USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Sudan

USAID/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Location
    Khartoum, Sudan
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jan-03-2018
  • Posted
    Nov 28

Position description

Position Title:              Senior Humanitarian Advisor – Sudan

Solicitation Number:   720FDA18B00009

Salary Level:               GS-14 Equivalent: $88,136- $114,578

Issuance Date:             November 27, 2017                            

Closing Date:              January 3, 2018

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 Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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,

                                                           

 

 

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

 

 

Solicitation for USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00009

 

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: November 27, 2017

 

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: January 3, 2018

     12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

4.  POSITION TITLE: Senior Humanitarian Advisor

 

5. MARKET VALUE:

GS-14 equivalent ($88,136 - $114,578 - 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) one-year options  

 

7.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Khartoum, Sudan

    

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 Senior Humanitarian Advisor 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 (IOs) 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 (IT), 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 for IT, staffing, funds control, budgeting, information and 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; engages with the U.N. to advance USG humanitarian policy objectives and to promote humanitarian principles within the USG and internationally.  HPGE Division leads OFDA's communications and social media outreach to effectively communicate OFDA’s story to a variety of strategic audiences; and 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

 

To fulfill its mandate, and to effectively respond to disasters worldwide, OFDA has established six regional offices in the following locations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Pretoria, South Africa; Budapest, Hungary and Bangkok, Thailand. OFDA also has other, smaller sub-regional and program offices around the world.

 

The regional offices are headed by Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs), who work closely with the Team Leaders in Washington, and report to the appropriate Division Director. The Senior Regional Advisors serve as the regional team leaders for all response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction activities. They serve as the key interlocutor with embassies and missions in the event of a disaster and may also serve as the DART Leader if needed. They are principally responsible for managing the regional offices, monitoring all grants on humanitarian assistance program implementation, overseeing the sub-regional offices, as appropriate, supervising the office staff, and developing, in consultation with their respective Washington-based Team Leaders, the multi-year non-response program strategies for their respective regions. They coordinate with OFDA/Washington on disaster response activities, determine program priorities, and identify and formulate disaster preparedness, mitigation and training programs for their respective regions.

 

Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) report to the Senior Regional Advisors. They ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster response and assistance, strategic reporting and analysis are met. The SHAs are responsible for monitoring and reporting on OFDA-funded programs and activities, and formulating disaster response, preparedness, mitigation and training programs for the region.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

OFDA requires the services of a SHA based in Khartoum, Sudan, to ensure that OFDA’s objectives for disaster assistance, risk reduction, strategic reporting, interagency coordination, and situational analysis are met in the ongoing response.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

This position requires an individual to manage and represent the humanitarian portfolio for Sudan. The SHA will serve as the primary contact and liaison for OFDA's ongoing humanitarian assistance activities in Sudan, as well as for disaster risk reduction programs. The SHA will work closely with USAID/Sudan Mission staff, the U.S. Embassy, other U.S. Agencies as appropriate, IOs, NGOs, and the UN, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for program analysis; strategy development; and coordination with relief agencies, other donors, and USG interagency partners, as well as reporting to OFDA East and Central Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya and OFDA/Washington, and collaborating with USAID/Sudan and U.S. Embassy/Sudan staff, as required.

 

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the U.S. Embassy, other USG agencies, the Republic of Sudan, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant donor representatives and UN and NGO agencies, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.

 

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA SRA for East and Central Africa, with regular interaction with the designated Regional Advisor covering Sudan and in consultation with USAID/Sudan, the SHA will:

 

Contextual Specialty

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the key humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues within Sudan.
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of political, humanitarian, organizational, and stakeholder interests specific to Sudan.
  • Monitor incipient disasters, international disaster response plans and efforts, and major humanitarian issues and challenges in the area of responsibility through a wide range of USG and international sources;
  • Identify humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities within and relevant to Sudan and apply those to program strategy development and implementation.
  • Prepare and/or provide substantive assistance in the preparation of, regular strategic and analytical reports on current or anticipated emergencies, as well as comprehensive preparedness documentation on assigned countries.

 

Portfolio Management

  • Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian assistance requirements, target beneficiary groups, and locations, oversee the general direction of existing relief and transition-oriented programs, and broadly recommend the types of interventions and budget levels required in Sudan.
  • Closely collaborate with Mission colleagues on program coordination to share information, avoid overlap, and explore opportunities for synergies and transition efforts. Maintain ongoing dialogue with the East and Central Africa Regional Office and OFDA/Washington on these efforts.
  • Monitor ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts in Sudan. Liaise with partners and other donors, coordinate with East and Central Africa Regional Office on issues of mutual interest, and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.
  • Coordinate collection of information and provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:
    • Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, NGOs, and local institutions to carry out programs;
    • Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs;
    • Security situation of beneficiaries, personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general;
    • Role of in-country UN leadership and the UN Mission in Sudan in facilitating humanitarian assistance;
    • Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration programs, and any other issues that require the attention of OFDA; and
    • Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.
  • Provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for OFDA, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting; Review of concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA/Washington and East and Central Africa Regional Office.
  • Ensure reporting on a timely basis to OFDA/Washington and East and Central Africa Regional Office on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.
  • Maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the East and Central Africa Regional Office and OFDA/Washington.

 

Representation

  • Represent OFDA in-country at senior levels within the USG and humanitarian stakeholders to humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as coordination and policy development meeting to include the following:
    • Meetings with individual and groups of implementing partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
    • Discussions, meetings, and papers informing USG foreign policy in areas with humanitarian concerns or impacts;
    • Donor and implementing partner coordination forums.
  • Serve as the principal point of contact in-country for OFDA/Sudan for humanitarian issues, and serve as a liaison on program issues among USAID mission staff, the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. Agencies, military representatives, OFDA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.
  • Present OFDA perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to sustainable, resilience oriented humanitarian programs. Work closely with the Regional Advisor and OFDA’s technical advisors to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.
  • Represent USG humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences, and facilitate, as requested, travel and briefings for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.
  • Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, regional groups, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.
  • Engage as the humanitarian specialist in U.S. Embassy policy conversations, remaining available to provide timely reporting and clearances in response to high-level USG queries originating in the region or from Washington, DC.

 

Leadership

  • Provide recommendations on current and future directions of OFDA’s Sudan portfolio to include programmatic, budgetary, and human resource requirements.
  • Serve in a leadership role within USAID/Sudan, in coordination with Mission senior leadership, to incorporate humanitarian concerns into Mission activities and identify opportunities to leverage USAID interventions.

 

General Duties

  • Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams within and outside the region.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office not to exceed six months.  Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Team’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and report to the OFDA SRA for the East and Central Africa Regional Office. However, the SHA will coordinate tasks regularly with the East and Central Africa Regional Advisor covering Sudan and directly with personnel within USAID/Sudan, and in collaboration and consultation with other USAID and U.S. Embassy staff.

 

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.  Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. The OFDA SRA for the East and Central Africa Regional Office will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals and objectives.

 

 

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, food policy, East African studies, political science, or a related field or country); and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

 

OR

 

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, political science, or a related field or country); and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including four (4) years of overseas humanitarian field experience.

 

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 (10 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.
  • Specific experience managing humanitarian interventions including needs assessment, strategy development, budget management, resource prioritization, program development, and program management.

 

Skills and Abilities (10 points):

  • Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to work effectively with host governments at senior levels in the midst of humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  •  Demonstrated diplomatic, interpersonal, and representational skills in order to effectively achieve humanitarian objectives within the USG at senior levels, including with DOD, Embassies, Members of Congress, and senior executive branch staff the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.

Leading Teams Experience (10 points):

  • Demonstrated experience leading teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds working in a constant state of complex, international humanitarian crisis.
  • 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.

Interview Performance (40 points)

 

OFDA will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews.

 

Timed Writing Test (20 points)

 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (10 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

 

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