Democracy and Governance Program Specialist, FSNPSC-11

Vacancy Announcement

(Announcement Number: 13-11)

USAID/Nepal invites applications for employment from all interested and qualified candidates for the position of Democracy and Governance (DG) Program Specialist in the Democracy and Governance Office, under a Foreign Service National (FSN) Personal Services Contract (PSC) subject to availability of funds. 

OPEN TO:                              All interested and qualified candidates

POSITION:                             Democracy and Governance Program Specialist, FSNPSC-11

OPENING DATE:                    November 6, 2013

CLOSING DATE:                    November 27, 2013 – 5:00 P.M Kathmandu time

WORK HOURS:                      Full-time; 40 hours/week



The DG Program Specialist, FSNPSC serves as USAID’s expert and advisor on a range of DG issues such as governance, transparency, anti-trafficking, human rights, civil society, media, elections, political transitions, and conflict prevention.  Because of field’s breadth, the Specialist needs a general understanding of DG and its cross-sector applications. The incumbent requires specific technical expertise in more than two of the following: public financial management; legal, regulatory, policy frameworks; public accountability, advocacy and oversight; anti-trafficking in persons; conflict prevention and peace building; local governance and service delivery; elections and legislative processes; and/or gender and social inclusion. The Specialist must be highly motivated, capable of working independently and as part of a team.  The incumbent advises the DG Office (DGO) and other technical offices engaging in DG activities. S/he collaborates with other USAID technical and support offices and operates within a complex, fluid political environment and with officials at the highest levels in both the United States Government (USG) and the Government of Nepal (GON).


NOTE:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed below:

1.      EDUCATION: The DG Specialist is required to have a Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as law, political science, economics, journalism, rural/community development, public administration, public policy, or other related social science.

2.      EXPERIENCE: The Specialist must have at least seven years of progressively responsible managerial and/or project management experience. Demonstrate prior experience effectively managing more than one activity at a time. At least three years’ experience working in the area of providing development assistance in two or more of the following areas: public financial management; legal, regulatory, policy frameworks; public accountability, advocacy and oversight; anti-trafficking in persons; conflict prevention and peace building; local governance and service delivery; elections and legislative processes; gender and social inclusion; or a related field.  At least two years required experience in planning, developing or managing donor-funded programs in the relevant fields. Prior experience with writing and designing Statements of Work for donor-funded DG programs, preferred.  Demonstrated experience with cross-sector application of DG programs is desirable.

3.      KNOWLEDGE: The DG Specialist must demonstrate broad technical knowledge and understanding of DG, methodologies and context.  The Specialist must have broad technical knowledge of two or more of the following areas related to USAID’s country strategy: conflict prevention and peace building; public accountability and oversight; civic participation and advocacy; and good governance and service delivery; and gender and social inclusion.  S/he must have strong knowledge of project or program management and organizational management, as well as NGO and GON operations. The Specialist must also possess knowledge of existing DG-related policies, procedures and regulations with a demonstrated understanding of how these policies impact other sectors.

4.      LANGUAGE: The Specialist requires at least the second highest level (4/4) scoring for English reading, writing and speaking.

5.      OTHER SKILLS: The Specialist successfully demonstrates the following skills and abilities:

-       Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision.

-       Excellent communication, presentation and inter-personal skills.

-       Ability to transfer technical DG knowledge into project designs, project reports, policy papers, etc.

-       Ability to communicate DG recommendations to other sectors for improved programming.

-       Ability to work in a team environment and across USAID offices and the US Embassy’s agencies.

-       Ability to manage large, complex development assistance programs.

-       Capacity to prepare technical documents in English with little editing and translate Nepali documents to English.

-       Ability to develop and maintain high level contacts (GON, donors, civil society, local bodies) and productive working relationships with other counterparts.

-       Ability to work effectively under pressure and demonstrate extreme flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time.

-       Ability to work weekends and/or conduct field visits.

-       Strong computer skills to conduct work using MS Word, Excel and Power Point and the ability to use USAID software and computer programs.

A detailed job description for the position can be obtained upon request via e-mail to USAID Nepal Human Resources Office ( or by visiting USAID/Nepal website at

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume - not to exceed 3 pages - and any other documentation that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the full job description.  Please provide names of three references and their contact numbers and email addresses as well.  Please send your application to the attention of USAID/Nepal Human Resources Office, U.S Embassy Maharajgunj, G.P.O. Box. 295, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Applications may be sent electronically to:

Only short listed applicants will be contacted to participate in the hiring process.

USAID/Nepal is an equal opportunity employer committed to a staff composition that reflects the social and ethnic diversity of Nepali society.  We believe that social inclusion and diversity contribute to excellence.  Applicants from disadvantaged caste, under-represented ethnic groups, and women are especially encouraged to apply.



Friday, November 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Last updated: November 01, 2013