My new manager just "ask" me to summarize two RFP , Request for Proposal, for two companies we are considering farming some work out. I quoted ask because she basically stated she has two many others things to do and I need to handle this for her. I informed her I'm very uncomfortable handling this since this a contract issue I have no experience in this area.
This was kicked down to her by our Sr. Director since this was what she was hired to do.
Now I consider myself a team player but in this particular instance I feel like I am out of my depth and the quality of the summaries most likely will not meet the quality of work I normally produce
Looking for suggestion
Hack her account and send your summary to the Sr. Director using the same skill you used to write the text above. (emphasis mine)
Also, is this account an alt for Remus West?
In all seriousness, I would do the work and make it clear you did the work within the body. I would not go above the managers head unless I wanted to either leave in the next two years or had a good rapport with the manager above - even still, it would then seem like you are complaining rather than helping the team.
I would also make sure it was included in my Performance Appraisal material that I have taken on challenging work beyond my role. Rewards come to those who do the heavy lifting, and try not to grunt when they do it. Being consistent in that gets rewards.
If the work itself is so far beyond you, you could go to your manager and ask if there was some other task that they're performing that you could take on as you are not aware of the weight of the factors in the RFP, and feel that you wouldn't want to do it only to have someone else have to re-do it because of their improved perspective.
I would only ask once though, and then live with their decision - that is their job, after all - to make decisions and delegate work. Hiding behind "job description" isn't always the smartest play.