USPSC Press and Communications Advisor (Multiple Positions)

USAID/BHA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-11-2021
  • Posted
    Apr 20

Position description

SOLICITATION NUMBER:             720BHA21R00032                         

ISSUANCE DATE:                          April 20, 2021                 

CLOSING DATE AND TIME:      May 11, 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 Press and Communications 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. 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,

                                                           

 

Sonja Stroud-Gooden

Contracting Officer

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Press and Communications Advisor will work closely with other members of the Press and Strategic Communications Team to develop and implement strategies to increase awareness and appreciation for BHA and partner activities.  The Press and Communications Advisor will report to the Press and Strategic Communications Team Leader but work closely with other teams within SCHI, including the Humanitarian Information Teams and with the other offices of BHA. Specific responsibilities include:

Emergency and Regional Response

  • During BHA disaster responses, lead the Bureau’s communications efforts in coordination with the Press and Strategic Communications Team Lead to provide communications guidance and support to BHA staff and regional teams, generate talking points and press releases, field media requests, and engage in proactive press outreach.
  • Work closely with BHA regional teams and relevant staff to best tell BHA’s story through the production of external messaging products, including social media, blogs, infographics, talking points, press releases, and other materials.
  • Work closely with USAID’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) to pitch BHA stories to the media, in coordination with relevant BHA staff. Draft talking points for interviews and prepare BHA staff or other USAID principles for media Question & Answer.
  • Coordinate closely with LPA, USAID regional bureaus, and other U.S. Government entities to ensure that BHA’s activities and messages are clearly communicated to the public and other key stakeholders.
  • Sign-up for and serve as needed, 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 vary.
  • Serve as the BHA 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 details within the office or region 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.

Strategic Communications

  • Develop and implement communications plans and campaigns that reflect changing messaging priorities and highlight BHA’s impact, expertise, and value. Identify key outreach opportunities to advance strategic BHA messages. Feed in appropriate BHA messaging and content for relevant USAID agency-wide campaigns.
  • Develop and implement new ways to communicate BHA’s investments in risk reduction and resilience, which save lives by preventing or reducing the impacts of shocks.
  • Liaise with BHA partners to obtain strong content on how BHA’s programs are making a difference on the ground and use materials for strategic public messaging on BHA’s life-saving efforts.
  • Provide editorial input for materials generated by the Press and Strategic Communications Team and BHA staff.
  • Develop ways for BHA to effectively convey or tailor messages in a clear, concise manner, avoiding jargon and technical language.
  • Engage with the Content Development and Online Communications Team to conceptualize multi-media content to tell BHA’s story across various platforms.
  • 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. 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 in the COR designation letter and the AOR designation letter.

 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:

The USPSC will take direction from and will report to the Press and Strategic Communications Team Leader, with guidance from the Division Chief or a designee of the SCHI Division.

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. The USPSC is responsible for planning approaches 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, communications, public outreach, journalism, international relations, political science, or a related field) plus seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working on communications issues, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

OR

Master’s degree with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field (including, but not limited to, communications, public outreach, journalism, international relations, political science, or a related field) plus five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working on communications issues, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Application instructions

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]