USPSC Strategic Interagency Team Leader

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jan-28-2020
  • Posted
    Jan 08

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          720FDA20B00013                        

ISSUANCE DATE:                          January 2, 2020                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       January 28, 2020, 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. citiz.ens to provide personal services as a Strategic Interagency Team Leader 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. 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? (beta.SAM.gov, 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. 

  1. Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (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. 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 Strategic Interagency Team Leader provides critical analysis on disaster and coordination issues, works closely with high-ranking officials within the international community, organizes quarterly coordination forums, initiates creative new approaches to partnership, serves as a key source of information on humanitarian issues pertaining to the interagency for the office, and manages the interagency team. The Team Leader will help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with other members of DCHA Bureau, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events. 

The Interagency Team Leader will also manage critical issues within the interagency community on behalf of OFDA and must have the ability to both multi-task and be very detail oriented and results oriented. The assignment requires providing expert analytical and advisory support on a wide range of humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy objectives within a broad and complex environment. The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data and the Strategic Interagency Team Leader will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis.

Contacts will be within the USG, as well as personnel at U.S. posts worldwide, senior analysts and officials in international organizations and other agencies, experts, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.  The role requires the ability to work within a team structure with significant interaction with foreign delegates, demanding strong diplomatic and communication skills to accurately represent U.S. positions in a complex multilateral setting, based on guidance from Washington. Contacts occur in a wide variety of planned and unplanned, formal and informal settings, including open meetings, conferences, and negotiating sessions, where the Strategic Interagency Team Leader may be called upon to explain and defend U.S. positions on humanitarian issues.

The position requires extensive experience with and a thorough understanding of the USG, international humanitarian assistance environment, operations, related policies, regulations, and inter-relationships among the USG, donor and other international organizations. Detailed knowledge of humanitarian operations and the working of other federal agencies are required.

The Strategic Interagency Team Leader will provide management of and leadership for various operational and administrative aspects of the Strategic Interagency Team, under the guidance of the Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division Director.

The duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Lead the identification, research, analysis and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to the interagency and humanitarian affairs and anticipate the need for such policy analysis.
  • Represent USAID at interagency meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues and provide DCHA with analysis and guidance on relations with the UN system.
  • Represent USAID/OFDA at a variety of symposia and conferences on humanitarian issues where there is large interagency presence.
  • As part of the senior team working on humanitarian issues in USAID/OFDA’s Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement section, interact with over eighteen other federal agencies on developing strategies and policies toward humanitarian issues.
  • Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents and meetings as required.
  • Organize the Interagency Quarterly Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Forum hosted by USAID/OFDA.
  • In consultation with the Division, develop and execute new initiatives with the interagency on humanitarian issues.
  • Manage an interagency-wide mapping effort of USG mandates, policies and capabilities pertaining to humanitarian issues.
  • Responsible for development and execution of senior level training on interagency issues for USAID/OFDA staff and for developing a senior level course for other federal managers.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other relevant USG offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs. The USPSC will influence policy.
  • Represent USAID at meetings with other agencies and at other conferences sponsored by members of the international community.
  • Provide expert guidance and advice on USAID/OFDA humanitarian positions.
  • Work with counterparts in other federal agencies at the most senior levels to exchange information on operations, programming and training opportunities; coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.
  • Advise USAID/OFDA staff on issues regarding donations and requests for USG support and information sharing from private and public interest groups, including those formed on an ad hoc basis during disaster assistance operations.
  • Oversee and supervise USAID/OFDA Strategic Interagency Deputy Team Leader/Senior Planner and USAID/OFDA Interagency Specialists.
  • Serve as supervisor and perform all relevant duties therein (including recruitment, retention and training of subordinate staff members) for the Strategic Interagency Team.  As supervisor, plan and assign work effectively and fairly; set realistic but challenging work goals; provide necessary resources, guidance, and training; counsel or evaluate personnel in their rating scheme; and recommend and take corrective action when necessary.
  • Manage the activities of the Strategic Interagency Team, including budget preparation and oversight.
  • 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 USAID/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 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 to the Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division Director 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.                                

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

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, international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working on humanitarian assistance and interagency issues. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization such as a USG foreign assistance agency, UN, international organization, or international humanitarian NGO.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, human rights, economics, public health, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working on humanitarian assistance and interagency issues. Offerors must demonstrate work experience with a humanitarian organization such as a USG foreign assistance agency, UN, international organization, or international humanitarian NGO.

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 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. 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. 

  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. 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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