USPSC Diaspora Specialist
SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA19B00102
ISSUANCE DATE: October 17, 2019
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: May 7, 2020 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
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 Diaspora 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:
- 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 must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must 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 Quality Ranking Factors (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.
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:
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:
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to OFDA Recruitment Team via the information provided above.
This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.
The Diaspora Specialist’s duties and responsibilities include:
At the GS-11 Equivalent Level:
• Engage USG and USAID staff, diaspora groups, community-level actors, members of the general public, and other stakeholders on matters pertaining to diaspora engagement for humanitarian assistance.
• Assist in the development and implementation of partnerships and engagement opportunities for diaspora and other relevant stakeholders.
• Proactively cultivate ongoing and future partnerships with diaspora groups and other relevant stakeholders in support of PPET activities.
• Take initiative to liaise with diaspora organizations and other relevant stakeholders and to lead outreach activities in support of PPET initiatives.
• Coordinate with embassies based in Washington, D.C. to facilitate and to promote diaspora engagement for humanitarian assistance.
• Conduct research and collect data on diaspora’s diverse interests and priorities regarding their engagement for humanitarian assistance. Maintain comprehensive and usable databases and contact lists, as relevant.
• Plan and conduct outreach events, public speaking engagements, stakeholder meetings, and other opportunities related to diaspora engagement for humanitarian assistance.
• Maintain familiarity with best practices around diaspora engagement for humanitarian assistance within USG, public international organizations (PIOs), NGOs, research institutions, and the donor community.
• Participate in the activation and management of OFDA’s hotline responses during specific disasters, including the training of volunteers, maintenance of training materials, delivery of training sessions, and serving shifts on the hotline responses by answering calls and emails.
• Collaborate with the HPGE Division’s Strategic Communications Team on OFDA messaging of diaspora humanitarianism, social media content, and the sharing of event information and photographs.
• Sign-up for and serve as needed on Washington, D.C.-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.
• Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
• Serve as needed on DARTs which may require overseas deployment within 24 hours.
• As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness, may serve on temporary detail, not to exceed six months, within the office. Duties performed, while on detail, will be directly related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the scope of work.
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, humanitarian assistance, international development, international relations, public policy, social sciences, disaster management or a related field) plus three (3) years of work experience with the USG, Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), NGOs, PIOs, or a UN Agency, with direct experience working on diaspora engagement, humanitarian assistance, or a related field, including two (2) years working on diaspora related issues.
Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not
limited to, humanitarian assistance, international development, international relations, public policy, social sciences, disaster management or a related field) plus two (2) years of work experience with the USG, PVOs, NGOs, PIOs, or a UN Agency, with direct experience working on diaspora engagement, humanitarian assistance, or a related field on diaspora related issues.
(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 below are of equal value. 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 understanding of how diaspora can effectively engage as humanitarian actors.
QRF #2 Demonstrate your experience creating, facilitating, or supporting partnerships with diaspora or other community-level actors.
QRF #3 Demonstrate your ability to work independently and to take initiative in order to advance a collaborative agenda or team project. Elaborate upon concrete examples.
QRF #4 Describe a challenging professional situation and how you applied both diplomacy and creativity to resolve the issue(s).
QRF #5 Describe your experience and approach to communicating concise, clear, and grammatically sound policy positions. Reference public speaking in professional settings, as well as written communication.
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.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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