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POSITION TITLE:  Programming and Training Assistant for Education Sector

OPENING DATE:    February 12, 2019

CLOSING DATE:    March 05, 2019

WORK HOURS:      Full-time; 40 hours/week


SALARY:                   Base rate $12,812.00 (paid in ETB at current rate of exchange); plus benefits

Basic Functions of the Programming and Training Assistant:

Peace Corps Ethiopia Education Program runs a TEFL program that trains and supports Volunteers to become effective and successful English teachers in an English as foreign language environment.

The Programming and Training Assistant (PTA) works with the programming and training staff to support volunteers and reports on their progress. S/he will provide technical, psychosocial and administrative support to Volunteers.  The Programming and Training Assistant (PTA) reports to the Program Manager for Education and is supervised by the Director of Programming and Training. In addition, the PTA functions as a lead technical coordinator and technical trainerincluding the design, management and, where appropriate, the delivery of regularly scheduled training events.  The PTA assists the Program Manager in providing technical and administrative support to an average of 70 Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees who are living and working in rural areas of Ethiopia, and therefore will require significant amounts of time working in the field. The position requires an estimated 50% of time travelling within Ethiopia.

Required Qualifications:  

  • A Master’s Degree in English Language Teaching; or relevant equivalent
  • Level IV (fluent) in reading, writing and speaking in English and Amharic. The ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English is required;
  • At least four years of specialized experience and increasing responsibility in or related to the work of the position described. The specialized experience must have included:
  1. Demonstrated experience working with educational structures and its delivery mechanisms in Ethiopia;
  2. Demonstrated skill in teaching English language and knowledge of continuing efforts in the area of English Language Improvement Programs (ELIP) in Ethiopia;
  3. Demonstrated skills in the design, management and evaluation of educational projects and/or training programs;
  4. Ability to provide training under challenging conditions;
  5. work experience in a cross-cultural and/or international setting;
  6. At least four years of classroom teaching in schools;

Skills and Abilities:   

  • Intermediate to advance software skills with MS Word, Powerpoint and excel.
  • Ability to prioritize and structure daily tasks, organize workflow and manage time.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong negotiating and conflict mitigation skills.
  • An effective and skilled communicator.
  • Strong intercultural working experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with TEFL programs and teacher training is highly desirable;
  • Experience working with U.S. Americans working in education and intercultural understanding in Ethiopia;
  • Strong understanding of experiential education methodologies and adult learning principles;
  • Strong understanding of the role of education in the development of Ethiopia;
  • Knowledge of at least one other national language of Ethiopia in addition to Amharic is a plus;
  • Preparedness to commit to and honor extended period of employment with Peace Corps expected.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Interested applicants who meet the minimum requirements must submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter of no more than two pages addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications
  2. A current resume supporting your candidacy or Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes 3 professional references.
  3. Optional: Any other succinct documentation that supports your candidacy.

Applications should be addressed to:

Human Resources

Peace Corps Ethiopia

And sent

Via Email:  with a subject line “PTA-ED”

Via Post:  Peace Corps P.O. Box 7788, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

*Only select one delivery method. Please do not send to both.*

  2. SOLICITATION NO.: 72066319R10001
  3. ISSUANCE DATE: February 4, 2019
  4. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February18, 2019 before and/or on 5:00PM Ethiopian local time (close of business).
  5. POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (Commodities and Market).
  1. MARKET VALUE: FSN-10, $18,740 to $33,728 annual basic salary.

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of

[USAID/Ethiopia]. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years. The services provided under this contract are expected to be a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through series of sequential contracts, subject to the availability of funds.
  2. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: US Embassy, Entoto Road, Addis Ababa with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
  3. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Regional Security Office certification.
  1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

USAID/Ethiopia manages a robust food security portfolio that includes humanitarian food assistance, emergency nutrition, and safety net support. The Office of Assets and Livelihoods in Transition (ALT) is one of the largest Food for Peace programs worldwide and oversees the importation and subsequent distribution of more than 300,000 metric tons of in-kind food commodities to vulnerable Ethiopians and refugees each year. The Commodities and Markets Specialist is responsible for the coordination, monitoring and compliance of all commodity management and logistical support functions.

In close partnership with Food for Peace Agreement Officer Representatives and Activity Managers, the incumbent supervises all commodity resource reporting processes, including claims, losses, and calls forward associated with in-kind food assistance. S/he ensures implementing partner compliance with U.S. Government and local laws applicable to in-kind commodities and executes a robust monitoring program over all commodity management and warehousing functions. The incumbent also represents USAID on numerous food resource management groups and engages the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) regarding food aid pipelines, food aid operations, and commodities and logistics management. The incumbent will also guide food assistance activities that involve cash- and market-based modalities, such as local and regional procurement, vouchers, and cash-transfer programming.  S/he will support ALT’s portfolio if and when it transitions away from in-kind assistance towards market-based programming.

  1. Statement of Duties to be Performed

Commodity Tracking and Reporting (25%)

The incumbent will be responsible for regularly and proactively tracking the movement of all USAID in-kind food commodities destined for Ethiopia.

  • Provide comprehensive updates at all stages of commodity movement, including call forward, purchase, shipment, arrival and offload at port, and transportation to preliminary distribution points and warehouses within Ethiopia. Consolidate information from various sources (sitreps, clusters) and communicate developments through concise reporting in a timely manner to ALT management and Activity Managers.
  • Contribute to analyses of commodity flows across partners and support office management and Activity Managers in decision making regarding loans, transfers, and other cross-cutting commodity issues.
  • Prepare and maintain summary records of in-kind commodity flows in Ethiopia, to include tonnage levels, commodity types, US dollar values, inland and internal storage, transport and handling (ITSH) rates, and program destination.
  • Liaise with counterparts in Food for Peace headquarters and regional offices as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding commodity movements and, where applicable, prepositioned stockpiles.

Logistics Analysis and Management (15%)

The incumbent serves as ALT’s technical expert and advisor on logistics and operations that contribute, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of food assistance.

  • Develop in-depth briefing materials and gap analyses for all logistics and operations elements impacting the in-kind food commodity supply chain (port, transport, warehouse, etc.). Maintain a map of key logistics hubs and warehouses used for in-kind commodity flows throughout Ethiopia.
  • Closely monitor developments at primary ports used for USAID in-kind commodities. Review and analyze performance information for bulk and packaged cargoes.
  • Collect and analyze data through research and direct observation to recommend actions that would eliminate bottlenecks and improve the performance of logistics operations.
  • Identify and track logistics and operational issues that cut across the ALT portfolio. Utilize technical expertise in logistics and operations to proactively identify issues and troubleshoot problems.

Commodity Management Compliance, Technical Support, and Guidance (20%)

The incumbent is a recognized expert in the area of commodity management and will provide technical support and guidance to USAID Implementing Partners and ALT staff to ensure the timely and safe delivery of food to the targeted beneficiaries, minimum loss of commodities, and compliance with USG regulations and procedures.

  • Maintain specialized technical expertise and knowledge of state of the art practices in food aid operations, federally mandated requirements, industry standards, and promising practices in commodity management.
  • Provide regular and ad hoc training on Title II food aid regulations and commodity management practices. Ensure ALT staff and partners have access to commodity management handbooks and guidelines.
  • Serve as ALT expert on loss, theft, diversion, disposition, and subsequent claims involving commodities. Review and document commodity losses and work with Activity Managers and implementing partners to close outstanding losses claim issues.
  • Work with Title II implementing partners to strengthen their commodity management and control systems, identifying and conducting remedial training programs, as necessary. Train and support capacity building efforts of partners in the utilization of FFP information systems and web-based commodity status reporting system (QWICR).  Review all QWICR submissions, identify errors and trouble-shoot by providing technical assistance or engaging with regional USAID staff as needed.
  • Provide advice to implementing partners on Title II resources and regulations. Coordinate with Title II partners & provide operational support and problem solving in areas of food aid management, warehousing, logistics and surveys as well as food aid tracking and deliveries.
  • Design and manage partner commodity reviews, studies and evaluations to assess compliance with regulations and industry standards. Ensure findings and recommendations are systematically applied.
  • Develop and execute, in partnership with Activity Managers, a port and site visit plan for monitoring partner commodity operations and ensure assistance is being handled according to U.S. regulations and procedures. Conduct random and unannounced inspections to ensure partner compliance with regulations.
  • In collaboration with Food for Peace and Mission management, notify relevant authorities and/or Inspector General’s Office when waste, fraud and or abuse is identified as related to the transportation, storage and or distribution of Food for Peace commodities.

Market and Supply Chain Analysis (20%)

The incumbent will provide technical assistance and support on all aspects of market- and cash-based programming to ensure that Ethiopia FFP activities utilize the most appropriate food assistance modalities for the operational context.

  • Guide food assistance modality decision making through application of state of the art knowledge and tools regarding market-based programming.
  • Conduct market assessments, price inventories and price comparison analyses, and other relevant studies.
  • Provide technical support and guidance on local and regional procurement options, market-oriented emergency and development programming, and other markets issues.

Host Country Engagement (20%)

The Commodity Management Specialist will cultivate a network of key contacts in the areas of commodity management and logistics.

  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with GOE entities critical to the legal, expeditious, and regular import of USAID in-kind commodities, including Maritime Authority, Ethiopian Roads and Transport, FMHACA, and Customs, among others. Ensure smooth and productive communications and collaboration between USAID, its implementing partners, and relevant GOE entities.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with private sector service providers essential to the legal and expeditious importation and movement of in-kind commodities (shippers, transporters, surveyors).
  • Understand and document host-country requirements applicable to the importation and distribution of in-kind food assistance. Provide expert guidance and problem-solving skills related to rules and regulations applicable to USAID commodities.
  • Represent USAID/Ethiopia on technical groups, clusters, and steering committees related to logistics and commodity management, such as Commodity Management Working Group and Food Aid Management Task Force.
  • Collect, track and analyze information on all GOE food pipelines, to include, where available, budgeting, procurement/tender, import and in-country stocks.
  1. Supervisory Relationship

The incumbent is an integral part of the Program and Resource Team and reports directly to the Program and Resource Management Team Leader.

  1. Supervisory Controls


  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC). Cooperating country national means an individual who is a cooperating country citizen or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

  1. POINT OF CONTACT:; Fekadu Tamirate, HR Specialist.




  1. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in economic or international development, business management, logistics, transport economics, agriculture and/or related field is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  2. PRIOR EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years relevant, practical experience required in humanitarian or development food assistance programming. This should include operational familiarity with the Food for Peace Act Title II development and emergency programs, knowledge of the USG’s Reg. 11 legislative requirements, food commodity logistical movements, field warehouse inspections procedures, and commodity monitoring and reporting requirements covering development and emergency food aid programs. Preference will be given to individuals with five years or more experience working directly on either: (a) logistics and supply chain management; (b) Title II development and disaster related food assistance in the East and Central Africa region; or (c) food security and market assessments for market-based food assistance, as well as response analysis frameworks.
  3. LANGUAGE: Level IV English and Amharic ability (fluent) is required.

The following evaluation factors for evaluating applications are established. The Technical Evaluation Committee will establish the competitive range/cut-off points per the evaluation factors listed below. Applicants are encouraged to provide a narrative for each selection criteria listed below in this section. This information will be used for evaluating and scoring each criterion. The TEC will conduct interviews with all offerors in the competitive range and provide the final rating and ranking of the offerors based on the interview and the CO must consider findings from the reference checks as part of the responsibility determination. Be sure to include your name and the solicitation number at the top of each page.

EDUCATION (10 points): Bachelor’s degree in economic or international development, business management, logistics, transport economics, agriculture and/or related field is required.  Master’s degree is preferred. Additional evaluation points will be given to offerors who exceed the minimum requirement.

EXPERIENCE (40 points): Minimum of five years relevant, practical experience required in humanitarian or development food assistance programming, to include in-kind food assistance or markets-based programming. This should include operational familiarity with the Food for Peace Act Title II development and emergency programs, knowledge of the USG’s Reg. 11 legislative requirements, commodity or cash transfer programming logistical procedures, and commodity monitoring and reporting requirements covering development and emergency food aid programs. Preference will be given to individuals with five years or more experience working directly on either: (a) logistics and supply chain management; (b) Title II development and disaster related food assistance in the East and Central Africa region; or (c) food security and market assessments for market-based food assistance, as well as response analysis frameworks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES (50 points): The incumbent must possess excellent knowledge of the technical, legal and operational aspects of food assistance and market-based programming, particularly in Ethiopia. S/he must have an understanding of food assistance commodity management including food aid policies and regulations applicable to Food for Peace assistance. The incumbent must also have an operational level understanding of program purposes, approaches, information systems, and review processes involved in management of the Title II program. Familiarity with Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA), Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA), Market Analysis Guidance (MAG), the Price Monitoring, Analysis and Response Kit (MARKit), Rapid Assessment for Markets (RAM), Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) and/or other relevant tools would be beneficial, as would be familiarity with emerging trends with digital payments systems and related innovations.

The incumbent must be able to work collaboratively with a range of professional counterparts at all levels, including those at various levels of Government, technical staff, civil society leaders, the U.S. Mission in Ethiopia, other donors, and international organizations.  S/he must demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise.  S/he must be willing to learn and adapt to a changing work environment and operational priorities.



  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form DS-174 Application for U.S. Federal employment along with a cover letter and resume written in English. The DS-174 Application form can be found in the U.S. embassy website;
  2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 12.
  3. Copies of credential documents (i.e., degree, training certificates, etc.);
  4. Application must be submitted ONLY via and the email subject must say– solicitation, 72066319R10001 – USAID Project Management Specialist (Commodities and Market).
  5. Please submit the application only once; and
  6. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered; the application must be submitted before or on the date of filing at 5 p.m. (Close of Business).
  7. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

Once the Contracting Officer informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.

  1. Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
  2. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)
  3. Finger Print Card (FD-258)



USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. 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
  2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at
  3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at
  1. 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

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The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.