USPSC Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Ankara, Turkey
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-01-2017
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

Position Title:              Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader

Solicitation Number:   SOL-OFDA-17-000055

Salary Level:               GS-15 Equivalent: $103,672- $134,776

Issuance Date:             May 4, 2017

Closing Date:              June 1, 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 Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader (Regional DART Leader) 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:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (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. 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 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 Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: SOL-OFDA-17-000055

 

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: May 4, 2017

 

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: June 1, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

4.  POSITION TITLE: Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader

 

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-15 equivalent ($103,672 - $134,776 - not eligible for 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:  Ankara, Turkey

    

There may be an initial training program in Washington, D.C. for three months, which will include formal classroom training and on-the-job training; and may include security training. After completion of Washington training, the Regional DART Leader will be assigned to the place of performance. 

 

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

 

OFDA has been responding to humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict in Syria since February 2012.  The USG has allocated over $5 billion in humanitarian assistance to support humanitarian programs. USAID’s humanitarian programs are currently being managed by a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), with offices located in Turkey and Jordan, and a Response Management Team (RMT) in Washington, DC. The DART and the RMT are responsible for coordinating the USAID’s humanitarian response by establishing programs to meet clearly defined humanitarian needs, and overseeing OFDA’s current and future humanitarian assistance programming.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

As the response to the crisis in Syria becomes more complex and more intertwined, and in order to meet its objectives of programming, monitoring, coordinating, and evaluating humanitarian programs in Syria, OFDA requires the services of a Regional Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader (Regional DART Leader) who will be responsible for overall management of the DART and USAID’s humanitarian programming in Syria.  The Regional DART Leader will manage the overall humanitarian response and ensure the implementation of a consistent approach and strategy to address the region’s humanitarian needs.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Regional DART Leader is required to reside in Ankara, Turkey, as determined in consultation with the US Embassy and the USAID Mission and subject to security and programmatic considerations.  The individual must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to adhere strictly to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.

 

The Regional DART Leader supervises the Syria DART Country Team Leaders based in Turkey and Jordan.  He/She is responsible for managing the Syria humanitarian response, monitoring all grants on humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing the offices, supervising the office staff, and developing, in consultation with the Response Director in Washington, the multi-year strategy for Syria. In addition the Regional DART Leader will manage disaster response activities, identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation and training programs for the Syria response.

 

The Regional DART Leader will also provide ongoing leadership for the DART offices in Jordan and Turkey; manage and oversee OFDA and the DCHA Office of Food for Peace (FFP) programs in the two countries; and ensure full coordination and cooperation with all other non-humanitarian elements of the USG response to crisis in the Syria.  Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the Response Director in Washington, the Regional DART Leader will:

 

Contextual Specialty

  • Use extensive experience and knowledge to guide Country Team Leaders in analyzing and determining the scale and scope of a wide-range of challenges when complete information is not available and provide support to continued efforts to establish creative solutions.
  • Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural and stakeholder interests specific to the Syria complex emergency.
  • Supervise the preparation of regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on Syria complex emergency.

 

Portfolio Management

  • Serve as the lead humanitarian advisor to senior civilian and military officials, and engage in substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the host governments, other USG agencies, U.S. Military, UN/Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)/NGOs/IOs, and other assisting countries.
  • Ensure close communication with senior Embassy officials. Foster open communications with USAID Mission and Embassy staff to ensure continued support of and collaboration on humanitarian programs.
  • Ensure the OFDA programs for Syria are appropriate for the humanitarian response by monitoring events and maintaining regular contact with OFDA's funded partners and other USG entities providing humanitarian assistance.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of strategic decisions.
  • Conduct regular evaluations of all USAID/OFDA funded programs for effectiveness, validity of priorities, soundness of objectives, and ability of partners to achieve program objectives.  Institute changes as necessary.
  • Lead frequent reviews and discussions on programmatic, safety, and security issues with team members.
  • Ensure that timely and appropriate information is reported out from the Syria team via a range of information means and products.
  • Travel frequently, on short notice and for extended periods of time, as required, in order to fulfill duties.
  • Organize and lead high-level USG visits or briefings on Syria.
  • Regularly liaise with high-ranking officials outside of USAID in both structured and unstructured settings in order to negotiate serious and complex issues of considerable consequences related to humanitarian principles, access, and program objectives for Syria.
  • The Regional DART Leader independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work that are considered technically authoritative, are normally accepted without significant change, and are reviewed in terms of fulfillment of program objectives, influence on overall program, or contribution to the advancement of the objective. 

 

Representation

  • Serve as an expert advisor on humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues to senior USG personnel in the region to include Ambassadors, Mission Directors, and other heads of agencies.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, emergency/humanitarian donor governments, etc., international emergency and humanitarian organizations (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), etc.) emergency/humanitarian divisions of NGOs, U.S. embassies ICRC disaster risk reduction activities.
  • Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian strategies and intervention with local governments, donor, partner, and UN organizations, as appropriate.
  • Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector disaster response and disaster risk reduction plans.
  • Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate disaster risk reduction into appropriate programs.

 

Leadership

  • Develop, in consultation with the Response Director in Washington, the multi-year strategy for Syria.
  • Manage and prioritize daily activities of OFDA’s Syria Response DART offices;
  • Supervise emergency/humanitarian staff within the region to include provision of technical guidance and oversight, administrative approvals, and staff development and evaluation.
  • Manage the USG strategic direction for the Syria DART to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements.
  • Serve as an early adopter of change through constructive engagement in policy, process, and management issues during development and implementation.
  • The Regional DART Leader is responsible for independently planning, designing and carrying out programs, projects, studies or other work to fulfill or advance program objectives. 

 

General Duties

  • Serve in a leadership role on DARTs and/or RMTs within and outside the region.
  • Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities the region through written cables, analyses, strategies, and other requests for written information and/or oral briefings.
  • As needed, on a temporary basis not to exceed six 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:

The Regional DART Leader reports to the OFDA Response Director.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.  The USPSC independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.  The results are considered technically authoritative, are normally accepted without significant change, and are reviewed in terms of fulfillment of program objectives, influence on overall program, or contribution to the advancement of the objective.

 

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, public health, disaster management or a related field), plus 11 years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management. Three (3) years of this experience must have been obtained overseas as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Experience in managing teams, especially in disaster response environments, is required.

 

OR

Master's degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, public health, disaster management or a related field), plus nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency  relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management. Three (3) years of this experience must have been obtained overseas as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Experience in managing teams, especially in disaster response environments, is required.

 

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.
  • 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.

 

APPLICANT RATING SYSTEM

The applicant rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified applicants in comparison to other applicants. Applicants 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:

 

Professional Experience (12 points):

  • Experience managing humanitarian interventions in an international disaster context across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response, early recovery and transition, disaster risk reduction, and resilience.
  • Experience in monitoring incipient disaster situations and developing country Disaster Risk Reduction strategies.
  • Experience working in a high threat environment.
  • Experience conducting remote monitoring of projects.
  • Middle East experience.

 

Skill and Abilities (12 points):

  • Exercised independent judgment and ingenuity to devise innovative approaches to technical, administrative, managerial and/or policy problems.
  • Demonstrated skills in the following areas:
    • Diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with Department of Defense (DoD), Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations;
    • Diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations;
    • Diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with other donors and diplomatic missions at senior levels in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations;
    • Diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with international and national non-governmental humanitarian partners at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Experience in providing briefings and ability to communicate effectively in meetings, video conferences and on conference calls.

 

Leading Teams (6 points):

  • Experience leading a diverse team of program, technical, and administrative staff, including senior U.S. professionals, working in a constant state of in complex, international humanitarian crisis where team members are located at different sites.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams in a high threat environment.

 

Interview Performance (50 points)

 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (20 points)

 

Total Possible Points: 100

 

BASIS OF RATING: Applicants who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Applicant Rating System. 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 factor of the Applicant 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 Applicant Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

 

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.

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:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (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. 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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