USPSC United States Mission to the United Nations Team Leader/ Senior Humanitarian Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Mar-29-2017
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description

Position Title:              United States Mission to the United Nations Team Leader/ Senior Humanitarian Advisor

Solicitation Number:   SOL-OFDA-17-000030

Salary Level:               GS-14 Equivalent: $115,652- $150,349

Issuance Date:             March 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 United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) Team Leader/ Senior Humanitarian 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,

                                                           

 

 

Artaveya J. Carter

Contracting Officer

 

 

Solicitation for USPSC United States Mission to the United Nations Team Leader/ Senior Humanitarian Advisor

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000030

 

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: March 8, 2017

 

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

 

4.  POSITION TITLE: United States Mission to the United Nations Team Leader/ Senior

     Humanitarian Advisor

 

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($115,652 - $150,349 –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.

 

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

 

7.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  New York, New York

    

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

 

Created in 1947 by the United Nations Participation Act, the USUN in New York assists the President and the Department of State (DOS) in conducting United States policy at the UN.  An important function of USUN is to keep the DOS informed of events at the UN.  USUN officers report on meetings and make recommendations to DOS as to what course of action the U.S. should pursue.  This information is also relayed to overseas American Embassies which have an interest in particular items under UN consideration.  USUN is also a link between the U.S. Government (USG) and the UN Secretariat.  The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) maintains a humanitarian team at USUN to help provide humanitarian operational experience at USUN, troubleshoot humanitarian issues with UN agencies in New York, help negotiate UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) humanitarian resolutions, represent USAID and the USG interagency views and interests on humanitarian assistance issues and to report to the USG on the proceedings of UN activities. 

 

The USUN Team Leader/Senior Humanitarian Advisor (referred to as TL/SHA) position will manage the team of OFDA Humanitarian Advisors based at the USUN offices in New York City. The TL/SHA serves as an authoritative source of information on humanitarian issues and humanitarian policy for USUN Ambassadors and staff.  He/She will help plan USUN strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively lobby members of UN delegations on U.S. positions on humanitarian issues, provide effective liaison with the UN Secretariat and the representational offices in New York of UN specialized agencies; negotiate resolutions in the UNGA and ECOSOC, and anticipate and prepare documents, briefing memos and statements for USUN Ambassadors for important meetings and events.  The TL/SHA is expected to represent at senior levels within the UN and USG and will also set strategic direction, prioritize workload of the humanitarian team and help further USG policy priorities in close coordination with USAID, State Department and USUN.  The TL/SHA is expected to raise critical issues with the UN on behalf of USAID and other USG agencies.

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE

 

OFDA requires the services of a USUN TL/SHA in order to meet its objectives of humanitarian diplomacy, strategic planning, negotiating, and managing institutional relationships with actors at the USUN.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The USUN TL/SHA will provide expert analytical and advisory support for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex geographic or functional specialty area.  The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data that is often vague, unsubstantiated or contradicts existing knowledge.  The TL/SHA will receive general guidance from OFDA leadership and other parts of the USG but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis.

 

The work is complicated by the need to provide expert advice and guidance that influences the decisions and actions of senior policy officials and the need to quickly, accurately and decisively determine the relevance and significance of information to the policy interests of the USG.  It is further complicated by the need to produce widely disseminated analytical products that represent official assessments of complex issues and keep the policy-making and foreign affairs communities continuously informed of new issues and developments.

 

Contacts will be with the DOS and USAID employees at all levels, both in New York and Washington, as well as personnel at U.S. posts worldwide, senior analysts and officials in UN and other agencies, congressional staff, experts, and representatives of NGOs.  The role requires significant interaction with foreign delegates, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting.  Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, conferences, and negotiating sessions, where the Team Leader may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions.  Although guidance on the U.S. position on specific issues will be provided, the USUN TL/SHA may be called upon to handle unexpected inquiries.  The USUN TL/SHA post is organizationally located within OFDA’s HPGE division (and with the USUN ECOSOC Section) while physically located at the USUN offices in New York City.

 

The USUN TL/SHA’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

 

  • Provide overall leadership to the USUN humanitarian team within ECOSOC, providing strategic direction and workload prioritization based on input from the interagency;
  • Overall management responsibility of the humanitarian team, including oversight of work plans, individual learning plans and performance evaluations;
  • Represent the USG and operate at senior levels of the interagency and with UN counterparts;
  • Serve as the authoritative USUN New York source of all humanitarian policy information for the Permanent Representative, other USUN Ambassadors and USUN staff;
  • Serve as an active member of the USUN team and advise the U.S. Permanent Representative and the Representative and Deputy Representative to the ECOSOC on the initiation, formulation and impact of policy positions and developments;
  • Coordinate with the DOS and USAID to obtain detailed guidance on USG positions pertaining to UN resolutions;
  • Anticipate the needs of the Ambassadors regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents and meetings;
  • Prepare the Ambassadors to speak on critical subjects before the Security Council, UN General Assembly, ECOSOC and in other UN bodies;
  • Analyze and critique UN proposals for the Ambassador and DOS and, as necessary, draft or negotiate alternative proposals;
  • Provide leadership for the identification, research, analysis and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs and anticipate the need for such policy analysis;
  • Develop recommendations for U.S. action and positions, including specific proposals to the U.S. Representative and other USG representatives for appropriate U.S. positions in the UN;
  • Assist USUN and DOS Officers in the development of appropriate guidance and voting instructions and prepare major policy speeches, briefing/background papers and statements/talking points;
  • Represent the U.S. in meetings of the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC and other UN bodies as directed; actively lobby members of other UN delegations and closely liaise with the UN Secretariat to develop consensus for U.S. positions; and negotiate resolutions, statements and agreements on relevant issues and matters under the guidance of the DOS’ Bureau for International Organizations;
  • Negotiate humanitarian resolutions with other member states in the United Nations, on behalf of the USG;
  • Attend various UN, USUN, UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) Donor Support Group (ODSG), Humanitarian Liaison Working Group (HLWG) and other meetings and provide authoritative information and views to formulate policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues;
  • Enunciate USUN views and report on decisions taken;
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other diplomatic missions in order to promote consensus for voting, report on positions of other delegations, negotiate positions and coordinate activities;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other USUN components and relevant USG offices;
  • Answer relevant congressional and public inquiries and speak to various visiting groups through the USUN’s public affairs program and in consultation with USAID;
  • Provide back-up representation for development and post-conflict issues, including transition from relief to development, during the absence of other USUN officers;
  • Represent USG on specific humanitarian issues of concern with UN agencies in New York and convey demarche messages as needed;
  • On behalf of USAID, attend key donor forums in New York, including but not limited to, the ODSG, HLWG, and country-specific working groups; 
  • Assist other USG agencies on areas of concern;
  • The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work. 
  • As needed, on a temporary basis not to exceed 6 months may perform in an alternative role based on operational needs of the Division upon request of the Team Lead or Division Director.
  • As appropriate, for cross-training purposes to enhance operational awareness, may serve on temporary details within the office.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

This position is considered an interagency position with day-to-day guidance coming from the Representative to ECOSOC or the Deputy Representative to ECOSOC as appropriate; however, USAID supervision will also come from the HPGE Division Director in OFDA.  The TL/SHA at USUN New York will receive general policy guidance from the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, the U.S. Representative to ECOSOC, the State Department in Washington, and USAID but is expected to execute independence and judgment.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Overall assignments are made in terms of broadly defined functions emanating from ECOSOC and OFDA.  Specific assignments frequently originate out of the coordination and liaison activities of the work and the TL/SHA will negotiate the scope and objective of projects under the general guidance of those listed above subject to general agency policies and operating requirements.  The TL/SHA will assume responsibility for planning, coordinating and carrying out projects of the humanitarian team and keeping all relevant stakeholders informed. 

                                         

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 the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics or a related field), and a minimum of nine (9) years implementing programmatic responses in humanitarian emergencies and/or immediate post-conflict environments. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization and a minimum of three (3) years of overseas on-the-ground experience in a leadership position managing emergency or crisis interventions is preferred.

 

OR

 

Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics or a related field), and a minimum of seven (7) years implementing programmatic responses in humanitarian emergencies and/or immediate post-conflict environments. Experience working for the USG or with an international organization and a minimum of three (3) years of overseas on-the-ground experience in a leadership position managing emergency or crisis interventions is preferred.

 

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           Proven experience in providing expert guidance in the area of humanitarian assistance with regard to the policy implications of issues and developments, based on hands-on experience in the field of humanitarian action and a thorough on-the-ground knowledge of the international humanitarian system concepts, and issues. Knowledge of the structures, mandates, and policies of the United Nations system is needed.

 

QRF #2           Demonstrated ability to consistently and independently perform in a high visibility, high-pressure environment and accurately represent the USG policy positions. Strong work ethic and ability to initiate, develop and manage multiple projects simultaneously. A high degree of diplomatic and leadership skills.

 

QRF #3           Direct experience with U.S. operational policy and regulations for responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies, as well as experience with U.S. Government systems and structure.

 

QRF #4           Experience with the role of liaison in inter-agency relationships at all levels throughout the humanitarian and foreign policy communities; demonstrated 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, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and host governments.

 

QRF #5           Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication, preparing and presenting analysis, providing guidance, soliciting sensitive information, and negotiating resolutions.

 

QRF #6           Proven experience managing a diverse team with converging and competing responsibilities and interests. Experience leading a team focused on addressing time-limited, sensitive issues with high-stake results. Demonstrated ability to manage several tasks at once and meet goals.

 

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 – 10 points

QRF #2 – 10 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 7 points

QRF #6 – 5 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 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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