USPSC Human Resource Specialist (Multiple Positions)

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-10-2020
  • Posted
    Mar 13

Position description

Request for Personal Service Contractor

 

United States Agency for International Development

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

 

Position Title:              Human Resource Specialist (Multiple Positions)

Solicitation Number:   720FDA18B00046

Salary Level:               GS-12 Equivalent: $81,548 - $106,012

Issuance Date:             April 13, 2018

Closing Date:              Open and continuous through April 10, 2020 with (7) Review                                                         Periods closing on:

                                   

June 8, 2018, at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

September 28, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

January 23, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

April 26, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

August 23, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

February 3, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

April 10, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

 

Closing Time:              12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

Dear Prospective Applicants:

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 applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as a Human Resource (HR) Specialist 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. Applicants 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. 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e) U.S. Citizenship

(f) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, 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. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE ABOUT THE DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM/SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

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 offer. 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

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. OFDA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Your complete resume 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

OFDA GS-12 Equivalent, HR Specialist will perform the following:

 

 

RECRUITMENT & HIRING

  • Advise management on a wide range of staffing issues such as position classification, recruitment and staffing strategies, prohibited personnel practices, the use of valid selection criteria, and other approaches that help in filling vacancies and staffing the organization for various hiring mechanisms.
  • Provide position management and classification support to assigned organizations, including collaborating with divisions to compose vacancy solicitations for various hiring mechanisms, auditing existing position descriptions and communicating grade distinctions to management with supporting criteria and justification.
  • Counsel on recruitment and hiring; advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants; participate on recruitment panels as needed. 
  • Liaison with hiring managers on recruitment and hiring activities and provide related status reporting for all hiring mechanisms.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide guidance to management and employees on career development principles, practices, and opportunities; including, preparing correspondence to formal and information inquiries.
  • Conduct research and provide advisory opinions on broad HR topics such as staff development, training, performance improvement, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Research and identify training opportunities to enrich skills, performance and competencies.
  • Research, analyze, and develop reports on training return on investment (ROI).
  • Assess strategies for learning and development solutions to ensure OFDA offers a balanced portfolio of cost-effective learning opportunities tailored to meet specific career goals and development needs.
  • Assists with maintaining the OFDA Staff Development SharePoint portal and all related efforts including coordinating seminars, brown bags, and other educational opportunities.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

  • Serves as an employee counselor for any or all areas of performance management, employee relations, performance improvement planning and monitoring, terminations, employee awards, teleworking, comp time, leave and other related services.
  • Support OFDA’s compliance with annual performance evaluations requirements across all hiring mechanisms.  Collect and review annual Evaluation Forms for completeness and compliance, providing recommendations when necessary.
  • Collect and review Individual Development Plans and advise employees/supervisors accordingly. 
  • Partner with managers to design human capital performance enhancement solutions for employee growth aligned with OFDA's needs.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

  • Assists in interpreting and applying Human Resource laws, regulations, policies, and practices across various hiring mechanisms.
  • Assists in the interpretation and application of USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) policies relating to all human resource, human capital, and talent management issues.
  • Assists in writing a wide variety of technical documents including drafting policies, standard operating procedures, correspondence, reports, and project implementation documents. Support the development of an OFDA Employee Handbook.
  • Conducts evaluations of new or revised HR related policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Provide guidance to OFDA employees and supervisors regarding practical application of HR procedures.
  • Evaluate HR business processes, employment policies, and historical practices.
  • Ensure that management and employees are kept informed of new changes in HR policies, procedures, and programs for various hiring mechanisms.

WORKFORCE PLANNING

  • Recommend strategies to resolve routine problems related to recruitment, job turnover, potential inequities across all hiring mechanisms, long and short-term workforce planning with occasional guidance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken.
  • Assists with workforce planning for steady state operations and response surges.
  • Update and maintain library of OFDA organizational charts and staffing patterns with Divisions.
  • Apply skills in position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures, workforce analysis and position descriptions for various hiring mechanisms.
  • Assists with identifying HR related operational issues and provide recommendations with some guidance, review or revision.
  • Collect and assemble HR data from various sources for status and demographic reporting as well as statistical tracking to internal clients.
  • Conduct fact-finding analysis of issues surrounding the matter at hand to identify and clarify problems or relevant issues.

EMPLOYEE OUTREACH

  • Plan, coordinate and support a variety of employee outreach events and initiatives aimed at improving employee productivity, morale, and retention.
  • Actively participate and/or lead a variety of HR outreach activities for the OFDA community.
  • Design and distribute HR related outreach materials, including writing regular blogs on workforce issues and posting HR related resources/readings on OFDA Staff Development SharePoint portal. 
  • Plan and conduct Brown Bags on various HR and workforce related topics.
  • Participate in off-site Job Fairs with the Recruitment Team, as needed.
  • Prepare on-boarding package and documentation.  Conduct New Hire on-boarding activities and schedule employees’ New Hire Orientation.

MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Independently plans, designs, delivers, and evaluates major HR development programs.
  • Respond to general to moderately difficult HR data calls and personnel inquiries.
  • Work on and lead a segment of work for a variety of short and long-term human capital projects spanning the HR life cycle: strategic human capital management, workforce analysis and planning, recruitment and outreach, career track development, employee development, performance management, coaching and mentoring, awards and compensation practices, and incentive programs.
  • Gather information and prepare documents in response to data calls or internal audit requests.
  • Maintain OFDA’s HR Document Retention Program and Filing System.
  • Manage access requests to HR related systems.
  • Support the agencies automated time and attendance process, Transit Program and Telework Program.
  • Support the Workman’s Compensation Program by ensuring all incident reports are fully completed accurately and conducting follow-up as needed with all stakeholders.
  • Serve as a liaison with program administrative staff to deliver advisory services and complete the organizations HR requests. Upon request, liaison with USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM), USAID Staff Care Center, and the Office of Human Diversity.
  • As needed, serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provides 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, 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:

The HR Specialist will take direction from and report to the HRM Team Lead or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resource available; the USPSC consults with supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done.  The USPSC is responsible for planning, designing and carrying out assignments, projects, studies or other work. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

10.  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).

11.  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.

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

Qualifications

(Determines basic eligibility for the position.  Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.)

At the GS-12 equivalent level: 

Bachelor’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: BA or BS in Human Resource Management (HRM), BA or BS in Management with a concentration in HR, BA or BS in Business Administration with a concentration in HRM, Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in HR, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development, or Human Capital Development. 

PLUS

Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management. 

AND

HR experience must include at least four (4) years performing at least six of the following duties:

  1. knowledge and skill to counsel on recruitment and placement;
  2. advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants;
  3. advise management on performance management, staff development, employee relations with applicable EEO laws or regulations, general employment laws or regulations, and policy changes for various hiring mechanisms;
  4. recommend strategies to resolve problems related to recruitment, employee turnover, long and short-term workforce planning, terminations, awards, work life balance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken;
  5. skill in applying position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures and position descriptions;
  6. ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to broad audiences, including developing a broad variety of  HR documents and facilitating employee trainings;
  7. establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships; and
  8. knowledge and skill in applying federal civilian HR principles, practices, concepts, and legal regulatory requirements.   

In addition, experience in working with a variety of personnel mechanisms such as PSCs and USG direct hires is desired.

OR

Master’s degree in HR limited to one of the following: MA in Human Resource Management, MS in Human Resources (HR), MA or MS in Industrial and Organizational Behavior, MA in Management (MAM) with HR concentration, MBA with concentration in HRM, Organizational Leadership or Leadership Development with HR concentration, Human Capital Development, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, or Industrial Relations. 

PLUS

Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in the HR field, organization development, and/or human capital and talent management. 

AND

HR experience must include at least three (3) years performing at least six of the following duties: 

  1. knowledge and skill to counsel on recruitment and placement;
  2. advise management on processes related to rating and ranking applicants;
  3. advise management on performance management, staff development, employee relations with applicable EEO laws or regulations, general employment laws or regulations, and policy changes for various hiring mechanisms;
  4. recommend strategies to resolve problems related to recruitment, employee turnover, long and short-term workforce planning, terminations, awards, work life balance, and reinvention while ensuring the legality and propriety of actions taken;
  5. skill in applying position classification and management principles to assist management with the establishment of efficient and effective organizational structures and position descriptions;
  6. ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to broad audiences, including developing a broad variety of  HR documents and facilitating employee trainings;
  7. establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships; and
  8. knowledge and skill in applying federal civilian HR principles, practices, concepts, and legal regulatory requirements. 

In addition, experience in working with a variety of personnel mechanisms such as PSCs and USG direct hires is desired.

Application instructions

APPLYING:

Applications 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. 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) Names and contact information (phone/email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Current and/or previous supervisors may be contacted for a reference.

(d)  Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.

(e)  U.S. Citizenship.

(f) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (FedBizOps, 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. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants 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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