USPCS Support Relief Group Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-09-2020
  • Posted
    May 18

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720FDA20B00047

ISSUANCE DATE: April 21, 2020

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: June 9, 2020, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Deadline Extended)

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 Support Relief Group Disaster Risk Reduction 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? (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 for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. 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=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257...

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.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE GS-13 LEVEL:

At this grade level the SRG Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor will demonstrate expert competence in the duties and responsibilities described below. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with direction from the technical Team Leader or his/her designee.

• Provide advice to OFDA teams to assess gaps and needs and support planning, implementing, and monitoring for DRR interventions at national, local and community levels.

• Coordinate with and assist USAID/OFDA’s technical experts in integrating cross-cutting issues related to disaster risk reduction into activities under each sector, where appropriate.

• Review DRR proposals for appropriateness for OFDA’s mandate, technical merits and effectiveness as well as identify areas where DRR can build upon ongoing disaster response and/or development programming.

• In collaboration with the DRR Sector Lead Advisor, develop activities for increasing awareness of disaster risk reduction within USAID/OFDA and other offices and bureaus, including through training.

• Prepare evidence and studies illustrating impact of DRR to support increased investment in DRR; this may include talking points and other related products and documents.

• Provide technical assistance on various DRR activities within the following areas: local risk management and preparedness; community-based DRR activities, capacity building/training; community awareness/mobilization; public/private partnerships; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy as well as integration of DRR within education and research programs; early action to early warnings; international DRR frameworks, coordination with partners and NGOs in DRR related issues and other forms of risk management.

• Assist OFDA DRR Sector Lead Advisor to prepare briefing materials, background documents, talking points and other relevant documents for OFDA and USAID as needed for various purposes such as Congressional testimony, speeches in international meetings or press releases.

• May 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.

• May serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

• 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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE GS-14 LEVEL:

At this grade level, the SRG Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor will demonstrate expert competence in the duties and responsibilities described below. He/She will perform these duties and responsibilities with little to no guidance and minimal supervisory direction from the technical Team Leader or his/her designee.

• Provide advice to OFDA teams to assess gaps and needs and support planning, implementing, and monitoring for DRR interventions at national, local and community levels.

• Coordinate with and assist USAID/OFDA’s technical experts in integrating cross-cutting issues related to disaster risk reduction into activities under each sector, where appropriate.

• Review DRR proposals for appropriateness for OFDA’s mandate, technical merits and effectiveness as well as identify areas where DRR can build upon ongoing disaster response and/or development programming.

• In collaboration with the DRR Sector Lead Advisor, develop activities for increasing awareness of disaster risk reduction within USAID/OFDA and other offices and bureaus, including through training.

• Assist in advocacy efforts related to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into USAID-supported development initiatives; and manage the production and dissemination of both regular and occasional reports on USAID/OFDA activities in disaster risk reduction.

• Prepare evidence and studies illustrating impact of DRR to support increased investment in DRR; this may include talking points and other related products and documents.

• Assist the OFDA DRR Sector Lead to develop strategies and implementation plans for DRR to guide OFDA programs to prevent new disaster risks and reduce existing ones. As appropriate, apply new developments in DRR to OFDA programming.

• Provide advice on various DRR activities within the following areas: local risk management and preparedness; community-based DRR activities, capacity building/training; community awareness/mobilization; public/private partnerships; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy as well as integration of DRR within education and research programs; early action to early warnings; international DRR frameworks, coordination with partners and NGOs in DRR related issues and other forms of risk management.

• Assist the OFDA DRR Sector Lead Advisor, work to prepare briefing materials, background documents, talking points and other relevant documents for OFDA and USAID as needed for various purposes such as Congressional testimony, speeches in international meetings or press releases.

• Represent OFDA within DRR-focused coordination fora external to the USG as assigned by OFDA DRR Sector Lead Advisor.

• May 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.

• May serve on DARTs which may require immediate (within 24 hours) deployment overseas for an extended period of time.

• 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 USPSC will take direction from and will report to the OAT Leader or his/her designee. When activated, the designee will be the Cross-Cutting Sector Team Lead or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

At the GS-13 equivalent level: 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 and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or methodology to be used in carrying out assignments.

At the GS-14 equivalent level: 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.)

At GS-13 equivalent:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to disaster management, humanitarian assistance, or social sciences), plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to: Local risk management and preparedness; Communitybased DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization; Public/private partners; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels; Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to disaster management, humanitarian assistance, or social sciences), plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to: Local risk management and preparedness; Communitybased DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization; Public/private partners; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels; Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

At GS-14 equivalent:

Bachelor’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to disaster management, humanitarian assistance, or social sciences), plus nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to: Local risk management and preparedness; Communitybased DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization; Public/private partners; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels; Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including but not limited to disaster management, humanitarian assistance, or social sciences), plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian assistance in direct disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to: Local risk management and preparedness; Communitybased DRR activities such as capacity building/training and community awareness/mobilization;

• Public/private partners; DRR strategy, policy, implementation, and advocacy at national, local or community levels; Integration of DRR within education and research programs, early action to early warnings, and other forms of disaster risk management.

At least three (3) years of experience must be obtained overseas, working in multiple countries

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. 

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.

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]

NOTE: If the full security application package is not submitted within 30 days after the Office of Security determines eligibility, the offer may be rescinded. If a Secret security clearance is not obtained within nine months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If Top Secret is required, and clearance is not obtained within nine months after award, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government. If Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access is not obtained within nine months after Top Secret clearance is granted, USAID may terminate the contract at the convenience of the government.

NOTE: If the full medical clearance package is not submitted within two months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded. If a Department of State medical clearance is not obtained within six months after offer acceptance, the offer may be rescinded.