USAID Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead
SUBJECT: Solicitation for an Off-shore U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead, USAID/Nigeria
Dear Prospective Offerors:
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72062020B00001 (Re-advertised)
2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 22, 2019
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: December 6, 2019 (4:30pm Nigeria/local time)
4. POINT OF CONTACT: Clementina Edereka, at Abujahr@usaid.gov
5. POSITION TITLE: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead
6. MARKET VALUE: $90,621 to $117,810 equivalent to GS-14.
Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based on the successful candidate’s salary history, work experience and educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) base years, with three (3) option year periods, pending approval, need, performance, and funding, not to exceed a total of five (5) years.
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS:
To meet basic eligibility requirements, the offeror must:
· Be a U.S. Citizen;
· Submit a complete offer as outlined in the solicitation section titled SUBMITTING AN OFFER;
· Be able to attain security clearance at the “Secret” level;
· Be able to obtain a Department of State medical clearance;
· Be willing to travel to work sites and other offices as/when requested.
10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: The selected candidate must be able to obtain a security clearance at the “Secret” level and a medical clearance within a reasonable period. If such clearances are not obtained within a reasonable time or negative suitability issues are involved, any offer made may be rescinded.
11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead is responsible for the overall management of the technical and administrative aspects of all USAID/Nigeria’s activities in family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and MNCH, including nutrition, gender and gender-based violence, routine immunization and polio eradication. The incumbent will supervise a team of up to two professional MCH Program Managers, one professional FP/RH Program Manager, two Integrated Health Program Managers, one Nutrition Program Manager, and one Program Assistant. The incumbent provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts and reviews program documents to secure funding for the implementation of activities and manages the relationships between USAID and implementing partners that work in the FP/RH, MNCH and nutrition sectors. The incumbent applies clinical knowledge and evidence-based practices to improving the effectiveness of USAID health activities, with sensitivity to the Nigerian context in which health and medical services are being provided. The incumbent serves as a member of the HPN Office’s Senior Management Team. S/he represents USAID regarding FP/RH and MNCH policies, strategies, and activities with outside organizations such as the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Population Commission, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the State Ministries of Health, United Nations organizations, British Department for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, Foundations, and other development partners.
Statement of Duties to be Performed
The RMNCH Team Lead is a senior U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) in the HPN Office, reporting directly to the Office Director (or her/his designee), with responsibility for providing technical leadership to the entire USAID/and United States Government (USG) Missions in Nigeria in the areas of FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH. The incumbent serves as a widely recognized expert in health programs and as a key advisor to Mission management, the USG Mission in Nigeria, and the Government of Nigeria (GON). The incumbent is recognized by the USG and the GON as an expert on primary health care. The incumbent is responsible, through supervision and management oversight, for the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH portfolio. The incumbent facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health, other government entities, other donors, and non-governmental organizations working in the areas of health. The incumbent represents USAID and the USG on various high-level governing bodies key to health services; serves on GON technical working groups and donor working groups to advance the policy objectives of the USG and to support coordination and harmonization of USAID-funded health activities in Nigeria; and, provides essential communication and liaison within USAID offices and with other USG agencies. The work includes supervision of up to seven professional members of the HPN Office.
In managing the integrated FP/RH, nutrition, and MCH programs of the HPN Office, the RMNCH Team Lead will:
A. Strategic and Technical Leadership 60%
· Provide technical direction, strategic planning, and oversight of the implementation of RMNCH and nutrition activities at the strategic objective and project level and ensure that planned development results are achieved in a highly efficient, effective and timely manner, consistent with USAID regulations, policies and development principles. The Team Lead will manage and oversee services and deliverables provided by contractors and grantees, in accordance with USAID program management regulations and procedures, and practice;
· Serve as primary advisor and technical resource and focal person for FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH for USAID/Nigeria;
· Supervise a team of professional RH/FP, MCH, Integrated Health, and Nutrition Program Managers, including providing regular input regarding performance and ensuring team members are productive;
· Mentor RMNCH Team members and other HPN Office staff to improve technical and program management competencies;
· Provide leadership and represent USAID to the GON, the donor community and non-governmental organizations to coordinate and promote efforts to develop and implement strategies to improve the access and quality of primary health service delivery;
· Identify synergies between FP/RH, MNCH and other USAID/Nigeria activities, in particular malaria, WASH, and HIV/AIDS;
· Participate in the reviews of implementing partner annual, semi-annual and quarterly reports, and other reports as needed;
· Coordinate closely with USAID/Washington Global Health and Africa Bureaus to ensure that USAID/Nigeria’s FP/RH, nutrition and MNCH programs are aligned with all pertinent policies, guidance and initiatives; and
· Develop new program initiatives.
B. Project/Activity Management 20%
· Serve as Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contract Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR, when trained and certified to do so) or Activity Manager for several agreements that implement socially conscious and complex programs in Nigeria;
· Participate in proposal reviews, interview committees, annual report preparation and other Mission-wide activities; facilities development of implementing partner work-plans, Performance Management Plans and coordinate preparation for implementing partner portfolio reviews;
· Provide oversight to ensure that programs achieve sound programmatic and financial management, achieve anticipated results, are linked to and enhance attainment of strategic objectives, are aligned with GON priorities and are implemented within the framework of the USG foreign assistance policies. Work closely with other U.S. Mission and Agency staff to ensure effective coordination and alignment of USG programs.
· Provide technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation to key USAID governmental and nongovernmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for implementation of innovative and effective HPN projects.
· Conduct site visits to keep abreast of health activities and coordinate consultants related to FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH activities; and
· Develop and deliver presentations, reference materials and speeches as necessary on the overall health program and related subjects for informational, advocacy and coordination purposes.
C. Collaboration and Communication 20%
· Work with government officials at all levels to catalyze RMNCH mortality and morbidity reduction in the national health agenda; coordinate activities to assist the GON and its private sector to assess current and future health and socio-economic impact of RMNCH and nutrition interventions; and facilitate the use of information and key impact data to shape policy and influence resource allocation decisions.
· Work with GON institutions, development partners, and other key stakeholders to support the strengthening of key government health systems at the national, district and community level. This includes representing USAID on technical working group meetings on related issues. · Proactively develop effective partnerships with senior and technical representatives from the GON, foreign embassies providing development assistance, international donor organizations, multilateral organizations, local and international NGOs, private international organizations, senior USG officials and USAID and CDC technical staff.
The Team Leader may exercise full range of normal supervision over up to seven FSNs (two MNCH Specialists, one FP/RH Specialist, two Integrated Health Specialists, one Nutrition Specialist, and one Program Assistant), providing overall policy guidance and coordinating the work of the employees to achieve program objectives. The Team Leader shall be responsible for overseeing and supervising the work of HPN team and individuals, as relates to the Office’s performance management.
The Team Leader shall be supervised by the HPN Office Director, or his/her designee. The supervisor shall provide guidance and specific assignment when required. Performance shall be evaluated annually based on accomplishments against planned work objectives. The Team Leader shall provide written and oral reports as requested.
Other important information
A candidate will be selected based on his/her qualifications, availability, results of reference checks and cross-agency interview. The selected individual must complete all medical examinations as well as undergo required security clearance.
12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Master’s degree in public health, international health, health economics, health administration or other field related to international development and/or public health.
· Work Experience:
i. Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in supporting similar health programs improvement/reform efforts, related programming, and management. Preferably, this experience should encompass such areas as family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, and nutrition, and the systemic adoption of reform throughout large governmental institutions, like a Ministry of Health.
ii. A significant amount of this experience should have been gained from working in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
iii. Prior experience in managing contracts and grants, particularly in area of health is strongly preferred.
i. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art approaches to implementing RMNCH and nutrition activities as well as monitoring and evaluation methodologies employed to measure and analyze results from health interventions.
ii. Previous experience in or knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa and/or knowledge of institutional structures is highly desirable.
iii. Familiarity with the broad range of FP/RH/MNCH and nutrition issues that affect Nigeria is highly desirable.
iv. Demonstrated understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, organizations, foundations and private sector organizations that support maternal, neonatal and child health is a plus.
· Interpersonal Skills:
i. Strong, demonstrated interpersonal skills are a must, with a strong emphasis on teamwork.
ii. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment, and ability to take on leadership roles within a technical area or team.
iii. Demonstrated experience working closely and collaboratively with senior managerial and technical host-country counterparts, donors, government decision makers at central and decentralized levels, and other stakeholders in a developing country.
· Language, Communication and Computer Skills
i. English writing and editing skills, as well as an excellent ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive, polished documents are highly desirable.
ii. Strong written and verbal communication skills: Must be fluent in English (Level 4) and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely in both speech and writing.
iii. Excellent writing skills must include ability to produce and edit documents in a timely manner. Able to facilitate meetings and make logical and persuasive oral presentations to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural context.
iv. Strong computer skills: Able to produce concise, clear reports; utilize spreadsheet and database programs at the advanced level, and perform statistical analyses.
III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS
The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The 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.
After the closing date for receipt of applications, all applications will initially be screened for adherence to application instructions and conformity with minimum qualifications and a short list of applicants will be developed.
Following this initial review and short listing, a Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) will be convened to review eligible applications and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation factors. Applications from candidates which do not meet the minimum requirements will not be scored. Those applications from qualified offerors meeting the required minimum qualifications will be assessed based on the following selection/evaluation factors:
Education (10 points)
Work Experience (30 points)
Knowledge (20 points)
Interpersonal Skills (20 points)
Language, Communication and Computer Skills (20 points)
Total Possible Points: 100 points
Applications determined to be competitively ranked may be further evaluated based on interview performance, written assessments and/or satisfactory professional reference checks.
USAID reserves the right to interview only the highest ranked applicants in person or by phone OR not to interview any candidate.
Reference checks will be made only for offerors considered as finalist.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants.
IV. SUBMITTING AN OFFER
For your application to be considered, the following documents must be submitted:
A type-written and signed cover/application letter of no more than 3 pages specifically applying for this position and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised.
Curriculum Vitae which, at a minimum, describes education, latest experience and career achievements.
Form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.
Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 4.
Offeror submissions must clearly reference the number of this Solicitation to ensure the offer is for the position in this solicitation. E-mails received without the appropriate subject line and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Limit all electronic (e-mail) submissions to one entry/email not larger than 5MB. Please submit attachments in PDF and Word formats.
* Offers must be in accordance with *Attachment 1, Sections I through V** of the referenced solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records. The 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.