USPSC Humanitarian Advisor

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-29-2021
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 720BHA21R00027                         

 

ISSUANCE DATE:                          March 30, 2021 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:   April 29, 2021, 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 Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC) is seeking offers from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal service as a Humanitarian Advisors 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. 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification. 

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA 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.  

 

  1. 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:

 

G3PC Recruitment Team

E-Mail Address: [email protected]

Website: www.BHAjobs.net

 

Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to the G3PC Recruitment Team via the information provided above.


 

Sincerely,


 

Renee Newton

Contracting Officer







 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION 

 

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 720BHA21R00027

 

2. ISSUANCE DATE: March 30, 2021

 

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: April 29, 2021, 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

 

4. POINT OF CONTACT: G3PC Recruitment Team, [email protected]

 

5. POSITION TITLE: Humanitarian Advisor (Multiple Positions)

 

6. MARKET VALUE: $ 103,690 - $ 134,798 equivalent to GS-13 (includes locality pay)

 

Salaries over and above the top of the pay range will not be entertained or negotiated.

 

Offerors who live outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered for employment, but no relocation expenses will be reimbursed.

 

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two (2) years, with three (3) one-year options 

 

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, D.C.

     

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S. Citizens

 

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance as provided by USAID.

 

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

BACKGROUND 

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance overseas in response to all types of international disasters, including slow-onset disasters such as droughts or famine, natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, or man-made disasters such as conflict or war. BHA is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing, achieving, monitoring, and evaluating international humanitarian assistance falling into two conceptual areas: 

 

  • Humanitarian Response activities comprise needs-based humanitarian assistance provided to save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. Humanitarian assistance is grounded in humanitarian principles and is directed toward the most vulnerable populations. 

  • Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and Resilience (ER4) activities will set the initial foundations for longer-term recovery as appropriate, and will work in close conjunction with humanitarian assistance. Early recovery is an approach that supports communities impacted by crises to protect and restore basic systems and service delivery. Early recovery builds on humanitarian response efforts and establishes the initial foundations of long-term recovery. Early recovery activities are implemented for a specified, appropriate timeframe that assists populations recovering from an identifiable shock. Risk reduction is the prevention of new and reduction of existing disaster risk and management of residual risk, which contributes to strengthening resilience and to the achievement of sustainable development. Resilience is the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth. 

BHA has seven offices, as follows:   

 

The Bureau’s three geographic offices are: (1) Office of Africa; (2) Office of Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean; and (3) the Office of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.  Each geographic office designs, provides, and assesses humanitarian assistance for their respective regions, including assistance related to responding to, recovering from, and reducing the risk of man-made and natural disasters, while linking with other USAID investments that build resilience.

 

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communications (G3PC) shapes and influences USAID’s role within the international humanitarian system; leads engagement on a range of policy, programmatic, and operational issues; and positions the Agency to influence collective response to emergency needs across the globe.

 

The Office of Technical and Program Quality (TPQ) leads the Bureau's efforts to provide high-quality programmatic and technical leadership, oversight, and guidance. In addition, TPQ leads the Bureau’s external engagement with academia and coordinates research to advance the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of humanitarian and multi-year programming.

 

The Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations (HBMO) is responsible for maintaining 24/7 operability by providing leadership, planning, quality assurance, technical expertise, and process management.  HBMO ensures effective stewardship of the Bureau’s support services, including workforce planning, staffing, financial management, internal controls, facilities operations and infrastructure. 

 

The Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO) leads and manages operational assistance and the purchase and delivery of goods and services in response to declared foreign disasters and international humanitarian needs in key functional areas, including supply-chain management, procurement, logistics, oversight, and operational coordination with the U.S. military.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Office of Global Policy, Partnerships, Programs, and Communication (G3PC) directs the Bureau’s leadership in global humanitarian policy, showcases BHA’s life-saving work through strategic communication and information, and manages collaboration with external stakeholders, including public and private partners, international and multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions, and the U.S. Interagency. The office is organized into seven divisions, namely, Humanitarian Policy and International Systems; Humanitarian Multilateral; Humanitarian Organizations and Partnerships; Private Sector Engagement, Diaspora, and Innovation; Global Capacity and Leadership Development; U.S. Engagement, Strategy, and Programs; and Strategic Communications and Humanitarian Information.

 

The Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division guides USAID’s engagement in humanitarian policy issues, both developing internal BHA guidance on humanitarian policy and practices and engaging other USG counterparts to develop and advance USG humanitarian policy positions. The division engages heavily with the United Nations (UN), participates in a range of global fora, serves on advisory boards of research and learning institutions, hosts special events with the international community, and develops and maintains bilateral donor relationships with both traditional and global rising actors.

 

The Humanitarian Advisor position is part of the Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division which serves as an integral part of the G3PC Office.  The Humanitarian Advisor position closely coordinates with other parts of the USG community on humanitarian issues.  It also assists in planning BHA and Relief, Response, and Resilience (R3) strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, advocates and educates on humanitarian issues, provides guidance on policy issues, and prepares key briefings and guidance.

 

OBJECTIVE

 

The Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division requires the services of a Humanitarian Advisor in order to meet its objectives of programming, coordinating with other donors, and situational analysis on humanitarian policy issues and developing policy guidance.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Humanitarian Advisor is part of the Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division which provides critical analysis on humanitarian policy issues, works closely with high-ranking officials within the international community, manages humanitarian policy awards, and serves as a key source of information on humanitarian issues and humanitarian policy for the office. He/She will help plan organizational strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, actively work with members of UN delegations on USG positions on humanitarian issues, provide effective liaisons with the UN offices in Geneva, Rome, and New York, and anticipate and prepare documents and briefing memos on humanitarian issues for important meetings and events.  The Humanitarian Advisor will also raise critical issues with the UN on behalf of BHA and must have the ability to multi-task.  The assignment involves providing expert analytical and advisory support on humanitarian issues for the planning, development and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex geographic or functional specialty area.  The work requires applying a rigorous analytical approach to data and the Humanitarian Advisor will receive general guidance but will be expected to execute independent judgment and analysis. He/She will assist and support the Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division in planning, organizing and overseeing the division’s program grants management functions.

 

The Humanitarian Advisor will be required to be available for overseas travel which may occur up to 50% of the year, with deployments possibly lasting up to 90 days.

 

The Humanitarian Advisor will:

  • As part of the Humanitarian Policy and International Systems Division assist in the identification, research, analysis, and development of recommendations on all issues and matters relating to humanitarian affairs and anticipate the need for such policy analysis.

  • Represent USAID at donor meetings covering a broad range of humanitarian issues and provide BHA with analysis and guidance on relations with the UN system.

  • Interact with Department of State colleagues on developing strategies and policies toward UN agencies and humanitarian issues.

  • Anticipate the needs of the organization regarding developments in the areas of humanitarian affairs and prepare analyses, briefings, documents, and meetings as required. 

  • Attend various NGO, UN, and other meetings and provide authoritative information and views to formulate humanitarian policies and coordinate strategies on policy issues.

  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with other donor countries in order to promote humanitarian principles and coordinate disaster response activities.

  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with other relevant USG offices and serve as an expert point of contact for these groups in the area of humanitarian affairs. The USPSC will influence policy.

  • Represent BHA on specific humanitarian issues of concern with International Organizations (IOs) and NGOs and convey demarche messages as needed.

  • Represent USAID at meetings with the UN, IOs, and other donors and other conferences sponsored by members of the international community; provide guidance and advice on USG positions, negotiate strategies, and, in consultation with USAID/Washington, conduct negotiations with the donor community and make recommendations to the appropriate officials in USAID.

  • Work with counterparts in other donor organizations at the most senior levels to exchange information, establish meetings on specific donor issues, solicit publications, and collect information on training opportunities; coordinate these activities with relevant USAID officers.

  • Advise USAID/BHA staff on issues regarding donations and requests for USG support and information sharing from private and public interest groups, including those formed on an ad hoc basis during disaster assistance operations.

  • Sign-up for and serve as needed multiple times throughout the year on Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs), which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed in response to disasters.  The duties on RMTs will be varied.

  • 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 or region not to exceed six months.  Duties performed while on detail will be aligned with the Division’s existing duties and responsibilities as well as directly related to the scope of work provided.

  • Become certified and serve as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s  Representative (AOR/COR), as assigned. The AOR/COR provides financial and programmatic oversight of all aspects of managing the agreement or contract; this includes but is not limited to reviewing invoices, requests for approvals, program/project deliverables (i.e. work plans, annual reports, month status reports), travel requests, key personnel requests, and financial/budget reports. They are responsible for drafting and submitting the annual contractor performance evaluation in Contract/Assistance Performance Assessment Review System (CPARS/APARS). They prepare and review contract/assistance modifications documentation and assist the Contracting/Agreement Officer to ensure performance is compliant with the terms and conditions of the contract/agreement, the FAR, and USAID policy. AOR/CORs are responsible for all related requirements set forth in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and report to the Humanitarian Policy Team Leader or his/her designee, with guidance from the Division Director or his/her designee.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Supervisor sets overall objectives and resources available. The USPSC consults with the supervisor to develop deadlines, projects and work to be done. The USPSC is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments, and 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, international relations, human rights, economics, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance and/or humanitarian policy issues, of which at least two (2) years were spent working directly on response issues. 

 

OR 

 

Master’s degree with significant study in, or pertinent to, the specialized field (including, but not limited to, international relations, human rights, economics, disaster management, public policy or a related field) plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, and/or humanitarian policy issues, of which at least two (2) years were spent working directly on response issues. 

Application instructions

IV. SUBMITTING AN OFFER

Offers 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 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. 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. Failure to identify an academic discipline will result in disqualification.

(d) U.S. Citizenship

(e) Optional:  How did you hear about this opportunity? (beta.SAM.gov, BHA 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.  

  1. 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. 

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

By submitting your offer materials, you certify that all of the information on and attached to the offer is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. You agree to allow all information on and attached to the offer to be investigated. False or fraudulent information on or attached to your offer 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 offers for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number on your offer, and as the subject line in any email.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTALS

Via email: [email protected]