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Development Outreach and Communications Assistant (Baghdad)

SOLICITATION NUMBER: AID-19-07
                        ISSUANCE DATE:                 February 19, 2019
                        CLOSING DATE/TIME:       March 12, 2019 (11:59 pm Baghdad time)

I.       GENERAL INFORMATION

1.      SOLICITATION NUMBER: AID 19-07

2.      ISSUING DATE: February 19, 2019

3.      CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 12, 2019 (11:59 pm Baghdad time)

4.      POSITION TITLE: Development Outreach and Communication (DOC) Assistant)

5.      MARKET VALUE: USD 31,433 - USD 47,153 basic salary p.a. equivalent to FSN-08 in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Iraq.  In addition to the basic salary, the selected applicant will receive 35% differential and 15% other allowance.

 6.      PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:     Employment under any contract issued under this solicitation is of a continuing nature. Its duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts; all contract clauses, provisions, and regulatory requirements concerning availability of funds and the specific duration of this contract shall apply. The initial CCNPSC contract will be for an initial one year period, with the option of renewal depending on the continued need for the position and funds availability.
7.      PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:       Baghdad, Iraq

8.      SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: A Security Certification granted by US Embassy Baghdad Regional Security Officer is required.

9.      STATEMENT OF DUTIES:           The duties and responsibilities of the USAID Project Management Specialist will include as follows:

a)      Basic Function of Position: This position is responsible for public diplomacy efforts using new media to target key audiences. The incumbent develops and manages social media voice in support of public diplomacy goals. Develops strategies to market and conduct further outreach on programs, exchanges and mission activities. Employs available technology and social media tools to conceive, develop and design programs and produce materials. Develops and produces multi-media products for use on social media. Contributes to the Public Affairs Section's media reporting by monitoring and writing summaries of social media trends. Serves as back-up webmaster.

b)     Major Duties and Responsibilities: The duties and responsibilities of the Development Outreach and Communication (DOC) Assistant will include:

1. Identifies and develops content for use on the Embassy's social media platforms (65% of time)

a. Develops social media content for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Embassy programs and public outreach events. Conceives and executes broader social media programs and develops materials for those programs. Identifies and reviews proposed social media content developed by the State Department and modifies it for local use. Helps coordinate the efforts and content of other Embassy offices' social media platforms. Organizes web chats, webinars, online discussions, and other interactive outreach.

Designs, produces, and edits multi-media including photographs, video, audio podcasts, etc. for use on social media platforms.

b. Builds and advises on the USAID/Iraq's social media strategic plan, analyzes performance of USAID/Iraq's social media products and develops plans and strategies to increase reach, engagement, and audience size. In cooperation with other communications staff, consults with other Embassy stakeholders to understand their offices' social media objectives.

c. Remains current on emerging technologies and provides advice on expanding to new online platforms Monitors the local and regional social media environment and the demographic profiles of users. Identifies and explores the potential of new technologies and tools. Recommends new technologies and tools and advices on their effective use. Trains Embassy colleagues on technologies and social media tools to enable their participation in social media output.

2. Analyzes and reports on the Iraqi social media landscape      (15 % of time)

Contributes to the Press Office's daily media reports by identifying and summarizing, in English, social media trends of relevance to the Embassy's mission. Translates into Arabic Embassy press releases and other Embassy products, and translates into English news articles.

3. Assistant Webmaster                                                               (20% of time)

Makes updates to USAID/Iraq's English and Arabic websites to include new transcripts, press releases, and warden messages. Using editing software, edits graphics and photos for use on the Embassy websites. Removes outdated material and ensures the websites' pages and structure function properly. Serves as back up webmaster in absence of webmaster.

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.

c)      Supervision Received:  The incumbent reports to the Supervisory Program Officer or his/her designee who evaluates his/her work.

d)     Supervision Exercised: This position is designated as non-supervisory.

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Cooperating Country Nationals / Ordinarily Resident (OR): A citizen of Iraq or a citizen of another country who has the required work and/or residency permit for employment in Iraq.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

12. POINT OF CONTACT: For specific inquiries only contact Human Resources, Executive Office, USAID/Iraq, Email: iraq-jobs@usaid.gov<mailto:iraq-jobs@usaid.gov>.  Please carefully review the section IV "PRESENTING AN OFFER" and application procedures before submission of the application.

I.         MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
1.      EDUCATION: A minimum of 2 years of college/university studies in one of the following: mass communications; journalism; English language; International Relations; Public Relations; Information Science and Technology or in a closely related field from a recognized institution is required. NB: Additional education may NOT be substituted for Experience.

 2.      EXPERIENCE: At least three years' experience in media, advertising, information technology or a diplomatic/international organization is required. Out of total experience two years of practical experience with social media is also required. NB: Additional experience may NOT be substituted for Education.

 3.      LANGUAGE:  Level IV English and Arabic ability (fluent) is required (reading, writing and speaking).  Language proficiency will be tested.

 4.      JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of the Iraqi social media environment, influential figures in social media, webpage and graphic design, and social media required. Familiarity with U.S. culture, media, and society. Working knowledge of Iraqi media institution and personalities. Familiarity with digital cameras, scanners, copiers and other media technology.
 5.      SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Proven ability to work independently under tight deadlines and heavy workload within agreed upon parameters with minimal supervision or guidance and while exercising sound judgment is required. Strong interpersonal skills are required to establish and maintain collaborative relations with people both inside and outside of the organization. The following skills and abilities are also sought: operational skills; computer skills including ease and skill in using word processing and power point programs, email and social media application. Incumbent must be able to type fast and accurately in both English and Arabic. Incumbent must have skills in website construction and design; photography skills; image and video editing capabilities. Incumbent must be a self-starter in order to be responsive to client needs with the ability to work calmly, tactfully and effectively under pressure and to adapt to the existing management team.

II.          EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Basis of Evaluation: Offerors who clearly meet the aforementioned minimum/required education, experience, and language requirements may be further evaluated and ranked based on the below evaluation and selection factors and through review of the offeror's submitted written application materials (see section IV below). Those highest-ranked offerors will be considered within the competitive range, and may be further evaluated through language, technical tests and interviews to determine the most qualified/highest-ranked offeror. Reference checks will be conducted with the highest-ranked offeror at the conclusion of evaluations and as part of the responsibility determination process. Any offeror not receiving satisfactory reference checks will no longer be considered for the position. Negotiations will be conducted with the most qualified/ highest-ranked offeror who has successfully passed the responsibility determination process.
1.      Education (10 points)

2.      Prior Work Experience (25 points)

3.      Language Proficiency (20 points)

4.      Job Knowledge (20 points)

5.      Skills and Abilities (25 points)

Total points = 100

III.          PRESENTING AN OFFER

1.      Eligible Offerors are required to submit all of the following documents in order to be considered for the position:

a)      AID 309-2 (Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals) Form, which is available on USAID website (https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2).  Application MUST be signed or it will not be accepted;

b)     Most current Curriculum vitae or resume describing all your current and previous experience;

c)      Copy of your Jinsiya (must) and passport (if available);

d)     Three professional references, which could be your current and former supervisors, be able to comment on your suitability for employment, with telephones and e-mail contacts to be provided on a separate sheet. References may not be relatives, friends or members of your household.

 Applications must be forwarded only via email on the email: iraq-jobs@usaid.gov<mailto:iraq-jobs@usaid.gov> address. Only

signed applications submitted on the prescribed application form (AID<https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/FORM_AID_309-2_FINALwith_OMB_approval.doc>

309-2<https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/FORM_AID_309-2_FINALwith_OMB_approval.doc>) and on the given email address will be considered. When submitting an application, the solicitation

number and the title of the position MUST be mentioned in the subject line. Incomplete applications, unsigned form and/or applications received after the

closing date will not be considered.

 USAID/Iraq reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for the test/interview.

Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which may accompany their applications. Do not attach original documents to your application as they will not be returned. The applicants should be able to produce original documents when required that include educational certificates, experience certificates and Jinsiya (a proof of nationality).

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.      To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

IV.          LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the Contracting Officer (CO) 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 forms.

V.          BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

The Local Compensation Plan (LCP) is the basis for all compensation payments to locally employed staff /CCNPSCs. The LCP consists of the local salary schedule, which includes salary rates, authorized fringe benefits, and other pertinent facets of compensation such as health and life insurance, and retirement allowance.

VI.          TAXES

The selected offeror will be responsible for payment of all taxes required by local law.

VIII.      USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing CCN 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 https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf.

2. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms.

3. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs.

4. 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 https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations.

USAID/IRAQ is an equal opportunity employer committed to a staff composition that reflects the social and ethnic diversity of Iraqi society.  Applicants from disadvantaged and under-represented ethnic groups, women, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest in working at USAID. Unfortunately, there are no open vacancies at this time. Please check back soon.

Last updated: June 22, 2021

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