USPSC Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) (U2) Field Coordinator

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-30-2019
  • Posted
    Jul 22

Position description

Request for Personal Service Contractor

 

United States Agency for International Development

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

Position Title:              Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) (U2) Field Coordinator

Solicitation Number:   720FDA19B00044

Salary Level:               GS-13 Equivalent: $99,172 - $128,920

Issuance Date:             July 22, 2019

Closing Date:              August 30, 2019

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 an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) (U2) Field Coordinator 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. 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) 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 Quality Ranking Factors (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.

 

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

 

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 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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The U2 Field Coordinator will support the following activities.  He/she will be assisted with this portfolio by occasional additional part-time staff.

 

  • Support OFDA activities and responsibilities related to the UNDAC and INSARAG systems;
  • Support coordination of OFDA participation in UNDAC and INSARAG activities;
  • Serve as an OFDA liaison to UN OCHA/ERSB for these systems;
  • Provide support and maintain awareness  of the roster for U.S. UNDAC team members;
  • Provide technical guidance and response system management for activations of U.S. UNDAC team members;
  • Provide support to the management of the OFDA-funded Americas Support Team staff and equipment cache in support of and coordination with UNDAC deployments in the Americas region;
  • Provide support and maintain awareness of the roster for U.S. USAR Coordination members;
  • Provide support to the management of the OFDA-funded DART Base Camp Module and equipment cache in support of and coordination with global DART deployments;
  • Serve as a liaison between OFDA and other USG agencies involved with international USAR response for departments and agencies not already served by another OFDA division, such as DHS or FEMA;
  • Consult with other USG agencies on behalf of OFDA to share information on USAR activities and capabilities, and to contribute to the establishment of coordinated agency priorities with respect to overseas disaster response;
  • Facilitate USAR-related inter-agency preparedness and mitigation programs;
  • Facilitate interoffice actions of USAR-related preparedness issues such as badging and security clearances;
  • Complete Contracts Officer Representative (COR)/Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) certification and serve in the AOR or alternate AOR role for the USAR cooperative agreements;Maintain COR/AOR certification through regular trainings and professional development activities;
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, that provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied but may include serving as the DMO or USARC;
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours phone duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months;
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time in an austere environment;
  • 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 USAR and UNDAC Unit Leader or his/her designee.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available. The USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done.  The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments.  The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

 

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 least nine (9) years of relevant experience working in government, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a business setting, or combination thereof, three years (3) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response program management, administration, or operations.

 

OR

 

Bachelor's degree with significant study in or pertinent to a specialized field (including, but not limited to, public administration, international relations/development, humanitarian response) and at least seven (7) years of relevant experience working in government, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a business setting, two years (2) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response program management, administration, or operations.

 

OR

 

Master's degree with significant study in or pertinent to a specialized field (including, but not limited to, public administration, international relations/development, humanitarian response) and at least five (5) years of relevant experience working in government, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a business setting, two years (2) of which should be in first response and/or USAR disaster response program management, administration, or operations.

 

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.)

  • Offeror 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.
  • 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 offerors in comparison to other offerors. The factors are listed in priority order from highest to least. The evaluation of QRF responses will also take into consideration the quality of written responses. Aspects of written responses including, but not limited to typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, and incomplete sentences will be factored into the evaluation process.)

QRF #1           Demonstrated knowledge of the humanitarian assistance community, culture, and objectives, in particular the UN humanitarian community, including INSARAG and UNDAC; and sensitivity to the associated technical and political issues. Demonstrated experience operating effectively in this humanitarian environment, both in the field and at headquarters level; experience representing organizations and communicating effectively within this community at international forums;

QRF #2           Demonstrated knowledge of planning for and implementation of urban search and rescue coordination, especially within the international humanitarian context. National and international experience explaining procedures, priorities, and processes to other stakeholders with less technical knowledge, and also representing organizational equities during urban search and rescue discussions in relevant national and/or international forums;

QRF #3           Demonstrated knowledge of the design and management of high quality monitoring and evaluation activities that support the USAR AOR in program strategy, design, and implementation;

QRF #4           Demonstrated knowledge of how to resolve difficult and complex technical issues; interpret policies and regulations.

 

BASIS OF RATING: Offerors who meet the Education/Experience requirements and Selection Factors will be further evaluated based on scoring of the QRF responses. 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 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 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.

 

The Offeror Rating System is as Follows:

 

QRFs have been assigned the following points:

QRF #1 – 15 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 10 points

QRF #4 – 10 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

 

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

 

Total Possible Points: 100

Application instructions

APPLYING:

Applications must be received by the closing date and time at the address specified in the cover letter.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

  1. Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. 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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