USPSC Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) Technical Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Worldwide, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-26-2019
  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720FDA19B00084                      

ISSUANCE DATE:                          October 29, 2019                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:      November 26, 2019 at 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 an Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) Technical Advisor 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 for each grade level(s) 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. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.
  2. 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,

/s/

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer

 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1.  SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA19B00084

2.  ISSUANCE DATE: October 29, 2019

3.  CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: November 26, 2019             12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

4. POINT OF CONTACT: OFDA Recruitment Team, [email protected]

5.  POSITION TITLE: Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) Technical Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE:

Depending on the qualifications of the offeror, this position can be filled at either the GS-12 ($83,398- $108,422) or GS-13 ($99,172 - $128,920) equivalent level, including Washington, D.C. locality pay. Final Grade will be determined by the candidate’s established work history, qualifications, and education. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value and based upon the candidate’s established salary history. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

7.  PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options              

8.  PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  Washington, D.C., with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

9.  ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens  

10.  SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

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 (SA).

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 (HRM) Team, 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 the Food Security 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, Global Capacity and Leadership Development Team, Public-Private Engagement Team, and the United States Mission to the UN (USUN) in New York, Geneva, and Rome.

INTRODUCTION

The ERMS Technical Advisor is an integral part of the ERMS sector on the Food Security and Livelihoods team within OFDA’s PSPM Division. The ERMS sector currently comprises one full time Lead Sector Advisor and one intermittent Support Relief Group ERMS Technical Advisor. Natural disasters and complex emergencies adversely affect local economies by destroying homes and businesses, damaging assets, and disrupting transportation and markets. 

To help communities resume economic activity and rebuild their livelihoods, USAID/OFDA supports ERMS activities in disaster-affected communities, as well as interventions that build the capacity of people to prepare for and respond to future disasters.  ERMS interventions strengthen key market systems and help populations restore livelihoods and purchasing power. USAID/OFDA-supported economic recovery programs complement individual and community efforts to recover from a disaster and help to avoid reliance on continued humanitarian aid.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires the services of an ERMS Technical Advisor to provide expert technical advice, assistance, and support for programs and policies that assist people and critical market systems to adapt, recover, and/or strengthen livelihoods during protracted crises and following natural disasters.  

The ideal candidate will be highly effective team members; motivated, organized, and diplomatic; and able to manage stress well. The Food Security and Livelihoods team seeks candidates who are motivated to support OFDA’s mission and who are committed to enhancing OFDA’s ability to fulfill the third pillar of its mandate: to reduce the economic and social impact of disasters.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

At the GS-12 equivalent:

Technical duties:

  • Provide technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for economic recovery, market systems, and cash/voucher programs worldwide;
  • Serve as a technical advisor for topics related to the ERMS sector, such as cash transfer and voucher programming, multipurpose cash, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, linkages to economic development and resilience (e.g. value chain development, financial services) and household livelihoods and market-related aspects of other sector interventions;
  • Work effectively as part of a team, both within the ERMS sector and PSPM Division, including achieving a common understanding among various parties and proposing satisfactory solutions, after consulting with his/her supervisor, that address various viewpoints; 
  • Contribute to the formulation and articulation of appropriate strategies, recommendations and policies, and provide timely information and responses to inquiries, related to ERMS and cash programming from within OFDA, within USAID, and from the rest of the USG;
  • With guidance from his/her supervisor and/or more experienced team members, provide technical review of ERMS and related fields in proposals and concept notes;
  • Assist in monitoring the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of OFDA-funded ERMS, multipurpose cash, and related programs; and provide suggestions for improving outcomes;
  • Contribute to technical, thought, and organizational leadership within USAID/OFDA, in ERMS- and cash/voucher-related forums and discussions, and within the USG;
  • Help to develop and represent policy and technical positions to advance USAID/OFDA’s ERMS- and cash/voucher-related work;
  • Build and maintain working-level contacts with other economic recovery/markets/livelihoods specialists, and with specialists in related fields (e.g. economic development, financial inclusion, resilience) within USAID, the USG, among implementing partners, other donors, and other key entities, and use these relationships to share and develop technical information;
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date specialist knowledge of the ERMS and cash/voucher technical areas, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to OFDA programming;
  • Develop collaborative and proactive relationships with working-level OFDA field and HQ staff who oversee ERMS-related programs;
  • Assist in  delivering ERMS training modules for OFDA staff and partners, as needed; and
  • As needed, travel to USAID/OFDA field program locations to serve as a technical authority, including assessing needs and market conditions, advising on strategies for ERMS and related programming, and/or monitoring current ERMS-related projects;

General duties:

  • Serve as an activity manager and/or as a certified Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under the global ERMS portfolio, as needed;
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months;
  • Sign-up for and 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; 
  • As needed, serve on DARTs, which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time; and
  • 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.

At the GS-13 equivalent:

At this grade level, the ERMS Technical Advisor will perform the duties and responsibilities described above with limited guidance and supervision from the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee.

Additionally, he/she will demonstrate and deliver a higher level of technical expertise, take on an increased level of responsibility for management and coordination in his/her area of responsibility, and will take a more proactive, leadership role in engaging with internal and external stakeholders in analyzing and recommending relevant policies and actions. The ERMS Technical Advisor will represent USAID/OFDA in promoting its interests in fostering economic recovery and stronger market systems to other parties.

Technical duties:

  • Provide independent, expert-level technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for economic recovery, market systems, and cash/voucher programs worldwide;
  • Serve as a technical expert for topics related to the ERMS sector, such as cash transfer and voucher programming, multipurpose cash, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, linkages to economic development and resilience (e.g. value chain development, financial services) and household livelihoods and market-related aspects of other sector interventions;
  • Work effectively as part of a team, both within the ERMS sector and PSPM Division, including being skillful in determining the appropriate approach in negotiating and persuading others, and in establishing rapport to advance team objectives; 
  • Lead or co-lead in the formation and articulation of appropriate strategies, recommendations and policies, and provide timely information and responses to inquiries, related to ERMS and cash programming from within OFDA, within USAID, and from the rest of the USG;
  • Provide independent technical review of ERMS and related fields in proposals and concept notes;
  • Along with other USAID team members, lead or co-lead in monitoring the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of OFDA-funded ERMS, multipurpose cash, and related programs; and lead in developing suggestions for improving outcomes;
  • Provide technical, thought, and organizational leadership within USAID/OFDA, in ERMS- and cash/voucher-related forums and discussions, and within the USG;
  • Develop and represent policy and technical positions to advance USAID/OFDA’s ERMS- and cash/voucher-related work;  
  • Build and maintain expert-level contacts with other economic recovery/markets/livelihoods experts, and with specialists in related fields (e.g. economic development, financial inclusion, resilience) within USAID, the USG, among implementing partners, other donors, and other key entities, and use these relationships to further USAID/OFDA’s relevant technical and policy goals;
  • Maintain and expand up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the ERMS and cash/voucher technical areas, broader related issues, and of the organizations engaged in related program activities, and apply new developments to OFDA programming;
  • Develop collaborative and proactive relationships with working- and senior-level OFDA field and HQ staff who oversee ERMS-related programs;
  • Deliver ERMS training modules for OFDA staff and partners, and update ERMS training content, as needed; and
  • As needed, travel to USAID/OFDA field program locations to serve as an expert-level technical authority, including assessing needs and market conditions, developing strategies for ERMS and related programming, and/or monitoring and advising on current ERMS-related projects.

General duties:

  • Serve as an activity manager and/or as a certified Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements under the global ERMS portfolio, as needed;
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours duty officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months;
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provides services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will vary; 
  • As needed, serve on DARTs, which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time; and
  • 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:

At both the GS-12 and the GS-13 grade equivalent, the USPSC will take direction from and report to the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

At both the GS-12 and GS-13 grade equivalent, the supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available; the USPSC consults with the supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning the approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments, and for actually carrying out these assignments.

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.)

For the GS-12 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus five (5) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), and four (4) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

For the GS-13 equivalent level:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), plus seven (7) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to economics, international development, international relations, or a related field), and five (5) years of relevant work experience in emergency relief and humanitarian assistance and/or international development, of which at least two (2) years must be directly related to assessing, designing, monitoring, managing, implementing, researching, and/or evaluating economic recovery, livelihoods, markets, or cash programs in fragile or disaster-affected contexts overseas.

Application instructions

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.
  2. 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.

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

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