USPSC Shelter and Settlements Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Mar-29-2017
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description

Position Title:              Shelter and Settlements Advisor

Solicitation Number:   SOL-OFDA-17-000034

Salary Level:               GS-13 Equivalent: $94,796- $123,234

Issuance Date:             February 8, 2017

Closing Date:              March 29, 2017

Closing Time:              12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

Dear Prospective Applicants:

 

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 applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Shelter and Settlements Advisor under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the attached solicitation.

 

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

 

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional:  Where you heard about this job (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

 

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

 

  1. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

 

NOTE ABOUT THE DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM/SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

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 offer. 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. 

 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

 

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the QRFs must be emailed to:

 

            OFDA Recruitment Team

            E-Mail Address: [email protected]

            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

 

 

Solicitation for USPSC Shelter and Settlements Advisor

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000034

 

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: February 8, 2017

 

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: March 29, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

4.  POSITION TITLE: Shelter and Settlements Advisor

 

5. MARKET VALUE:

 

GS-13 equivalent ($94,796 - $123,234 - includes locality pay). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based upon the candidate’s past salary, work history and educational background.  Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.  Candidates who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

 

6.  PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Two (2) years, with three (3) option years

 

7.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Washington, D.C.

    

8.  STATEMENT OF WORK

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID that is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters.  OFDA is part of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and is organized into six divisions.

 

The Africa (AFD) Response Division and the Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East (ALE) Response Division are responsible for the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance through a grants mechanism to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies and to other partners to ensure the implementation and delivery of this assistance.  These divisions also oversee OFDA’s non-response efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience.  AFD and ALE Response Divisions also coordinate with other organizations for the provision of relief supplies and assistance. They devise, coordinate and implement program strategies for a variety of natural and complex disaster situations. Both Divisions encompass groups of operations specialists who provide technical expert capability in assessing the quality and strategic function of disaster response and risk reduction activities. The AFD Response Division is divided into two teams: East and Central Africa (ECA), and Southern, West, and North Africa (SWAN). The ALE Response Division is divided into four teams: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and South Asia.

 

The Operations (OPS) Division develops and manages operations for OFDA’s disaster responses by readying people and systems; projecting U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian capacity quickly into the field; and delivering material and technical assistance.  The OPS Division maintains readiness to respond to emergencies through several mechanisms, including managing Urban Search and Rescue Teams, coordinating, staffing, training, and equipping Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), and Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), and stockpiling emergency relief commodities in key locations around the globe to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division provides technical guidance and expertise in Disaster Logistics, Urban Search and Rescue, Operations Center management, activation/readiness, Civil-Military Liaison, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Consequence Management.  It also provides overseas support to OFDA offices and personnel and to other sectors necessary to ensure OFDA’s capacity to execute and coordinate USG humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. The OPS Division is divided into four teams: the Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), Military Liaison Team (MLT), Operations Support Team (OST), and Overseas Administration Team (OAT). 

 

The Program Support (PS) Division provides operational management support, including general administration, budget and financial services, procurement planning, information technology, human resources management including staff care, and contract and grant administration support to OFDA.  The PS Division supports OFDA's mandate by providing innovative solutions in the areas of Information Technology, staffing, funds control, budgeting, human resource management, and procurement to facilitate timely disaster responses. The PS Division is divided into four teams: the Award Change Control Group (ACCG), Human Resources Management Team (HRM), Budget, Finance, and Information Technology (BFIT) Team, and the Acquisition and Management (ACQ) Team.  

 

The Preparation, Strategic Planning and Mitigation (PSPM) Division is responsible for the technical oversight of all OFDA response and mitigation programs, as well as preparation for response, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction activities. The PSPM Division houses technical experts in all sectors potentially affected by disasters, and leads the Agency in developing and promoting best practices for programming in these specific sectors. In addition, PSPM will be the focal point for technological innovations for humanitarian assistance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and information management. The PSPM Division is divided into four teams: Cross-Cutting Sectors Team, Natural Hazards Team, Health Team, and Livelihoods Team.

The Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement (HPGE) Division assists the DCHA front office, the OFDA Director and OFDA Deputy Director with tracking trends and policy developments in the humanitarian assistance field.  It engages in policy dialogue with other parts of USAID, the USG interagency, other donors, multilateral agencies, and NGO partners; recommends strategies for action to DCHA; initiates development of policy and internal guidance for OFDA; maintains global relationships with implementing partners, other donors, and the broader humanitarian architecture; and engages with the UN to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally.   The HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences.  It serves as the office’s primary interlocutor on strategic issues with other federal partners to provide guidance to OFDA on policy issues pertaining to the interagency, and to improve USG humanitarian coordination and response during large-scale crises. The HPGE Division staff manages global programs, policy and outreach, strategic communications, and interagency training and engagement. HPGE is divided into seven teams: Policy Team, Global Programs Team, Strategic Interagency Team, Strategic Communications Team, Interagency Training Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN). 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Shelter and Settlements Advisor is an integral member of the OFDA PSPM.  USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements sector activities are intended to provide humanitarian shelter in an expeditious and appropriate manner, within a framework based on a settlements approach. The Shelter and Settlements Advisor will help guide OFDA thinking on shelter and settlements sector activities, help formulate shelter sector strategies and recommendations, and help collect and analyze sector-specific information. The individual will also conduct or support studies to examine market conditions for building materials and non-housing portions of the building stock in affected areas. He/she will help integrate other sectoral concerns that are aimed at reducing the adverse impacts of natural hazards by reducing vulnerability to disasters, increasing regional, national and local capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters, and enhancing the resiliency of vulnerable groups and communities to recover from recurrent natural disasters.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

OFDA requires a Shelter and Settlements Advisor who will:

 

  • Provide technical assistance in assessment, design, planning, implementation, operations, oversight, monitoring and evaluation regarding OFDA’s activities and interventions related to Shelter and Settlements;
  • Assist in the strategic planning and development of OFDA’s Shelter and Settlements activities;
  • Assist in the strategic planning and development of agency-wide activities related to OFDA’s Shelter and Settlements efforts, and
  • Represent OFDA at international fora, public and trade workshops, and other related activities.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Technical

 

  • Provide original thinking and contribution to the development of appropriate Shelter and Settlements strategies and policies for OFDA and the USG in disaster and emergency response;
  • Work with other offices/bureaus in USAID, development community actors, and humanitarian community actors to advocate and provide insight for the integration of Shelter and Settlements activities into development activities, and identify ways to incorporate Shelter and Settlements Sector activities into early recovery and transition activities;
  • Provide technical expertise to ensure that OFDA Shelter and Settlements activities are sound, sustainable, and appropriate within the OFDA mandate including:
    • Systematic analysis of available Shelter and Settlements tools and programmatic guidance;
    • Assist regional teams and technical leads in assessing gaps and needs;
    • Review and analysis of Shelter and Settlements efforts of other organizations;
    • Assess priority countries for Shelter and Settlements interventions;
    • Develop strategic, integrated, and comprehensive approaches to Shelter and Settlements;
    • Review and comment on project proposals and regional strategies related to Shelter and Settlements activities;
    • Coordinate with the Training Unit to incorporate Shelter and Settlements activities into various OFDA training modules, as appropriate, to build capacity within OFDA and among partner relief agencies;
    • Work with the OFDA Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator to develop a program to evaluate Shelter and Settlements activities;
  • Identify potentially relevant and applicable concepts, theories and practices and operationalize them to a given situation context;
  • Identify potentially relevant and applicable urban planning and concepts, theories and practices and adapt them to sector activities to fashion comprehensive, coherent, rational, and implementable response programs to fulfill mission objectives;
  • Identify potentially relevant and applicable engineering, building, and construction principles, practices, and methods (e.g., critical path methods, computerized drafting tools), and adapt them to the situation context of any given humanitarian shelter and settlements intervention;

 

Management

 

  • Serve as a focal point within USAID/OFDA for Shelter and Settlements programs and activities;
  • Coordinate with Technical Assistance Group (TAG) sector leads to develop technically sound Shelter and Settlements strategies in an effort to integrate Shelter and Settlements sector programming with programming goals within the overall sector;
  • 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;
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

 

Communication

 

  • Coordinate with international donors, NGOs, UN agencies, and other regional, national, and local partners to promote the implementation of Shelter and Settlements Sector activities in disaster-prone regions;
  • Develop technical papers, guidelines and informational publications to help lead and inform the sector and the population at large of shelter and settlement programs, strategies and directions.

 

Skills and Abilities

 

  • A self-motivated problem solver;
  • Able to work in situations that are often complex, confusing, non–structured, stressful, and unsafe, and;
  • Able to analyze divergent and often conflicting data to formulate coherent and consistent strategies, programs, and proposals.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The Shelter and Settlements Advisor will take direction from and report to the Senior Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor on programmatic issues, and the TAG Team Leader or his/her designee on all other matters.  The Shelter and Settlements Advisor has no supervisory responsibilities.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available; employee consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done.  Employee is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments.  Employee is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

 

10.  PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The work is generally sedentary and does not pose undue physical demands.  During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, there may be some additional physical exertion including long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain, or carrying of moderately heavy items (less than 50 pounds).

 

11.  WORK ENVIRONMENT

 

Work is primarily performed in an office setting.  During deployment on DARTs (if required), and during site visits, the work may additionally involve special safety and/or security precautions, wearing of protective equipment, and exposure to severe weather conditions.

 

12.  START DATE:  Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

 

13.  POINT OF CONTACT:  See Cover Letter.

Qualifications

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

(Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants 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 one or more of the following fields: urban/regional planning, economics, architecture, engineering, humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance, urban/regional planning in developing countries, or housing construction in developing countries, AND a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, of which three (3) years must be direct field experience in international humanitarian shelter and settlements sector activities.

 

OR

 

Master’s degree in one or more of the fields listed above, AND a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, of which two (2) years must be direct field experience in international humanitarian shelter and settlements sector activities.

 

SELECTION FACTORS

(Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants who do not meet all of the selection factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

  • Applicant 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 Application form AID 302-3. Applicants 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 applicants in comparison to other applicants.  The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least.)

 

QRF #1      Describe an experience that would serve as a good example of critically examining international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements sector issues, specifically:

 

  1. Spontaneous self-help shelter activities,
  2. Emergency shelter repair, and
  3. Transitional Shelter and Settlements activities.

 

Please describe the findings of your examination/assessment, and the methods or techniques used in conveying analysis of those issues in an effective and persuasive manner.

 

QRF #2          Describe your experience in designing and/or implementing international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements sector programs at the community/regional/national level, detailing key program elements, and both impacts and lessons learned.

 

QRF #3          Discuss and evaluate the impact of your experience working with and coordinating individuals and organizations involved in promoting the linkage of international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements Sector activities to other relevant key sectors and follow-on reconstruction activities, including USG agencies, UN agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and development banks.

 

QRF #4          Describe efforts to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements Sector Activities, and the challenges of operationalizing International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) principles in the Shelter and Settlements Sector.

 

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses.  Those applicants determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

 

Applicants 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 candidates 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 applicants 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 applicant. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phase of the selection process.

 

The Applicant Rating System is as Follows:

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 20 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 15 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 12 points

 

Total Possible Points: 100

Application instructions

APPLYING:

 

Applications 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 application, 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional:  Where you heard about this job (FedBizOps, OFDA Jobs, Career Fair, etc.).

 

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation.  This information should 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

 

  1. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

 

 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

 

By submitting your application materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the application to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your application 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 applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your application, and as the subject line in any email.

 

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

 

Via email: [email protected]

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