USPSC Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Dec-11-2019
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00006

ISSUANCE DATE: November 13, 2019               

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: December 11, 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 Hydrometeorological Hazard 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 must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information must 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. 

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) shown in the solicitation.

3. 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 must 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

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720FDA20B00006

2. ISSUANCE DATE: November 13, 2019

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: December 11, 2019,           12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

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

5. POSITION TITLE: Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE: $99,172 - $128,920 equivalent to GS-13 (includes locality pay)

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.

If the position is for a Washington based PSC, offerors who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment, but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) year, with four (4) one-year options

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.

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

INTRODUCTION

The Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor is an integral member of OFDA’s PSPM Division under the Natural Hazards Team. USAID/OFDA hydrometeorological hazard risk reduction activities are intended to minimize the adverse impacts of these hazards such as floods, severe weather, cyclones, tsunamis, droughts and other weather-, climate- and hydrology-related hazards. USAID/OFDA supports hydrometeorological risk reduction programs aimed at saving lives; protecting livelihoods, assets, and infrastructure; and increasing resilience to recurrent hydrometeorological hazards, including programs on early warning by monitoring, forecasting, disseminations and communication for early action as well as increasing regional, national and local capacity of relevant authorities.

OBJECTIVE

OFDA requires a Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to provide expert technical advice and assistance for the analysis of hazard potential and risks to populations.  The Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor will also be expected to provide expert advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies for hydrometeorological disasters worldwide such as floods, droughts, tsunamis, windstorms, climate variability, dam breaks, and other climate-, weather- and water-induced hazards

Qualifications

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor's responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide technical advice and assistance for the analysis and forecasts of hydrometeorological hazard potential and risks to populations to support OFDA teams before, during and after disasters.
  • Work with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to provide technical advice on disaster response and risk reduction strategies and implementation plans for hydrometeorological hazards such as floods, droughts, tsunamis, windstorms, climate variability, dam breaks, and other climate-, weather-, and hydrology-related hazards, globally.
  • Review proposals, concept papers and other documents submitted by various partners, including NGOs, universities, PIOs, and other organizations to ensure that technical merits do not create additional risk and are in line with technical practices of OFDA and the USG.
  • Work with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to design and carry out programs, projects, studies or other related work and apply new developments in the hydrometeorology sector to OFDA programming, as appropriate.
  • Provide technical advice, assessment, evaluation, and guidance in the implementation of OFDA projects in the hydrometeorology sector.
  • Work with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to collaborate with USAID Bureaus and Missions, other U.S. Federal Agencies, International Organizations, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, National Disaster Management Agencies, Universities and Research Institutes, NGOs, private voluntary organizations and the private sector on hydrometeorological activities.
  • Work with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to write handbooks, guidelines, funding documents, position papers, and promotional materials.
  • Work with the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor to prepare briefing materials, background documents, talking points and other relevant documents for OFDA and USAID.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based RMTs, which provide services and support to DARTs deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied.
  • Serve as the OFDA after-hours 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.
  • As needed, may serve on temporary detail 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 will report to the OFDA Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor on programmatic and technical issues, and the Natural Hazards Team Leader or his/her designee on all other matters. The USPSC has no supervisory responsibilities. 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

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

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, meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology, civil engineering, or a related field); plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in hydrometeorological early warning environments as it relates to disaster response and risk reduction, three (3) years of field experience (domestic or overseas) in operational meteorology or hydrology.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology, civil engineering, or a related field); plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in hydrometeorological early warning environments as it relates to disaster response and risk reduction, two (2) years of field experience (domestic or overseas) in operational meteorology or hydrology.

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           Describe your relevant work experience within the operational meteorology or hydrology sector, including disaster response and risk reduction activities.

QRF #2           Discuss your previous operational meteorology or hydrology experiences serving with the USG, UN, NGO, or other entity while working in a disaster or humanitarian relief situation or risk reduction activities overseas.

QRF #3           Discuss your experiences with program development, assessment, strategic planning, and/or administrative coordination in hydrometeorology activities.

QRF #4           Discuss your ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and organizations involved in hydro-meteorological activities, including USG agencies (e.g., USAID, Department of State, Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Geological Survery), international organizations, NGOs, and UN agencies (e.g., the World Meteorological Organization, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, etc.), and include any relevant experience.

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 – 12 points

QRF #4 – 8 points

Interview Performance – 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks – 20 points

Total Possible Points: 100

Application instructions

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 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? (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. 

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. 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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