Posted on :
27 Oct, 2017
27 Oct, 2017
The U.S. Mission in Accra, Ghana is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Supervisory Human Resources Specialist in the Regional Executive Office of USAID in Accra.
Job Title: SUPERVISORY HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates / All Sources
POSITION: SUPERVISORY HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
OPENING DATE: October 24, 2017
CLOSING DATE: November 7, 2017
WORK HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/week
SALARY RANGE: FSN-11 (GHC91, 930.00 – GHC137, 910.00 p.a.) depending on qualification and experience.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION:
The Supervisory Human Resources Specialist is responsible for managing all activities of the Human Resource Unit of the Executive Office of USAID/Ghana and West Africa Missions. The specialist reports directly to the Supervisory Executive Officer (S/EXO) with responsibility for providing the full range of Human Resource (HR) services for the two distinct Missions. The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the S/EXO and Mission management for Human Resource policy matters. Human Resource Unit responsibilities include position classification and recruitment of all local (FSN) and international (U.S and Third Country Nationals (TCN), Personal Services Contract (PSC) positions; management of Mission staff training, awards, and performance management programs for FSN and American staff; budgeting for all PSC personnel including salaries and benefits and serving as the main liaison with the US Embassy regarding HR topics and periodic reports. The Specialist and the unit serve as USAID/West Africa, USAID/Ghana and two non-presence missions with a large workforce currently comprised of 55 US/DHs, 14 U.S Personal Service Contractors (PSCs), 19 US/PSC LH, 3 PASAs, 19 TCN and 176 FSN.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES % OF TIME
1. A) Human Resource Administration – 40%
2. The Supervisory Human Resources Specialist plans, directs, and manages the work of the Human Resources (HR) Unit, implementing new or revised regulations, manuals and other directives; researching, analyzing, reviewing and making recommendations to the S/EXO on HR directives; HR policies and programs, and advising on their application to the two USAID Missions; providing liaison with the Embassy HR office, receiving pertinent information and passing it to the S/EXO with an analysis of implications to be addressed, and with recommendations on the best way to handle or implement them.
3. The Specialist supervises a subordinate staff of six (6) FSNs including 3 HR Specialists, 1 HR Assistant, 1 Training Assistant and 1 HR Clerk, and
coordinates their work by providing a weekly overview of tasks to be performed, setting priorities and receiving information on ongoing tasks, and reaching final decisions on their accomplishment. The Specialist provides for both formal and on-the-job training of unit staff, in order to enable them to perform their duties; and provide crosstraining so staff may be interchangeable in periods of heavy workload or in the case of the absence or preoccupation of staff members.
4. The Specialist provides guidance to all Mission staff on the full range of HR concerns and administrative matters, including terms and conditions of employment, procedures and requirements for Awards, performance evaluation, Allowances, etc; assists staff and provides guidance with HR regard to personal/personnel related problems, such as promotion possibilities applying to new jobs inside and outside of USAID and the USG, and what might be the best course of action or the requester; and, serves as institutional HR memory concerning pas practice, precedent, and political sensitivities.
5. The Specialist guides Mission staff in the process of establishing new positions and reclassification of existing positions submitted to the Executive Office; oversees HR staff reviews of position descriptions to assure accuracy, clarity, and completeness; provide assistance and advice to Mission managers and supervisors, at all levels, including advising supervisors on position description writing, to ensure descriptions reflect current duties and organizational relationships; conduct job-site interviews to ensure an understanding of duties and responsibilities delegated and performed; supervise the process submitting positions for gradelevel evaluation to the Regional Human Resources Support Unit (HRSU) in Pretoria, RSA, including recommending grades and official titles; advises supervisors and employees of HRSU classification results, and on appeal procedures if required; ensures that position information is
properly recorded; supervise maintenance of Official Position Description Files, with original classifications; and, assure that HR unit staff provides copies of classifications to the employee, the supervisor, and the file.
6. The Specialist reviews US/PSC Scopes Of Work (SOW), Proposed Market Rates (a Civil Serviceequivalent classification); provides a recommended
Market Rate to USAID/Washington or other Agency resource for final classification and approval to recruit internationally for US or TCN/PSCS prior to initiation of international recruitment, when required; and, ensures the preparation of appropriate supporting documentation for project-funded PSC positions.
7. The Specialist keeps abreast of prevailing wage, benefit and labor practices in Ghana and the region, and advises the S/EXO of changes. Upon receipt of embassy approval and USAID concurrence, the Specialist implements new FSN Local Compensation Plans, submitting new salary information to the appropriate payroll center; and, supervises the preparation of Personnel Actions and personal services Contracting Action forms (JF 62s), in order to reflect new changes.
8. B) Contract Management and Recruitment – 30%
9. The Supervisory Human Resources Specialist supervises the preparation of PSC contracts, and manages procurement processes in the HR Unit; reviews contracts for completeness, presence of necessary technical information, evaluation criteria, and appropriateness for use as a PSC, conferring with the originator to answer questions regarding position requirements; and, based on informed knowledge of various markets, recommends probable sources, advertising requirements, and other conditions that may apply. 10. The Specialist prepares advertisements, gains Office Director clearance, and submits PSC SOWs for international recruitment in required formats, and with necessary information, in accordance with agency procedures in order to assure the widest possible dissemination and appropriate competition; and assure that positions are advertised the required length of time, and all other USAID procurement regulations are met.
11. The Specialist receives applications, and supervises assessment of applications against SOW requirements; discusses possible trade-offs with selecting official offices when not candidate meets the exact qualifications sough; and assures candidates meet the minimum qualifications set forth by the requesting Office.
12. The Specialist supervises implementation of Mission Orders on personnel selection and recruitment; coordinates with hiring Offices to set up selection panels and oversees the interview and selection process; ensures that the HR staff verifies information provided by candidates, by contacting references and past employers; and, personally screens applicants for professional positions as referred by the staff, and discusses candidates with the S/EXO, providing a recommended course of action.
13. The Specialist negotiates most or all USPSC, and TCNPSC, contrast, sharing responsibility for contract negotiations in accordance with guidance provided by the S/EXO, appropriate USAID regulations, and /or the Mission compensation plan. Negotiations involve detailed discussions with potentially selected candidates regarding salary history, as opposed to the compensation package offered at USAID; and, requesting proof of salary history in the form of previous salary statements and/or tax statements, checking in detail to verify accuracy. After discussion, presents information, and makes recommendations to the S/EXO for final approval.
14. The Specialist supervises preparation of offer Letters and Memoranda of Negotiation, and ensures that all appropriate contract documentation is
completed and filed in the individual contract file.
15. The Specialist supervises preparation of PSC contracts, and modifications for FSN, US and TCN PSCS using appropriate contract formats and attachments, as provided in AIDAR.
16. C) Performance Management, Training, Awards and Other Personnel Duties – 30%
17. The Supervisory Human Resources Specialist provides guidance, advice, and assistance to employees on personnel matters, local social security benefits, retirement, recruitment, appointment/hiring/firing, leave, or other personnel matters of concern to employees in the two Missions; and, provides advice to the S/EXO on local labor practice and local social security law.
18. The Specialist coordinates the process of USDH performance evaluation, the USDH position validation exercise, and the USDH assignment cycle. In consultation with the S/EXO and the two Mission directors/deputy Mission directors, the Specialist prepares requests to establish, revise, convert, or delete USDH positions; ensures completed packages are forwarded to USAID/Washington for action; submits USDH position validations, advertisements, and other actions to contacts within the administrative management services (AMS) office for the Africa (AFR) Bureau, and onward to the office of human resources.
19. The incumbent provides advice and assistance to the S/EXO on issues affecting USDH, TCNPSC, and USPSC benefits and allowances at post, such as shipment of HHE, UAB, Consumables, vacation leave, etc.; and advises such employees on travel and allowance entitlement, such as education travel, R&T, separate maintenance allowance, etc.
20. The Specialist supervises the administration of the Mission incentive awards program, including cash awards, meritorious step increases, safe driving awards, and length of service certificates. S/he supervises or drafts memoranda to all employees providing awards information and deadlines for submission; collects award nominations; reviews nominations with the S/EXO; and, provides nominations to the interagency awards committee. Once awards are approved, the Specialist ensures the responsible HR unit staff member informs the nominee, and processes cash payments, meritorious step increases, or other award, and submits awards to the appropriate payroll office, and ensures the preparation of contract modifications. The Specialist assures that nominations submitted to USAID/Washington are provided in the correct format, and submitted to the proper Washington contact.
21. The Specialist ensures the performance evaluation of all FSNPSCs are accomplished in a timely basis; supervises the maintenance of current files on when evaluations and annual step increases are due; and, assures HR staff follows through with employees and supervisors to ensure that evaluations are submitted on or before due dates, and that narratives are consistent with the official duties and responsibilities of the respective position.
22. The Specialist supervises implementation of Mission language and other staff training programs.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE
Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a
determination that the applicant is not qualified.
Education: Completion of Bachelor’s Degree, or local equivalent, in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or a closely related field is required.
Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible, job related, professional-level experience in the field of human resources management, business or public administration, and/or contracting is required. At least three years of such experience should have included substantive work in an English-language work situation, in the private sector, or for a USG or other international organization. One year of the above experience in a supervisory capacity is required.
Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English language ability is required. The Specialist is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English. Language proficiency will be tested.
Job Knowledge: The Specialist must possess a thorough knowledge of, or have the ability to quickly gain a thorough knowledge of, the Automated
Directives System (ADS) Chapter 3FAHFSN Compensation, FSN position classification, the FSN handbook, 3FAM, the LEPCH USAID specific handbooks and associated-agency human resources manuals and regulations. A good understanding or the ability to gain a good understanding, of CAJE/MCLass program and its associated manuals is required. A good knowledge of USG contracting regulations (AIDAR, AAPD, etc.) and procedures is required, after appropriate training.
Skills and Abilities: The position requires excellent organizational skills, tack, good judgment and discretion, compassion, understanding, and an
interest in serving people to maintain smooth and effective working relationships with personnel of both Missions, at all levels. The Specialist must possess good interviewing and analytical skills in order to make objective decisions and present them concisely; Ability to interpret regulations to current situations is required. Must have excellent computer skills in the use of word processing system, Excel, and other MS Office Applications. Work requires the utmost discretion in handling human relations matters, and the ability to inspire confidence and maintain confidentiality is required. The Specialist must have the
supervisory and managerial skills necessary to manage a high-performing Unit in the Executive Office; and, the ability to plan, organize, establish priorities, direct, and follow up on the work of the Unit.
How to Apply
Interested individuals should submit a signed cover letter, relevant certificates, CV with references to:
Regional Executive Office
P.O. Box 1630, Accra
Or by Email to: [email protected]
ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED.
Note: When submitting your application via email, start the subject line with the position title. Failure to state position title and submit signed letter with relevant documents will disqualify applicant.
All US and non-Ghanaian citizens, who are not family members of USG employees officially assigned to post and under Chief of Mission authority, must attach copies of the required work and residency permit to their applications to be eligible for consideration. No relocation expenses are provided to the job location, Accra-Ghana. If transportation to
Accra is required, it will be the employee’s responsibility.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Mission 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.
USAID/West Africa anticipates awarding one Personal Services Contract (PSC) regarding this announcement.
Please note that this does not constitute any guarantee that a PSC will be awarded as result of this announcement.