Transition Advisor

AIR - American Institutes for Research


AIR is currently seeking Long-Term Technical Assistance (LTTA) Transition Advisors (TAs) to staff a quick-response mechanism that will augment USAID/OTI���s management and monitoring of its Sub-Saharan Africa regional program portfolio.�� ��The Transition Advisor (TA) serves a central role in supporting USAID/OTI country/regional programs in close coordination with the respective SWIFT Programs Country Representative (CR) and serves as an interlocutor with the implementing partner(s) implementing the country/regional program. ��
The TA will play an instrumental role in providing support on day-today program management in the development and implementation of grants, program reporting and outreach efforts, and in providing recommendations to shape program strategy. The TA will attend meetings as needed with USAID Mission personnel, US Embassy staff, host- country government officials, other potential partners, stakeholders, donors, and other actors as requested by the respective USAID/OTI CR. The TA will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with these entities to ensure strategic integrity of the program and close coordination at the field level, identify the widest range of potential partners and opportunities, and achieve maximum synergy with other programs.
About AIR:
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

Serve as a liaison between USAID/OTI and USAID/OTI���s implementing partner(s) to ensure that the USAID/OTI program���s strategy and activities are responsive to emerging developments on the ground and changes to the operating environment;
Provide USAID/OTI and USAID/OTI���s implementing partner(s) staff with guidance on the identification and development of activities that meet program funding criteria, further programmatic objectives, and complement other activities implemented by USAID/OTI and other USG or international programs;
Establish and maintain strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders to promote efficient coordination with USG, government officials, local partners and other international community stakeholders;
Collect information and draft/edit regular reporting and outreach products tailored to a variety of audiences, including the U.S. Government and external audiences, on political and security developments in country, program priorities, activities and results;
Conceptualize and manage a system for monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) for USAID/OTI programming in country in close collaboration with USAID/OTI, USAID/OTI���s implementing partner(s) and subcontractors, and any external organizations providing MEL and/or research services to the program;��
Assist in the conceptualization and design of program strategies and objectives in close coordination with USAID/OTI and USAID/OTI���s implementing partner(s) staff.
Assist in the regular review of strategic objectives and new programmatic approaches in- country and/or linked to neighboring country programs, where appropriate;
ConveyUSAID/OTI interests during meetings with USAID Mission personnel, U.S. Embassy staff, host-country government officials, international organizations, indigenous and international non- governmental organizations (NGOs), international donors, and others interested in USAID/OTI activities; Working closely with USAID/OTI and USAID/OTI���s implementing partner(s) staff to ensure the effective use of the USAID/OTI Database, as well as other systems and procedures to maintain effective and efficient management of funds, programming, and monitoring and evaluation;
Participate in discussions and planning with the USAID/OTI CR to develop an exit strategy that ensures reasonable time to transition from USAID/OTI programs to follow- on USAID or other donor programs; and
Perform a wide range of administrative functions including activity budget preparation, financial management, records management, and travel assistance, to help ensure programmatic success.



An advanced degree in a relevant field such as but not limited to political science, international development, international relations
At least seven (10) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience, which may include political analysis, community development, economic development, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, reconciliation and transitional justice, or other transition-related programming.
A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country, of which six (6) months must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political instability.
A minimum of one year of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff).
Experience in contract/grant management.
Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with a diverse staff.
Fluency in written and spoken English

Highly Desired:

Previous experience with USAID/OTI
Experience with in-kind or small grants.
Experience coordinating the implementation of programs working on sensitive stabilization or political transition objectives with other stakeholders.
Prior work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Demonstrated working proficiency in written and spoken Arabic, Portuguese, French, or Swahili��

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.
AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.��

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American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

American Institutes for Research���s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Taliba Boone at��[email protected]��or call 202.403.5000.

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