MSI was awarded a three-year contract with USAID/Sudan on a project named SUPPORT (Services Under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking), and tasked with the responsibility of executing functions normally associated with USAID’s Program and Communications offices. As a part of the SUPPORT project, MSI is currently establishing an office compound suitable for USAID and partner meetings in Southern Sudan, hiring technical and support staff, and facilitating VIP visits. For more information on our Sudan project, please follow this link: http://www.msiworldwide.com/index.cfm?msiweb=project&p_id=150.
MSI is seeking a Technical Committee Support Advisor. The Technical Committee Support Advisor will liaise with the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), USAID and its partners (Deloitte and NDI), and relevant international partner staff in ensuring a smooth running of operations and events surrounding support to the GOSS executive leadership during the critical time from the referendum in January 2011 until roughly the expiration of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in July 2011. The Advisor will be situated within a GOSS Secretariat, which will ensure that GOSS and USAID teams are working efficiently during this critical phase. This position will support the ongoing revision around the design, drafting, and implementation of a transitional Constitution and other processes related to the immediate post-referendum period. The Technical Committee Support Advisor will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of a smooth and comprehensive program of events; ensuring all necessary activities are proceeding on schedule; and providing targeted coordination assistance to the GOSS and USAID focal points. Furthermore the advisor will provide research support, secretariat services, and follow through as required. The advisor will also assist with the development of a budget and assist with relevant communication efforts.
- Coordinate high-level GOSS and USAID activity implementation according to schedule;
- Liaise with other multilateral and bilateral donors and coordinate communication as needed;
- Build relationships with GOSS officials, USG staff, and other multilateral and bilateral donors;
- Attend meetings with GOSS and USAID members, take and distribute notes;
- Manage follow-up activities and coordinate the scheduling of new meetings;
- Conduct progress reports that are to be submitted to MSI and USAID regarding the status of project;
- Present findings of progress reports to relevant USAID staff;
- Present any special administrative, financial, or contractual management issues related to the Advisor’s contract to MSI;
- Engage leaders in executing timelines and coordinate assistance if required;
- Work with Travel and Events Coordinator on logistical issues and event planning;
- Develop a map of activities and a calendar to be shared amongst relevant stakeholders.
- U.S. citizenship;
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, often with little to no direction;
- Ability to multi-task and coordinate schedules of several meetings and events at once;
- Advanced degree in law, public administration, business, or other related degree preferred;
- Extensive experience working with high-level government officials or VIPs in a similar setting;
- Relevant experience working with USAID;
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with members of government and communicate and coordinate goals and objectives effectively;
- Knowledge of governance structures and current political situations in Sudan, specifically Southern Sudan;
- English fluency required and Arabic proficiency strongly preferred.
**This position is open to U.S. nationals only. It is a short-term technical assignment based in Juba, Southern Sudan and will commence immediately upon recruitment. The estimated period of the assignment is 7 months (roughly mid-January to mid-July). The position is recruited by Management Systems International under the USAID-funded SUPPORT contract, and reports to a GOSS counterpart (TBD) and the USAID Democracy & Governance Team Leader.
How to applyOnly candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
To apply, please visit our website: www.msiworldwide.com.