SUBJECT: Solicitation for an Off-shore U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead, USAID/Nigeria
Dear Prospective Offerors:
The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72062020B00001 (Re-advertised)
2. ISSUANCE DATE: October 22, 2019
3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: December 6, 2019 (4:30pm Nigeria/local time)
4. POINT OF CONTACT: Clementina Edereka, at [email protected]
5. POSITION TITLE: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead
6. MARKET VALUE: $90,621 to $117,810 equivalent to GS-14.
Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value based on the successful candidate’s salary history, work experience and educational background. Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) base years, with three (3) option year periods, pending approval, need, performance, and funding, not to exceed a total of five (5) years.
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS:
To meet basic eligibility requirements, the offeror must:
· Be a U.S. Citizen;
· Submit a complete offer as outlined in the solicitation section titled SUBMITTING AN OFFER;
· Be able to attain security clearance at the “Secret” level;
· Be able to obtain a Department of State medical clearance;
· Be willing to travel to work sites and other offices as/when requested.
10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: The selected candidate must be able to obtain a security clearance at the “Secret” level and a medical clearance within a reasonable period. If such clearances are not obtained within a reasonable time or negative suitability issues are involved, any offer made may be rescinded.
11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH) Team Lead is responsible for the overall management of the technical and administrative aspects of all USAID/Nigeria’s activities in family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and MNCH, including nutrition, gender and gender-based violence, routine immunization and polio eradication. The incumbent will supervise a team of up to two professional MCH Program Managers, one professional FP/RH Program Manager, two Integrated Health Program Managers, one Nutrition Program Manager, and one Program Assistant. The incumbent provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts and reviews program documents to secure funding for the implementation of activities and manages the relationships between USAID and implementing partners that work in the FP/RH, MNCH and nutrition sectors. The incumbent applies clinical knowledge and evidence-based practices to improving the effectiveness of USAID health activities, with sensitivity to the Nigerian context in which health and medical services are being provided. The incumbent serves as a member of the HPN Office’s Senior Management Team. S/he represents USAID regarding FP/RH and MNCH policies, strategies, and activities with outside organizations such as the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Population Commission, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the State Ministries of Health, United Nations organizations, British Department for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, Foundations, and other development partners.
Statement of Duties to be Performed
The RMNCH Team Lead is a senior U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC) in the HPN Office, reporting directly to the Office Director (or her/his designee), with responsibility for providing technical leadership to the entire USAID/and United States Government (USG) Missions in Nigeria in the areas of FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH. The incumbent serves as a widely recognized expert in health programs and as a key advisor to Mission management, the USG Mission in Nigeria, and the Government of Nigeria (GON). The incumbent is recognized by the USG and the GON as an expert on primary health care. The incumbent is responsible, through supervision and management oversight, for the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the FP/RH, nutrition, and MNCH portfolio. The incumbent facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health, other government entities, other donors, and non-governmental organizations working in the areas of health. The incumbent represents USAID and the USG on various high-level governing bodies key to health services; serves on GON technical working groups and donor working groups to advance the policy objectives of the USG and to support coordination and harmonization of USAID-funded health activities in Nigeria; and, provides essential communication and liaison within USAID offices and with other USG agencies. The work includes supervision of up to seven professional members of the HPN Office.
II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Master’s degree in public health, international health, health economics, health administration or other field related to international development and/or public health.
· Work Experience:
i. Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in supporting similar health programs improvement/reform efforts, related programming, and management. Preferably, this experience should encompass such areas as family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, and nutrition, and the systemic adoption of reform throughout large governmental institutions, like a Ministry of Health.
ii. A significant amount of this experience should have been gained from working in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
iii. Prior experience in managing contracts and grants, particularly in area of health is strongly preferred.
i. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art approaches to implementing RMNCH and nutrition activities as well as monitoring and evaluation methodologies employed to measure and analyze results from health interventions.
ii. Previous experience in or knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa and/or knowledge of institutional structures is highly desirable.
iii. Familiarity with the broad range of FP/RH/MNCH and nutrition issues that affect Nigeria is highly desirable.
iv. Demonstrated understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, organizations, foundations and private sector organizations that support maternal, neonatal and child health is a plus.
· Interpersonal Skills:
i. Strong, demonstrated interpersonal skills are a must, with a strong emphasis on teamwork.
ii. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment, and ability to take on leadership roles within a technical area or team.
iii. Demonstrated experience working closely and collaboratively with senior managerial and technical host-country counterparts, donors, government decision makers at central and decentralized levels, and other stakeholders in a developing country.
· Language, Communication and Computer Skills
i. English writing and editing skills, as well as an excellent ability to process information from a wide variety of sources into cohesive, polished documents are highly desirable.
ii. Strong written and verbal communication skills: Must be fluent in English (Level 4) and have proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely in both speech and writing.
iii. Excellent writing skills must include ability to produce and edit documents in a timely manner. Able to facilitate meetings and make logical and persuasive oral presentations to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural context.
iv. Strong computer skills: Able to produce concise, clear reports; utilize spreadsheet and database programs at the advanced level, and perform statistical analyses.
SUBMITTING AN OFFER
For your application to be considered, the following documents must be submitted:
Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 4.
Offeror submissions must clearly reference the number of this Solicitation to ensure the offer is for the position in this solicitation. E-mails received without the appropriate subject line and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Limit all electronic (e-mail) submissions to one entry/email not larger than 5MB. Please submit attachments in PDF and Word formats.
** Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through V of the referenced solicitation (72062020B00001). Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records. The solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offer.