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June 24, 2019

USAID/Zambia Vacancy Announcement AID-010-19 - Project Development Specialist

OPEN TO:             All Interested Candidates

POSITION:            Project Development Specialist   

OPENING DATE: June 24, 2019

CLOSING DATE:  July 10, 2019

WORK HOURS:    Full-time; 40 hours/week

SALARY RANGE:  FSN-10 (ZMK 329,017.01 p.a. — ZMK 510,175.85 p.a.)


The FSN Project Development Specialist (PDS) position is located in the USAID/Zambia Program Office (PRM), where s/he reports to the USDH Project Design Officer (PDO).  The incumbent assists in all aspects of the USAID Program Cycle, from strategic planning to implementation and achieving, monitoring and evaluation. Under the guidance of the PDO, s/he helps to develop and implement related Mission policy, including policies related to gender and disability. 

The PDS applies (and creates/updates/revises, as necessary and appropriate) mission-wide systems, practices and procedures that maximize the cost-effectiveness and transformative development impact of all assistance activities undertaken by the USAID/Zambia mission.  These actions are done in accordance with official USAID policy, U.S. law and regulation, U.S. Government foreign policy priorities, and sound international development theory.


June 11, 2019

USAID believes that the purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence. With a staff of over 100 professionals managing investments of over $300 million annually, USAID is committed to working with Zambia on its specific development journey.  This handbook provides a brief overview of the current and recently culminated activities associated with the USAID mission in Zambia.

USAID assistance is based on Zambia’s individual  self-reliance needs and focuses on the following key objectives: (1) improving the health of Zambians, with a particular focus on women, at-risk youth, and vulnerable children; (2) reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases; (3) increasing agriculture-led economic growth to reduce rural poverty and food insecurity; (4) mitigating the effects of climate vulnerability and promoting sustainable management of natural resources; (5) raising the quality of basic education to increase literacy; (6) increasing access to electricity; and (7) enhancing democratic governance. 

USAID is taking a whole of Agency approach to ensure that the programs we implement are best supporting a country's journey to self-reliance. The theory of change is that as a country's commitment and capacity strengthen, our partnership should evolve.  Ultimately, we hope to support our current host country partners to be fellow donors. 

May 29, 2019




  1. ISSUANCE DATE:  05/29/2019


  1. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: 06/28/2019, before and/or on 5:00 PM (Zambia local time)


  1. POSITION TITLE:  Senior Nutrition Advisor


  1. MARKET VALUE:  $89,370-$116,181 equivalent to GS-14.  The final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value, based on the successful candidate’s salary history, work experience, and educational background.  Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.  Please note that this solicitation is for a resident-hire USPSC.  This means that apart from contributions for FICA and life and health insurance, no allowances and differentials, including housing and relocation expenses, are provided (see Section V. Benefits/Allowances.)


  1. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  One (1) year, with four one-year option periods.  Extension(s) will depend upon the availability of funds, continued need for the services, contractor/employee performance, and any future U.S. Government hiring freeze guidance.  No USPSC contract may exceed a five-year period of performance.


  1. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: USAID/Zambia, Lusaka with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.


  1. WHO MAY APPLY:  Resident Hire USPSCs (United States Citizen and United States Permanent Resident Green Card Holder local residents,  including Eligible Family Members (EFMs) of U.S. Mission Lusaka of all agencies)


Resident Hire USPSC means a U.S. citizen or resident alien who, at the time of hire as a PSC, resides in the cooperating country –

(i) for reasons other than employment that provides for repatriation to the U. S., including –

(A) with a U.S. government agency;

(B) under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement; or

(C) under any other contract or employment arrangement.

(ii) as a spouse or dependent of a U.S. citizen with employment that provides for repatriation to the U.S., including –

(A) with a U.S. government agency;

(B) under any U.S. government-financed contract or agreement; or

(C) under any other contract or employment arrangement. 


  1. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  Facility Access:  The final selected candidate must obtain an Employment Authorization and medical clearances within a reasonable period of time (USAID will provide details regarding these clearances to the selected candidate). If such clearances are not obtained within a reasonable time or negative suitability issues are involved, any offer made may be rescinded.


    1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

USAID/Zambia is ramping up its nutrition activities to significantly increase nutrition coverage and impact in line with its Feed the Future Initiative, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and health programming.  We, therefore, require a highly qualified technical officer with strong management and interpersonal skills to ensure the successful implementation and impact of USAID/Zambia’s activities in line with the Zambian Government’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) 2.0 program. 

May 7, 2019

The USAID/Zambia Energy Specialist leads initiatives in promoting clean and sustainable energy concepts within the region and the larger development community in which USAID works.  Based in USAID/Zambia’s Economic Development Office (EDEV), the incumbent reports directly to the Environment Team Leader.  S/he will be the principal point of contact for energy-related activities and overall program manager for USAID/Zambia’s Power Africa activities.

U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel L. Foote delivers remarks during the commissioning of Zambia's first utility-scale solar project, which was financed through USAID/Power Africa and OPIC support.
March 11, 2019

I certainly love it when a plan comes together.  And thanks to a remarkable partnership, we celebrate Zambia’s first utility-scale solar project that will provide affordable power to the country’s households, schools, hospitals, and businesses. 


Last updated: June 24, 2019

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