USPSC Support Relief Group Shelter and Settlements Specialist

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jun-18-2020
  • Posted
    May 27

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:     720FDA20B00050                         

ISSUANCE DATE:                          April 28, 2020                 
CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       June 18, 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 (SRG) Shelter and Settlements (S&S) Specialist 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. 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 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,
                    
                        /s/

Renee Newton
Contracting Officer

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The responsibilities of a SRG Shelter and Settlements Specialist will include the following:

●    Provide technical assistance in assessment, design, planning, implementation, operations, oversight, monitoring, and evaluation regarding OFDA’s Shelter and Settlements activities and interventions. 
●    Assist in the strategic planning and development of OFDA’s and agency-wide Shelter and Settlements activities. 
●    Provide technical expertise to ensure that OFDA Shelter and Settlements activities are sound, sustainable, and appropriate within the OFDA mandate. This will involve the following activities: 
o    Systematic analysis of available Shelter and Settlements tools and programmatic guidance;
o    Assist regional teams and technical leads in assessing gaps and needs;
o    Review and analysis of Shelter and Settlements efforts of other organizations;
o    Assess priority countries for Shelter and Settlements interventions;
o    Develop strategic, integrated, and comprehensive approaches to Shelter and Settlements;
o    Review and comment on project proposals and regional strategies related to Shelter and Settlements activities; and
o    Coordinate with the Training Unit to incorporate Shelter and Settlements activities into various OFDA training modules, as appropriate, in order to build capacity within OFDA and among partner relief agencies.
●    Identify potentially relevant and applicable concepts, theories and practices and operationalize them to a given situation context.
●    Identify potentially relevant and applicable urban planning concepts, theories and practices and adapt them to sector activities to fashion comprehensive, coherent, rational, and implementable response programs to fulfill mission objectives.
●    Identify potentially relevant and applicable engineering, building, and construction principles, practices, and methods (e.g., critical path methods, computerized drafting tools), and adapt them to the situation context of any given humanitarian shelter and settlements intervention.
●    Support the development of technical papers, guidelines and informational publications to help lead and inform the sector and the population at large of shelter and settlement programs, strategies and directions. 
●    Work with other offices/bureaus in USAID, development community actors, and humanitarian community actors, to advocate and provide insight for the integration of Shelter and Settlements activities into development activities, and identify ways to incorporate Shelter and Settlements Sector activities into early recovery and transition activities.
●    Sign-up for and serve as needed, on Washington-based 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, 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 OAT Leader or his/her designee. When activated, the designee will be the Natural Hazards Team Leader 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 and carrying out assignments. The USPSC is responsible for planning approach or 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. 
 

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, urban and regional planning in developing countries, economics, architecture, engineering, humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance, or housing construction in developing countries) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian relief and response, of which at least one (1) year was obtained overseas in the international humanitarian shelter and settlements sector. 

OR 

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, urban and regional planning in developing countries, economics, architecture, engineering, humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance, or housing construction in developing countries) plus four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in humanitarian relief and response, of which at least one (1) year was obtained overseas in the international humanitarian shelter and settlements sector. 
 

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.

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

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.