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Livestock Technical Advisor

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SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00063

ISSUANCE DATE: August 4, 2020

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: November 25, 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 Livestock Technical 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? (beta.SAM.gov, 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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.

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=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...

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,

/s/

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

At the GS-13 equivalent level:

· Provide guidance to USAID and OFDA staff in Washington, DC and field offices for livestock interventions during a disaster response.

· Follow outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, provide OFDA staff with assessments and recommendations for response in both the livestock and health sectors.

· Accurately convey the technical and policy positions of OFDA through interactions with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, and other USAID staff working in the livestock or animal health sectors; attending meetings and other events as appropriate.

· Review and comment on proposals submitted by OFDA partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction in the livestock sector and human health sector in response to zoonotic disease outbreaks.

· Work with OFDA pharmacists to review requests for purchase of veterinary commodities and pharmaceuticals by OFDA partners.

· Contribute to the development of programmatic strategies and guidance related to humanitarian programming in the livestock sector in collaboration with OFDA Washington and regional field office staff.

· Analyze emergency outbreaks of livestock and zoonotic diseases as they occur, provide guidance to OFDA on program priorities, and technical recommendations for managing the diseases and mitigating economic impact on vulnerable populations.

· Participate in assessment teams, DARTs, and RMTs as appropriate.

· Communicate with appropriate Bureau for Global Health staff regarding activities related to disaster responses to zoonotic diseases, to ensure coordination of activities.

· Provide “in-service” brownbag presentations to USAID and OFDA staff on current livestock-related topics.

· Develop technical guides for OFDA staff to use in program decision-making and activities.

· Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides 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; and

· 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 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.

At the GS-14 equivalent:

In addition to demonstrating expert competence in the above duties and responsibilities, and with supervision from the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee:

· Contribute to internal USAID policy decisions regarding the livestock or animal health sectors in humanitarian assistance.

· Represent the office and its interests to other parties in terms of livestock and animal health.

· Coordinate elements of the office humanitarian livestock and animal health portfolio.

· Steer the development of programmatic strategies and guidance related to humanitarian programming in the livestock and animal health sectors.

· Serve as a disciplinary advisor in the capacity of livestock-related advocacy at technical meetings.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Lead or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. Technical direction may come from the Lead Sector Advisor/Senior Livestock advisor. The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

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.)

GS-13 equivalent level:

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Two (2) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

OR

Doctorate degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus three (3) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. One (1) year of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

GS-14 equivalent level:

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Five (5) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

OR

Doctorate degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Three (3) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

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.

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 Describe your relevant work experience in disaster response/ preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance within the sectors of livestock and/or animal health.

QRF #2 Discuss your experience with the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) framework, and how you have applied it within a disaster response scenario.

QRF #3 Describe a previous experience serving with the USG or with an NGO while working in a disaster or humanitarian relief situation overseas, and discuss any lessons you learned from the experience.

QRF #4 Discuss your experiences with program development, assessment, and/or strategic planning in the field of disaster response, preparedness, mitigation, and humanitarian assistance.

QRF #5 Discuss your ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in disaster response/preparedness/mitigation and humanitarian assistance, including U.S. Government agencies (e.g., USAID, State Department, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey), international organizations, NGOs, and UN agencies, and include any relevant experience.**

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 – 15 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 8 points

QRF #4 – 7 points

QRF #5 – 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? (beta.SAM.gov, 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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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.

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