Solicitation 72060321R10002 – USAID Project Management Specialist

ISSUANCE DATE: October 31, 2021
CLOSING DATE/TIME: December 2, 2021

SUBJECT: SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) – USAID Project Management Specialist. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply.

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation. Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1 of this solicitation.  Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered.  Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records. This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers. Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the attached information.


Linda Gregory
Supervisory Executive Officer

U.S. Agency for International Development
US Embassy
Entoto Road
P. O. Box 1014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. :  251-11-306002
Fax :  251-11-242438
USA Address:
2030 Addis Ababa Place
Washington, DC 20521-2030



  1. SOLICITATION NO.:72060321R10001
  2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 31, 2021
  3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: December 2, 2021 before and/or on 5:00PM Djibouti local time (close of business)
  4. POINT OF CONTACT: Linda Gregory, Supervisory EXO and Fekadu Tamirate, HR Specialist, e-mail at 
  5. POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist
  6. MARKET VALUE: FSN-10, $DJF 7,381,233 to $ 9,595,603.
    In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of [USAID/Djibouti] Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
  7. 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. The period will be 12/01/2021– 12/01/2026.
  9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS:  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.
  10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Regional Security Office certification.
    1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The USAID Project Management Specialist has responsibilities involving all aspects of activity development, program management, program monitoring and evaluation and results reporting across the portfolio. He is required to perform both technical and program administrative duties that includes participating in strategic planning; partner work plan review, preparation and review of performance management plans (PMPs); guiding Data Quality Assessments (DQAs); acting as or providing support to AORs/CORs and; overseeing compliance with internal program budget guidelines. Primary responsibilities will include assisting with the management of current and proposed future activities. S/he contributes to the coordination of efforts with other USAID/ offices involved with Djibouti programs, and U.S. Embassy officials. Duties require occasional in country travel to monitor USG funded programs.

  1. Statement of Duties to be Performed

The USAID Project Management Specialist carries out the following duties and responsibilities vis-à-vis technical areas (including but not limited to) Peace and Security; Democracy and Good Governance; Health, Education and Economic Growth, as assigned. Serves as the principal FSN advisor on overall program/project implementation documents; including but not limited to performance monitoring plan (PMP) development, data quality assessment (DQA), Operational Plan, and Performance Reports among others.

A. Program Management and Implementation 50%

  • Acts as or providing support for Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Agreement Officer (AOR), or Activity Manager for Djibouti activities, as specified by the AO/CO. Analyzes financial reports, including reporting on activity burn rates and pipelines, expenditure accruals, reviewing reports from partners with particular attention to activity and financial indicators.
  • Acts as Alternate AOR/COR or Activity Manager, as needed, for the Energy program under Power Africa. Closely monitors progress of the program and assists the USAID Representative in managing the activities on the ground.
  • Leads the coordination of USAID Djibouti’s response in completing the Annual Performance Plan Report, Portfolio Implementation Review (PIRs) and any other required performance reporting.
  • Participates in activity design and development. Assists in coordinating the work of consultants, partners and/or other stakeholders participating in activity development.
  • Supports other USAID Djibouti’s CORs and AORs by advising team members on policy, process and procedures of program implementation documentation as is required by ADS 200 and any other relevant guidance. Participates in preparing country program budgets for Operational Plan (OP) and Mission Resource Requests (MRRs).
  • Acts as the Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System (FACTS Info) administrator to take lead on Djibouti data entry on performance and planning reports into FACTS Info and report any errors.
  • Monitors each Mission budget and keeps current on the provision of the strategy (ies), results, performance reports, and operational plans to better monitor procurements, disbursements and pipelines.
  • Trains new CORs/AORs new guidance and provides supports to the Project Management Specialists by reviewing their work to ensure that quality control is maintained at all times.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of USAID Djibouti Development Assistance. Advises teams on program considerations and participates in the design of new activities and results. At the working level, advises and provides guidance on program and USAID guidelines related to the design and development of activities.
  • Takes the lead in coordinating the response to the annual exercise to comply with the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) corresponding to Program Assistance.
  • Works closely with Project Management Specialist and Technical staff in maintaining the quality control. The incumbent reviews all program-funded implementation documents (bilateral agreements….) by ensuring that funding is allocated per Functional Objective or Resource Allocation Table, AID/W control levels are maintained, and that funding rules and regulations are followed. Reviews and clears bilateral agreements commitment/sub-obligation documents, including ILs and MAARDS/GLAAS Requisitions by ensuring that funding is charged against the correct budget line item and planned allocations are not exceeded.
  • Prepares and writes documents related to the assigned area of responsibility such as Data Quality Assessment (DQA) reports and Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) approval memo. He/she will provide program management assistance, including drafting action memos, justifications, waivers and sections of acquisition and assistance documents, among others.

B. Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) (15%)

  • Assists Djibouti M&E Specialist by working with CORs/AORs and USAID/Ethiopia Program Office to establish, review and maintain an up-to-date PMP. Works with CORs/AORs to ensure that implementing partners have developed strategic interventions and M&E plans consistent with F standard indicators and the needs of specific Mission objectives. Works with partner organizations to develop a results monitoring system that responds to USAID reporting requirements as well as on the implementation of the relevant Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP). Gathers PMP related information and reviews for clarity of information received. This includes liaising with partners in order to manage the process of baseline as well as other periodic data collection for use in activity management and annual reporting.
  • Responsible for maintaining up-to-date spreadsheets on USAID’s portfolio, keeping details on past and current projects (description, year of funding, etc) so that information on USAID/Djibouti’s portfolio is readily accessible when needed. Consults with respective AORs/CORs and activity managers to update this information.
  • Analyzes financial reports, including reports on activity burn rates and pipelines, expenditure accruals, reviewing reports from partners with particular attention to activity and financial indicators.
  • Assumes a role in coordination of the response in completing the Annual Performance Report, PPRs and any other required performance reporting.
  • Responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities and assists respective activity managers in M&E functions, as needed. Conducts site visits to review implementation of M&E. Coordinates Data Quality Assessment activities and works with COR/AORs and implementing partners on how to improve the quality of data being collected and reported Based on the information collected during the field visits, communicates findings and recommendations for strengthening M&E activities to USAID/Djibouti program office and appropriate CORS/AORs.
  • Gathers Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) related information and reviews for quality of information received. This includes liaising with partners in order to manage the process of baseline as well as other periodic data collection efforts for use in activity management and annual reporting.
  • Participates in the design of the evaluations as well as the implementation.

C. General Duties (25%)

  • Accompanies and, from time to time, represents the Country Representative at meetings with partners, donors, host-government officials, or other meetings/events of interest for USAID and reports on meetings to Country Representative and country team as necessary.
  • Independently responds to inquiries as appropriate or refers them to the appropriate individual. S/he will also respond independently in a timely fashion to inquiries from other USAID offices and Embassy officials.
  • Serves as the alternate Mission Disaster Relief Officer (MDRO), coordinating with USG, international and GoDj Stakeholders.
  • Participates in discussions and meetings with contractors, recipients, counterpart governments, and other stakeholders at the local level to document, record, and reports relevant activities to the AOR/COR.
  • Responsible for arranging and/or facilitating briefings with USG agencies (including military) and participating in meetings with interested local counterparts. These meetings should be coordinated with technical staff.

D. Activity Manager (10%)

  • Serves as alternate Activity Manager for Power Africa projects on an as need basis. In this capacity: works collaboratively, and under the direction of the respective COR/AOR, in providing program guidance and coordination at the local level. Report’s implementation issues to the AOR/COR and recommends alternative courses of action.
  • Assists the AOR/ COR or Activity Manager with conducting regular project monitoring including site visits and providing inputs into the assessments of contractor/recipient performance. Prepares reports for all site visitors. Assesses contractor performance, as needed, and provides reports to the AOR/COR via e-mail on a regular basis.

The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

  1. Supervisory RelationshipDirectly supervised by the USAID Country Representative to Djibouti. To the extent possible, the incumbent is given wide latitude in planning and executing work assignments. Work is reviewed primarily in terms of results achieved within the broader constraints of policy and priorities. S/he will handle assignments independently with minimal supervision according to established policies, previous training and accepted practices. S/he will be expected to develop her/his own work schedule, procedures for accomplishing tasks, and will work independently to resolve problems which may arise during accomplishment of activities. S/he will be expected to provide finished, accurate, concise reports as required without day-to-day assistance in the preparation of the reports and other outputs.
    The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.


  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in social science or other relevant fields/areas.
  2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five years’ experience in program work and planning.
  3. Language: Level IV (French and English) is required written and spoken ability is required. Level V French (fluent) written and spoken ability is required. Good command of English and French languages is required as translation from on language to another are frequently done
    The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1.  The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c).  In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers.  The FAR provisions referenced above are available at


  1. Education (10 points): Additional points will be given for (1) education above the minimum level and/or (2) specialized education pertinent to the position.
  2. Experience (20 points): Prior work experience in areas of project/program work, planning, monitoring and evaluation, performance management plan (PMP) including data quality assessment (DQA). Experience in Peace and Security; Democracy and Good Governance; Health, Education and Economic Growth. Experience to analyzes financial reports, including reports on activity burn rates and pipelines, expenditure accruals, and reviewing reports.
  3. Knowledge, skills and abilities (20 points): Must have a general understanding of the nature of the goals of development programs. Must have comprehensive knowledge of donor programming policies and donor regulations, procedures and practices. Knowledge of political and economic development issues in the Horn of Africa region is required. Must be able to obtain, organize, and analyze data to prepare precise and accurate reports and budgets. Must be able to demonstrate inter-personal skills and experience working effectively as a member of a team. Ability to handle inquiries from senior management and technical staff, partners and beneficiaries with tact and persuasion required. Must demonstrate and maintain a very strong attention to detail. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is a must.
  4. Interview Performance  (40 points):
  5. Writing test (10 points)BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be evaluated in accordance with the Evaluation and Selection Factors. Offerors should address the Evaluation and Selection Factors in offer package, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received as it pertains to the factors. Failure to address the Evaluation and Selection Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.The highest-ranking applicants may be selected for an interview and writing test. Therefore, the final rating and ranking for the offerors will be based on the initial evaluation of the applications, interview performance and writing test. The qualified offerors may be invited to be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/video call at USAID’s discretion. USAID/Ethiopia will not pay for any expenses associated with interviews. Note: Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – Pass/Fail (no points assigned) Reference checks will be conducted for the highly ranked offeror. Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an offeror. If an offeror does not wish USAID to contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be stated in the offeror’s cover letter, and USAID will delay such reference check pending communication with the offeror.


  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 /

Further Guidance:
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.
Offerors submission must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents;
Application must be submitted ONLY via and the email subject must say– solicitation 72060321R10002-USAID Project Management Specialist
Please submit the application only once; and 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).


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)

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
Per the Mission’s LCP.
Per the Mission’s LCP.


Per the Mission’s policy.


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
  1. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at

Base Period – Compensation, Fringe Benefits and Other Direct Costs (ODCs)

– Award Type: Cost

– Product Service Code: [e.g. R497]

– Accounting Info: [insert one or more citation(s) from Phoenix/GLAAS]

1 LOT $ _TBD__ $_TBD at Award after negotiations with Contractor_
  1. 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


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Mission in Djibouti provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. USAID/Djibouti also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations.
The EEO complaint procedure is 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.