USPSC Support Relief Group Shelter and Settlements Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Worldwide, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-08-2019
  • Posted
    Sep 10

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720FDA19B00101                         

ISSUANCE DATE:                          September 10, 2019                

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:      October 8, 2019, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time                              

 

SUBJECT: Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC)

 

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 offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Support Relief Group (SRG) Shelter and Settlements (S&S) Advisor under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC), as described in the 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 offer, 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

 

  1. USPSC Offeror 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. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. 

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 offer materials have been received. Offerors should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their offers. 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 responsibilities of an S&S Advisor will include the following:

  • Conduct initial sector-specific assessments and make expert technical recommendations for appropriate activities, both for the initial disaster response phase and for longer-term disaster risk reduction (DRR) related to shelter and settlements sector activities.  Assessments may be conducted at the local, regional, sub-regional, or national level, and may be related to disaster response or to comprehensive strategy development.
  • Actively represent OFDA in emergency shelter sector discussions and activities, serve as a USG shelter and settlements sector resource person, and display expert technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity commensurate with the role as a primary resource person for shelter and settlements.
  • Contribute to OFDA thinking on shelter and settlements sector activities, formulate shelter and settlements sector strategies and recommendations, and provide technical support for OFDA field offices, other offices within USAID, and to OFDA’s PSPM Division.
  • Exercise independent judgment and decision-making related to shelter and settlements activities, both in the Washington, D.C. and in the field.
  • Facilitate and coordinate actual USG emergency response activities within the shelter and settlements sector with the USAID Mission, other donor agencies, and the U.S. Embassy.
  • Liaise with other humanitarian organizations (UN, NGOs, IOs) and host governments to coordinate OFDA activities within the shelter and settlements sector with those of the wider humanitarian community.
  • Provide coordination and managerial oversight of OFDA-funded shelter and settlements technical activities to ensure the proper use of OFDA program funds.
  • Provide technical review of submitted proposals and/or concept notes to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the shelter and settlements sector. 
  • Monitor and evaluate OFDA-funded shelter and settlements sector activities in relation to other sectors (e.g. protection, livelihoods, DRR, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), etc.).  Work requires extensive experience in and understanding of integration with other sectors (e.g., protection, livelihoods, environment, WASH, health, DRR, etc.), as well as experience and understanding of transitional, recovery, and reconstruction issues related to shelter and settlements.
  • Prepare written and oral reports on shelter sector activities and issues.                                                             
  • Conduct or support studies to examine market conditions for building materials and non-housing portions of the building stock in affected areas.  Apply new developments in the shelter and settlements sector to OFDA programming.
  • Facilitate workshops and lead trainings on shelter and settlements to build capacity of OFDA and its partners.
  • Coordinate shelter and settlements sector activities across a wide range of actors (UN, NGOs, host governments, etc.) to ensure consistency of programming.
  • Provide shelter and settlements assessments following a disaster and decide on sector strategy and programming. 
  • Work entails engagement and representation at local, national, international, and academic fora, and with host country officials and civil society organizations, as well as other related activities, to include training and publication as part of education and outreach.
  • May serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • May serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.
  • 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:

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

 

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. 

12. 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).

13. 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.

14. START DATE: Immediately, once necessary clearances are obtained.

Qualifications

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

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 significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, urban and regional planning, architecture, civil engineering, emergency construction, or economic development) plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in international humanitarian shelter and settlements relief and response, of which at least three (3) years were obtained overseas in field-level humanitarian shelter and settlements sector project activities.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, urban and regional planning, architecture, civil engineering, emergency construction, or economic development) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in international humanitarian shelter and settlements relief and response, of which at least two (2) years were obtained overseas in field-level humanitarian shelter and settlements sector project activities.

Application instructions

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The CO reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. FAR provisions of this solicitation are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

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 Offeror 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           What international humanitarian assistance and shelter settlement sector issues and conditions would you need to know to determine if spontaneous self-help shelter activities, and/or emergency shelter repair and/or transitional shelter and settlement activities are most appropriate for a humanitarian response;

QRF #2           Describe your experience designing and/or implementing international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements programs at the community, regional, and national level. Please provide details of key program elements that supported the programs’ success and/or obstacles to achieving expect results;

QRF #3           Describe your experience working with individuals and organizations that support the linkage of humanitarian focused Shelter and Settlements activities with other relevant humanitarian sectors and follow-on reconstruction activities; and

QRF #4           Describe efforts to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into international humanitarian assistance Shelter and Settlements Sector Activities, and the challenges of operationalizing International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) principles in the Shelter and Settlements Sector.

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 – 20 points

QRF #2 – 15 points

QRF #3 – 15 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

 

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 12 points

Total Possible Points: 100

 

IV. SUBMITTING AN OFFER

Offers 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 offer, 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

 

  1. USPSC Offeror 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. AID 309-2 is available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms. 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer 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 offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: [email protected]

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