USPSC Regional Advisor (Multiple Positions)

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Aug-21-2019
  • Posted
    Jul 24

Position description

Request for Personal Service Contractor

 

United States Agency for International Development

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

 

Position Title:              Regional Advisor (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number:   720FDA19B00065

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

Issuance Date:             July 24, 2019

Closing Date:              August 21, 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 a Regional Advisor (RA) 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? (FedBizOpps, 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 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 offerors 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

 

The RA 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/Washington. The RA will maintain close coordination and collaboration with USAID and Embassy staff across the affected region and in the relevant regional offices.

 

This position requires an individual who is able to travel outside of the country where he/she is based, on short notice for two to three weeks at a time, or longer, on occasion. The RA will serve as the primary contact and liaison for ongoing disaster activities related to disaster response, preparedness, mitigation, and training programs.  The RA will work to increase the capability of host governments, IOs, and NGOs to respond and prepare for disasters in the affected region. The RA also will be responsible for disaster analysis, program monitoring, overseeing NGO partner implementation, reporting to OFDA/Washington, and liaising with USAID Missions and U.S. Embassies.

 

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the SRA for LAC, the RA will work in close collaboration with a program team that may include other RAs, Senior Humanitarian Advisors, Program Officers, Field Monitors, Regional Team Leaders, Disaster Operation Specialists, and/or Program Assistants. Specifically, the RA will be responsible for the following:

 

Contextual Specialty

  • Serve as an expert on humanitarian issues, priorities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the region of responsibility.
  • Provide expert guidance on political, humanitarian, organizational, structural, and stakeholder interests specific to the region of responsibility.
  • Prepare and/or provide substantive guidance 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

  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of OFDA’s program strategy and the implementation of resulting awards in the area of assigned responsibility.
  • Guide regional team efforts to develop appropriate programmatic strategies for disaster responses and DRR efforts in the area of responsibility.
  • Review program proposals on disaster assistance activities and emergency projects for conceptual soundness, technical feasibility, and budget.
  • Lead/conduct initial assessments to identify humanitarian needs and/or DRR opportunities across a broad spectrum of sectors, in current disaster sites or locations with high vulnerability.
  • Monitor ongoing humanitarian response and DRR activities to validate that objectives are met and beneficiaries are served.
  • Lead the development of country-, issue-, or disaster-specific strategies across the region of responsibility, as well as timely revision of these strategies as contextual realities shift.
  • Re-assess implementation approaches and strategies on an ongoing basis and make recommendations for appropriate shifts to approach or resource allocation.
  • Participate in the development of field-based recommendations on difficult resource and programmatic trade-offs within the region.

 

Representation

  • Develop and maintain relationships with representatives of host governments, donor governments, IOs, NGOs, U.S. embassies, and USAID missions to ensure efficient and coordinated humanitarian response and DRR activities.
  • Represent USAID in joint efforts to design, develop, and implement humanitarian strategies and intervention with local governments and donor, partner, and UN organizations, as appropriate.
  • Advise regional officials, including host country authorities and other USAID officials on disaster response, mitigation, and risk reduction efforts, including the review of sector disaster response and DRR plans.
  • Work with local and regional institutions and private/public sector organizations to incorporate DRR into appropriate programs.

 

Leadership

  • Support regional team efforts to develop current and future strategic direction for the regional office to include programmatic, liaison and representational prioritization, and human and financial resource requirements.
  • Participate in a leadership role in office-wide policy initiatives to ensure field perspectives are well-represented.
  • Serve as a peer-mentor for program staff working to increase exposure and experience in field-based humanitarian operations.

 

General Duties

  • Supervise relevant USPSCs and foreign national program staff in assigned program offices.
  • Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on response teams, assessment teams, or to provide coverage for field offices within and outside the region.
  • Serve in leadership, planning, or program positions on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters, for up to 45 days. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • Ensure timely reporting of OFDA’s activities in the region through written cables, analyses, strategies, and other requests for written information and/or oral briefings.
  • Maintain regular communications with the regional (and/or sub-regional) office in the area of responsibility and with OFDA/Washington.
  • As needed, serve on 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 to meet operational needs during staff shortages, 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 directly to the SRA for the LAC region or his/her designee.

 

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.

 

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.)

 

Bachelor’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, which must include five (5) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

 

OR

 

Master’s degree with study in, but not limited to, international relations, development, economics, food policy, or a specific country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, which must include three (3) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Substantial overseas field experience is highly preferred.

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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