VACANCY JAMAICA - Project Management Specialist (OCS)

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Jamaica is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Project Management Specialist (OC).

SOLICITATION:      V03-2022

OPEN TO:               All interested candidates. (Non-Jamaican applicants must possess legal residence within the country and a work permit).

POSITION:             Project Management Specialist (OCS) - FSN-11                        

OPENING DATE:     May 15, 2022

CLOSING DATE:     May 27, 2022 (16:00 hrs UTC/GMT -5 hours )

WORK HOURS:       Full-time; 40 hours/week (Contract of five (5) years, renewable pending approval and need for the position and the availability of funds.

SALARY:                Salary Package – at the FSN-11 Level – Starting at J$5,930,057 .



The Project Management Specialist serves as a technical specialist for citizen security, democracy and governance, anti-corruption and other related activities.  Programming in the Office of Citizen Security (OCS) includes activities focused on youth crime and violence prevention., civil society strengthening, anti-corruption, workforce development, human rights, institutional capacity building, and other activities. The position is located in OCS and reports to the Director of the Office of Citizen Security.

USAID Project Management Specialist positions administer development assistance projects (through contract, cooperative agreement, or grants) to ensure that objectives are achieved in accordance with financial, timing, and other considerations embodied in the project.  Such duties often entail coordination with other technical and support offices to execute in a fully effective manner..

Interested persons are encouraged to view the full copy of the Position Description [PDF, 275K], before applying.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

a) Qualifications:

1. EDUCATION:  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social or political science, law, business administration, public or international affairs, or economics is required..

2. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience in managing, analyzing and coordinating programs in the field of democracy and governance and or citizen security is required.. Experience in analyzing epidemiological data and translating data into practice.

3.  POST ENTRY TRAINING: On the job training, Agency specific courses, and commercial training that develop and maintain relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities, will be provided. Such training will be prioritized as it supports the execution of the Agency’s strategic planning at the Mission level. Opportunities for the development of professional expertise and broadening of skills will focus on the areas of U.S. government and Agency programs, operations, acquisition and assistance awards and project management, financial management and budgeting, technical expertise, and/or other organizational needs.

4. LANGUAGE:  Level IV (fluent proficiency) in English, both written and spoken, is required.

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE:  The incumbent must be able to understand and apply Agency policies, USG regulations, and consistently follow through on routine procedures for the performance of duties and responsibilities. Functional knowledge required for this position includes project/program design, project/program management, activity/project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, risk management, formal communications, stakeholder engagement, organization of files and records, and ethics. 

The incumbent must also have a comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices aimed at crime and violence prevention, democracy and governance, human rights, and anti-corruption. They should have a solid knowledge of the key actors in Jamaica, from civil society organizations to private businesses to public institutions, which have an important role in promoting citizen security in Jamaica, as well as a strong understanding of Jamaica’s political landscape and how it relates to democracy and governance.

6. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The ability to work as a member of a team in a culturally diverse environment is required. The incumbent must be able to work diplomatically and effectively under pressure, with the ability to multitask in the performance of daily activities and responsibilities. Strong communication abilities (written and verbal), facilitation, and interpersonal skills are required. Professional level proficiency in business applications for word processing, spreadsheets, and other standard office software. The ability to organize and analyze data/information, and independently author routine memoranda, extensive reports and deliver presentations on highly technical subject matters, is mandatory.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be accessed from:


As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a Personal Service Contractor (PSC) is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

  1. BENEFITS: Benefits are paid to Locally Employed Staff as outlined in the Local Compensation Plan.
  2. ALLOWANCES (as applicable): Allowances are paid to Locally Employed Staff as outlined in the Local Compensation Plan.


Employees are responsible to make payments for all relevant taxes.


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. 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


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  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

Applicants will be evaluated based on the extent and quality of their knowledge, experience, language and other skills, as they relate to this position against the following criteria:

Language & Communication:  15 %
Knowledge:                                      30 %
Skills & Abilities:                            30 %
Work Experience:                          25 %
TOTAL                                              100 %

The shortlisted candidates will also be required to participate in an interview.


  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit the offer package or the application will not be considered:
  2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section "Submit Application".
  3. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
  4. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted


Via E-mail:
Application forms may be emailed in PDF form to with subject "Application V03_2022: <Your Name>" without the quotation marks and angle brackets.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION:  May 27, 2022 at 4:00pm (UTC -5)


The US Mission in Jamaica 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.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. 

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.

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Last updated: May 13, 2022