USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

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from US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 23 Jan 2020

Position Title: Senior Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number: 720FDA19B00028

Salary Level: GS-14 Equivalent: $114,590 - $148,967

Issuance Date: February 28, 2019

Closing Date: Open and continuous through January 23, 2020 with (5) Review Periods closing on:

March 21, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

June 18, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

August 19, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 4, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

January 23, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached solicitation.

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Offerors interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data

Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award

Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either

fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The

selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...

sysparm_search=kb0013183

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume must be emailed to:

OFDA Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: recruiter@ofda.gov

Website: www.OFDAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA19B00028

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 28, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: This solicitation is open and continuous until January 23, 2020. The following are the closing dates for each review period:

March 21, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

June 18, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

August 19, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 4, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

January 23, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Candidates not selected during a previous review period must reapply in order to be considered for positions available in subsequent review periods. A review period may be cancelled at OFDA’s discretion.

4. POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($114,590 - $148,967 - includes locality pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.

8. STATEMENT OF WORK

POSITION DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance. These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience. AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia (SA).

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance. The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management. It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT).

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA. The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) Team, Human Resources Management (HRM) Team, Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and the Food Security and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field. It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally. The HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences. It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team (global CLD), Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

INTRODUCTION

The ALE Division encompasses a diverse geography that is prone to many types of natural disasters, as well as some of the most complex emergencies and high-profile humanitarian responses in the world today (e.g., Syria, Iraq, Yemen). Programming is as diverse and includes Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities, responding to rapid-onset disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and longer-term assistance to populations affected by conflict and war.

Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) play a central role in the ALE Division’s effort to promote excellence in humanitarian assistance and meet OFDA’s mandate to save lives, alleviate suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of disasters. Their core function is to lead, manage, and support OFDA portfolios, which require significant USG policy engagement and humanitarian program management.

OBJECTIVE

The ALE Division requires the services of a SHA to ensure that OFDA’s mandate is met and to enhance its capability to manage complex portfolios and effectively respond to international crises and disasters.

9. CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Working under the guidance and supervision of the ALE Division Director, Senior Regional Advisor (SRA), or designee, the SHA will assist in managing complex and high-profile responses, building and retaining staff capacity, and filling critical leadership requirements. The SHA will work closely with a team that may include SRAs, Regional Advisors, Program Officers, Regional Team Leaders, Disaster Operation Specialists, and Program Assistants.

The SHA will be based in Washington, DC, but must be able to travel frequently, including for unaccompanied field assignments of up to 90 days at a time. The SHA will not be assigned to a permanent regional or response portfolio, but will be assigned based on division staffing priorities. The SHA will frequently fill senior response leadership functions in Washington, DC, and field locations during permanent staff vacancies, temporary duty assignments, or leave.

The SHA will perform the following:

Contextual Specialty:

● Serve as an expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, and opportunities in his/her portfolio (country or region of responsibility);

● Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural, and stakeholder interests specific to the portfolio;

● Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges through a wide range of USG and international sources; and

● Identify humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities within and relevant to assignment and apply those to program strategy development and implementation.

Portfolio Management:

● Oversee staff managing award portfolios for complex humanitarian crises, and provide guidance on portfolio management, as needed, including:

o Maintain a current understanding of OFDA’s implementation of federal, agency, and office-level acquisition and assistance regulations and policies;

o Ensure Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) functions are properly carried out by supervisees;

● Provide regional support, as needed, to OFDA field operations to include monitoring of OFDA programs, assessments, strategy development and general field office coverage;

● Manage the development of response strategies, including ensuring appropriate monitoring of program funding and implementation against established strategies; and

● Lead program-planning efforts, contingency planning, budget development and planning, and ad-hoc program strategy development.

Representation:

· Represent OFDA at senior level meetings with USG and humanitarian stakeholders to convey OFDA’s perspective on humanitarian concerns and priorities through oral and written briefings;

· Represent OFDA at coordination and policy development meetings, including:

o Meetings with implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;

o Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy on areas of humanitarian concern or impact;

o USG interagency forums;

o Coordination mechanisms within USAID;

· Provide representational support noted above when assigned in a leadership role on a response; and

· Provide ad-hoc representational support to the Division, as needed.

Leadership:

● Serve in leadership positions, e.g., Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader, on field-based or headquarter-based response teams for extended periods of time;

● Provide training and mentoring for other staff on portfolio management, representation, and contextual specialties;

● Participate in a leadership role in office-wide policy initiatives; and

● Support regional team efforts to develop strategic direction for the regional office to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements.

General Duties:

● Serve in leadership positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices within and outside the assigned region and in Washington, DC;

● Serve on DARTs or RMTs in high-level positions, as required;

● Supervise relevant staff on assigned teams, as required;

● Maintain regular communications with the regional (and sub-regional) office with OFDA/ Washington;

● Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities in the region of responsibility through written cables, analyses, strategies, and requests for written information and oral briefings;

● Support the Division in achieving Division-wide goals;

● As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office or region not to exceed six months. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided; and

● Ensure best practices are carried across the team.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The SHA will take direction from and report directly to the Division Director, SRA or designee, depending on the portfolio assigned.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The SHA independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

10. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

11. WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

12. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

13. POINT OF CONTACT: See Cover Letter.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

Bachelor’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR or disaster preparedness programming and management, which must include five (5) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or long term assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR or disaster preparedness programming and management, which must include three (3) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or long-term assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position. Offerors who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

● Offeror is a U.S. Citizen.

● Complete resume submitted. See cover page for resume requirements. Experience that cannot be quantified will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

● USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

● Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) submitted.

● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

● Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance.

● Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM

The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:

Professional Experience (10 points):

· Direct donor-based experience with US Government international humanitarian agencies such as USAID or Department of State or other international disaster response organizations.

· Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.

· Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

Management/Supervisory Experience (10 points):

· Demonstrated experience managing a staff of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.

· Experience managing a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis.

Skills and Abilities (10 points):

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.

· Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. The factors below are of equal value.)

Please include the word count after each QRF.

QRF #1 In 350 words or less describe your experience with the role of liaison in inter-agency relationships at all levels throughout the humanitarian and foreign policy communities; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including USG agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other governments.

QRF#2 In 350 words or less describe your ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this QRF is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror Rating System in their resume. This must specifically and accurately describe what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received as it pertains to each factor. Offerors are required to address the QRFs in a separate document in accordance with the factor. Be sure to include your name and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the selection factors and/or Offeror Rating System and the Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The most qualified candidates may be interviewed and required to provide a writing sample. OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for offerors being considered for selection. Note: Please be advised that references may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an offeror. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:

Professional Experience – 10 points

Management/Supervisory Experience – 10 points

Skills and Abilities – 10 points

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 5 points

QRF #2 – 5 points

Interview Performance - 50 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks - 10 points

Total Possible Points: 100

How to apply:

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.

(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.

(c) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(d) U.S. Citizenship.

(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

  2. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Offerors are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application may result in you being eliminated from consideration for this position, or being terminated after award, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov