The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.
Announcement Number: Abuja-2022-129 Location: Abuja
Series/Grade: LE - 4005 11
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abuja
Promotion Potential: LE-11
Work Schedule: Full-time - 40 hours per week
Telework Eligible: No
Hiring Path: Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
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Employees of Mission – Nigerian Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type: Permanent
Appointment Type Details:Five (5) years renewable, estimated to start on or after December 2022
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance.
We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.
The Senior Agriculture Specialist position is located in USAID/Nigeria Mission’s Economic Growth and Environment Office and will work under the direct supervision of the Feed the Future Team Lead.
The primary responsibility of the Specialist is to provide technical expertise, management, advice in coordinating USAID/Nigeria’s Feed the Future initiative under the U.S. government’s (USG) Global Food Security Strategy.
Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the United States, or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.
The Specialist will serve as Contract/Agreement Officer’s Representative (C/AOR) for Mission awards implementing agriculture activities, monitoring, and evaluating program performance and ensuring that relevant and appropriate program documentation is provided.
Specialist provides strategic direction, counsel and guidance on agriculture and agricultural private sector development for the Mission’s strategic planning activities. This guidance also pertains to land-use management, agricultural research and policy priorities, environmental management, and civil society development.
Follows closely current political, social, and economic trends in Nigeria and provides analysis on how these trends effect the development and implementation of the Mission’s agricultural, programs. This includes the analysis of agricultural (including investment) issues within Nigeria’s political, economic, and social context.
Participates actively in relevant, Mission-wide activity planning and management decisions to provide expert opinion on agriculture issues. Works closely with other Economic Growth and Environment Office technical specialists and implementing partners to review activities for coherence, relevance, and programmatic realism considering Mission goals to enhance natural resource management and agriculture.
Collaborates closely with the Peace and Democratic Governance Team’s Civil Society and Decentralization Specialists to ensure development of more effective participatory processes to promote improved governance and more environmentally sound exploitation of agricultural resources.
Prepares analytical reports to inform the Feed the Future/Agriculture Team, Mission Management, Government of Nigeria officials, local leaders, and organizations, and implementing partners on agriculture issues, including how these activities might support possible Financing Self-Reliance and Journey to Self-Reliance.
Reviews and approves partners’ implementation annual work plans and budgets; ensures partner compliance with approved work plans and budgets.
Monitors expenditures and pipelines; ensures appropriate and timely funding.
Reviews and documents implementing partner performance by conducting regular site visits to monitor activities and verify asset use; identifies issues and recommends follow-up actions, ensuring that these are carried out.
Reviews all written reports submitted by implementing partners and furnishes feedback.
Ensures monitoring and reporting systems are in place and provides technical input in the development of performance monitoring plans (PMPs).
Maintains program and COR/AOR files.
Build Strategic Partnerships - 45%:
Working closely with Mission monitoring and evaluation specialists and implementing partners to develop Results Frameworks for agriculture award activities, tracks and evaluates results achievement. Analyzes data and results to confirm their continuing validity.
Conducts analysis of program performance and recommends changes in strategic and/or implementation approaches as required.
Identifies private sector actors, civil society organizations, and other partners and assesses their interest and ability to leverage resources with USAID implementing partners.
Fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships with new and existing partners, mid- to senior-level Government of Nigeria officials, private sector representatives, the donor community, and civil society to enhance collaborative efforts that achieve mutual goals and objectives.
Serving as a member of USAID technical working groups and other relevant forums to plan and improve the USAID and USG portfolio around market systems approaches and private sector engagement for sustainable food security.
Maintains active dialogue with other donors, local organizations, and various Government of Nigeria offices on agriculture issues and activities, building contacts to facilitate dissemination of information and coordination of activities.
Monitors the political environment and other donor activities to inform USAID/Nigeria’s economic growth program’s funding and programmatic decisions.
Qualifications and Evaluations
A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Soil Science, Resource / Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Business Administration, Natural Resources Management, or related field is required.
Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
Applicants who clearly meet the minimum Education, Experience and basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factors listed below. The highest-ranking applicants may be selected for an interview.
Knowledge - 15 points
Skills and Abilities - 10 points
Language Skills - 5 points
Interview Performance - 70 points
Total Possible Points: 100 points
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
A Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in an Agriculture or Natural Resources Management development program and demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy, and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment is required.
In-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices in Agriculture programming and knowledge of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of Nigeria; and the economic development problems, resources, and resource constraints, agricultural trade and food policies, land tenure and macro-economic, legal and policy framework of the Government of Nigeria, specifically as it relates to agriculture development and development prospects and priorities of Nigeria is required.
Skills & Abilities:
Must have excellent leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners and have demonstrated skills in donor coordination and collaboration. Strong analytical, management and organizational skills is required.
The position requires demonstrated ability in strategic planning, technical and socio-economic analysis, and budget preparation and reporting skills.
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is a must. Must have proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely – both orally and in writing in English.
Excellent verbal communication skills, e.g., to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners, and team members is required.
Ability to communicate technical information to varying audiences is required.
Excellent written communication skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, activity documentation and briefing papers.
Excellent computer skills (MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, and other relevant software) are required.
Good computer skills are required to implement, analyze, and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements, both program and impact.
Level IV fluency in English both written and spoken, is required.
USAID is an Equal Opportunity Employer:
All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at Link
'Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals form (AID 309-2) available at Link
Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at Link
Ethical Conduct. By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635. See here
Benefits and Other Info
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. GMT on the closing date of this announcement.
Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2. (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals); AND a current resume that provides the same information as AID 309-2 form.
Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents.
All documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g., certificates of education (degree), NYSC certificate/exemption etc.) MUST be attached to the application. Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date online, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.
A type-written and signed application letter specifically applying for this position and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised.
Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors - The Offeror will be required to show proof that the Offeror is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before the first date of onboarding, or submit an approved reasonable accommodation to the CO. If the contractor does not meet this requirement the contract may be terminated.
Current Resume and AID 309-2 form
Signed Cover Letter
List of 3 References
After the closing date for the receipt of applications, applications will initially be screened for conformity with the minimum requirements and a short list of applicants developed.
Following this initial review and short listing, a Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) will convene to review applications that meet the minimum requirements and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation factors (1-3). Applications from candidates which do not meet the minimum requirements will not be evaluated. As part of the selection process, finalist candidates will be interviewed. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants.
USAID reserves the right to interview only the highest ranked applicants in person or by phone OR not to interview any candidate.
Applicants are required to provide three (3) reference persons who are not family members or relatives, with working telephones and email contacts. The references must be able to provide substantive information about applicant’s past performance and abilities. Reference checks will be made only for applicants considered as finalists. If an applicant does not wish for the current employer to be contacted as a reference check, this should be stated in the resume. Note that if an applicant had a previous position with USAID, you must list your previous supervisor as a referee
Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors - The Offeror will be required to show proof that the Offeror is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before the first date of onboarding, or submit an approved reasonable accommodation to the CO. If the contractor does not meet this requirement the contract may be terminated.*