USPSC Support Relief Group Economic Recovery and Market Systems Technical Advisor

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SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00079

ISSUANCE DATE: August 12, 2021

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: September 23, 2022, 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 Field and Response Operations (FARO) is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Support Relief Group (SRG) Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA 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.

  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=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&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 must be emailed to:

FARO Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: BHA.FARORecruitment@usaid.gov

Website: www.BHAjobs.net

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the FARO Recruitment Team via the information provided above.

Sincerely,

Sonja Stroud-Gooden

Contracting Officer

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

At the GS-13 Equivalent Level:

At this grade level, the SRG ERMS Technical Advisor has demonstrated satisfactory competence in the duties and responsibilities described above. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with limited guidance and supervision from the Markets Team Leader or his/her designee.

Additionally, he/she will take on an increased level of responsibility for management and coordination in his/her area of responsibility. He/she will also take on an increased level of responsibility for contributing to policy decisions and representing the office and its interests to other parties.

Technical Duties:

● Provide expert-level technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for economic recovery, market systems, and cash/voucher programs worldwide.

● Serve as a technical expert for topics related to the Markets Team’s portfolio, such as cash transfer and voucher programming, multipurpose cash, food assistance, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, linkages to economic development and resilience (e.g., value chain development, financial services) and household livelihoods and market-related aspects of other sector interventions.

● Work effectively as part of a team, both within the Markets Team and in the capacity of supporting a country team.

● Formulate and articulate appropriate strategies, recommendations and policies, and provide timely information and responses to inquiries, related to the Markets Team’s technical areas from within BHA, within USAID, and from the rest of the USG.

● Provide technical review of Markets Team sectors and keywords in applications and concept notes.

● Assist in monitoring the effectiveness, efficiency, and appropriateness of BHA-funded ERMS, multipurpose cash, food assistance, and related programs and lead on developing suggestions for improving outcomes.

● Provide technical, thought, and organizational leadership within BHA, in markets-related forums and discussions, within the USG, and through developing and representing policy and technical positions to advance BHA’s markets-related work.

● Liaise with other economic recovery/markets/livelihoods experts, and with specialists in related fields (e.g., economic development, financial inclusion, resilience) within USAID, the USG, among implementing partners, other donors, and other key entities.

● Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the ERMS, cash, and voucher technical areas, related issues, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to BHA programming.

● Develop collaborative and proactive working-level relationships with BHA field and headquarters staff who oversee ERMS-related programs.

● Deliver Markets training modules for BHA staff and partners, as needed.

● As needed, travel to USAID/BHA field program locations to serve as an expert-level technical authority, including assessing needs and market conditions, advising on strategies for markets-related programming, and/or monitoring current markets-related projects.

General Duties:

● Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e., work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System (CPARS/APARS). They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

● Become qualified for, and serve as needed on, Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.

● 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 details within the office. 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 Level:

At this grade level, the SRG ERMS Technical Advisor has demonstrated satisfactory competence in the duties and responsibilities described above. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with limited guidance and supervision from the Markets Team Leader or his/her designee.

Additionally, he/she will take on an increased level of responsibility for management and coordination in his/her area of responsibility. He/she will also take on an increased level of responsibility for contributing to policy decisions and representing the office and its interests to other parties.

● Serve in a leadership role in collaboration with USG partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, foundations, and universities on the development and implementation of ERMS policy and programming in technical focus areas.

● Represent ERMS priorities to BHA leadership to ensure awareness and support for BHA ERMS efforts, guidance, and intra-agency coordination processes.

● Represent BHA externally through global ERMS coordination platforms and events, as needed.

● Analyze global ERMS issues and supports identification and dissemination of current ERMS approaches for implementation within BHA programming.

● Oversee ERMS-related research undertaken by BHA partners in technical focus areas.

● Review and coordinate updating of programming guidance in technical focus areas (economic recovery and market systems) and disseminate to BHA field and DC staff.

● Provide technical guidance in the review of project proposals to ensure suggested activities are appropriately designed to be successful.

● Provide technical assistance to BHA staff, implementing partners, and others on ERMS sector proposals in emergency programs and the multi-sectoral ERMS approaches within BHA programs.

● Assess and monitor programs through field visits, reporting by field staff and implementing partners. Assess technical data reviews to maximize program effectiveness and ensure efforts are being implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines.

● Draft information products (e.g., partner guidance and memoranda) on ERMS-related issues, provide briefings, and represent BHA Markets Team in meetings and/or working groups with other USAID colleagues and representatives from other agencies.

● Mentor BHA Humanitarian Assistance Officers and mission staff on technical ERMS-related priorities.

● Proactively lead and engage in technical discussions around topics of relevance to the agency on ERMS, to establish BHA positions around such topics, to inform senior management in decision making.

● Maintain up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS), cash, and voucher technical areas, related issues, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to BHA programming.

● Sign up for and serve as needed on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary.

● 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. Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities and will be directly related to the scope of work provided.

● Become certified and serve as an AOR/COR, as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e., work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in CPARS/APARS. They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and report to the FARO/Response Resources Division Director or his/her designee. When activated, the SRG ERMS Technical Advisor will be a part of TPQ’s Markets Team, receiving day to day guidance and onsite management from the Markets Team.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

At both the GS-13 and GS-14 grade equivalent, the supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with the supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning the approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments, and for actually carrying out these assignments.

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.)

For the GS-13 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus seven (7) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, food security, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus five (5) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, food security, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

For the GS-14 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, food security, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, food security, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

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.
● Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.
● Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of State medical clearance throughout the contract.
● Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
● Satisfactory verification of academic credentials.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM
The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors must demonstrate the rating factors outlined below within their resume, as they are evaluated strictly by the information provided. The rating factors are as follows:

Technical Experience (14 points)
● Demonstrated experience in livelihoods and economic recovery, humanitarian food assistance, and/or cash and voucher programming fields.
● Demonstrated experience assessing, designing, implementing, and/or reviewing livelihoods and economic recovery, humanitarian food assistance, or cash/voucher programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

Program Experience (10 points)
● Demonstrated experience implementing, managing, or monitoring awards, either in a donor or implementer role.
● Demonstrated experience working on program design, proposal development, and/or proposal review.

Policy Experience (8 points)
● Demonstrated experience developing guidance, standards, policies, or strategies.
● Demonstrated experience representing policy or technical positions to others.

Team Experience (8 points)
● Demonstrated success working with diverse teams and promoting an inclusive work environment.
● Demonstrated success working on multi-discipline problems as part of a team in challenging circumstances.

Interview Performance (45 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. BHA 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. BHA reserves the right to select additional offerors if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional: How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA 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.

  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: BHA.FARORecruitment@usaid.gov