USPSC Support Relief Group Generalist (Multiple Positions)

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Worldwide, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jul-25-2019
  • Posted
    Jul 05

Position description

Position Title:              Support Relief Group Generalist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number:   720FDA19B00058

Salary Level:               GS-13 Equivalent: $76,687 - $99,691

                                    GS-14 Equivalent: $90,621 - $117,810

Issuance Date:             July 3, 2019

Closing Date:              July 23, 2021  

Open and continuous through July 23, 2021 with Seven (7) Review Periods closing on:

July 25, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 25, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 24, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 24, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

November 24, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

March 24, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

July 23, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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

Dear Prospective Offerors:

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 Support Relief Group (SRG) Generalist  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. Offerors 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. 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) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) 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 for each grade level for which you are applying. 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 309-2. Offerors 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

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.

Offerors can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Offerors 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

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To backfill for permanent staff or permanent staff vacancies either in Washington or overseas, perform disaster assessments, and/or respond to humanitarian emergencies - natural, technological and conflict-related disasters, as required. The contractor will be required to travel on short notice as a critical component of a U.S. Government disaster and humanitarian response.

At the GS-13 level:

  • Provide backfill to OFDA headquarters or field staff;
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of OFDA’s program strategy and the implementation of the resulting awards;
  • Support regional team efforts to develop appropriate programmatic strategies for disaster responses and disaster risk reduction efforts;
  • Review and process all award documentation according to OFDA’s Grant Guidelines, USAID Automated Directives Systems (ADS), and Federal Regulation including coordinating multi-unit participation and ensuring timely award approval;
  • Review, track and process budgets; award data; post-award management issues; program reports; and feedback throughout all stages of the award process, including entry into appropriate administrative and financial systems and reporting on program objectives;
  • Represent OFDA in meetings with individual partners discussing programmatic priorities, objectives, progress, results, and challenges;
  • In close coordination between the field, including the Senior Regional Advisor (SRA), and headquarters, including the Regional Team Leader and Disaster Operations Specialist (DOS), work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international organizations (IOs); and United Nations (UN) agencies that are developing proposals for OFDA (including grant amendments and extensions). Ensure that draft proposals are in compliance with “OFDA's Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting;”
  • Review concept papers and proposals, and provide recommendations/comments to OFDA for final funding determination;
  • Assist headquarters based Agreement Officer’s Representatives in managing humanitarian awards by providing field-based insights, knowledge, and perspectives;
  • Engage with OFDA and humanitarian actors on the systems and capacities that international militaries use for foreign humanitarian relief;
  • Represent OFDA, DCHA, and USAID humanitarian equities to members of the US Armed forces, other foreign militaries, and international Civil-Military entities;
  • Shape, participate, and/or assess US military exercises to ensure consistency with broader humanitarian best practices;
  • Engage in appropriate training as a participant or as a subject matter expert;
  • May serve as needed, on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied;
  • May serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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, 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.

At the GS-14 level:

  • Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices and OFDA headquarters;
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of OFDA’s program strategy and the implementation of the resulting awards;
  • Manage complex humanitarian award portfolios, oversee staff managing award portfolios, and/or provide guidance on portfolio management, as needed;
  • Provide regional support as needed to OFDA field operations to include monitoring of OFDA programs, assessments, strategy development and general field office coverage;
  • Assist in managing the strategy development process, monitoring program funding and implementation against established strategies, and actively participating in strategy-related activities;
  • Serve as a resource for program-related planning efforts such as event- and scenario- based contingency planning; budget development and planning, and ad-hoc program strategy development;
  • Conduct initial assessments, recommend appropriate relief, and facilitate and coordinate USG emergency response activities;
  • Identify disaster mitigation measures that could be linked to disaster response activities;
  • Coordinate delivery of relief supplies provided by OFDA;
  • Interpret USAID management regulations to understand their application in order to directly facilitate and support DARTs and RMTs activated in response to disaster operations; 
  • Represent OFDA at senior levels within the USG and humanitarian stakeholders to address humanitarian concerns and priorities from the OFDA perspective through oral and written briefings, as well as at coordination and policy development meetings;
  • Serve as a liaison to other responders and host governments;
  • Coordinate USG interagency responses in tandem with DART/RMT leadership;
  • Engage in appropriate training either as a participant and/or trainer;
  • May serve as needed, on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied;
  • May serve on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (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, 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:

In general, incumbents will take direction from and report to the Overseas Administration Team (OAT) Leader or his/her designee.  When activated, that person designated as his/her supervisor in the Staffing Authorization.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.  Employee independently plans, designs and carries out programs, projects, studies or other work.  Results are considered authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. 

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.  Offerors who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

At the GS-13 level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, gender studies, disaster management or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and/or humanitarian assistance.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, law, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, gender studies, disaster management or a related field) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and/or humanitarian assistance.

At the GS-14 level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, gender studies, disaster management or a related field) plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and/or humanitarian assistance.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to international relations, law, human rights, economics, food policy, public health, gender studies, disaster management or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in emergency relief and/or humanitarian assistance.

SELECTION FACTORS

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

  • Offerors 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 309-2. Offerors 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.

OFFEROR RATING SYSTEM

The offeror rating system factors are used to determine the competitive ranking of qualified offerors in comparison to other offerors. Offerors 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:

At the GS-13 level:

Professional Experience (10 points)

  • Experience monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context from a regional or headquarters based office.
  • Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response; early recovery and transition; and disaster risk reduction and resilience.
  • Specific experience implementing 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 in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences through written products.

Program Management (10 points)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USG acquisition and assistance regulations.
  • Experience developing, designing, or evaluating proposed humanitarian interventions against response or disaster risk reduction strategies and identified needs.
  • Demonstrated experience managing USG acquisition or assistance awards to include post-award administration and regulation compliance.

At the GS-14 level:

Professional Experience (10 points)

  • Experience monitoring and reporting on rapidly evolving humanitarian crises in an international disaster context from a regional or headquarters based office.
  • Experience working across the entire disaster management cycle to include emergency response; early recovery and transition; and disaster risk reduction and resilience.
  • Specific experience implementing 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 in the midst of international humanitarian crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex humanitarian issues to a range of audiences through written products.

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.

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks (30 points)

Total Possible Points: 100

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated in accordance with the Offeror Rating System. Those offerors determined to be competitively ranked may also be evaluated on interview performance and satisfactory professional reference checks.

Offerors are required to address each factor of the Offeror 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 Offeror Rating System factors may result in not receiving credit for all pertinent experience, education, training and/or awards.

The most qualified offerors 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 offerors 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 offeror. OFDA reserves the right to select additional offerors 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. 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) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) 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 309-2. Offerors 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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