Development Program Specialist (Digital Development)

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USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractor (PSC) – Development Program Specialist (Digital Development).

ELIGIBLE OFFERORS:  “Cooperating Country National” shall mean the individual engaged to serve in the Cooperating Country under this contract.

“Cooperating Country” shall mean the foreign country in or for which services are to be rendered hereunder.

Opening date: April 25, 2022

Closing date: May 24, 2022

USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Development Program Specialist (Digital Development) position.

USAID/Uganda’s Economic Growth (EG) Office works to reduce poverty and hunger in Uganda by fostering private and public investment in key growth sectors such as agriculture and energy, while supporting the sustainable use of Uganda’s natural resources. USAID is helping vulnerable people improve their resilience and nutritional status through their active participation in local and regional markets.

In line with USAID’s sustainable development goals, the USAID Development Program Specialist (Digital Development) is responsible for enabling USAID/Uganda to better harness the local digital ecosystem for more effective and efficient development and humanitarian assistance programming. The Specialist will be responsible for implementing the Agency’s Digital Strategy in support of the Mission by applying her/his skills and expertise to (1) guide Mission programming in the responsible use of digital tools and approaches and (2) support the growth of an open, inclusive, and secure local digital ecosystem. This requires considering the Mission’s portfolio as a whole and providing broad and strategic support as well as detailed, technical support in response to Mission needs.

The Specialist facilitates the Mission’s implementation of the Digital Strategy and serves as the Missions’ technical professional in digital development across all of USAID/Uganda’s activities. The Specialist provides technical guidance to implement Digital Strategy initiatives within the Mission, provides technical guidance and support to all Mission sections, and works closely with Mission colleagues and leadership as well as in-country counterparts on critical digital initiatives taking place in the country (ex: 5G spectrum allocation, Digital ID, Digital Payments). In addition, the Specialist serves as the interlocutor with USAID/Washington programs, activities, and implementation mechanisms.

The Specialist supports all Mission offices as the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (STIP) representative for the whole Mission. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: conducting a Digital Ecosystem Country Assessment (DECA) and regularly updating the content; establishing a Digital Strategy for USAID/Uganda, providing recommendations to technical offices and Implementing Partners (IPs) on opportunities for the integration of digital tools and approaches; engaging with and influencing host nation digital policy and regulation; establishing partnerships with the host nation, other donors, private sector, and civil society on digital development; inventorying and leveraging existing platforms to achieve Mission digital priorities and goals; supporting digital integration for new program designs supporting the implementation of digital best practices as outlined in the Principles for Digital Development.

The Specialist works alongside other Regional Missions’ DDAs across geographies, other Mission staff managing digital programs across technical offices (including activity managers and COR/AORs), and fellow Mission Digital Development Advisors across the globe.

The Specialist reports to the Director, EG.

  1. EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics, geography, data science, information and communication technology, computer science, or other related degree supported by significant training in information and communication technology, or digital development is required.

  1. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

–From five (5) years of progressive experience providing support and technical expertise around a variety of digital development initiatives for stakeholders in International Development, Donor Agency, or Private Sector Organization.

–Experience working alongside Government of Uganda (GOU) counterparts and other key stakeholders such as private sector and non-profit sector on designing and implementing digital development initiatives or developing policy to support open, secure, and interoperable digital infrastructure is required.

How to apply

The detailed solicitation document Number: 72061722R10019

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