USPSC Assessment and Analytics Advisor (Multiple Positions)

Job
from US Agency for International Development
Closing date: 22 Nov 2019

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA19B00119

ISSUANCE DATE: October 22, 2019
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: November 22, 2019 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 an Assessment and Analytics Advisor 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 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.

  1. 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=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...
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
This position could require travel up to 20 percent of the time.
Expert Technical Guidance and Assistance
● Contribute to the strategic introduction of assessment, data, and analytics into OFDA’s response systems, policies, practices, and culture.
● Serve as an expert source of information and technical guidance related to assessment, data, and analytics for OFDA.
● Work with regional teams to develop and implement appropriate and comprehensive assessment, data, and analytics strategies, tailored to their regional context and assessment and data needs.
● Provide technical feedback to OFDA partners on the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of the assessment, data, and analytics aspects of their programs.
● Provide assessment, data, and analytics technical guidance for country portfolios, regional portfolios, global initiatives, or for specific awards.
● Advise regional teams and OFDA partners on appropriate strategies and activities to ensure assessment, data, and analytics principles and best practices are mainstreamed in emergency response, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programming.
● Review and encourage inclusion of assessment, data, and analytics best practices in response strategies, project designs, and implementation plans, and other OFDA documents.
● Provide technical feedback on assessment, data, and analytics aspects of grant proposals submitted to OFDA.
● Travel to the field, sometimes at short notice and for extended periods of time, to advise regional teams on assessment, data, and analytics issues.
Policy & Capacity Building
● Under the direction of the Team Leader and the Senior Advisor, contribute to the design of OFDA assessments and data policy and guidance.
● Working closely with the Team Leader and Senior Advisor, oversee the introduction and implementation of OFDA assessment and data policy to all teams within OFDA.
● Contribute to the creation of templates, guides, job aides, and check lists to assist OFDA staff and partners in adopting a new way of working with assessments and data.
● Track the implementation of the new policy and guidance to ensure that OFDA has integrated it into the way in which the Office responds to disasters overseas.
● Increase the capacity of OFDA staff to understand assessment, data, and analytics principles and best practices through leading the development and implementing of an OFDA assessment, data, and analytics training.
● Deliver portions of the assessment & analytics training.
● Contribute to the periodic revision of the training curriculum.
Award Management
● Independently manage all aspects of award management throughout the award cycle.
● Serve as the Contracting Officer’s Representative, as assigned, for OFDA awards and contracts.
● Participate in budgeting and planning processes for PSPM actions.
General Duties:
● Deploy, on short notice, to serve on DARTs or serve on the Washington-based RMTs, as required, with increasing levels of responsibility to include serving independently as a Team Leader, Planning Coordinator, Program Officer, or Field Officer on a DART or as a Planning Coordinator on an RMT.
● Serve as the USAID/OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
● As needed, may serve on temporary detail 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.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to statistics, mathematics, computer science, data analytics, engineering, international studies, political science, economics, anthropology, history, public health, sociology, or disaster management) and minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience with the U.S. Government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, United Nations Agencies, foundations, or private firms. Such experience must have a humanitarian, development, or transition focus. Experience must also meet the following requirements:

● Offerors must have at least one (1) year of professional field experience outside the United States on humanitarian, development, or transition programs.

● Offerors must have at least one (1) year of experience designing, supporting, implementing, managing, advising, or evaluating a humanitarian program.

● Offerors must have at least two (2) years of experience directly related to assessment, analytics, or data.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to statistics, mathematics, computer science, data analytics, engineering, international studies, political science, economics, anthropology, history, public health, sociology, or disaster management) and minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience with the U.S. Government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, United Nations Agencies, foundations, or private firms. Such experience must have a humanitarian, development, or transition focus. Experience must also meet the following requirements:

● Offerors must have at least one (1) year of professional field experience outside the United States on humanitarian, development, or transition programs.

● Offerors must have at least one (1) year of experience designing, supporting, implementing, managing, advising, or evaluating a humanitarian program.

● Offerors must have at least two (2) years of experience directly related to assessment, analytics, or data.

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.
• 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.

Professional Experience (10 points)
• Demonstrated professional experience directly related to assessment, analytics, or data science in a humanitarian, development, or transition program with non-governmental organizations, United Nations, U.S. Government, private firms, or foundations.
• Demonstrated professional field experience overseas.
• Demonstrated experience working on, assessing, evaluating, managing, advising, or supporting a humanitarian program or a humanitarian response.

Skills and Abilities (10 points)
• Demonstrated technical skills in any of the following areas of expertise: needs assessment, data analytics, data visualization, data analysis, data systems, humanitarian information management, multisectoral needs assessment, joint needs assessment, data management structure and systems, data modeling, geographic information systems, data collection, data aggregation, or data privacy.
• Demonstrated ability to apply the following areas of expertise to a humanitarian program or humanitarian response: needs assessment, data analytics, data visualization, data analysis, data systems, humanitarian information management, multisectoral needs assessment, joint needs assessment, data management structure and systems, data modeling, geographic information systems, data collection, data aggregation, or data privacy.

Teamwork (5 points)
• Demonstrated success in working effectively with a team to reach shared objectives that requires adaptive, flexible, and collaborative team work.

Interview Performance (50 points)

Writing Test (10 points)

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (15 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. 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, describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards 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 Offeror Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

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.

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:

  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 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.

  1. 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