of employment will be made to the successful candidate and unsuccessful candidates who were interviewed will be contacted and advised of their non-selection;
  • As positive medical and security clearances are a condition of employment, the selected candidate will undergo stringent investigation prior to employment with USAID/SA.

USAID/SA reserves the right to hire an applicant who does not meet the required experience level at a trainee level.  However, an applicant who does not meet the minimum educational requirements cannot be hired at either a trainee or full performance level.
This position is open to all South African citizens and permanent residents with valid work permits at the time of application. USAID/SA management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, section need for continuity and residency status in determining successful applications. Current USG employees on probationary status (i.e. within their first year of employment) are not eligible to apply.
The Project Development Specialist will be compensated in accordance with the U.S. Mission to South Africa’s Local Compensation Plan (LCP). The successful candidate’s salary level will be based on prior job-related experience and salary history.
To Apply:

ONLY applicants who meet the minimum educational and English language fluency requirements as stated in the solicitation document will be considered. Interested applicants who do not meet these requirements are encouraged NOT to apply since these applications will not be considered.
For an application package to be considered complete, please follow the following instructions and submit your application through one of the channels mentioned below:

  1. Ensure that your application is accompanied by a Cover Letter;
  2. Include a CV of no more than 4 pages, and
  3. Ensure that all communications (including your Cover Letter) includes the Announcement Reference # and the Title of the Position(s) for which you are applying. 

Failure to comply with these instructions may result in your application being considered “non responsive” and eliminated from further consideration.

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Point of Contact:

Athandiwe Mazibukwana, Telephone: (012) 452-2057
Athea Mestre, Telephone: (012) 452-2158
Penny Mamabolo, Telephone: (012) 452-2058
Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.
The U.S. Mission in South Africa provides opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status or sexual orientation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also strives to ensure equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations.
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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