USPSC Training Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Job
from US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 09 Jun 2020

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA19B00107
ISSUANCE DATE: September 10, 2019
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: Open and continuous through June 9, 2020 with Three (3) Review Periods

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 Training 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. 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 Quality Ranking Factors (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.

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=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&amp
;
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 Training Specialist is an integral part of the GlobalCLD team, which coordinates closely
with other parts of HPGE and OFDA, develops curriculum for humanitarian training
courses, and facilitates training for other USAID Bureaus and federal agencies on
international humanitarian architecture, USG humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

Detailed knowledge of humanitarian issues, training development, facilitation experience,
and working in an international setting is required.

The Training Specialist will provide dedicated support to the Team Leader and Deputy Team
Leader on course management services including needs assessments, development, design,
implementation, and evaluation. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical and detail oriented approach to the full scope of the training process.

The role requires interaction with other offices, demanding strong diplomatic, facilitation, and
communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting.
Contacts will be within the USG, training counterparts in UN and other agencies, experts, and
representatives of non-governmental organizations. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned
and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, and conferences.

The position requires extensive experience with and a thorough understanding of the
international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations,
and inter-relationships between the USG, donor, and other international organizations. The
position requires the ability to translate broad training and field experience into
specialized training courses.

The Training Specialist’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

• Support HPGE’s strategy for internal and external education and training courses on
humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian architecture, and disaster response
issues.
• Work effectively as a team member with the GlobalCLD Team, other members of the HPGE
Division, and broader office.
• Maintain strong understanding of the USG interagency, humanitarian policy issues,
OFDA’s coordination responsibilities, and response operations that contribute to
OFDA’s training strategy for external partners.
• As part of the GlobalCLD team, assist in the development of more detailed strategic plans
for external training for the intra- and inter-agency.
• Analyze training needs and requirements to develop new training programs or modify
and improve existing programs.
• Assist in planning, developing, and providing training using knowledge of the
effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, online platforms, meetings, conferences, and workshops. • Support course design from inception to final product of external training courses, specifically applying the principles of adult learning design for both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. on line courses) learning.
• Develop and organize effective training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials using a variety of media.
• Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs and provide recommendations for improvement.
• Support development of course evaluation procedures and conduct follow-up review of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.
• Coordinate, support, and ensure availability of facilitators, panelists, and guest instructors.
• Provide support on the registration process and all administrative and logistics requirements to hold a training course.
• Support appropriate scheduling and coordination of training, including logistical support.
• Help coordinate and schedule training support required from other Division members, including with OFDA’s Information Technology (IT) team to ensure that all technical elements of the training (e.g. slides, video, video teleconferencing, etc.) are set up for delivery during the training.
• Build solid cross-functional relationships and maintain internal and external OFDA relationships.
• Draft and implement plans and timelines of major activities that must take place to host the various humanitarian training courses, e.g. registration, printing materials, IT support, etc.
• Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based RMTs, 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 duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
• As needed, but very rarely, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas.
• As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office, 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.

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 relations, training, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international setting is required.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, training, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on training and curriculum development and on emergency relief and humanitarian assistance issues. Experience developing training programs for adult learners and executives in an international setting is required.

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 Demonstrate your ability to develop, deliver, administer, and refine an adult
training and education program, along with all associated training materials;

QRF #2 Demonstrate your knowledge of and/or experience within the international and
USG humanitarian response architecture and policy;

QRF #3 Demonstrate your written communication and oral presentation skills;

QRF #4 Demonstrate your experience in developing multi-media presentations and
training modules; and

QRF #5 Demonstrate your ability to develop and manage multiple projects
simultaneously, attention to detail, and strong work ethic.

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:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 10 points
QRF #2 – 10 points
QRF #3 – 8 points
QRF #4 – 6 points
QRF #5 – 6 points

Interview Performance Round 1 – 10 points

Interview Performance Round 2 – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

How to apply:

Offers must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.
Qualified individuals are required to submit: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. 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.

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