DAI Global Activity Specialist Jobs in South Africa

DAI Global Activity Specialist Jobs in South Africa


The USAID Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) program is designed to bolster the U.S. Government’s ability to boost trade and investment to, from, and within the African continent. The continent-wide program is USAID’s flagship effort in support of the Prosper Africa initiative and will expand and accelerate two-way trade and investment between African nations and the United States.

Driven by market demand, ATI embraces innovative approaches to achieve its goals. ATI is designed as a small, core set of centrally coordinated technical and institutional support activities, and a large, flexible performance-based subcontracting and grants under contract facility designed to support the needs and opportunities that USAID Missions and the private sector identify.

Position Description

The Activity Specialist will be responsible for supporting the management of one or two large multi-year buy-in activities with significant labor and/or field presence, with support from the Senior Activity Advisor, regional Activity Managers, technical advisors and the ATI team.

Responsibilities include providing technical and management support to buy-in activities, working with the technical and operational teams to identify and mobilize resources in support of implementation, and supporting USAID clients.

The Activity Specialist is also responsible for supporting buy-in activity budget management and financial forecasting, in close coordination with the Operations/Finance team and with support from other team members.

The Activity Specialist will also support generating buy-in activity scopes of work, supporting the design of procurements and grants programs, and tracking budgets across ATI’s portfolio. In addition, s/he will provide surge procurement and operational support to existing ATI staff as needed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and track buy-in activity implementation progress by personnel, consultants and subcontractors, ensure it adheres to the approved workplan and deliverable schedule, and troubleshoot deviations;

  • Support development and review of technical deliverables (both contractual and from partnerships) and contribute to subsequent learning;

  • Provide relationship management support for client and implementing partners

  • Support Activity Managers and others on all matters related to the buy-in, including but not limited to contractual, operational, MEL, reporting, and financial matters;

  • Provide administrative, procurement, and operational support across all assigned buy-in activities.

  • Ensure assigned buy-in activities are managed in accordance with USAID regulations and DAI Procurement policies;

  • Liaise with implementing parties to ensure proper M&E data capture and data quality to contribute to overall ATI project M&E reporting; and

  • In tandem with relevant technical staff, generate buy-in scopes of work and budgets as needed

  • As needed, support the project’s procurement and operational staff and train Activity Associates

  • Travel to regional offices as required


  • Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of experience working in budget, operational, and process management. Demonstrated experience in managing complex budgets and multi-year programs preferred.

  • Proven project management, communications, writing and interpersonal skills including strong experience with client management

  • Demonstrated knowledge of internal controls and audit processes (e.g. procurement, local subcontract agreements, etc.)

  • A well-organized organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus;

  • Ability to work in a fast-moving, fluid team setting with multiple stakeholders

  • Excellent communication skills including writing, speaking, and reading skills in English.

    How to Apply

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