USPSC Livestock Technical Advisor

USAID/OFDA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Nov-25-2020
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:     720FDA20B00063                         
ISSUANCE DATE:                          August 4, 2020                 
CLOSING DATE AND TIME:      November 25, 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 Livestock Technical 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.  

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

At the GS-13 equivalent level:

•    Provide guidance to USAID and OFDA staff in Washington, DC and field offices for livestock interventions during a disaster response. 
•    Follow outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, provide OFDA staff with assessments and recommendations for response in both the livestock and health sectors.
•    Accurately convey the technical and policy positions of OFDA through interactions with NGO partners, other donor agencies, the international humanitarian community, and other USAID staff working in the livestock or animal health sectors; attending meetings and other events as appropriate.
•    Review and comment on proposals submitted by OFDA partners for humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction in the livestock sector and human health sector in response to zoonotic disease outbreaks.
•    Work with OFDA pharmacists to review requests for purchase of veterinary commodities and pharmaceuticals by OFDA partners. 
•    Contribute to the development of programmatic strategies and guidance related to humanitarian programming in the livestock sector in collaboration with OFDA Washington and regional field office staff.
•    Analyze emergency outbreaks of livestock and zoonotic diseases as they occur, provide guidance to OFDA on program priorities, and technical recommendations for managing the diseases and mitigating economic impact on vulnerable populations.
•    Participate in assessment teams, DARTs, and RMTs as appropriate.
•    Communicate with appropriate Bureau for Global Health staff regarding activities related to disaster responses to zoonotic diseases, to ensure coordination of activities.
•    Provide “in-service” brownbag presentations to USAID and OFDA staff on current livestock-related topics.
•    Develop technical guides for OFDA staff to use in program decision-making and 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; and
•    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.

At the GS-14 equivalent:

In addition to demonstrating expert competence in the above duties and responsibilities, and with supervision from the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader or his/her designee:

•    Contribute to internal USAID policy decisions regarding the livestock or animal health sectors in humanitarian assistance.
•    Represent the office and its interests to other parties in terms of livestock and animal health.
•    Coordinate elements of the office humanitarian livestock and animal health portfolio.
•    Steer the development of programmatic strategies and guidance related to humanitarian programming in the livestock and animal health sectors.
•    Serve as a disciplinary advisor in the capacity of livestock-related advocacy at technical meetings.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:
The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Food Security and Livelihoods Team Lead or his/her designee.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
Supervisor provides administrative directions in terms of broadly defined missions or functions.  Technical direction may come from the Lead Sector Advisor/Senior Livestock advisor. 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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION 

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.)

GS-13 equivalent level:

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Two (2) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

OR 

Doctorate degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus three (3) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. One (1) year of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

GS-14 equivalent level:

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Five (5) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.

OR 

Doctorate degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to: veterinary medicine or animal science) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in livestock and animal health. Three (3) years of this experience must be field experience obtained overseas working with international livestock systems.
 

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.