USPSC Information Officer for Yemen

USAID/ Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Location
    Amman, Jordan or Budapest, Hungary , Yemen
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jun-28-2018
  • Posted
    Jun 01

Position description

Position Title:              Information Officer for Yemen

Solicitation Number:   720FDA18B00059

Salary Level:               GS-11 Equivalent: $53,062 - $68,983

Issuance Date:             May 31, 2018

Closing Date:              June 28, 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 an Information Officer (IO) for Yemen 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. 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 REGARDING DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM (DUNS) NUMBERS

AND THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT

 

All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data

Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award

Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an award. You will be disqualified if you either

fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list.  The

selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

 

NOTE: As of March 28, 2018, all new SAM.gov entity registrations will now require a signed

notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity administrator for the entity associated with the

DUNS number. Additional information on the format of the notarized letter and where to submit

can be found via the below Federal Service Desk link:

 

https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&

sysparm_search=kb0013183

 

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 Information Officer for Yemen

 

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA18B00059

 

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: May 31, 2018

 

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: June 28, 2018, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

4.  POSITION TITLE: Information Officer for Yemen

 

5. MARKET VALUE:

 

GS-11 equivalent ($53,062 - $68,983- 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:  One (1) year with four (4) one-year options

 

7.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Amman, Jordan or Budapest, Hungary

 

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 training in Washington, the Information Officer for Yemen 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, Audit, and Risk Management (AARM) team, 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

 

Yemen is facing both the world’s largest food insecurity crisis and worst cholera outbreak amidst a violent conflict that has continued to escalate since late 2014.  Political instability, civil unrest, environmental degradation, and lack of capacity within the national government have created a context where even moderate hazards have significant negative impact on the Yemeni populace.  Since March 2015 over 10,000 civilians have died, severe coping mechanisms have increased for millions, and basic services for water and health have largely collapsed. In 2017 OFDA provided more than $229 million to address the needs of the population most affected. OFDA’s activities have increased substantially due to a rise in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from conflict areas as well as food-insecure populations. OFDA is responsible for facilitating humanitarian coordination, humanitarian leadership, and information management support to ensure relief agencies are able to provide a rapid and strategic response to identify needs on behalf of the USG.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

OFDA’s EMCA regional team requires the services of an Information Officer in order to meet its objectives of responsibly planning, programming, monitoring, and evaluating OFDA funded-activities in Yemen and within the EMCA region, as needed.

 

9.  CORE FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

This position requires an individual who is able to reside in Amman, Jordan or Budapest Hungary, as determined in consultation with the U.S. Embassy and the USAID Mission and subject to security and programmatic considerations. The selectee 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. Frequent travel in the region may be required.

 

The Information Officer compiles, drafts, and disseminates information about humanitarian conditions and USG humanitarian response activities for internal USG and external audiences. Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills, and have exceptional attention to detail. Candidates must be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances and have the ability work under tight deadlines in an extremely fast-paced and collaborative environment.

 

Duties and responsibilities of the Information Officer are:

 

  • Liaise with OFDA’s Regional and Washington, D.C. Offices, USAID Mission, U.S. Embassy,  Department of Defense, and other USG personnel, as well as other donor government representatives, the U.N., private voluntary organizations, NGOs, and IOs to present an inclusive and comprehensive picture of U.S. humanitarian response efforts for Yemen and other regional responses in information products.
  • Draft field-produced information products for the EMCA teams based in Hungary, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Washington, D.C.:
    • Produce field notes, trip reports, meeting and call notes, updates, reporting cables, public reports, and other information products as needed;
    • Manage data and produce or facilitate the production of a range of visual information products, such as maps, photos, tables, and charts;
    • Assist in the preparation of agendas and briefings for official USG visitors; and
    • Obtain appropriate clearances for all information products produced.
  • Attend humanitarian coordination and other meetings and collaborate closely with information counterparts from humanitarian organizations, including U.N. agencies and NGOs, to ensure that all relevant humanitarian information is obtained and incorporated into OFDA field products and provided to Washington, D.C.-based Information Officers in a timely manner.
  • Participate in meetings with OFDA partners, humanitarian assessments, and site visits when possible in order to obtain information for field reports.
  • Travel in the region on short notice for possibly extended periods of time; travel to Washington, D.C. as needed for training or consultations with / rotations in OFDA's Information Support Unit (ISU) or the EMCA D.C. team.
  • May serve, as needed, on non-Yemen Washington, D.C.-based RMTs, which provides support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • May serve on non-Yemen DARTs, which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary details within the office or region 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 Regional Advisor in Budapest, Hungary or his/her designee.  The Information Officer will maintain close coordination with the Information Officers in Washington, D.C. The ISU will provide appropriate training and quality control feedback to maintain a consistent standard for OFDA information products.

 

 

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available and works with the USPSC to develop deadlines, work to be done and methodology.  The USPSC is responsible for carrying out assignments, and consults with the supervisor for policy interpretations. 

 

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 four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in producing written products under tight deadlines in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated familiarity with the USG and three (3) months of overseas experience, and working knowledge of, and interest in, humanitarian issues.

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 two (2) years of years of progressively demonstrated experience producing written products under tight deadlines in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated familiarity with the USG and three (3) months overseas experience, and working knowledge of, and interest in, humanitarian issues.

 

 

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           In 350 words or less, compose a brief providing background on the humanitarian situation and response in Syria for a senior USG official traveling to the region.  (Please include a word count at the end of the memo.)

 

QRF #2           Describe your experience drafting and editing information/reporting documents, including memos, briefing papers, meeting notes, talking points, and/or other correspondence.  Please indicate whether these documents focused on humanitarian issues and/or were in a US Government context;

 

QRF #3           Describe your demonstrated experience coordinating information management needs—including triangulating, compiling, and synthesizing information—among a range of stakeholders, such as the US Government, foreign governments, UN agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations;

 

QRF #4           Describe your relevant international experience, including field experience.  Based on the job description provided in the solicitation, how will your experience help you to succeed as an IO? and

 

QRF #5           Describe your demonstrated experience working under tight deadlines with multiple competing priorities.  What challenges did you face?  How did you overcome them? 

 

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 – 11 points

QRF #2 – 8 points

QRF #3 – 8 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

QRF #5 – 5 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

 

Timed Writing Test – 20 points

 

 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks –10points

 

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:  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. 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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