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Technical Director and Chief of Party, GISR-MENA

Management Systems International, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22201
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Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project Summary:

Governance Integration for Stabilization and Resilience in the Middle East and North Africa (GISR MENA)

GISR MENA - managed by USAID's Office of Technical Services in the Middle East Bureau - is a $95 million multi-faceted single-award field support mechanism (under GSA's OASIS IDIQ) available to USAID's Middle East Bureau Missions and Operating Units (OUs).The Bureau also uses this vehicle to support analytic work, implementation pilots, and knowledge management.

Task Order Objective: The primary objective of GISR MENA is to sustainably strengthen local, national, and regional systems to adapt to shocks and stressors in the MENA region.

Primary Technical Areas: GISR MENA supports work in the areas of 1) learning and knowledge management focusing on research, studies, and assessments with the aim of enabling adaptive management, promoting skill and knowledge enhancement, and supporting learning across programs; 2) effective governance response to shocks and stressors by supporting policy and institutional reforms, improving systems to strengthen transparency and accountability, enhancing coordination between government entities or government and non-government actors, and developing capacity among host country partners; 3) community resilience by encouraging collective action among citizens and supporting social cohesion, community organizational capacity, and strong collaborative relationships between citizens and local government; and 4) essential services by supporting capacity development, improved planning, and citizen engagement in decision-making.

**Please note: U.S. work authorization is required for this position.**

Position Summary:

The COP for GISR leads strategic design of activities and implementation as well as overall technical direction across varying work streams in collaboration with the ME/TS office in the Middle East Bureau of USAID. The COP provides oversight and mentoring of a home office team and consultants who work on specific GISR workstreams. MSI is seeking individuals with strong Middle East and North Africa experience as well as experience in peacebuilding, stabilization, countering violent extremism, conflict mitigation and prevention and/or DRG.

The successful candidate will serve as the GISR COP for approximately 50% of their time with the remaining 50% dedicated to fulfilling the role of a MSI home office Technical Director within MSI's Democracy, Governance and Conflict Sector. Technical Directors (TDs) serve various functions within MSI depending upon their specific skill set and technical expertise including, providing technical guidance for project implementation, proposals, and design, and strengthening MSI as an industry leader.

This combined position is encompassed within MSI's Democracy, Governance and Conflict Sector, which comprises three practice areas including Peace and Stability, Democracy and Governance, and Rule of Law and Government Accountability. This position reports to the Peace and Stability Practice Area Lead and support tasks across the sector. The description below summarizes the range of responsibilities for this combined GISR COP and MSI TD position.


GISR COP Responsibilities:

  • Respond to buy-in requests and provide central management and oversight of Task Orders under this award, working collaboratively and often with USAID.
  • Select and provide technical guidance to technical experts carrying out varying tasks.
  • Support teambuilding and team management practices with DCOP and Operations team.
  • Ensure quality control methods in a consistent manner for all contracted tasks and functions.
  • Working with MSI's Operations Team, oversee the GISR budget, develop cost projections for workstreams, and ensure activities are implemented in a compliant and cost-effective manner.
  • Lead marketing of the mechanism to interested missions and offices.
MSI Technical Director Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • As a member of one or multiple Project Team/s, the TD provides technical support and oversight from the home office on all technical issues impacting project design, development and implementation, in consultation and coordination with field teams and other members of the home office project team.
  • Contributes to and oversees client reporting requirements. Ensures submission of quality deliverables and overall client satisfaction.
  • Provides technical input on the financial and operational requirements of the project, including the design and management of the budget as it relates to technical implementation.
Business Development
  • Conduct field-based reconnaissance, recruitment and research in support of proposal preparation.
  • Identify and track potential business development pursuits to effectively position and prepare MSI for anticipated bid solicitations.
  • Serve as technical coordinator ("Honcho") or lead technical writer on project bid solicitations, ensuring effective coordination with MSI's Business Development Unit during the proposal preparation process.

Thought Leadership
  • Organize and participate in industry conferences, expert panels, committees, and events to develop contacts and foster professional relationships that will raise MSI's profile as a leading player in core DGC sector programing areas, including analytics, local governance and decentralization, public sector management, civil society, social accountability, stabilization, and conflict mitigation/peace-building, as relevant to the candidate's specific technical expertise.
  • As appropriate to the TD's role and specific sectoral expertise, prepare publications (articles, papers, blog posts or tools) and/or facilitate events that serve to position MSI as a thought leader on issues relevant to the DGC sector, and/or Democracy and Governance practice area .

GISR COP Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or higher in political science, sociology, economics, political geography, social anthropology, public administration, conflict resolution/peacebuilding, international development, or related area is required.
  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressive work experience supporting donor funded DRG/Conflict-related programming, including in volatile, conflict-affected and/or fragile contexts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and field experience in designing and implementing approaches related to stabilization, conflict management, local governance, CVE and resilience in developing countries.
  • Active understanding of ongoing political, social and conflict dynamics in the MENA region.
  • Substantial experience in MENA, including local contacts and networks.
  • Experience managing projects of a similar scope, and complexity, preferably in the MENA region.
  • Ability to provide vision, direction, and leadership in partnership with USAID to advance a range of technical workstreams that span the MENA region.
  • Adept verbal and written communication aptitude with clients and internal team.
  • Fluency in written and oral English required; Arabic preferred.

MSI Technical Director Qualifications:

  • At minimum fifteen years of progressive work experience supporting donor funded DRG/Conflict-related programming, including in volatile, conflict-affected and/or fragile contexts.
  • Master's degree or higher in political science, sociology, economics, political geography, social anthropology, public administration, conflict resolution/peacebuilding, international development, or related area is required.
  • Experience managing DRG/Conflict-related donor funded projects; USAID experience is required.
  • Experience with field project implementation in fragile and/or conflict-affected states.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams of technical, operational, and business development staff.
  • Ability to lead capture initiatives as well as technical writing for strategic company bids within key DGC-related technical areas.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Fluency in written and oral English required; Arabic, French or Spanish preferred
MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email MSI.Dept.HRRecruiting@tetratechinc.onmicrosoft.com with "Reasonable Accommodations" in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.Accountability, Civil Society, Decentralization, Democracy, Rights and Governance, Peace and Stability

Posted: 2021-10-08 Expires: 2021-11-06
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