USPSC Safety and Security Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Job
from US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 20 Dec 2019

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA19B00096

ISSUANCE DATE: August 22, 2019

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: December 20, 2019 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC)

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 offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Safety and Security Specialist under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the 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 offer, 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? (FedBizOpps, 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 Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

  2. USPSC Offeror 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. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.

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/fsdgov/answer.dosysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d3... sysparm_search=kb0013183

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when offer materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their offers. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs 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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The SSS will provide support on various operational and policy aspects of the SSU portfolio and will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor security situations in countries and regions in which OFDA has, or may have, staff, and be able to identify current and future risks to OFDA staff and humanitarian programs.
  • Work with OFDA divisions and regional teams to coordinate and track the activities of OFDA staff as they relate to security.
  • Provide general and country-specific security guidance and briefings to OFDA staff, as needed.
  • Assist in OFDA’s management of critical security incidents.
  • Deploy to the field in support of AFD and ALE and their regional teams’ operational safety and security needs, including comprehensive risk assessments and development of safety and security risk management plans.
  • Exercise substantial latitude for operational security decision-making as delegated by field-team leaders.
  • Manage course content and serve as a resource speaker on established SSU training modules at OFDA training courses, as appropriate.
  • Review OFDA partner safety and security plans for adherence to USAID/OFDA Guidelines for Proposals.
  • Liaise with various elements of USAID, primarily the Office of Security, in both DART and RMT situations and on relevant USAID security policy, and with Mission Executive Officers when in the field.
  • Liaise with other USG agencies in the field and in Washington, D.C., as appropriate, especially with the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Regional Security Officers (RSOs) at post.
  • Liaise with the various elements of the humanitarian community in the field and at the headquarters level, including: UN Department of Safety & Security, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, local and international NGOs, and members of the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement.
  • Serve on OFDA DARTs as Safety and Security Coordinator or Officer (or other positions), as required.
  • Become a certified Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative and assist in the management of security-related grants, cooperative agreements and contracts.
  • Administer OFDA’s Security Information distribution lists.
  • Assist DART Safety and Security officers with development of deployment-specific security plans.
  • Serve as the OFDA Unit Security Officer (USO) or Safe Duty Officer.
  • Serve as needed on Washington-based Response management Teams, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours phone duty officer on a rotational basis for approximately one week every six months.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs, which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office to meet operational needs during staff shortages, 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international development and humanities, administration, Safety and Security operations, crisis management, development planning, law enforcement) and at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience. At least two (2) years should be field work (domestic or overseas) in humanitarian or development security, programming, logistics, or operations.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international development and humanities, administration, Safety and Security operations, crisis management, development planning, law enforcement) and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience. At least one (1) year should be field work (domestic or overseas), in humanitarian or development security, programming, logistics, or operations.

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The Contracting Officer (CO) reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

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 Offeror 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.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (QRFs)

(Used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least. The evaluation of QRF responses will also take into consideration the quality of written responses. Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process.)

QRF #1 Demonstrated ability to prepare and conduct verbal presentations on a wide variety of topics, and the ability to communicate effectively with relevant parties within and outside of OFDA. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and prepare in-depth reports which may include the application of a variety of analytical techniques.

QRF #2 Demonstrated knowledge of the most significant developments/initiatives in humanitarian security in the last 5-10 years.

QRF #3 Experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of internal and external training plans and programs.

QRF #4 Describe what challenges you might face when trying to implement security policies within an organization, and how you could overcome them.

QRF #5 In 500 words or less, compose a brief memorandum to OFDA program staff describing a safety or security incident (can be fictitious). In the memo, please address the following: describe what you view as the most significant concerns related to this incident; its actual and potential impact on OFDA field staff and operations; how it may or may not impact our implementing partners’ ability to carry out OFDA-funded programming; and any recommendations you may have on how to proceed. Please provide a word count at the end of the memo.

QRF #6 In the context of humanitarian security, describe the value of, and your aptitude for, building formal and informal relationships among diverse communities.

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 of the QRFs in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, and/or education they have received as it pertains to each 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 Quality Ranking Factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, and/or training.

The most qualified offerors 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 offerors if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:

QRF #1 – 12 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 5 points

QRF #6 – 5 points

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

How to apply:

SUBMITTING AN OFFER

Offers 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 offer, 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? (FedBizOpps, 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 QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Offeror 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. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer 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 offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: recruiter@ofda.gov