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Posted by:USAID Philippineson July 26, 2020 1:48 pm
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SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCN PSC) under Local Compensation Plan



2. ISSUANCE DATE: 21 July 2020


4. POSITION TITLE: USAID Development Program Specialist, FSN-10

5. MARKET VALUE: Php 1,032,206.00 – Php 1,599,915.00 basic salary p.a. equivalent to FSN-10

in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan (LCP) of the U.S. Embassy Manila. The salary offer will be based on a

combination of the candidate's salary history and of the U.S. Embassy Manila's LCP, and will be within the annual range listed above.

6. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: The position is based in Manila, Philippines.


The USAID Development Program Specialist is posted in the Environment Office (EO), USAID/Philippines. The Specialist leads the program and budget

operations within EO and coordinates with other USAID/Philippines offices and stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of portfolio

requirements for the USAID bilateral energy, environment and climate change programs in the Philippines as well as for the environment programs that

the Specialist also manages, supports or backstops EO activities in the Pacific Islands.

The Specialist performs five basic functions: 1) leads the preparation of program and budget specific documents for program implementation including

the EO procurement plan and formulation of budgets, 2) monitors, analyzes and reports on EO program compliance with targets under USAID initiatives

such as USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), other USAID Initiatives like Private Sector Engagement,

and other Presidential initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS); 3) leads EO response to Washington, Program Office and U. S. Embassy

taskers and other reporting requirements, 4) advises the EO Office Director and EO technical staff on budget and program matters, 5) liaises with

USAID/Washington on program and budget issues. S/he serves as the EO primary point of contact on matters relating to program operations within EO.

Travel within the Philippines is required on a limited basis.

In this role, the Specialist is required to coordinate multiple and competing EO 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) rules. In addition, s/he must be familiar with a broad range

of technical issues including biodiversity conservation, water use and access, forestry, the energy sector, climate change, and will be called upon to

provide technical input into EO program related documents. The Specialist must exercise superior judgment of a skilled, highly capable, and experienced

operations specialist.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

A. Portfolio Budget, Procurement Planning and Financial Management (50%) – Portfolio budgeting, financial management, budget management

and reporting, procurement planning, earmark monitoring and reporting, activity budgeting and management.

B. Portfolio Operations and Management (30%) – Bilateral agreement, inter-office coordination on procurements/awards, portfolio and activity

compliance, program and activity audits, procurement requisitions through GLAAS (Global Acquisition and Assistance System), other administration

and management.

C. Other Reporting and Taskers (20%) – Program reports, information requests and taskers, activity trackers.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The Specialist works under the day-to-day supervision of the Environment Office Deputy Director. Assignments are

made orally and in writing and the Specialist exercises independence in most phases of the assignment. Supervision of other staff is not contemplated.

The Specialist does provide work guidance to the EO team leaders and members, verifies work submitted for accuracy, and clears documents for

administrative action.

8. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to all interested individuals who are Filipino citizens or non-Filipino citizens lawfully admitted for permanent

residence in the Philippines, and who also have the required work permits. USAID/Philippines does not sponsor work permits.

9. POINT OF CONTACT: Human Resources Division via aidmnlhr@usaid.gov


a. Education – Completion of Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: Business Administration, Social Science, Natural Science or Environmental

Science. Note: Additional education may NOT be substituted for Experience.

b. Prior Work Experience – Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in accounting, financial analyses and, budget planning,

justification and execution, and project design and management, including, program planning, program/project budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, or

closely related work is required. At least two (2) years of this experience should have been in the field of development assistance in energy, environment

and climate change. Note: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for Education.

c. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills – Must have excellent communication skills in English and Tagalog, both in oral and written forms.

With this level of communication skills, the Specialist is expected to: prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers;

develop and deliver professional quality reports and presentations.

d. Job Knowledge – Thorough knowledge and understanding of budget and accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology, and thorough

knowledge, or the ability to quickly gain such knowledge, of United States Government (U.S.G.) 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 or ability to quickly gain understanding and knowledge of the

USAID administrative and functional structure; 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, non-government organizations, and other workings in the country is highly desired. The Specialist must have

demonstrated knowledge of development in the Philippines, with demonstrated experience in the energy, environment and climate change sector.

e. Skills and Abilities – The Specialist must have the ability to plan and analyze program 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 environment, energy, and climate change programs/projects to their costs and fiscal requirements. The Specialist must be able to relate

funds management to USAID/Philippines and regional needs; and, to understand changes in strategic program priorities and deadlines, their implications

for budget management, and to recommend appropriate adjustments to USAID/Philippines 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 MS Office

applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other data management skills, such as familiarity with other database management applications.


1. Education (5%)

2. Prior Work Experience (10%)

3. Language Proficiency / Communication Skills (10%)

4. Job Knowledge (35%)

5. Skills and Abilities (40%)


Additional Notes:

- USAID reserves the right to reject any and all applicants.

- Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

- To be a competitive candidate, the applicant must meet the minimum

requirement of each of the Evaluation and Selection Factors.



1. Interested applicants are required to submit an application letter and a comprehensive resume.

2. Applications must be received by 04 August 2020 / 11:59PM, and submitted via email to aidmnlhr@usaid.gov

3. All applicants are requested to prominently indicate the solicitation number (Solicitation No.: USAID-2020-19) in the subject line of their email



The compensation package includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, health and life insurance, and a supplementary retirement plan.

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Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita Manila Philippines
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