USAID is hiring a Development Program Specialist: Deadline April 6, 2024 Apply

USAID is hiring a Development Program Specialist : Deadline April 6, 2024 Apply

SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC โ€“ Papua New Guinea Local Compensation Plan)

POSITION TITLE:ย USAID Development Program Specialist (Budget), FSN-10

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The USAID Development Program Specialist (Budget) position is in the Office of the USAID Representative for Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The Specialist leads program reporting and information management, supports the regional program and budget operations, and coordinates with the USAID field office staff in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to ensure the successful implementation of the portfolioโ€™s activities. The Office of the USAID Representative for PNG covers Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

The Specialist performs four basic functions: 1) leads coordination of information needed for program reports, Washington and Embassy taskers, and other reporting requirements, including monitoring, analyzing and reporting on program compliance with targets under USAID initiatives such as USAIDโ€™s Strategic Framework, Private Sector Engagement, and other Presidential initiatives; 2) supports the preparation of program and budget specific documents for program implementation in PNG, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu including the procurement plan and formulation of budgets; 3) advises the USAID staff in PNG and Solomon Islands on budget and program matters; and 4) liaises with USAID/Washington and USAID/Philippines on program and budget issues. The Specialist serves as a backstop on matters relating to program operations in the PNG, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Travel in the region may be possible.

In this role, the Specialist is required to coordinate multiple and competing Program Office priorities and should be able to research, analyze and report on a variety of program and budget issues. S/he is expected to use a refined level of professional judgment when asked to provide guidance or approval, and is expected to provide guidance on, and compliance with Automated Directives System (ADS) regulations. The Specialist must exercise superior judgment of a skilled, highly capable, and experienced Operations Specialist.

Periodically, and as instructed by the Program Officer, the Specialist may represent the Program Office at meetings and site visits.

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To be considered for this position candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Education (PASS/FAIL) โ€“ Completion of a Bachelorโ€™s degree in any of the following fields: Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics or International Development is required. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for experience.
  2. Prior Work Experience (PASS/FAIL) โ€“ Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in accounting, financial analyses, and budget planning, justification, and/or execution is required. Experience in project design, program planning, program/project budgeting, and/or evaluation, or closely related work is required. At least two years of this experience should be in the field of development assistance or related work for USAID, other donor agencies, host government organizations, non-government organizations or private sector institutions. Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for education.
  3. Language Proficiency/Communication Skills (25 points) โ€“ Fluent English (Level IV) – oral, reading, and writing proficiency in English, and Tok Pisin or other Papua New Guinean local language is required.
  4. Job Knowledge (30 points) โ€“ A thorough knowledge and understanding of budget and accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology, and a thorough knowledge, or the ability to gain such knowledge, of the United States Government (USG) appropriation, allotment, accounting, and other budgeting procedures used in maintaining, reconciling, balancing, and closing accounts; USAID accounting policies, regulations, and procedures; disbursements, reimbursements; and, the principles and practices of cost accrual. A good understanding and in-depth knowledge, or ability to gain understanding and knowledge of the USAID administrative and functional structure; USAID program processes and policies; USAID goals for the region; and, the USAID regional program portfolio; an understanding of the political and economic situation in region, and constraints to development; areas of USAID manageable interest/involvement; and, an awareness of key donor organizations, private organizations, and non-government organizations.
  5. Skills and Abilities (45 points) โ€“ The Specialist must have the ability to plan, organize, and analyze program information and budgets, and have excellent written and oral communication skills; must be able to collect and analyze complex data and prepare precise, accurate, and complete reports; must be able to analyze accounting records and determine the need for various types of entries and adjustments; to record, reconcile, and balance accounts; and, to relate the purpose and objectives of programs/projects to their costs and fiscal requirements. The Specialist must be able to relate funds management to the Development Objective Teams and regional needs; and, to understand changes in strategic program priorities and deadlines, their implications for budget management, and to recommend appropriate adjustments to Country Representative Office financial plans. S/he must have problem-solving skills and the ability to recommend solutions in complicated situations, taking into consideration myriad factors and variables, such as late budget appropriations and delayed availability of funds, uncertain funding levels, and unexpected budget reductions. The Specialist must be knowledgeable in Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other data management skills, such as familiarity with other database management applications.


  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the following:
    1. AID 309-2 (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals) form: The AID 309-2 application form can be found on the USAID website ( Continuous pages are required if your work experience description goes beyond Section C – Additional Work Experience in AID 309-2.
    2. Cover letter/Letter of Interest: The cover letter should contain an overview of the offerorโ€™s qualifications and must state how the applicant meets the minimum education and prior work experience qualifications as stated in Section II of this solicitation. Please indicate this as the subject line of the cover letter: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC โ€“ Local Compensation Plan)
    3. Current resumรฉ/curriculum vitae (CV) without photo: The CV/resumรฉ must contain sufficient relevant information to evaluate the offer in accordance with the stated evaluation criteria. Please indicate the period of employment for each job.
    4. References: Minimum of three (3) references with name, occupation, and contact information (email address and mobile number). The references may be current or previous supervisors or work colleagues who can respond to reference check/s on the applicantโ€™s professional expertise and work ethic. The Contracting Officer or the Technical Evaluation Committee may also reach out to other references not provided by the applicant.
    5. Transcript of records (TOR): The TOR should reflect the date of graduation.
  2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time on 06 April 2024 / 11:59 PM (Port Moresby Time) specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I (
  3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number (72049224R10017) on all offeror submitted documents.

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