USPSC Senior Humanitarian Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Aug-18-2020
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:     720FDA20B00074               

ISSUANCE DATE:                          July 21, 2020                 
CLOSING DATE AND TIME:       August 18, 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. citizens to provide personal services as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) 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.    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 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

This position requires an individual who is able to reside in Bangui, CAR, as determined in consultation with the Embassy and the Mission and subject to security and programmatic considerations. It also requires willingness to travel outside of Bangui on short notice for possibly an extended period of time. The SHA will serve as the primary contact and liaison for OFDA's ongoing humanitarian assistance activities in CAR, as well as for DRR programs. The SHA will work closely with the USAID/CAR Mission, the US Embassy, other U.S. agencies as appropriate, IOs, NGOs, and the UN agencies, to respond to humanitarian needs and sudden onset disasters. The SHA will be responsible for program analysis, program monitoring, oversight of program implementation, as well as reporting to OFDA ECA Regional Office (ECARO) in Nairobi, Kenya, OFDA Washington, USAID/CAR and U.S. Embassy/CAR, as required.

This position requires substantial coordination with representatives from other USAID offices, the US Embassy, other USG agencies, the CAR government, U.S. military representatives, as well as with relevant UN agencies and NGOs, therefore requiring a highly collaborative work style. The SHA must be prepared to function effectively in a challenging and restrictive work environment and be willing to strictly adhere to U.S. Embassy security guidelines.  

Working directly under the guidance and supervision of the OFDA RA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in consultation with USAID/CAR, the SHA will:

•    Serve as the principal point of contact for OFDA in CAR for humanitarian issues and serve as a liaison on program issues among the USAID mission, U.S. Embassy and other U.S agencies, military representatives, OFDA/Washington and the overall humanitarian community.
•    Lead efforts to identify and assess humanitarian assistance requirements and target beneficiary groups and locations, and existing relief and reintegration programs, and recommend the types of interventions and budget levels necessary to support OFDA-funded programs in CAR.  
•    Supervise relevant USPSC and foreign national program staff within the CAR OFDA Program Office.
•    Monitor ongoing programs and the overall humanitarian assistance efforts in CAR.  Regularly review partners’ reports, coordinate with OFDA/ECARO on issues of mutual interest and provide coordinated field feedback to the partners.
•    Coordinate closely with OFDA/ECARO the USAID Mission, U.S. Embassy, other U.S. agencies, and military representatives as well as the UN agencies and NGOs working in CAR.
•    Coordinate collection of information and provide updates and recommendations through written reports on issues related to the humanitarian situation, including the following:
o    Capacity and level of activity of local institutions to carry out relief programs.
o    Capacity and ability of UN, IOs, and NGOs to carry out programs.
o    Capacity of the logistics infrastructure to support programs.
o    Security situation of personnel, convoys, and relief operations in general.
o    Impact of CAR activities on humanitarian programs.
o    Contributions by other donors, problems arising from implementation of relief and reintegration programs, and any other issues that require the attention of OFDA; and  
o    Humanitarian coordination issues and any recommendations for change.
•    Provide guidance to organizations that are developing proposals for OFDA, based on OFDA’s Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals and Reporting; review concept papers and proposals and provide timely recommendations/comments to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECARO.
•    Present OFDA perspectives to NGOs, IOs, and UN agencies relating to humanitarian assistance strategies and priorities, including OFDA’s approach to reintegration and humanitarian protection. Work closely with the SRA to discuss and understand sectoral priorities.
•    Visit OFDA-funded projects, and report on a timely basis to OFDA/Washington and OFDA/ECARO on the quality of grantees’ work, noting deficiencies, attributes, and evolving operational conditions.  
•    Represent USG humanitarian interests at national and international meetings and conferences, and facilitate, as requested, travel and briefings for official USG visitors interested in humanitarian issues.
•    Maintain regular liaison with UN, NGOs, IOs, the CAR representatives, and other organizations regarding humanitarian activities.
•    Maintain regular, close coordination and communication with the OFDA/ECARO SRA and OFDA/Washington, as necessary.  
•    Contribute to field reports on trends, individual agency programming issues, and topics such as reintegration, humanitarian protection and coordination.
•    Submit situation reports and assessment reports whenever necessary, including monthly official reporting cables or as the situation warrants.
•    Have the ability to operate standard field communications equipment; may be required to operate a four-wheel drive and standard shift vehicle in cross-country conditions.
•    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 will report to the OFDA RA for ECA Regional Office. However, for many activities, the USPSC will coordinate tasks directly with personnel within USAID/CAR, and in collaboration and consultation with other USAID and U.S. Embassy staff. The USPSC does not have the authority to commit OFDA resources without approval from the OFDA/ECARO, RA or OFDA/Washington.   

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
Supervisory controls will be minimal. The USPSC is expected to act independently with minimal direction and will have wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The OFDA RA for DRC will provide direction in terms of broadly defined program goals and objectives.

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 study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and nine (9) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, DRR and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Proficiency in verbal and written English and French.

OR

Master’s degree with study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field of, but not limited to, international relations, economics, food policy, East African studies, or a related field or country; and seven (7) years of progressively demonstrated experience in emergency relief, disaster risk reduction and/or disaster preparedness programming and management, including but not limited to four (4) years of overseas field experience as demonstrated by short-term deployments or assignments in emergency situations. Proficiency in verbal and written English and French.

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.